September 23, 2009 – 4:03 am

It remains a mystery why The Sticky Fingers sessions, what there is of it, should be called “Auction Reels”? Enlightenment please.

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The Lost Sessions Vol 2: The Auction Reels [Empress Valley Supreme Disc EVSD 380, 1CD]

Excellent stereo soundboard.

On their second volume, Empress Valley were hard pressed to offer anything “lost”. These are all well-known Stones tracks and in 2005 had been widely available to knowledgeable fans. So the only advantage was the excellent sound quality.

Here was Keith Richards singing Gimme Shelter while Mick Jagger sang You Got The Silver, which was mostly a Keith composition. The version of Loving Cup here has the lead guitar nicely leading the band with a vocal from Jagger that turns rowdy at the end.

Brown Sugar, is that Eric Clapton on guitar? That’s the one most collectors call the “alternate” Brown Sugar. No slide guitar from Clapton or loud backing vocals from Keith marks this as an outtake with a different guitar part instead. In fact, some songs are so familiar, two takes of Sister Morphine, which are identical except perhaps one is slightly louder. They differ from the released version with a punchier bass.

So we come to the “lost” sessions of this volume. The multiple versions of Brown Sugar and Bitch. These are not different takes but “playbacks”. The engineer starts and stops the tracks during playback. Someone is listening. For Empress Valley to list them here, without notation, seems wrong as on first appearance, it’s as if a session is offered. The sound cuts off whenever the tape is stopped. It’s not an error on the disc.

Now who would want a “lost” session like this? You can do this at home with your remote.

The bootleg closes with two songs from Goat’s Head Soup, again filler material but in excellent quality. Winter is raw, slightly out of focus with the keyboards or synths too dominant. The vocals are different.

Empress Valley stopped the series after Volume 2. They continue to put out Led Zeppelin bootlegs for which they are renowned.
- The Little Chicken

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Track 01. Gimme Shelter 4:30 (Keith Vocal) (6.1MB)
Track 02. You Got The Silver 2:50 (Jagger Vocal) (3.9MB)
Track 03. Sister Morphine 5:33 (7.6MB)
Track 04. Loving Cup 6:37 (9.1MB)
Track 05. Brown Sugar 3:47 (5.2MB)
Track 06. You Gotta Move 2:33 (3.5MB)
Track 07. Dead Flowers 4:05 (5.6MB)
Track 08. Sister Morphine 5:33 (7.6MB)
Track 09. Brown Sugar 4:31 (Percussion Version. The music stops and restarts twice at the beginning.) (6.2MB)

10. Brown Sugar 3:24 - Omitted
11. Brown Sugar 3:53 - Omitted
12. Brown Sugar 4:02 - Omitted
13. Bitch 3:41 - Omitted
14. Bitch 2:40 - Omitted
15. Brown Sugar 3:50 - Omitted
16. Bitch 3:58 - Omitted
17. Bitch 1:50 - Omitted
18. Angie 4:33 - Omitted (same as released version)
Track 19. Winter (Played Backwards) 0:06 (145k)
Track 20. Winter 5:32 (7.6MB)

The multiple versions of Brown Sugar and Bitch are playbacks not different takes. Tks 1 and 2 are from the Let It Bleed sessions. Tk 4 is from Exile On Main Street. Tks 18-20 are from the Goat’s Head Soup sessions. The rest are from Sticky Fingers sessions.

When the Stones left Decca, they thought it was an escape. Sticky Fingers was their first album on their own label Rolling Stones Records. Buy it here.

  1. 15 Responses to “JAMMIN’ WITH THE STONES 2”

  2. kudos once again

    By datdemdarguy on Sep 25, 2009

  3. Beautiful on both accounts! Thanks so much.

    By Diane on Oct 1, 2009

  4. Excellent quality, excellent stuff. Winter is awesome.

    By lanzarishi on Oct 10, 2009

  5. Apart from the last two tracks, this appears to be “The Sotheby Reels” (30 tracks). As explained there, “The Sotheby’s Reel are Glyn John’s working tapes when he was the Stones studio producer during Let it Bleed through the Sticky Fingers sessions, the Stones
    classic rock period.  The tape reel was auctioned some years ago at the famous Sotheby’s London auction house and featured some different versions of great
    songs that serve to let the Stones crown shine brighter.
    I would especially like to point out “Gimme Shelter” recorded here on 15th March 1969 and featuring Nicky Hopkins on piano, a version of “You Got The Silver”
    sung by Jagger from 16th February and an early take of “Sister Morphine” almost without piano. But remarkable is also “Loving Cup” that starts with a striking
    different piano intro and lasts more than 6:30 minutes.  Minimal are the differences in the mix for songs like “You Gotta Move”, “Dead Flowers” and “Sister Morphine”
    second version that all resemble the finished Sticky Fingers release. On the other side of the coin we have to put the many opening riffs of both “Brown Sugar” and
    “Bitch” that are tiredlessly repeated by an engineer that rolls back and forth the tape looking for a better echo effect, it seems. When the Stones recorded “Brown Sugar”
    in Muscle Shoals Studios it is said that they tried the song the whole night to get it right, we can feel how they felt while listening to all these false starts.
    Anyway when the tracks are completed like version number 11 of “Brown Sugar”, here comes an early take with Stu on piano and no sax or takes 19 and 20 of “Bitch” where
    you can hear Jagger ad-libbing over Keith Richards guitar solo. Last track offered is a primitive version of “Shine A Light” called “(Can’t Seem To) Get A Line On You”
    that stems from Leon Russel’s sesision at Olympic Studios in early October 1969 with Jagger on vocals (different words) but this take was officially released in January
    1994 on a Leon Russell CD.
    This release from Idol Mind Productions has of course a fantastic stereo sound and absolutely no hiss at all, another proof that its source is coming from the original
    tape and featuring so many classic Stones songs from late ‘69 through 1970 that couldn’t be more palatable. 
    The release has a great cover also, with a previously unpublished shot while the back cover shows a pensive Stu watching the Olympic Studios recording equipment.
    A must! - and a pleasure to listen to many times.”

