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The Rolling Stones - Brussels Affair- Live 1973 (Cover Artwork)

The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones: Brussels Affair- Live 1973Brussels Affair- Live 1973 (2011)
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Reviewer Rating: 4.5


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Depending which Stone you ask, they are either in the earliest stages of prepping for their 50th anniversary or have no plans at all to celebrate the half century mark. Because things have been quiet on the Stones front for some time, they've recently opened their vault, something they have previous.
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Depending which Stone you ask, they are either in the earliest stages of prepping for their 50th anniversary or have no plans at all to celebrate the half century mark. Because things have been quiet on the Stones front for some time, they've recently opened their vault, something they have previously been hesitant to do, only releasing two (semi) rarities collections, in the previous 50 years.

Last year saw the release of the titanic Exile on Main Street with bonus tracks. Just last month they released a concert video of the hell-raising 1978 tour, with a planned re-release of Some Girls with bonus tracks. Now that the biggest monoliths are out of the way, the band is digging into the really rare stuff, much to the fans' benefits.

The first release from the new "Stones Archive" is a cleaned up version of a bootlegged 1973 concert from Belgium. As the band tears through their newest tunes at the time on Brussels Affair- Live 1973, their raw energy mixed with talent and understanding of their source exemplifies why they really are the world's greatest rock n roll band.

1973 was an interesting year for the Stones. Still receiving accolades for 1971's Sticky Fingers, the band received mixed critical and commercial success for 1972's follow up, Exile on Main Street. Despite Exile's dipping numbers, the band seemed to be very proud of the double disc set and kept a hefty amount of those tunes in rotation, but they were also eager to try out new songs from the not yet released Goat's Head Soup, resulting in a set that almost equally balance the two albums with their "hits."

As soon as the band kicks into a revved up "Brown Sugar," the Stones make a statement that while folk rock and prog were gaining footing, the band was there to rock with a hefty amount of juiced-up blues, almost forecasting punk with each slammed chord. Keith Richards and then-Stones guitarist Mick Taylor are on fire, with Richards intertwining his open chord riffs with Taylor's Bayou/Georgia blues twang, creating some of their most aggressive music to date.

Meanwhile, Jagger became even more of a bluesman, singing with a slight growl and loose jaw. Instead of enunciating words, he forces them from his stomach. For some bizarre reason, modern publications have recently started the trend of minimizing Jagger's contribution to the group (I'm all like *what?!*). Here, though, Jagger simply proves that the after-the-fact historians are wrong. On "Starfucker," Jagger becomes a proto-punk jester, calling out groupies in a mix of disdain and self-congratulation. But then, just as his voice is rough and bilious, he switches to a gentle, but raw and vulnerable, lover on "Angie" lamenting the end of a relationship while stating that the break is necessary. The tone of his voice alone conveys multiple implications. He's happy for the end, but just as bummed out, and maybe, just maybe, he's the reason the relationship is over…

Although the Stones have always been a rock band, the 1973 tour was one of the first where the band had become huge, and it's reflected by the set list, the confidence with which the band plays, but also the sheer grittiness with which the band whips through their catalogue.This is as good as live albums get. Keep 'em coming, boys.

Notes:

-In my opinion, the Top five Stone tours are: 1978 U.S.A.; 2006 U.S.A.; 1973 Europe; 1982 World; 2003 U.S.A.

-How about a physical release?! I need pictures!

-Those of you with large collections might want to compare the riff from "Heartbreaker" to a certain Captain Sensible tune…

 

 
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preston (December 15, 2011)

Shit. I gotta check this out

tenwestchaser (December 14, 2011)

There's a huge difference between liking something and respecting it. For me, Paint It Black aside, I can't stand the Stones. It would be just plain ignorant to not respect them, though.

DrGunn (December 14, 2011)

yeah, i'm extremely suspicious of the sanity/musical taste of anyone who listens to any post-50s rock and doesn't like the stones.

MrKite (December 13, 2011)

good write up dude

palpitations101 (December 13, 2011)

Fucking piss covered shit. Fuck this band fuck them. Vomit and shit.

Fuck you.

Sliced-T (December 13, 2011)

I can't tell if that guy's comment below me is for serious. Either way, I'd love to hear this. I'm sort of on the fence with Exile, but everything they put out up until then was magic. Claiming to be a rock fan, punk or otherwise, and then saying you hate those early Stones albums is not an option. I'm sorry, but it just isn't.

EchosMyron (December 13, 2011)

Truly awful band. The Ramones, Mission of Burma, and Pere Ubu were the only bands to release good albums in the 70s.

eatdogs (December 13, 2011)

i've tried and tried to like the stones...but then i took an arrow to the knee.

DrGunn (December 13, 2011)

'73 was the beginning of the end of the stones for me, but i still want to hear this.

SilentStorms (December 13, 2011)

I appreciate this band and all they have done for rock, but I would never actively listen to them and I've never really dug their music.

punk_sk (December 13, 2011)

I care very little for the rolling stones

misterspike (December 13, 2011)

Exile/Sticky Fingers is my favorite era of the Stones. I need to get this.

Also, check out the documentary "Stones in Exile" if you haven't. Great insight into the making of Exile on Main Street.

Not sure how "punk" this is ... but Holy Crap do I love me some Rolling Stones.

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