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The Rolling Stones - 1961-64 - How Britain Got The Blues
Although the kind of Rolling Stones fan who buys this will almost inevitably already have a good portion of the music on other bootlegs, this CD boot is a good compilation of obscure 1961-1964 recordings, mostly taken from 1964 BBC sessions. Twenty-four of these 32 cuts come from such BBC sources, but what will pique the hardcore Stones aficionado's interest the most are the first eight tracks, which have rarely if ever before surfaced. The first four songs are labeled as dating from a tape of Little Boys Blue, a just-pre-Rolling Stones lineup of the group, recorded (probably at a private rehearsal) in late 1961. Dick Taylor (later of the Pretty Things), guitarist Bob Beckwith, and Allen Etherington (on maracas) were also part of Little Boys Blue on this recording, according to the cover. While the track listings are vague as to what actual future members of the Stones also participated, it's certain that Mick Jagger's on lead vocals, and virtually certain that Keith Richards is on one of the guitars. These are the very earliest Rolling Stones recordings to have appeared on a bootleg. The recording is crude, and the accompaniment primitive (particularly the drums, which aren't even included on all the tracks). Yet the similarity to what the Stones would become is unmistakable, with Jagger's singing sounding almost exactly similar to his style on the earliest Stones records, and a Chuck Berry chug already present in the guitars, though the rudimentary amplification produces some odd fiddle-like sounds.
01 Little Queenie 02 Beautiful Delilah 03 Down The Road Apiece 04 I Ain't Got You 05 Leave Me Alone 06 Goodbye Girl 07 It Should Be You 08 That Girl Belongs To Yesterday 09 Ain't That Loving You Baby 10 Don't Lie To Me 11 Mona 12 Walking The Dog 13 Bye Bye Johnny 14 I Wanna Be Your Man 15 Roll Over Beethoven 16 Little By Little 17 I Just Want To Make Love To You 18 I'm Moving On 19 Not Fade Away 20 Beautiful Delilah 21 High Heeled Sneakers 22 Meet Me In The Bottom 23 You Can Make It If You Try 24 Route 66 25 Confessin' The Blues 26 Down The Road Apiece 27 It's All Over Now 28 If You Need Me 29 Carol 30 Around And Around 31 I Can't Be Satisfied 32 Crackin' Up