    By HytekFred on Aug 22, 2010

  6. Thanks for the information HytekFred.

    By Admin on Aug 22, 2010

  7. Omitted tracks are always bullshit!

    By angel on May 14, 2012

  8. The lead guitar work on Brown Sugar (track 5) has the sound and feel of Mick Taylor’s work.

    By TokyoHillbilly on Feb 19, 2013

  9. tokyo - ive listened to it repeatedly and while i think erics playing changes a lot over the years (not necessarily improves) and micks playing also changed a lot from 69 to now and in many ways has improved from 69 to 75.. i think 75 was one of his best years.. i think he had some incredible years in the 80s too. i can usually identify his sound pretty quickly. i am however more tuned in to ec’s guitar and can always always pick out his playing. i would stake my life on it that it is ec on track 5 without a doubt. that little bit of a solo at the 2min point then towards the very end of the track pretty much gives it away. the sharp notes and specific crispness of those particular strings in just that progression give him away. i am not sure if he does that on purpose or if he cant help it. haha. but it is him absolutely.
    i was trying to think of a particular song of his where u can hear a similar sounding progression which would make it obvious to u so u would say ahh yes.. but i can hear it in my head but not figure out what song it is. lol. if it comes to me in the next day or two ill post it here if i can find this page again. for now all i can think of is badge. i dont think thats it tho. same guitar i believe tho.

    By darth on Feb 19, 2013

  10. darth , this may or may not be the song you are thinking of, but at that particular point you mention I hear a small refrain from the song “Take it Back, by the Cream [and most notably eric`s playing] from the disraeli gears lp.
    Even the guitar tone is similar.

    By sluggo on Feb 19, 2013

  11. here, give it a listen.

    By sluggo on Feb 19, 2013

  12. little inflection that he does right at 2:03 makes me think of a similar line in Take it Back.

    By sluggo on Feb 19, 2013

  13. no no.. its a solo from a live jam thats in my head. a blistering furious holy shit listen to that type thing that has u going omg!! i swear i can hear it.. i just cant remember which song it goes with. its part of that getting old thing. lol.
    its a song from the 70s (yeah like thats a lot of help i know) and im tempted to think that its even from the derek era. maybe ill listen to why does love got to be so sad again and see if thats the one. im betting it is.

    well which ever song it is.. i just wanted tokyo (and anyone else who wonders if its mick or eric on that track) to take my word on this please. i promise u.. with every ounce of knowledge i do have for about 43 years of learning studying and obsessing over eric and music in general.. that song is absolutely eric on guitar. plus im a massive stones boot collector. if i dont have over 6-700 hours of stuff of them i got nothing. even more than i have on beatles. i think theres more stones unreleased material than anyone else out there. even dylan. the 2nd ever boot was a stones one. first was dylan. thats non jazz of course. jazz boots have been around for many years before rock ones. rock boots first started in 69. jazz boots have been coming out since the 50s. even blues boots came out before rock ones.

    btw.. on the song take it back.. i dont hear the tone or specific strings or notes that i hear or was referring to like i hear in brown sugar. maybe im missing something. there is a few notes near the end i tried to pick out and compare but thats a totally different guitar hes using. now im not good with guitars and models and all that but i know when i hear one guitar vs another. on brown sugar hes using one and on take it back he is using a different one. please dont ask me which one. im not that good. sorry.
    i listened to take it back again while typing this just to be sure (thats 3x mind u) and i cant hear anything at the 2′03 point but i do hear a tiny touch of the flurry of notes at the start of the song. those first 15 notes when the song first starts. compare the way he plays those the sharpness and precision to how he plays on brown sugar. mick doesnt do that. he sorts of plays in a soft blurry fuzzy kinda way that makes u drift and dream and feel warm. it sooths u. taylor fans dig what im saying. im crazy abt him. in fact my fave era of stones is 69-73 (his last perf was in oct 73 even tho he didnt leave til 75).
    sure wish there were more recordings out there of jack bruce and him from that 75 tour. probably one of the hardest tours to get recordings of.

    By darth on Feb 20, 2013

  14. incidentally.. 45th anniv of disraeli gears is this year.. and jack and eric did or are doing an in the studio thingy which will be aired shortly. i never get to hear these programs and havent in nearly 20 years. but for those who do and are interested this may be of interest. i am part of the where’s eric newsletter and they will likely send out an email with a link for a way to hear it when it is available to listen to. if i remember ill post that info here on this blog with a link.

    By darth on Feb 20, 2013

  15. ok.. i think its let it rain. whew!! damnit. but its the live version from 78 that was in my head. however.. check out the notes he is hitting on that new song gotta get over from old sock. the sound of the guitar notes are very crisp and clear the same way he plays them on brown sugar. sure anyone can do that but its a certain progression in a certain order and style. mick doesnt do that just like eric does. its a give away. does anyone else hear that?

    By darth on Feb 20, 2013

  16. ^hey darthy glenny….

    are you sure thats not Chinese music youre hearing there…

    that chop chop chop…?

    By Jerry's Finger on Jul 19, 2014

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