The Rolling Stones

Who Killed Brian?

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Collectors love to acquire something that is ultrarare; so when a 1970s bootlegger calling itself Dreamlab Records claimed that it only pressed 100 copies of Who Killed Brian?, collectors went wild if they found a copy. Even if Dreamlab lied about only pressing 100 copies, there is no doubt that Who Killed Brian? is an extremely rare bootleg. The focus of this LP is a Stones show from 1966 when Brian Jones was still alive. Unfortunately, Dreamlab doesn't specify where the show was recorded or provide an exact recording date, which is the type of thing that frustrates collectors to no end. What is known is that the Stones are quite spirited during a set that ranges from "Under My Thumb" and "Satisfaction" to performances of "Roll Over, Beethoven," "Pain in My Heart," and "Time Is on My Side" (a gem that was originally recorded by New Orleans soul goddess Irma Thomas). The sound quality isn't great, although it isn't terrible either. Who Killed Brian? isn't the ideal document of the Stones on-stage in 1966, but despite its flaws, it's a bootleg that collectors found enjoyable -- that is, if they were able to track down a copy.