23 May 2006, gsparaco @ 12:06 am
Shanghai Banging (Exile EXM-016A/B)
Shanghai Grand Stage, Shanghai, China – April 8th, 2006
The tape begins with the female announcer teasing the audience with “Ladies and gentlemen, The Rolling Stones!…will be on stage in ten to fifteen minutes…thank you for your patience.” They open with a sluggish “Start Me Up” followed by a more energetic “You Got Me Rocking” and the show hits its stride with the new “Oh No Not You Again”. The Chinese government forbade them from playing five songs (“Brown Sugar”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Beast Of Burden”, “Let’s Spend The Night Together” and “Rough Justice”) on grounds of morally objectionable lyrics. “Start Me Up” and “Midnight Rambler” (with the Boston strangler lyrics slurred beyond recognition) were deemed okay for some reason. “Dajia hao ma?” (“How’s everybody doing?”) Mick says to greet the audience. Chinese rock star Cui Jian joins in on “Wild Horses” sharing alternate lead vocals with Mick. His presence is greeted with cheers during the first chorus and he proceeds to the next verse and makes a long announcement in Chinese at the song’s conclusion.
The latter half of the show contains a light version of “Sympathy For The Devil” and a heavy version of “Paint It Black”. The tape goes through to the final encore and the audience departing the theater. The packaging is very impressive with effective use of Chinese script and photos from the event pulled from the internet. And I must say that the Exile label has been releasing very well produced titles. Their early releases were ruined with excessive mastering and many avoided them. They have really cleaned up their act nicely and are giving the major Stones labels strong competition. I doubt whether another label can top this, not even a soundboard would sound this good. Shanghai Banging has to be in every Stones collection without a doubt. Good job!If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)