In 1964, the Rolling Stones arrived in absolute chaos for their first show in New York, following the release of their self-titled debut album. Cut to 2003, after playing the city that never sleeps multiple times in multiple venues, it was only fitting that as part of their 40th anniversary tour, they made it a point to return to the most famous arena in New York, Madison Square Garden.
Now, on June 10, Mercury Studios will stream “Licked Live in NYC” in multiple audio and video formats. The show will be available on DVD + 2CD, SD Blu-ray + 2CD as well as a standalone set of 2CD and 3LP. Originally released in 2003 as an HBO special and part of the “Four Flicks” package, the concert has been fully restored and remastered with four previously unreleased songs, including “Start Me Up”, “Tumbling Dice”, “Gimme Shelter”, and “Sympathy for the Devil”.
“New York, top of the world…” comments frontman Mick Jagger after a raucous performance of “If You Can’t Rock Me,” before winking and nodding at the cameras. “It’s great to see you here looking really good tonight, all dressed up. Do you think you’re on TV or what?
Joining Jagger on the show were Stones principals Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts plus a host of additional musicians, including Darryl Jones on bass, Chuck Leavell on keyboards, Bobby Keys on saxophone and Bernard Fowler and Lisa Fischer 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, as well as “Honky Tonk Women” with a special appearance by Sheryl Crow.
The set also includes three bonus performances from Amsterdam and rehearsal footage that gives an insider’s view of the Stones getting ready for the tour. The Blu-ray SD package includes the additional 51-minute documentary “Tip of the Tongue”, which captures the conception and preparation of the innovative three-show/three-venue approach to the Live Licks Tour.
Inspired to switch locations every night between arenas, ballrooms or theaters, and setlists with it, the band are captured preparing for this tour from the recording studio in Paris to rehearsals in Toronto. Local fans will remember the band performing in 2002 at Veterans Stadium, the First Union Center and the Tower Theater on an exhilarating three-night adventure, with the Pretenders opening the first two shows.
Incredibly, the Stones are still on tour, now celebrating their 60th anniversary with shows across Europe. The last time they passed through the region was in the summer of 2019 as part of their “No Filter” tour. Hopefully Philly gets another look at Mick and the Boys before too long, but “Licked Live in NYC” is the perfect solution until then.
VINYL OF THE WEEK
Keep an eye on this place as each week we’ll be reviewing new or upcoming vinyl from a variety of artists. It can be a reprint of a historical recording, a special edition or a new collection of a legendary act. This week marks the 60th anniversary of one of the most successful albums by a jazz great.
JOHN COLTRANE: “MY FAVORITE THINGS” [60TH ANNIVERSARY DELUXE EDITION]’
Rhino celebrates the 60th anniversary of John Coltrane’s “My Favorite Things” with deluxe editions on vinyl and compact disc. Released in March 1961, it was the first album to feature the jazz legend playing soprano saxophone in addition to his usual tenor.
The Coltrane soprano takes the lead on two of the album’s four songs, including her unforgettable rendition of the title track, which Rodgers and Hammerstein wrote for the musical “The Sound of Music.” An edited version of the 14-minute original was a radio hit that spring. The song’s success helped introduce him to a wider audience, while the album continued to inspire future generations of fans.
The vinyl edition includes new stereo and mono mixes of “My Favorite Things” remastered from the original tapes. The mono mix, once considered lost, has recently been rediscovered and will be available as a 180 gram double LP set. The LPs are packaged in a replica of the original record sleeve with a booklet featuring rare photos, period ephemera, and new liner notes written by renowned music journalist/author Ben Ratliff.
“For a record that so many people have listened to, the LP version of ‘My Favorite Things’ travels impressively; he’s obviously going somewhere,” Ratliff says. “It also remains ambivalent through its juxtaposition of E major and E minor. It makes you go round in circles; it kinda gives you the nice feeling, sometimes, that you don’t know where you are or what song you’re in. It’s a remarkable mix of extremism and tact.
Coltrane was introduced to the soprano saxophone in late 1959 and soon after began playing it in addition to his regular tenor sax. His earliest recorded performances on the instrument are included in “My Favorite Things”. He recorded the music in October 1960 with the first version of the John Coltrane Quartet. John Coltrane Quartet.
Shortly before the sessions began, Coltrane discussed soprano sax with Down Beat magazine and said, “I had to take a slightly different approach than I use for tenor, but it helps me escape – allows me to take another look at improvisation. It’s like having another hand.
The 60th anniversary edition of “My Favorite Things” is available online and in stores at all respectable retailers that sell vinyl starting May 20.
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