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The Rolling Stones - The Best Of The Boots: 1963-70 [A Prof. Stoned Compilation]

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--- Part I: The Best Of The Boots: 1963-65 --- 
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01. Diddley Daddy			(Recorded 11 March 1963; IBC Studios, London)				Demo
02. Roadrunner				(Recorded 11 March 1963; IBC Studios, London)				Demo
03. Bright Lights, Big City		(Recorded 11 March 1963; IBC Studios, London)				Demo
04. I Want To Be Loved			(Recorded 11 March 1963; IBC Studios, London)				Demo
05. Baby, What's Wrong			(Recorded 11 March 1963; IBC Studios, London)				Demo
06. Go Home Girl                	(Recorded 14 November 1963; De Lane Lea Studios, London)		Outtake
07. Leave Me Alone                	(Recorded 20-21 November 1963; Regent Sound Studios, London)		Demo; Mick & Keith with session players
08. It Should Be You                	(Recorded 20-21 November 1963; Regent Sound Studios, London)		Demo; Mick & Keith with session players
09. That Girl Belongs To Yesterday	(Recorded 20-21 November 1963; Regent Sound Studios, London)		Demo; Mick & Keith with session players
10. Not Fade Away                	(Recorded 10 January 1964; Regent Sound Studios, London) 		Alternate Take
11. Pitney/Spector Jam		        (Recorded 4 February 1964; Regend Sound Studios, London) 		Outtake; feat. Gene Pitney & Phil Spector
12. Andrew's Blues                 	(Recorded 4 February 1964; Regend Sound Studios, London) 		Outtake; feat. Gene Pitney & Phil Spector
13. Tell Me				(Recorded 24 February 1964; Regent Sound Studios, London) 		Alternate Take
14. As Time Goes By                	(Recorded 11 March 1964; De Lane Lea Studios, London) 			Demo; feat. Big Jim Sullivan On Guitar
15. Stewed & Keefed                	(Recorded 10 June 1964; Chess Studios, Chicago, IL)			Outtake
16. Hi-Heel Sneakers                	(Recorded 11 June 1964; Chess Studios, Chicago, IL)			Outtake
17. Tell Me Baby, How Many Times   	(Recorded 11 June 1964; Chess Studios, Chicago, IL)			Outtake
18. Down In The Bottom                	(Recorded 11 June 1964; Chess Studios, Chicago, IL)			Outtake
19. Hear It (edit)		 	(Recorded 21-23 July 1964; Regent, IBC & Decca Studios, London) 	Outtake; feat. Big Jim Sullivan On Guitar
20. Mercy, Mercy                	(Recorded 8 November 1964; Chess Studios, Chicago, IL)			Outtake
21. Key To The Highway                	(Recorded 8 November 1964; Chess Studios, Chicago, IL)			Outtake
22. Try Me				(Recorded 10 May 1965; Chess Studios, Chicago, IL)			Outtake
23. Looking Tired                	(Recorded 6 September 1965; RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA)			Outtake
24. 19th Nervous Breakdown        	(Recorded 3-10 December 1965; RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA) 		Alternate Mix; Different vocals

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--- Part II: The Best Of The Boots: 1966-70 --- 
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25. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby?	(Recorded 3-11 August 1966; RCA Studios, Hollywood, CA) 		Alternate Take
26. Get Yourself Together               (Recorded 8-26 November 1966; Olympic Studios, London)			Outtake
27. Pay Your Dues			(Recorded 17 March-4 April 1968; Olympic Studios, London)		Alternate Mix; Different vocals
28. Dear Doctor				(Recorded 13-23 May 1968; Olympic Studios, London)			Alternate Take
29. No Expectations			(Recorded 13-23 May 1968; Olympic Studios, London)			Alternate Take
30. Still A Fool (edit)			(Recorded 13-23 May 1968; Olympic Studios, London)			Outtake; feat. Nicky Hopkins on piano
31. Gimme Shelter			(Recorded 9 February-31 March 1969; Olympic Studios, London)		Alternate Mix; Different vocals
32. You Got The Silver			(Recorded 9 February-31 March 1969; Olympic Studios, London)		Alternate Mix; Different vocals
33. Sister Morphine			(Recorded 9 February-31 March 1969; Olympic Studios, London)		Outtake
34. Loving Cup				(Recorded 17 April-2 July 1969; Olympic Studios, London)		Outtake
35. Brown Sugar				(Recorded 2-4 December 1969; Muscle Shoals Studios, Florence, AL)	Alternate Mix; various dubs from finished version missing
36. Wild Horses				(Recorded 2-4 December 1969; Muscle Shoals Studios, Florence, AL)	Alternate Mix; only acoustics guitars and vocals
37. Dead Flowers			(Recorded 9-10, 18 December 1969; Olympic Studios, London)		Alternate Mix; different vocals
38. Cocksucker Blues			(Recorded March-May 1970; Stargroves, Newbury & Olympic Studios)	Outtake (sorta..)
39. Potted Shrimps (edit)		(Recorded 17-31 October 1970; Stargroves, Newbury & Olympic Studios) 	Outtake: No vocals, feat. Nicky Hopkins on piano

