The Rolling Stones

Who Went to Church This Sunday?: 1975 Tour of the Americas, Pt. 1

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In 1975 and 1976, the Rolling Stones' July 9-13, 1975, shows at L.A.'s Inglewood Forum resulted in various bootlegs. First, Idle Mind Productions (one of the top bootleggers of the 1970s) released the Forum performances on two separate vinyl LPs: Who Went to Church This Sunday?: 1975 Tour of the Americas, Pt. 1 and Charlie Watts and His Fabulous Rolling Stones: 1975 Tour of the Americas, Pt. 2. Then, in 1976, another bootlegger called Moonstone Records combined the two for a double-LP titled 1975 Tour of the Americas. And it was in either 1975 or 1976 that a bootlegger called Holy Grail Records released the July 9, 1975, show as the LPs Rolling Stones American Tour, Pts. 1 & 2. When you acquired a bootleg in the 1970s, sound quality was often a major concern. But this LP (which contains mostly July 13 performances, except for a July 10 performance of "Star Star") offers very good, if imperfect, stereo sound. Even if the bootlegger didn't have access to the Forum's soundboard, he/she used a high-quality portable stereo cassette recorder. And the Stones are easy to enjoy on crowd-pleasers that include "Brown Sugar," "Get Off of My Cloud," "Tumbling Dice," and "Jumpin' Jack Flash." Who Went to Church This Sunday? isn't the ideal or definitive Stones bootleg of the 1970s, but it has more pluses than minuses -- and it's an LP that collectors were glad to acquire back in 1975.

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