The Rolling Stones

Klein's Revenge

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In 1975, as part of a contract settlement between the Rolling Stones, their former manager Allen Klein, and their former label Decca/London Records, an album of 1960s outtakes called Metamorphosis was released and quickly maligned with the nickname "Klein's Revenge." Klein's Revenge the bootleg album consists largely of alternate takes of those outtakes, which ought to make it even worse. But the audience for bootlegs generally consists of hardcore fans, and for them there will be some material of interest. Actually, in addition to the 13 alternate outtakes, three tracks are directly from Metamorphosis, and then there are six additional tunes, some of them of doubtful origin. The Metamorphosis album was drawn from two main sources. First, there were mid-'60s demos of songs written by the Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and intended to be given away to other singers, as indeed many of them were, with the result, for example, that Vashti cut "Some Things Just Stick in Your Mind" and the Toggery Five covered "I'd Much Rather Be With the Boys" (actually written by Richards and Stones producer Andrew Loog Oldham). Second, there were songs like "Family" and "Jiving Sister Fanny" cut during the sessions for such late-'60s albums as Beggars Banquet and Let It Bleed but not used. To this collection of minor rarities, Klein's Revenge adds studio run-throughs of songs that were released in better performances, such as "Blue Turns to Grey," instrumentals, and oddities such as "I Know" (with a vocalist who doesn't sound like a Rolling Stone) and the notorious "Andrew's Blues," an obscenity-laden studio joke sung by Phil Spector. The result is actually a better album than Metamorphosis, if only because it is not billed as a legitimate release, but as a bootleg of Rolling Stones studio material not available commercially.