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On Tour ’64 – The Rolling Stones

July 19, 2021

Available now from http://www.1960s.london

 

Side One

1. Around And Around (Berry) 

2. Off The Hook (Nanker, Phelge) 

3. Time Is On My Side (Meade) 

4. It’s All Over Now (Womack, Womack)

5. I’m Alright (McDaniel) 

6. Let’s Get Together (Nanker, Phelge) 

7. Carol  (Berry) 

8. Not Fade Away  (Hardin, Petty)

9. I’m Movin’ On (Snow)

Side Two

1.    Around and Around (Berry)

2.    Time Is On My Side (Meade)

3.    Carol (Berry) 

4. Mona ( McDaniel)

5. Not Fade Away (Hardin, Petty) 

6. High Heel Sneakers  (Higginbotham) 

7. I Just Want To Make Love To You (Dixon) 

8. Beautiful Delilah (Berry) 

9. Walking The Dog (Thomas) 

10. Susie Q (Hawkins, Chaisson, Lewis, Broadwater) 

Personnel

Mick Jagger – lead vocals

Brian Jones – guitar, harmonica

Keith Richard – guitar, backing vocals

Bill Wyman – bass

Charlie Watts – drums

Recording Details

Side One 

Tracks 1 – 6 recorded live on the 29th October at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and broadcast on the Teen Awards Music International (TAMI) TV show

7 & 8 recorded live for the Mike Douglas Show, Cleveland on June 18th and broadcast on KYW-TV3 on June 25th

Track 9 recorded live at the New Theatre Ballroom, St. Peter Port, Channel Islands on August 18th and broadcast on August 24th by ITV Channel Television

Side Two

Tracks 1 & 2 recorded live on the Ed Sullivan TV show 25th October

Tracks 3 & 4 recorded live for the Joe Loss Pop Show, BBC Light Radio on July 17th

Tracks  5-7 recorded live for the Joe Loss Pop Show, BBC Light Radio on April 10th

Tracks 8-10 recorded live at The Kurhaus, The Hague, Netherlands on August 8th 1964 and broadcast by REM TV/ Radio Veronica

Sleevenotes

1964 was a very eventful year for the Rolling Sones: this LP gives you a flavour of their international activity. We open with their explosive appearance on the US TAMI TV show where they topped a bill that included the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry. The Supremes and The Miracles  Here’s Bill Wyman in 2002. “We heard that James Brown wanted to close the show but the powers that be insisted we do the honours. James Brown vowed he was going to ‘make the Rolling Stones wish they’d never come to America’. We sat backstage and witnessed an incredible set from James Brown and his Famous Flames. It made us very nervous knowing we had to follow him. We went to the dressing room to get ready, where Chuck Berry and Marvin Gaye reassured and encouraged us. We got a fantastic reception from the 5000 fans when we walked onstage, the crowd loved it. We along with all the other performers did a version of I’m Alright / Get Together with Jack Nitzche’s band. As we walked off stage James Brown walked up to us and shook our hands, saying how he loved our performance.”

Stones authority Nick Kent explained the significance of this performance in Mojo (2003).  “James Brown dances so intensely and with such daredevil animal grace that you half expect his legs to spontaneously combust. The performance is such a dazzling tour-de-force that it seems unlikely that anyone would even attempt to follow it. Then out troop five long-haired scruffy blokes with an androgynous-looking urchin-faced lead singer taking Brown’s place at the microphone. A juvenile, big-eared Keith Richards sparks up the opening riff to Chuck Berry’s Around and Around and for the next 20 minutes we are treated to the Rolling Stones going toe to toe with the king of soul and rhythm and blues and his backing unit, the most dynamic live band in the world. The Stones play fantastically with Charlie Watts and Keith Richards particularly outstanding but it is Jagger who leads the charge here. No other white band could have pulled it off.” Also included are Off The HookIt’s All Over Now and Time Is On My Side. Keith Richards writing in his autobiography gave a more pragmatic reason for their appearance on the show.  “There was no money in any of the early American tours. We did the TAMI show in America late in 1964 to get us back home. We earned $25,000.”

I’m Moving On is from The Stones brief tour of the Channel Islands in August. Carol and Not Fade Away were recorded for the Mike Douglas TV show in Cleveland before the band made their first appearance on the prestigious Ed Sullivan national TV show. Here is how the NME of 30.10.64 covered their performance. “The Rolling Stones had two spots on Sunday’s Ed Sullivan TV show. Towards the end of the first half-hour, to more prolonged screams than any British group has received in recent months, they performed Around and Around. Later they returned for Time Is On My Side. Lead singer Mick Jagger lacked fire and depth and looked very unkempt. Jagger did quite a lot of supple dancing between vocal choruses and the rest of the group was suitably animated. There was negative New York press reaction, particularly on Jagger’s appearance. Television columnist headlined his Journal American review “The Slobs” and described them as “rubbishy musical riff-raff”. Mick Jagger remembers that “Ed told us that it was the wildest, most enthusiastic audience he’d seen any artiste get in the history of his show. We got a message from him a few days later saying “Received hundreds of letters from parents complaining about you, but thousands from teenagers saying how much they enjoyed your performance.”

Next up are high quality versions of Carol, Mona, Not Fade Away, High Heel Sneakers  and I Just Want To Make Love To You recorded over two sessions for Joe Loss at the BBC and not included on the official On Air release. More eventful are the recordings from 8th August. Bill Wyman again. “We played a beautiful venue in Holland called the Kurhaus. It was an opera house in The Hague and it turned into a disaster. As soon as the curtains opened the crowd went berserk. 100 police were moved into position to protect us  and it ended up with chandeliers being broken and tapestries town from walls. After two numbers the leads were pulled from our mics. Stu (road manager Ian Stewart) was right in the firing line and got hit by a bottle.” A volatile crowd was inflamed by the tedium of sitting through five banal support acts and the incendiary remarks of compere Jos Brink. Beautiful Delialah is recognisable but the set soon descends into aural anarchy so that Walking The Dog and Suzie Q sound like The Seeds.

A national newspaper headlined its coverage of the Kurhaus gig “Rolling Stones cause chaotic destruction” . Tellingly one of the banners unfurled by the audience said “Stones Forever, Beatles Never”. The Satanic Majesties were on their way…

 Sleevenotes: Ruby Tuesday

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