November 6, 2010 – 4:07 am

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Honolulu 1973 [no label, 1CD]

Live at the HIC Arena, Honolulu, Hawaii; January 21, 1973. Very good audience recording.

In a review of the show, Beyerly Creamer wrote in the Star-Bulletin:
The Rolling Stones were just seven decibels below the threshold of pain last night. The intensity of their first performance in Hawaii in seven years reached 125 dB and 132 is the breaking point… Jagger started the concert with Brown Sugar and moved from there through the Stones’ traditional hits such as Rocks Off, Sweet Virginia… The room didn’t warm up immediately. Those 17,000 eyes were too busy drinking in Mick in his lean silver suit, with his head lolling backwards and eyes rolling like some screaming beast in Guernica. Forty minutes passed and Jagger was still winding up, his mobile mouth twising out cruel words just barely above the deafening roar of the the band.

It’s interesting to note that The Rolling Stones’ 1973 gigs in Hawaii generated a bit of confusion.

In Sticky Fingers Magazine (volume 3, issue 5/6, 1988), Harold Colson wrote:
Recordings of the Stones’ January 21-22, 1973, concerts in Honolulu have long been prized by collectors, and the recent arrival of a previously unreleased Hawaii ‘73 show on CD has rekindled excitement about that magical interlude in paradise. For all their appeal, however, these Hawaii performances have remained clouded by uncertainties and misconceptions, with basic facts like the name of the concert venue, the concert times, and even the number of shows performed subject to competing claims by our best authorities.

To cut a long story short, the shows were held at the Honolulu International Center and the gigs were:

January 21 (Sunday); 8 pm
January 22 (Monday); 6 pm and 10 pm
Click here for the full article.

And now, another version has surfaced - taped by D&D; transferred by JEMS; originally shared by weedwacker67 and subsequently by UrbanSteel.

The notes that accompanied the D&D version:
JEMS is proud to be able to partner with and present some of the choice recordings in the D&D archives. Some of these recordings have been around for years but none of the master tapes or safety copies in some cases have ever been digitized until now. Dave and Donn taped many shows in and around the Seattle area in the ’70s and also were contemporaries of some of the JEMS members. Volume 10 consists of The Rolling Stones opening night show of their ‘73 Pacific tour. This is one of Donn’s better recordings. This would be the first time The Stones had played Hawaii since 1966. This show features the only perfomance of Live With Me on this and the subsequent European tour and is also the last time this song would ever be performed with Mick Taylor. All three Honolulu shows featured the rarely played for this period songs of It’s All Over Now and Dead Flowers. The performance is sharper and looser than the previous US tour shows in 72. This one is a must have for the casual and hardcore Stones fan.

How does this version compare to existing ones in circulation?

munichhilton posted at Dime:
I did an A>B with IN EXOTIC HONOLULU and it is absolutely the same source, but lacks all the tinny compression. Bill seems to be more in his place in the mix rather than so boomy on the VGP. Just a few observations, but this torrent seems a bit more listenable.

Dangerbird32 added:
This is the same recording as on every bootleg, except that here it’s the best generation. This one has more treble since that’s what’s lost in the analog copying process. This is my new reference = best version available. VGP’s version is EQ’ed to boost the bass; this version is maybe a little low but OK.

Lineage: 1st gen cassette>Wav(96/24)>Wav(44.1/16)>flac
Transfer: 1st gen cassette>Nakamichi 670>Wavelab 96/24
Taping Gear: unknown stereo mics>Sony TC-126

Thanks to Dave and Donn; JEMS; weedwacker67 and UrbanSteel for the music; and to drno12 for the artwork.

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality MP3s - sample rate of 224 kbps).

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Track 01. Brown Sugar (7.2MB)
Track 02. Bitch (7.6MB)
Track 03. Rocks Off (6.6MB)
Track 04. Gimmie Shelter (8.9MB)
Track 05. It’s All Over Now (4.9MB)
Track 06. Happy (5.2MB)
Track 07. Tumbling Dice (8.0MB)
Track 08. Sweet Virginia (9.1MB)
Track 09. Dead Flowers (6.5MB)
Track 10. You Can’t Always Get What You Want (13.3MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 11. All Down The Line (7.6MB)
Track 12. Midnight Rambler (17.0MB - visit the html page to download the track)
Track 13. Live With Me (6.2MB)
Track 14. Rip This Joint (3.8MB)
Track 15. Jumping Jack Flash (5.9MB)
Track 16. Street Fighting Man (9.3MB)
Length: 79:19*
Track 17. Radio Ad (1.3MB)

* The show itself is 79:19 but if you include the 49-second radio ad; you will need to overburn the CD.

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  1. 10 Responses to “THE ROLLING STONES - HONOLULU 1973”

  2. hey bigo, thanks! i’ll get this, when i wake up in a few hours. i like the mick taylor era stones. even though mick isn’t on it, i was listening to the keith richards benefit concert this morning i got from bigo last year in march. killer!!!


    By Ed Saad on Nov 6, 2010

  3. Thanks bigo’s team for this great concert ;)

    By Rochacrimson on Nov 6, 2010

  4. Thanks, bigO! - If you follow the link to the full article, check out the newspaper clipping: “ are…priced at $6.75 and $5.75.” Those were the days, lol.

    By Namoosedog on Nov 6, 2010

  5. Thank you bigO for this. I still have the bootleg LP of this show somewhere but the sound is better here as you can actually hear more instruments here such as the piano.

    By Mackster on Nov 7, 2010

  6. thanks for the music, and, all the research about the concert that goes along with it. wonderful reading and great listening!

    I-) ihor

    By I-) ihor on Nov 10, 2010

  7. i still have a vinyl boot of this one…haven’t listened to it in a long time. I saw the Stones in MSG in NYC in AUgust 1972 on Jagger’s Birthday w/ Stevie Wonder opening (also in 65, 69, 72 and so on until the 1981 tour…) I’ve only been able to find pieces of that NYC 72 gig here and there…my personal fave is the Brussels 1973 boot with it’s thunderous ‘Midnight Rambler’. All other Stones boots are judged by that one in my eyes. I’ll get back to you after I do a listen to this one again (after so many years)

    By Duncanmusic on Nov 11, 2010

  8. This sounds excellent. To me, this is the Stones at their peak.

    By Scott on Nov 14, 2010

  9. I never seen this one before. Can’t wait to listen. Thanks

    By Matt on Dec 1, 2010

  10. Mahalo nui loa for the fantastic recording of the 1-21-73 show. I was there as a 19y.o. and remember it as one of the best shows I’ve ever seen/heard. The mick Taylor era stones were at their peak. The show was very loud as noted in the article an the lights were good by standards back then. I still have my ticket stub and had looked for a bootleg of this show for some time. Coincidently I stuck in a super 8 camera and shot 12 fifty foot reels from the 10th row! My friend Robbie stoutner paid for the film so he actually kept the rolls. We used to show the films at parties in Oahu. I think I will track him down to see if he still has the footage as the combo of this bootleg and the footage would be über cool. Thank the Internet.

    By Mark S on Aug 15, 2013

  11. Thx 4 sharing this amazing show.

    By Tony de New York on Apr 27, 2014

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