August 31, 2010 – 3:55 am


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Some Trax [ST 80-70-01/02, 2CD]

Some Girls outtakes and rarities. Speed corrected. Very good soundboard.

Backing track sessions, some with guide vocals, from the sessions for the “Some Girls” album. It’s fortunate that I own a CD player with a pitch control, and I was able to speed up these very slow discs. Vol. 1 required me to speed up the disc by 3.5 per cent; and I speeded up the first four songs on Vol. 2 by 6.5 per cent. I left the remainder of Vol. 2 “As Is”. Though the speed may not be exactly correct, it is close enough to be listenable.

The tracks on “Some Trax 1 and 2″ were all recorded in Paris at a time when the group’s future was in question, due to Keith Richards’ upcoming Canadian drug possession trial, which could have possibly yielded a life sentence, so the group recorded nearly 60 songs (in various stages of completion). These songs would fill the “Some Girls” and “Emotional Rescue” albums, and some of the songs on “Tattoo You”, and there are still more unreleased songs. - Philip Cohen

In the face of punk, Some Girls was The Rolling Stones trying to be relevant. Rolling Stone magazine wrote: “With Bob Dylan no longer bringing it all back home, Elvis Presley dead and the Beatles already harmlessly cloned in the wax-museum nostalgia of a Broadway musical, it’s no wonder the Rolling Stones decided to make a serious record. Not particularly ambitious, mind you, but serious. These guys aren’t dumb, and when the handwriting on the wall begins to smell like formaldehyde and that age-old claim, ‘the greatest rock & roll band in the world’ suddenly sounds less laudatory than laughable, you’d better dredge up your leftover pride, bite the bullet and try like hell to sweat out some good music. Which is exactly what the Stones have done. Though time may not exactly be on their side, with Some Girls they’ve at lest managed to stop the clock for a while.”

Nowadays, they don’t even bother to try. They just want all your money.

Thanks to Phil for sharing the tracks.

Note: A longtime music fan, Philip Cohen was a contributor to the now-defunct ICE Magazine and compiled the boxsets for The Yardbirds, The Small Faces, Humble Pie and Nice.

Note: Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps). As far as we can ascertain, these tracks have never been officially released on CD.

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Disc 1
Track 101. Imagination (11.0MB)
Track 102. Far Away Eyes (8.8MB)
Track 103. Miss You (19.8MB)
Track 104. Respectable (6.3MB)
Track 105. When She Held Me Tight (7.6MB)
Track 106. I Need You (5.9MB)
Track 107. Fiji Jim (6.7MB)
Track 108. Lies (6.9MB)
Track 109. Everlasting My Love (listed as Lies on the cover) (9.8MB)
Track 110. Shattered (instr.) (6.3MB)

Disc 2
Track 201. When The Whip Comes Down (16.4MB)
Track 202. Do You Think I Saw Her Do You Think I Really Care (9.8MB)
Track 203. Miss You (13.6MB)
Track 204. I Can’t Help It (I Love You Too Much) (7.4MB)
Track 205. Beast Of Burden (9.6MB)
Track 206. Far Away Eyes (8.5MB)
Track 207. Some Girls (8.6MB)
Track 208. Everlasting My Love (9.4MB)
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  2. Thank you very much for sharing this, what a gem!

    By Tim Moore on Aug 31, 2010

  3. Very interesting to hear these outtakes. Not perfect sound, but very listenable.

    Thank you kindly Phil Cohen and BigO for all your uploads.

    By JALTHEIMPALER on Sep 3, 2010

  4. Many thanks for the always exciting d/l’s!

    By Diane on Sep 5, 2010

  5. Thank you Phil and bigO for this. With a little work,”When She Held Me Tight” and “Do You think I Saw Her” would have made great album tracks for Some Girls. One question: Were the songs recorded slow on the Stones equipment or from later copying? It is also said that Keith used to play a little slow in what was called “junkie time” depending on whatever he was using at the time. Tumbling Dice is a good example of that.

    By Mackster on Sep 11, 2010

  6. Mackster,

    The bootleggers’ cassette copies were so far from the correct speed, that there is no way that I would let them appear here running super slow.

    By Philip Cohen on Sep 13, 2010

  7. Thanks for sharing these. I saw this set on another site but i’m glad I waited to download this one because of the speed fix. Thanks for another great addition to my collection.

    By Matt on Oct 5, 2010

  8. The sessions at Pathe Marconi were amazing. Awesome stuff, here! “Everlasting Is My Love” is superb. I wish they had finished it for “Some Girls” or “Emotional Rescue”. The late ’70s/early ’80s Stones were amazing. On par with their late ’60s/early ’70s work, but more intimate.

    By Phil Hurd on Feb 8, 2015

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