I’LL BE IN MY BASEMENT ROOM WITH A NEEDLE AND A SPOON, AND AN UPGRADED COPY OF MARQUEE ’71! For the last 25 years, I’ve had this intimate, historic 1971 return-to-the-Marquee Club show on a succession of badly bled and home-dubbed VHS cassettes, upgraded VHS “Master tapes,” early blue-backed DVD-Rs, silver DVDs, audio-only LP and CD boots, and most recently, deluxe CD/DVD “collectors” editions — and I have cherished them all. But as I live and breathe, the Stones are finally opening their vaults with an official Marquee release in the crispest, clearest quality I’ve yet to see and hear (watch below). And they’ve teased it with one of my all-time faves, the Mick Taylor C&W-licked guitar showcase, “Dead Flowers.” For years I’ve mused whether roses would sooner be put on my grave before the Stones gave this great show the treatment it deserved. Thank you kindly, boys.
Today marks the anniversary of one of the best (and more importantly, audio and visually documented) “in-between” Stones shows and tours during their prime: a March 26, 1971 concert at the small Marquee Club in London, the same venue where they got their start as a band some nine years earlier, when singer Mick Jagger and guitarist Keith Richards were still teenagers. Those were the early days of blues and R&B covers, with original compositions like “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” still barely a gleam in Jagger’s eye. The ensuing nine years between 1962 and 1971 may as well have been an eternity (and in a sense, it was in the scope of the pop, rock, and soul music of the day).
Much like the Beatles, Bob…
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