The Rolling Stones

Ft. Worth Express

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The most common complaint about old bootleg CDs was that so many of them had poor sound quality, but that isn't a problem on Ft. Worth Express, which was recorded from the soundboard at the Tarrant County Convention Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on June 24, 1972. The sound quality isn't fantastic, but it's good, and the band really lets it rip on favorites like "Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Brown Sugar," "Midnight Rambler," and "Bitch." This was a great time for the Stones, who were touring in support of the outstanding Exile on Main St. and favored a raw, gutsy approach both on classics from the '60s (including "Gimme Shelter," "You Can't Always Get What You Want," and "Street Fighting Man") and gems they introduced with Exile: "Tumbling Dice," "Rocks Off," "Rip This Joint," and "Sweet Virginia." If you like the Stones tough and ballsy rather than slick, you can't go wrong this CD.