Tuesday, 28 August 2018
The Rolling Stones - The Brussels Affair (1973)
This is one of my favourite Rolling Stones live albums from the many they have done. Even more so than on "Ladies And Gentlemen", the band are on fire. The sound is truly outstanding, in many ways it puts "Ladies And Gentlemen" to shame. Also, it is great to hear some material from "Goat's Head Soup" being played, which is a rarity - particularly the marvellously menacing "Dancing With Mr. D" and the gorgeously rude "Star F****". Just listen to that rumbling, melodic bass underpinning the song. Bill Wyman at his very best. "Doo Doo Doo" and "Angie" are also there from that album, along with the the usual early seventies suspects like "All Down The Line", Keith's "Happy" (sung third up in the set) and "Rip This Joint".
It has to be said again that the sound quality is just superb - full, powerful and speaker-shaking. In fact, the sound on the tracks from "Goat" are better than on the muddy studio recording. "Mr. D" is just revelatory. As far as I know, it is the only non-bootleg, readily available live recording of it. "Doo Doo Doo" has some absolutely sublime bass lines on it too. I almost have to pinch myself into accepting that the sound is just so damn good on this recording. Just check out the guitar on "You Can't Always Get What You Want". Stunning.
It is the best of the live albums released in the "From The Vault Archive" series. Get hold of it if you can, it is highly recommended. Listening to it is an uplifting, invigorating experience. The Stones really are at their live apex here. Yes, I know "Ya-Ya's" is iconic, but this really does take some beating.
- August 28, 2018