October 25, 2010 – 3:52 am

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On The Rocks [Golden Memories, 1CD]

Alternate versions. Very good soundboard.

A notable inclusion on this collection of late 1960s Rolling Stones vault material are alternate takes of both arrangements of the song “Memo From Turner”. These are not the takes heard on “Performance” and “Metamorphosis”, though they are from those sessions. - Philip Cohen

The website noted: Compilation of rehearsals and outtakes from 1968-1972, including excerpts from the One Plus One soundtrack. Excellent mono/stereo, without crackles. Plus some tracks taken from Trident Mixes, include crackles.

According to the wikipedia: Good Time Women (some sources put it as Good Time Woman), an early version of Tumbling Dice, was recorded during the sessions for the album Sticky Fingers. The song is a bluesy boogie-woogie heavy on Ian Stewart’s piano work. The two songs are similar in structure in that they have the same chord progression and a similar melody. Also, Jagger sings the hook to the accompaniment of Richards’ lone lead guitar. However, Good Time Women lacked an opening riff, a background choir and the beat which propels Tumbling Dice’s groove.

And bootlegzone’s comment regarding Good Time Women (March - May, 1970; unverified early version): The title Tumbling Dice would not be used for another six to 13 months, as the song Good Time Women would develop over the next few months and it would slowly change into what was to become known as Tumbling Dice.

Even though groups such as Mumford & Sons and Florence And The Machine are currently on Billboard’s Top 50, seriously, would anyone be interested in compilations of their studio outtakes, much less studio banter? Sure, the Stones have pedigree on their side and have lasted longer than anyone expected. Their secret ingredient? They have the songs. Even on this compilation, you already have Sympathy, Gimme Shelter, You Can’t Always Get and Good Time Women. If the version of Sympathy For The Devil here is pretty bare boned and the lines are fluffed, it is still a compelling track, made more forceful by Mick Jagger’s strong vocals.

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.

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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Track 01. Sympathy For The Devil (1) 4:23 (7.0MB)
Track 02. You Got The Silver 2:50 (4.5MB)
Track 03. Gimme Shelter 4:20 (6.9MB)
Track 04. Sympathy For The Devil (2) 4:21 (6.9MB)
Track 05. You Can’t Always Get What You Want 6:38 (10.6MB)
Track 06. Memo From Turner (1) 2:43 (4.3MB)
Track 07. Memo From Turner (2) 3:42 (5.9MB)
Track 08. Good Time Women 3:03 (4.8MB)
Track 09. Travelin’ Man 5:54 (9.4MB)
Track 10. Instrumental 3:25 (5.4MB)
Track 11. Jiving Sister Fanny 3:17 (5.2MB)
Track 12. Stuck Out All Alone 3:11 (5.1MB)
Track 13. Going Down 2:56 (4.7MB)
Track 14. Family 3:33 (5.7MB)

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  2. Very cool, thank you!

    By Tom in Germany on Oct 25, 2010

  3. Thanks BigO and Phil Cohen for this bit of history.

    By JALTHEIMPALER on Oct 25, 2010

  4. A big thank you for these tracks Phil.
    And how refreshing to see BigO not “omitting” any tracks which seems to be the case of late!!
    It really annoys me BIG TIME !!

    By Michael on Oct 26, 2010

  5. neat-o. Hope some of you heard Keith Richards on NPR’s “Fresh Air” today. He revealed several interesting things, including how he got the Stones’ awesome “overloaded” acoustic guitar sound. He is out promoting his memoir, “Life.”

    He was mostly inteligible. :)

    By Scott Brookman on Oct 26, 2010

  6. Always a nice surprise waiting for me on BigO.

    By Diane on Oct 27, 2010

  7. BigO and Philip, thanks very much for these Stones tracks. The sound is excellent. Phil, I used to have an LP boot of the Stones doing “Jah Is Not Dead”.If you have that in your collection I would love to hear it again.

    By Mackster on Oct 27, 2010

  8. Thanks BigO and Phil for another outstanding Stones boot. Keep ‘em coming.

    By Rick D on Oct 27, 2010

  9. Well…this pretty much makes my copy of Metamorphosis obsolete…thank you!

    By YogaforCynics on Oct 27, 2010

  10. Michael - Bummer man! Whaddya mean, I cant get ALL the music for free?? - Allow me to get on the soap box. If the artist is actively selling something, you want that too? Look at all the free Bob Dylan, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen tracks available here. Do you want their active catalog sales cut too? I dont know how the other fans of the site feel, but I thank BigO, Philip Cohen, and others who have improved the ever-expanding product for their artist protective ethics. Their approach brings people in to discover different genres and artists. Many of those people become fans and go out and buy the active catalogs or tickets, creating sales and allowing artists to create more wonderful work.

    By 2yrsnojob on Oct 29, 2010

  11. Sorry Michael. Its just that I see it overall as the glass being much more than just half full. In life, we always want everything. As the Stones say, “You cant always get what you want”.

    By 2yrsnojob on Oct 29, 2010

  12. Thanks BigO & Phil Cohen for this compilation!

    By Quiquestone on Nov 2, 2010

  13. It’s always great to hear earlier incarnations of songs I know and love. Thought it was really cool that on one of the “Sympathy”s, the keyboard (sounded a LOT like Billy Preston) played a riff that was later used (I think by Mick Taylor) on guitar in the live versions…

    By Jerry Dunaway on Nov 8, 2010

  14. Very nice compilation. Keep the Stones rolling in.

    By Matt on Nov 17, 2010

  15. Thanks very much for these excellent tracks, Big O!

    I appreciate all your efforts on our behalf. - S.

    By Slot Sleet on Sep 13, 2011

  16. Awesome collection. Just refound it and it is excellent!

    By batfan63 on Nov 21, 2011

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