All selections are MONO except Tr. 15-19,24,27-37,39 are STEREO

All selections never officially released except Tr. 01-05 which appeared on the Super Deluxe edition of Grrr! (2012). These were sourced from a bootleg with lesser sound than the one used here, except Tr. 03 for which they used a scratchy acetate. Although Tr. 03 has tape warble and was spliced together from two different sources on the bootleg, it still has much better fidelity overall. Tr. 13 appears only on the ultra-rare first British pressing of the 1st album and appears here for the first time in near-mastertape quality. 

Producer: Andrew Oldham except Glyn Johns (Tr. 01-05), Eric Easton (co-producer Tr. 10-13), Jimmy Miller (Tr. 27-39) 
Engineers (where known): Glyn Johns (Tr. 01-05, 27-38, 40), Bill Farley (Tr. 07-13), Jim Mine (Tr. 14), Ron Malo (Tr. 15-18, 20-22), Dave Hassinger (Tr. 23-25), Jimmy Johnson (Tr. 35-36) Jimmy Miller (Tr. 38)

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--- Part III: The Best Of The Beeb: 1963-65 ---
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01. Come On 				(Recorded 23 September 1963; Maida Vale Studios, London)		Radio Broadcast: 'Saturday Club' on 26 September 1963
02. Memphis, Tennessee 			(Recorded 23 September 1963; Maida Vale Studios, London)		Radio Broadcast: 'Saturday Club' on 26 September 1963
03. Roll Over Beethoven 		(Recorded 23 September 1963; Maida Vale Studios, London)		Radio Broadcast: 'Saturday Club' on 26 September 1963
04. Route 66				(Recorded 19 March 1964; Camden Theatre, London) 			Broadcast: 'BBC Network 3'/'Blues In Rhythm' on 9 May 1964
05. Cops And Robbers			(Recorded 19 March 1964; Camden Theatre, London) 		Broadcast: 'BBC Network 3'/'Blues In Rhythm' on 9 May 1964
06. You Better Move On			(Recorded 19 March 1964; Camden Theatre, London) 		Broadcast: 'BBC Network 3'/'Blues In Rhythm' on 9 May 1964
07. Mona 				(Recorded 19 March 1964; Camden Theatre, London) 			Broadcast: 'BBC Network 3'/'Blues In Rhythm' on 9 May 1964
08  2120 South Michigan Avenue		(Recorded 8 October 1964)						Radio Broadcast: 'Rhythm And Blues' on 31 October 1964
09. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love	(Recorded 1 March 1965; Playhouse Theatre Studios, London) 		Radio Broadcast: 'Top Gear' on 6 March 1965
10. The Last Time			(Recorded 1 March 1965; Playhouse Theatre Studios, London) 		Radio Broadcast: 'Top Gear' on 6 March 1965
11. Down The Road Apiece 		(Recorded 1 March 1965; Playhouse Theatre Studios, London) 		Radio Broadcast: 'Top Gear' on 6 March 1965
12. Mercy Mercy				(Recorded 20 August 1965) 						Radio Broadcast: 'Yeh! Yeh!' on 30 August 1965 
13. Cry To Me				(Recorded 20 August 1965) 						Radio Broadcast: 'Saturday Club' on 18 September 1965
14. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction	(Recorded 20 August 1965) 						Radio Broadcast: 'Yeh! Yeh!' on 30 August 1965 
15. Fanny Mae				(Recorded 20 August 1965) 						Radio Broadcast: 'Saturday Club' on 18 September 1965
16. The Spider And The Fly		(Recorded 20 August 1965) 						Radio Broadcast: 'Yeh! Yeh!' on 30 August 1965 
17. Oh Baby 	 			(Recorded 20 August 1965) 						Radio Broadcast: 'Yeh! Yeh!' on 30 August 1965 

All selections are MONO except Tr. 04-07 are STEREO

All selections have been released officially with arguably inferior soundquality. These are the dry original recordings. 

