The Rolling Stones

So Much Younger Than Today

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Also released on vinyl in the 1980s under the title Sold Out, this recording is one of the few to surface from the Rolling Stones' last U.S. tour with Brian Jones in their lineup, doing their mid-'60s repertory. Made from a tape of a legitimate radio broadcast of the show, this was also the group's last American concert for more than three years, as drug busts and personal situations would sideline the Stones as a performing unit starting in the spring of 1967. So on that basis alone, it's well worth hearing -- given its broadcast origins, it's no surprise that the sound quality is decent, and the performance is good, limited as it is to eight songs, all but three of which -- "Not Fade Away," "The Last Time," and "Satisfaction" (which were semi-permanent parts of their concert set) -- were current or recent singles. "Paint It Black" and "Mother's Little Helper," which aren't represented on any official live release of the period, come off well in concert, while the rest, which did appear in later concert renditions on the legitimate Got Live If You Want It LP (and the much-improved CD), are very close to the versions on that album. It's still a chaotic setting in which to do music, the size of the Stones' audience far outstripping the capabilities of the amplifiers and sound systems in use in 1966, if not quite as bad as the scene at Royal Albert Hall for Got Live If You Want It; but it fills in some important gaps for hardcore fans and the curious, as to what the Stones were about in concert in the mid-'60s, and how they approached certain songs. And given the profusion of "authorized" bootlegs and archival releases appearing in recent years by the Allman Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Muddy Waters, King Crimson, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Mountain, et. al, perhaps the powers-that-be in the Rolling Stones and ABKCO organizations (which represents their pre-1970 work, and, if need be, the Brian Jones Estate) should look into tracking down as good a source as there is for the broadcast tape this was made from, and releasing it legitimately.