- 02 Jan 18
The Man Come On The Radio, He's Telling Me More And More...
There’s a nice circularity to this release following on the heels of 2016 excellent blues-cover jolly-up, Blue & Lonesome. The songs on that album could all have fitted on the Stones debut from 1964, as could these recordings, made for various BBC shows between ’63 and ‘65’, as The Stones were refashioning the past into the future.
A holy grail for fans, this long delayed release, previously available only on a thousand bootlegs, proves what a kick arse band they were right from the off. The only time they even came close to an official release before was on the super deluxe, and super expensive, version of 2012’s hits compilation, GRRR! Along with a five-track disc of the famed IBC demos from 1963, that set included a seven inch vinyl E.P. with four BBC tracks from ’64. A quick look on discogs.com shows mint copies heading north of two hundred euros, so it’s a relief to see this set hit the shelves.
“It was so frantic. Everything was frantic. The schedule was frantic. The fans were particularly frantic. This was the teeny-bopper time,” Keith Richards recalls. “It was overwhelming ... At 19 years old, it’s all a bit of a blur, but a very pleasant one I have to say. To me, they’re incredible pieces of history”