Back in 1964, The Rolling Stones hit utter chaos at their New York City premiere, following the release of their eponymous debut album. Cut to 2003, having played The City That Never Sleeps multiple times at several venues, it was only fitting that as part of their 40th annual tour, they would return to New York City’s most iconic square, Madison Square Garden.
Now, on June 10, Mercury Studios will present “Licked Live in NYC” in multiple audio and video formats. The show will be available on DVD + 2CD and SD Blu-ray + 2CD as well as a standalone 2CD and 3LP set. Originally released in 2003 as a special on HBO and as part of the “Four Flicks” package, the entire concert has been restored with four previously unreleased songs, including “Start Me Up,” “Tumbling Dice” and “Gimme Shelter.” and “sympathy for the devil.”
“New York City, top of the world…” senior frontman Mick Jagger comments after a raucous performance of “If You Can’t Rock Me” before a wink and nod to the cameras. “It’s great to see you here looking really pretty tonight and you’re a dude. Do you think you’re on TV or something?”
Jagger was joined on the show by Stones Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts along with a host of additional musicians, including Daryl Jones on bass, Chuck Levell on keyboards, Bobby Keys on saxophone, and Bernard Fowler and Lisa Fisher on backing vocals.
Beginning with “Street Fighting Man”, the Stones worked their way through classics like “Angie”, “Midnight Rambler”, “Can’t You Hear Me Knocking” and “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)” to name a few. A few, as well as “The Honky Tonk Women” with a special guest appearance by Sheryl Crow.
The set also includes three additional shows from Amsterdam and rehearsal footage that gives an inside view of the stones preparing for the tour. The SD Blu-ray package includes an additional 51-minute documentary, Tip of the Tongue, which captures the concept and setup of an innovative show approach to three shows/three venues on the Live Licks Tour.
Inspired by switching halls at night between arenas and ballrooms or theaters and playlists along with it, the band is captured preparing for their tour from the recording studio in Paris to rehearsals in Toronto. Local fans will remember the band performing fast in 2002 at the Veterans Arena, First Union Center and Tower Theater on an exhilarating stage for three nights, with the first two shows opening.
Incredibly, the Stones is still touring, and is now celebrating his 60th birthday with shows across Europe. The last time they performed through the region was in the summer of 2019 as part of their “No Filter” tour. I hope Philly gets another look at Mick and the boys before too long, but “Licked Live in NYC” is the perfect situation until then.
vinyl of the week
Keep an eye on this spot as every week we’ll be looking for new or soon-to-be-released vinyl from a variety of artists. It could be a re-compression of a historical record, a special edition, or a new collection of a legendary work. This week marks the 60th anniversary of one of jazz’s most successful albums.
John Coltrane: “My Favorite Things [60TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION]”
The Unicorn celebrates the 60th anniversary of John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” with deluxe versions on CD and vinyl. Released in March 1961, it was the first album to feature the jazz legend playing the soprano saxophone in addition to his usual music.
Coltrane’s soprano takes the lead on two of the album’s four songs, including his memorable rendition of the title track, written by Rodgers and Hammerstein for “The Sound of Music.” The modified version of the original 14-minute version was a radio broadcast that spring. The song’s success helped introduce it to a wider audience, while the album went on to inspire future generations of fans.
The Vinyl Edition features a new stereo and mono mix of “My Favorite Things” reimagined from the original tapes. The mono mix, which was thought to be missing, was recently rediscovered and will be available as a 180-gram LP double kit. The LPs come packaged in a replica of the original recording cover with a booklet containing rare photos, ephemera from that period, and new written notes by acclaimed journalist/composer Ben Ratliff.
“For a record that a lot of people have listened to, the LP version of ‘My Favorite Things’ travels impressively far; it’s clearly going somewhere,” says Ratliff. high school. revolves around you. It gives you just enough of the nice impression, at times, that you don’t know where you are or what song you’re on. It is a wonderful cross of extremism and tact.”
Coltrane was introduced to the soprano saxophone in late 1959 and soon after began playing it in addition to the regular saxophone. His first recorded instrumental performances were included in My Favorite Things. He recorded music in October 1960 with the release of the first John Coltrane Quartet. John Coltrane Quartet.
Shortly before the sessions began, Coltrane Sachs discussed the sopranos with Down Beat magazine, and said, “I had to adopt a style a little different than the one I use on my tenor, but it helps me walk away—allows me to take another look at my improvisation. It’s like having a hand other”.
The 60th Anniversary Edition of My Favorite Things can be found online and in stores from all respected vinyl retailers beginning May 20th.
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