The Rolling Stones ‎– The Brussels Affair '73

Rolling Stones Records ‎– BGDDRS69
15 × File, FLAC


1 Brown Sugar 3:54
2 Gimme Shelter 5:31
3 Happy 3:13
4 Tumblin' Dice 5:02
5 Starfucker 4:15
6 Dancing With Mr. D 4:36
7 Heartbreaker 5:01
8 Angie 5:13
9 You Can't Always Get What You Want 10:57
10 Midnight Rambler 12:49
11 Honkytonk Women 3:10
12 All Down The Line 4:19
13 Rip This Joint 2:24
14 Jumping Jack Flash 3:26
15 Street Fighting Man 5:13

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Recorded live from the original multi-track masters on the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio on 17th October 1973 at the Forest National in Brussels, Belgium.

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
BGDDRS67 The Rolling Stones The Brussels Affair'73(15xFile, MP3, 320) Rolling Stones Records BGDDRS67 US 2011
none The Rolling Stones Brussels Affair 1973(CD, Unofficial, Dig) Funky Monkey Records none Europe 2013 Sell This Version
312737BS00 The Rolling Stones The Brussels Affair(3xLP, 180 + 2xCD, Col) Rolling Stones Archive, Rolling Stones Records, Promotone B.V. 312737BS00 US 2012 Sell This Version
RTR-015 The Rolling Stones The Brussels Evening Affair(3xLP, Col + 2xCD + Box, Ltd, Unofficial) Red Tongue Records RTR-015 2012 Sell This Version



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February 2, 2012
Recorded on their Goats Head Soup tour, this indispensable document of The Stones on the verge of collapse yet also at one of their ten thousand peaks was only available for years as a crappy-sounding bootleg. Though originally intended as a genuine live album by the band, Brussels Affair never hit the shelves, and is only now finally available with the crisp sound and perfect mix of an official release. At the time of this show, The Stones were Jagger and Richards, Bill Wyman, Charlie Watts and consummate guitar master Mick Taylor, whose relatively short time with the band marked what’s arguably their strongest period, a stretch that includes both Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main St. Taylor's lyrical playing here nearly steals the show, and the juxtaposition of Keith's shambling rock 'n' roll fever with Taylor's understated but powerful neatness really jumps out of the speakers. This is The Stones during a truly classic era, and captures that peculiar thing about them: how even when they're stumbling around, falling apart and, presumably, sick to hell of each other, when they play, the music is the definition of rock and roll and the sloppiness is a big part of what makes them great. In this middle period after the cyclone they were circa Get Yer Ya-Yas Out and before the football pants and stadium-sized hangover of Love You Live, the band was firing on all cylinders, cranking through long time staples of their live show, a practically funk version of "Midnight Rambler" and attacking the new material (especially "Star Star") with the ferocity of their earliest days. Besides Charlie Watts, who’s always fun to listen to, you can hear a revelatory version of "Dancing With Mr. D," which sounds thin and gimmick-y on Goats Head Soup but live gets the sleazy groove treatment and proves one of the highlights of the night. Exile On Main St. freaks get treated to four cuts from that landmark album, with Keith's ragged voice sounding like he's barely keeping it together during "Happy." On top of all this, you get to hear Mick Jagger speak French to the audience and do his best impression of either Louie Armstrong or himself, it's hard to figure out which. It’s yet another instance where The Stones get away with things no other group can, and the music speaks for itself. This is the greatest rock and roll band in the world, after all. ~ Mike McGuirk, Google Music