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Source of information: http://www.nzentgraf.de  (THE ROLLING STONES DATABASE by Nico Zentgraf)

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**Audio sources**

Best of the Boots:
- Bright Lights - Big City ‎(CD, Unofficial) The Swingin' Pig TSP-CD-010 Luxembourg 1989 (Tr. 01-05,23)
- Key To The Highway (CD, Unofficial) Rattle Snake ‎RS 220 Europe 2007 (Tr. 06-09,20-21)
- The Black Box ‎(3xCD, Unofficial) Yellow Dog Records YD 046/8 Europe 1994 (Tr. 10,14)
- The Allen Klein Collection (CD, Unofficial) Midnight Beat MB CD 128 Luxembourg 1997 (Tr. 11-12,25)
- The Rolling Stones ‎(LP, Album, Mono, Withdrawn) Decca LK 4605 UK 1964 (Tr. 13)
- Mad Shadows ‎(2xCD, Unofficial) Dog N Cat Records DAC-180 Japan 2017 (Tr. 15-18)
- Necrophilia ‎(CD, Unofficial) Vinyl Gang Product VGP 317 Japan 2002 (Tr. 19,27)
- "unknown" (Tr. 22)
- Reel Time Trip (CD, Unofficial) Scorpio RSRTT-001 Japan 2011 (Tr. 24,34,37)
- Accidents Will Happen ‎(2xCD, Unofficial) Vinyl Gang Product VGP 370 Japan 2004 (Tr. 26)
- R.S.V.P. ‎(CD, Comp, Unofficial) Cool Blokes Production, Front Row Center 022 US 1996 (Tr. 28)
- Time Trip 1966 - 1974 ‎(4xCD, Unofficial) Dog N Cat Records DAC-063 Japan 2007 (Tr. 29,31-33,35-36)
- Trident Demos ‎(2xCD, Album, Unofficial) Dog N Cat Records DAC-123 Japan 2012 (Tr. 30)
- Sticky Beggars Bleed In Exile (2xCD, Comp, Unofficial) Acid Project APCD012 2019 (Tr. 38)
- The Trident Mixes ‎(CD, Unofficial) Dog N Cat Records DAC-052 Japan 2008 (Tr. 39)

Best of the Beeb:
- BBC Pre-FM Archive DAT Masters (Tr. 01-07) 
- BBC Transcription LP's (Tr. 08-17)

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Audio Research & Sources Selected by JWB
Track selection, LP Transfer (Tr. 13) & Audio Mastering by PS

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Note:

This compilation was made with both die-hard collectors and more casual Rolling Stones fans in mind. We have auditioned material with high quality sound only and we have attempted to find an appealing mixture of historically important recordings, outtakes and interesting alternates. JWB sent me a total of 93 quality recordings to choose from and this is what I came up with. The tracks that did not make it were mostly alternative mixes of previously released recordings or unreleased performances that I thought lacked quality. Opinions may vary, of course, but the audio source info above should steer you in the right direction, if you wanna hear more. 

I have taken the liberty to edit two songs (Still A Fool & Potted Shrimps) because I believe it has greatly improved their listenability. Where necessary, the playing speed has been corrected and stereo images have been restored. Everything was remastered for optimal coherent sound with regard for dynamical range and sonic signature of the mixes.  

As for the BBC section; many fans -including myself- have been dissatisfied with the sound quality of the official 2017 "On Air" release and this compilation seeks to remedy that. It's obviously far from complete but it does bring the best sounding material together from the best available sources and again lovingly mastered by yours truly. The voice-over bits have been cut as much as was possible. The 19 March 1964 session was an experimental stereophonic broadcast: one stereo channel was aired on Network 3 radio and the other simultaneously on BBC1 TV.

PS (June, 2020)