The ROLLING STONES – ” Live At The El Mocambo “

Posted: March 26, 2022 in MUSIC

The Rolling Stones’ Live At The El Mocambo was recorded at the band’s legendary, surprise Toronto show on March 5th, 1977, when the Stones opened for local band April Wine under the name “The Cockroaches” at a 300-capacity venue. Some of the songs from that show appeared on 1977’s “Love You Live“, but now the full show is getting released on May 13th via Universal with three bonus tracks that were recorded the previous night. Two tracks are out now, “It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It)” and “Rip This Joint,” and both remind you how on fire the Stones were in the late ’70s.

Only four of the performances have previously appeared on the ‘Love You Live’ album in September 1977. The Stones’ Toronto club shows came about after a radio contest offered tickets to see the Canadian rock band April Wine, with support from the “Cockroaches”, who were in fact the Rolling Stones .

The set included Muddy Waters’ ‘Mannish Boy’, Bo Diddley’s ‘Crackin’ Up’, ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together’ and ‘Tumbling Dice,’ and blues classics Big Maceos ‘Worried Life Blues’ and Willie Dixon’s ‘Little Red Rooster.’ Those lucky enough to attend got to hear the live debut of ‘Worried About You,’ which went on to feature on ‘Tattoo You’, plus highlights ‘Honky Tonk Women’ and ‘Hot Stuff.’

The live album announcement comes after it was recently revealed that frontman Mick got a thrill out of playing secret club gigs in between stadium shows. Joe Satriani played with Mick on his solo tour in 1988 and recalled how much satisfaction the rocker got out of playing surprise sets at bars.

“It was always great, just to see Mick turn it on when he’s literally 12 inches away from the audience. And they can touch him and everything. He loved playing blues songs and rock and roll favourites and stuff. We all got a kick out of it.”

Available on double CD, 4 LP Black Vinyl, 4 LP Neon Vinyl and digitally, the full set from the March 5th show and three bonus tracks from the March 4th show make up the track-listing. The new mix is by Bob Clearmountain – the producer who worked on the group’s 1981 LP ‘Tattoo You’.

The Rolling Stones’ legendary ‘Live At The El Mocambo concert is being released in full for the first time.

A brand new live album featuring the legendary 1977 El Mocambo shows Released on May 13th via Universal Records

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