The Rolling Stones / On Air

In December Universal/Polydor will issue The Rolling StonesOn Air a collection of rare radio recordings from the band’s formative years.

Amongst the songs are eight the band have never recorded or released commercially, and these radio sessions would have been performed between 1963 and 1965 on BBC shows such as Saturday Club, Top Gear, Rhythm and Blues and The Joe Loss Pop Show.

On Air is available as an 18-track single CD edition which includes takes on (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, The Last Time, Come On, The Spider And The Fly, Route 66 and Hi Heel SneakersA double CD deluxe edition adds 14 further tracks to the offering. There’s also a heavyweight vinyl edition (which mirrors the single CD track listing).

These should sound good because the label says the audio has gone through a process called “audio source separation” which apparently involves “de-mixing the transcripts and allowing engineers at Abbey Road access to the original instrumentation and voices within each track, so that they could be rebuilt, rebalanced and remixed to achieve a fuller, more substantial sound.” Sounds similar to going back to the multi-tracks and remixing, although I suspect it’s not exactly that, since they’ve phrased it in a rather ambiguous way.

This release follows Richard Havers recent companion book which came out a few weeks back. The Rolling Stones On Air will be issued on 1 December 2017.

The Rolling Stones ON AIR 1963-65
Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman

The Rolling Stones – On Air

  1. Come On                                                                       Saturday Club, 1963
  2. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction                                         Saturday Club, 1965
  3. Roll Over Beethoven                                                    Saturday Club, 1963
  4. The Spider And The Fly                                               Yeah Yeah, 1965
  5. Cops And Robbers                                                       Blues in Rhythm, 1964
  6. It’s All Over Now                                                          The Joe Loss Pop Show, 1964
  7. Route 66                                                                        Blues in Rhythm, 1964
  8. Memphis, Tennessee                                                   Saturday Club, 1963
  9. Down The Road Apiece                                                Top Gear, 1965
  10. The Last Time                                                               Top Gear, 1965
  11. Cry To Me                                                                     Saturday Club, 1965
  12. Mercy, Mercy                                                                Yeah Yeah, 1965
  13. Oh! Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin’)                     Saturday Club, 1965
  14. Around And Around                                                    Top Gear, 1964
  15. Hi Heel Sneakers                                                           Saturday Club, 1964
  16. Fannie Mae                                                                    Saturday Club, 1965
  17. You Better Move On                                                    Blues in Rhythm, 1964
  18. Mona                                                                             Blues In Rhythm, 1964

Bonus Tracks (Deluxe)

  1. I Wanna Be Your Man                                                   Saturday Club, 1964
  2. Carol                                                                              Saturday Club, 1964
  3. I’m moving On                                                             The Joe Loss Pop Show, 1964
  4. If You Need Me                                                            The Joe Loss Pop Show, 1964
  5. Walking The Dog                                                          Saturday Club, 1964
  6. Confessin’ The Blues                                                    The Joe Loss Pop Show, 1964
  7. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love                        Top Gear, 1965
  8. Little By Little                                                                The Joe Loss Pop Show, 1964
  9. Ain’t That Loving You Baby                                          Rhythm And Blues, 1964
  10. Beautiful Delilah                                                             Saturday Club, 1964
  11. Crackin’ Up                                                                    Top Gear, 1964
  12. I Can’t Be Satisfied                                                        Top Gear, 1964
  13. I Just Want to Make Love To You                                 Saturday Club, 1964
  14. 2120 South Michigan Avenue                                     Rhythm and Blues, 1964

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