The Rolling Stones – Mundialito ’82 (no label)
Stadio Comunale, Turin, Italy – July 11th, 1982
Disc 1 (79:47): Take The A Train, Under My Thumb, When The Whip Comes Down, Let’s Spend The Night Together, Shattered, Neighbours, Black Limousine, Just My Imagination, Twenty Flight Rock, Going To A Go-Go, Let Me Go, Time Is On My Side, Beast Of Burden, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Band Introductions, Angie, Tumbling Dice
Disc 2 (44:28): She’s So Cold, Hang Fire, Miss You, Honky Tonk Woman, Brown Sugar, Start Me Up, Jumping Jack Flash, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 1812 Overture
The Rolling Stones’ 1982 European tour saw their first dates in Italy with two shows in Turin on July 11th and July 12th, 1982. The audience recording is very good to borderline excellent. It captures the music clearly with an emphasis on the bass and lower frequencies. There are some tape warbles in “Under My Thumb” and about 2:40 in “Time Is On My Side.” But, despite the obvious issues of an outdoor recording, it’s a very nice recording of an energetic show.
Mundialito ’82 utilizes the same tape that was used on the old vinyl Mundialito ’82 (SS 11-A-F) and the vinyl EP Still In Love (The Amazing Pig (TAP 005) which has “Angie” from this show. The only silver CD pressing is Mundialito 1982 (A Vinyl Gang Product VGP 121). The no label is more clear than the VGP and “Let Me Go” is complete, clocking in a minute longer.
A personal recollection posted online on the Rolling Stones Italia website (Benvenuto in RollingStonesItalia!!!! Il primo sito in italiano completamente dedicato alla più grande Rock’n Roll band del mondo, e ai concerti che gli Stones han tenuto nel nostro paese nel corso della loro lunga carriera) about this show discusses how the entire country was excited on July 11th because Italy was facing Germany in the World Cup finales in Madrid that night. The show was scheduled in the afternoon and ended in time for people to go home and watch the Italy beat Germany 3-1 to win their third FIFA World Cup.
The author continues, “The afternoon concert with that of 11 July was certainly one of the best performances of the band. I remember Jagger who gave a lot of rampaging in leaps and dances up and down the huge stage on a lifting crane that stretched into the crowd. The rest of the band followed him soft, distracted and unfocused, as I had never noticed. Nice to see it with the tricolor flag on his shoulders, predicting that Italy would win in the final outcome of the World Cup.”
The review is accurate in pointing out this to be one of the best shows from the tour. The Stones begin with a high level of intensity and never let up. Perhaps they are feeding off of the excitement of the audience, but the investment of the band in this show is extraordinary.
Also notable is the lack of “Little T & A.” Normally sung after the band introductions, Richards skips his little song and he launches directly into “Angie.” The tune ends the only real let up in energy with several slower songs like “Time Is On My Side” and “Beast Of Burden” played in a row.
With the more dance oriented music the audience become tremendously excited, dancing along to “She’s So Cold,” “Hang Fire” and an especially brutal performance of “Miss You.”
“Start Me Up” was their big hit that summer and is played with much enthusiasm and relish. The set officially ends with and elongated performance of “Jumping Jack Flash.” Jagger’s running around the stage with the Italian tri-colored flag (photographed and used on the front cover of this release) occurs by the end of the song. Jagger’s shouts of “arrivederci” close the performance.
The tape continues uninterrupted as the audience wait for the band to return for the encore “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction.” The tape ends with the song’s complete performance and a fireworks display over the recorded strains of Tchaikovsky’s ”1812 Overture.”
Mundialito ’82 is packaged in a double slimline jewel case with a reproduction of the original vinyl cover art on the front and reverse. Like their other efforts, it is another commendable production to make available a definitive version of a rare show. Although this concert has seen a previous silver release (something with their others haven’t seen), this is an improvement over the Vinyl Gang worth having.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)The Rolling Stones - Mundialito '82 (no label),