October 10, 2009 – 3:53 am

Jagger and Co have so far refused to revisit their early blues and rock ‘n’ roll years leaving many gems stuck in the vaults.

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LIVE! On The BBC: Fast Eddie Version [Sister Morphine 43, 1CD]

BBC studio sessions, London. Best sources. VG+ to Ex FM stereo.

Why are there no good quality live recordings of the Stones from their London gigs in the early ’60s? Like their counterpart, The Beatles, the Stones’ gigs were murdered by howling, screaming teens who’d drown out any portable recorder. What exists are studio sessions the band recorded for broadcast on BBC radio. However, the Stones were not as prolific as the Beatles at the BEEB, but there’s enough material.

The other obstacle is their 1970 separation from Allen Klein who took control of all their early Decca/London recordings including all studio and live recordings from this period in a bitter legal wrangle. It explains why much of this material is seldom ever played live by the Stones. Stones concerts invariably linger on material recorded after Let It Bleed, their final Decca album.

Neither the Stones nor Klein’s ABKCO label can release this material without mutual consent. Some time ago, there was a news item that said the Stones’ BBC recordings had been found. Well, to collectors they’ve been around for a long time, just that they’ve stayed underground.

In 2005 or thereabouts, Sister Morphine set about to gather the best of this BBC material to put out LIVE! On The BBC with mastering by Cool, Cool Hand. To our ears, that sounded fine. But along came this improved version by Fast Eddie the following year with better notation to clear up mistakes over recording dates.

Fast Eddie noted that this is the “remastered version of the best-sounding BBC sessions based on the BBC Radio One special of 1985-11-30 ‘Stones At The Beeb’ (all but both Joe Loss Shows).” He wrote, “This issue is an upgrade compared to ‘Beat Beat Beat’ [white label digipack, 2001] and ‘Beat Beat Beat At The Beeb’ [complete recordings - Invasion Unlimited, 1994].”

So if you’re pushing 60 and beyond, and you don’t want to pass on without listening to these gems, a great big thanks must go out to all the collectors who make releases like this possible and, of course, to Mick, Keef, Brian Jones, Bill and Charlie, The original Rolling Stones. Plenty of cover versions here that the band never recorded for release.

Thanks to Fast Eddie and Sister Morphine.
- Professor Red

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 192 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Recorded for Saturday Club, Sept 23, 1963. B’cast Oct 26, 1963.
Track 01. Memphis Tennessee (3.1MB)
Track 02. Roll Over Beethoven (3.1MB)
Track 03. Come On (2.8MB)

Rec. for Blues In Rhythm March 19, 1964. B’cast May 9, 1964.
Track 04. Mona (3.8MB)
Track 05. Route 66 (3.4MB)
Track 06. Cops and Robbers (5.1MB)
Track 07. You Better Move On (3.7MB)

Rec. for Rhythm & Blues, Oct 8, 1964. B’cast Oct 31, 1964.
Track 08. 2120 South Michigan Avenue (5.2MB)

Live at Joe Loss Show, April 10, 1964.
Track 09. High Heeled Sneakers (2.6MB)
Track 10. Little By Little (3.4MB)
Track 11. I Just Want To Make Love To You (3.0MB)
Track 12. I’m Moving On (2.9MB)

Rec. for Saturday Club, April 13, 1964. B’cast April 18, 1964.
Track 13. Not Fade Away (2.9MB)

Live at Joe Loss Show, July 17, 1964.
Track 14. It’s All Over Now (4.5MB)
Track 15. If You Need Me (3.0MB)
Track 16. Confessin’ The Blues (3.3MB)
Track 17. Carol (3.7MB)

Rec. for Top Gear, Mar 1, 1965. B’cast Mar 6, 1965.
Track 18. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (4.8MB)
Track 19. Down The Road Apiece (2.7MB)
Track 20. The Last Time (4.3MB)

Rec. for Yeh! Yeh! (Tracks 21+23+25+26) Aug 20, 1965. B’cast Aug 29, 1965. And Saturday Club (all but 23) b’cast Sept 18, 1965.
Track 21. Oh Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin’) (2.6MB)
Track 22. Fanny Mae (3.0MB)
Track 23. Mercy, Mercy (3.9MB)
Track 24. Cry To Me (4.2MB)
Track 25. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (5.2MB)
Track 26. The Spider and The Fly (4.7MB)

Best compilation of early Stones is The Singles Collection: The London Years which refers to the original label that put out Stones music. Buy it here.

  1. 10 Responses to “THE HUNGRY YEARS”

  2. What do you mean “if you’re pushing 60 and beyond”? I’m still in my 30s and I’m looking forward to hearing this! Thanks for all the good tunes, Big O!

    By Shaun on Oct 10, 2009

  3. I’ve heard this stuff in a different form with a fair amount of duplicate songs. This sounds way better, crisp and raw. A great post. Thanks!

    By Dave C. on Oct 10, 2009

  4. One more excellent post!
    Thanks bigo’s team ;)

    By Rochacrimson on Oct 10, 2009

  5. I’m also a fair way off 60 and remember this era, thanks for the post, so much good stuff shared here, please give yourself a pat on the back.

    By Mal on Oct 10, 2009

  6. Perhaps the finest example of the Stones in thier formative element. Sound quality superb. Performances fir for a King & Queen. Thamx…..

    By Timmy on Oct 10, 2009

  7. Thanks for another excellent post, superb sound quality.

    By Marcelo Herrera on Oct 15, 2009

  8. Interesting that so many of these come from Joe Loss’s show - Elvis Costello’s father was the Joe Loss Band’s resident singer.

    By Private Beach on Oct 22, 2009

  9. I’m sorry I waited so long to check this out. a real sense of fun that I had stopped associating with the Stones. Thank you all.

    By anita pallenberg on Oct 27, 2009

  10. Sorry I have to tell you, I have this stuff with same songs but with different songs info. Example in yours 2120 South Michigan Avenue info rec and broadcast for Rhythm & Blues, but mine info for Joe Loss Show April 10. 1964. All the info completely different for 26 songs. I believe your stuff overwrite, the original from Sister Morphine Production in black background (real printing)not white (yours) with computer overwriting. It can lead us misinformation.

    Thank You

    By Ian Gomper on Sep 3, 2010

  11. What a reminder of those simple days of blues and rock and roll before the big arenas took over. These boots (sic) keep me walking.

    By Creatist on Mar 13, 2012

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