Mick Jagger posted this great news on Facebook and Twitter today. www.stonesarchive.com has launched. I think this is a fantastic way to provide the fans with good sounding classic bootlegs. Here are a few lines taken from the site:
The Rolling Stones have unlocked the door to their archive, full of music, film and memorabilia from their incredible, almost 50 year career. At www.StonesArchive.com you can listen to unheard music, view unseen photographs and films, and look at rare merchandise. Fans have the opportunity to buy items such as signed lithographs, deluxe box sets, even personalized merchandise and tour gear in our shop.
The first item the band are releasing is the long-awaited download of a legendary 1973 concert, recorded at the Forest National in Belgium. Long hailed by die-hard Stones fans as one of the band’s greatest live performances, The Brussels Affair has been a mainstay in the underground music world for years. The original bootlegs, sold under such titles as Europe 73, Bedspring Symphony and Brussels Affair, were cobbled together from assorted radio broadcasts, including the syndicated radio programme King Biscuit Flower Hour, and usually contained songs performed at other venues. The new edition, pulled exclusively from the two Brussels gigs, was taken from the original multi-track masters recorded by Andy Johns on the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio. Longtime Stones collaborator Bob Clearmountain applied the final mix.
Brussels was the penultimate stop on a European tour that the Stones embarked upon in the autumn of 1973 to promote the album Goats Head Soup. At the time, the Stones were by far the biggest stars on the planet, and the 21-city tour was met by ecstatic crowds, causing the band to frequently perform two shows a day, as they did at the Forest National arena in Brussels. Despite the frenetic pace, the road trip yielded some of the band’s greatest music on stage.
The Brussels Affair captures that greatness. From the opening chords of “Brown Sugar” to the closing crescendo of “Street Fighting Man”, the Stones were firing on all cylinders: Keith and Charlie churning out a locomotive-like rhythm section (can any song be played faster than this rendition of “Rip This Joint”?), Mick Taylor delivering a barrage of blistering leads, and Jagger growling and grinding in his blue-sequined best.
Although the Stones began readying a live album of the show for commercial release, the idea was ultimately shelved – a tragedy given the ferocity of the set and the definitive live versions of Stones classics that it presents. Fortunately, that has all changed today. If there was one Rolling Stones bootleg that needed to find its way into the mainstream, Brussels ’73 was it.
Yes, I did buy it, and it’s great! Of Course it is I’ve always loved it and it is just fantastic just to be able to download it from a legitimate source. Thank you, Stones!
The sound is good , it has a fuller sound than I remember from the boots, but this bootleg has always had very good sound. You can choose if you want flac or mp3/256, I chose the mp3’s and am happy as hell.
I’ve included some pictures from the concert:
Head over to www.stonesarchive.com to get your copy, it’s one of the best albums you can buy!
PS: It includes the definitive version of Midnight Rambler, just fuckin’ amazing!