The Rolling Stones

Twenty Flight Rock

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Whenever the Rolling Stones went on tour in the 1980s, a ton of bootlegs were bound to surface. Their 1981-1982 tour in support of Tattoo You was no exception -- even though it didn't result in quite as staggering a number of bootlegs as the celebrated Some Girls tour of 1978, the 1981-1982 tour was still a major target of bootleggers. One of the many bootlegs that resulted from that tour was Twenty Flight Rock, which was recorded at a Hampton, VA, show on December 18, 1981, and was provided by a little-known bootlegger calling itself Arctic Zone Records. Far from an ideal document of that tour, Twenty Flight Rock contains only part of the show and offers ho-hum sound quality -- the sound isn't terrible, but it wouldn't impress an audiophile either. The performances are adequate, although Mick Jagger and Keith Richards sound more inspired on other early-'80s bootlegs than they do here. While the Stones performed a lot of their '60s and early-'70s classics on their 1981 tour, Arctic Zone tends to pick what was, in 1981, their more recent material. Two 1960s classics are included ("Under My Thumb" and "Let's Spend the Night Together"), but many of the songs are from either Some Girls ("Shattered," "Miss You," "When the Whip Comes Down") or Tattoo You ("Neighbours," "Black Limousine"). All things considered, Twenty Flight Rock can only be recommended to completists.

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