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Rolling Stones: Happy Birthday Nicky (Perth 24th Feb & Sydney 26th Feb 1973)

From Collectorsmusicreview.com

Disc 1 Western Australia Cricket Ground, Perth, AU – February 24th, 1973: Brown Sugar, Bitch, Rocks Off, Gimme Shelter, Happy, Tumbling Dice, Honky Tonk Women, All Down The Line, Midnight Rambler, band introduction, Happy Birthday to you Nicky, Little Queenie

Disc 2 Royal Randwich Racecourse, Sydney, AU – February 26th, 1973: Brown Sugar, Bitch, Rocks Off, Gimme Shelter, Happy, Tumbling Dice, Love In Vain, Sweet Virginia, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Honky Tonk Women, All Down The Line, Midnight Rambler, band introduction, Little Queenie, Rip This Joint, Jumping Jack Flash, Street Fighting Man.

This soundboard recording from The Rolling Stones’ short tour of Australia have been booted to death. There have been at least fifteen releases of the Perth fragment alone since it surfaced back in 1987 and Happy Birthday Nicky 1973, this new release on DAC offers some things that are new to the table. For the Perth tape, according to one Japanese collector, DAC have switched the left and right channels and have thickened the sound to make it sound more full and dynamic.

The soundboard recordings from both the Perth and Sydney shows are among the best from the seventies period. The Stones definitely emphasized the guitars in 1973 and you get a lot of that on these tapes. “Gimme Shelter” from Perth, although begins with the light guitar motif and the sax, when the dual guitars come in, weaving around one another, it sounds appropriately apocalyptic and amazing. Both “Midnight Ramblers” are noteworthy and the Perth version even has Mick out of breath!

The Sydney show begins and ends with the audience recording to make the shows complete. It covers the first minute of “Brown Sugar” and the end of the show with “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Street Fighting Man”. That tape source is merely good but distorted and contains lots of audience noise. Four tracks, “Love In Vain”, “Sweet Virginia”, “You Can’t Always Get”, and “Rip This Joint” have often been spliced into the Perth show, but are in reality from the Sydney show and DAC have rectified this. Overall everyone says these tapes are essential and it’s no understatement.

May 14, 2010 Posted by | The Rolling Stones Happy Birthday Nicky | , | Leave a comment