Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Rolling Stones - Live At The Marquee (1971)


  

Recorded at London's Marquee Club in 1971

Yes, the set is considerably shorter than others in the series but considering it dates from the small Marquee Club venue in 1971 the sound is outstanding and there isn't much else around from this (comparatively) fallow period in The Stones' live career. The band are on top form at this time, just prior to the release of "Sticky Fingers" by about a month. Some familiar tracks are getting their first live outings here.

It contains powerful versions of "Live With Me", "Dead Flowers", a first outing for "I Got The Blues" and, it is good to hear the comparative rarity of "Let It Rock". "Bitch" rocks too, as you would expect, as does "Midnight Rambler"

The almost soulful, slowed down version of "Satisfaction" is certainly not definitive, and it disliked by some, but it is an interesting take on this much-played standard. It turns the song into a horn-driven soul groove, just as Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin did. Sooner hear this than hear it played "straight" for the 5 billionth time! The "alternative" take of both "Bitch" and "I Got The Blues" are very similar to both each other and the ones from the main set. They don't bring too much to the table to be honest.

All These "From The Vault" recordings are good, and, despite its shorter length, this is one of my favourites from the series.

B+

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