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THE ROLLING STONES FROM THE VAULT LA FORUM LIVE IN 1975

 

THE ROLLING STONES

FROM THE VAULT - LA FORUM LIVE IN 1975

SHOCK ENTERTAINMENT

NOVEMBER 21 2014

 

 

The Rolling Stones have been reaching back into the archives for some time now at an increasing pace and this November sees two new releases the most famous of which is the much bootlegged ‘LA Friday ‘75’ which I remember picking up as a kid in the eighties at a record fare (google it youngsters). Rechristened ‘LA Forum ‘75’ (and incidentally always recorded on Sunday 13th July rather than the Friday show at the same venue) this has always been one of those classic shows that became part of The Stones legend and clocking in at almost two and a half hours long it’s a great spectacle.


The Stones at this point in the Seventies some might argue were just past their very best as far as recording goes with only really the variable ‘Black and Blue’ and ‘Some Girls’ to come of any real consistency, but ‘live’ they as you will see from this video far from it.


LA Forum ’75 is a show that sees The Stones at the top of their game and the tracklisting is the stuff of dreams with the best of their early output, a swathe of R’n’B classics and tracks from their previous two albums ‘Goat’s Head Soup’ and ‘It’s only Rock and Roll’ (the last two albums with guitarist Mick Taylor who is replaced here by Ronnie Wood). Also on stage are Ian Stewart, Billy Preston, Ollie E. Brown and Trevor Lawrence.


With a mix by Bob Clearmountain the audio here is much better than the bootlegs previously available and for its vintage the video of couse isn’t the super definition we are used to but this is 39 years old after all! It’s multi camera, the clothes are as dodgy as you’d hope to be especially Ronnie Wood who looks like he’s done up for Christmas!  All in all it feels like the vintage experience it shoyld beand actually manages to recapture some of the joy we used to have all those years ago buting those original bootlegs.


Highlights of such a great set are hard to pick but a great version of ‘Angie’, a real loose and scorching ‘Wild Horses’ and the Billy Preston showcase of  ‘That’s Life’ and ‘Outta Space’ make this one of the best archive releases to date.

 

Tracklist for L.A. Forum ‘75:

 

Honky Tonk Women  | All Down The Line | If You Can’t Rock Me Get Off My Cloud | Star Star | Gimme Shelter | Ain’t Too Proud To Beg | You Gotta Move | You Can’t Always Get What You Want | Happy | Tumbling Dice | Band Intros | It’s Only Rock N Roll | Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) | Fingerprint File | Angie | Wild Horses | That’s Life (Billy Preston & The Rolling Stones) | Outta Space (Billy Preston & The Rolling Stones) | Brown Sugar | Midnight Rambler | Rip This Joint | Street Fighting Man | Jumping Jack Flash | Sympathy For The Devil

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

THE ROLLING STONES FROM THE VAULT LA FORUM LIVE IN 1975