Black And Blue Paris (Apocalypse Sound AS-134)
Les Abattoirs, Pavilion de Paris, Paris, France – June 4th, 6th & 7th, 1976
Aux Abattoirs Volume One (1st Broadcast): Introduction, Honky Tonk Women, Hand Of Fate, Fool To Cry, Hot Stuff, Star Star, You Gotta Move, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, band introduction, Happy, Outta Space, Jumping Jack Flash, Street Fighting Man
Aux Abatoirs Volume Two (2nd Broadcast): Introduction, Tumbling Dice, Midnight Rambler, Angie, It’s Only Rock & Roll, Brown Sugar
Bonus feature, Palalido, Milan, Italy – October 1st, 1970: Jumping Jack Flash, Roll Over Beethoven, Sympathy For The Devil, Stray Cat Blues, Prodigal Son, Dead Flowers, Midnight Rambler, Love In Vain
Three nights at the Pavillion de Paris were video taped for a television program in June, 1976 and the result is “Les Rolling Stones Aux Abattoirs.” Since these shows were also professionally recorded and used for the 1977 live album Love You Live, these have achieved almost definitive status for mid seventies Rolling Stones live performance. Black And Blue Paris is taken from a low generation video tape and looks and sounds fantastic. First telecast begins with an announcer speaking about The Stones’ visit to Paris and their past visits to the city over filmed footage of the venue and the neighborhood where the abattoir sits. Mick and the band are shown in fourscreen speaking about their adventures in France throughout their career and how much they like playing in Paris.
The telecasts are a combination of three nights with most coming from the June 6th show. Other tracks from from the June 7th show and one from June 4th. There is a big continuity issue since Mick wears a different outfit for the different show. In the June 6th footage he is wearing a red striped shirt, dark blue coat and a long scarf. On June 7th he is wearing a white shirt and light blue coat. It is edited so that only the songs are present with none of Jagger’s stage announcements present. It begins with the first song from June 6th “Honky Tonk Women.” “If You Can’t Rock Me / Get Off Of My Cloud” is skipped over for the third song of the set, and the first Black And Blue song of the night “Hand Of Fate,” also from the sixth.
“Hey Negrita” and “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” are omitted for “Fool To Cry” and “Hot Stuff,” both from June 7th. Jagger sings the former while playing keyboards. “Star Star” follows in the set list and this performance is from June 6th. “Angie” is cut (but included in the second broadcast) and the show picks up with “You Gotta Move” from June 6th and features the spectacular coda with Jagger and Billy Preston going back and forth. The song segues into “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” with Ron Wood’s opportunity to shine on the guitar solo. The band introductions and “Happy” are both from June 6th. “Tumbling Dice” and “Nothing From Nothing” are both omitted and the show picks up again with Billy Preston’s “Outta Space” from June 7th. Preston’s drummer “Ollie Brown” plays on the this track with Watts banging on percussion behind him and similar to many concerts in 1975 and 1976 he almost steals the show. The final two songs “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Street Fighting Man” come from the June 6th show.
The second broadcast contains five songs that were omitted from the first. The introduction is show with a big A2 Présente superimposed over a crowd shot. “Tumbling Dice” is from the June 7th show and by this song in the set Mick is wearing only the white shirt. “Midnight Rambler” is also from the June 7th show and is a masterpiece of interpretive theater with the band bathed in red light during the violent section. “Angie” is an oddball since it is the only footage used that isn’t from either June 6th or June 7th but from the June 4th show. Watching the clip is obvious why since the cameraman does not seem to know the cues. He focuses upon Keith for the first half of the first verse. But there are interesting shots of the pensive audience following the words to the song. The final two songs “It’s Only Rock And Roll” and “Brown Sugar” come from the June 6th concert.
There is extra footage in circulation including from the June 6th show “If You Can’t Rock Me/Get Off Of My Cloud,” “Hey Negrita,” “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg,” “Fool To Cry,” “Hot Stuff,” “Star Star,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Nothing From Nothing,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Nothing From Nothing,” “Midnight Rambler,” “Brown Sugar,” “Angie,” and “Outa Space.” Since they were not used for broadcast they are not included on Black And Blue Paris, which features the actual broadcasts only.
As a bonus Godfather include the recently surfaced amateur film from the October 1st, 1970 show at the Palazo Dello Sport in Milan, Italy. For an audience film, there are many close ups and the quality of the color footage is spectacular. Visual evidence of this obscure tour is hard to find and this is a must have. The audio is a bit out of sync with the visuals. The performance itself is great but troubled. Two thousand youths tried to crash the gates to get into the show. Police had to use tear gas to quell the riot; there were injuries among both the policemen and the crowd, and 63 arrests were made. This part is so good though that it could stand on its own. Like all Apocalypse Sound releases this is on NTSC region zero and is packaged in a cardboard DVD sized sleeve and is worth having.
This DVD is the best version of these telecasts that I have seen.
The Broadcast version on disc 1 of the WOW label is poor compared to this AS release (specially the audio is terrible and very low).
WOW pressed that double edition in 2004 when lower generations of broadcasted Abattoir surfaced.
Ronnie’s first Tour of Europe with the Band. I have read mixed reviews on the 75/76 tours as the band tended to be sloppy and Keef was heavily indulging in his vices so many feel his playing was subpar. The Stones played 4 dates, June 4th -7th, at the Aux Abattoirs in Paris , which from the Video looks like a large Barn!!. During this stop on the tour Keith and Anita’s 10 week old son, Tara, tragically passed away on June 6th. It has been written many times that the band wanted to cancel the rest of the tour but Keith demanded secrecy so as not to disrupt the tour. Because of this tragedy the shows on the 6th and 7th may arguably have some of the most emotionally passionate playing of the whole 75/76 tour as Keith pours his sorrow into his playing……..
As mentioned by Brianvy there are at least two other silver releases of the 76 Paris shows. The difference is on the previous two you also get the complete unbroadcast show (20 songs)from July 6th in quality almost as good as the multi show broadcast version. You also get two interviews 1. BBC Old Grey Whistle Test introductory interviews with Mick, Ronnie, and Charlie and 2. Interview w/ Mick, Keith, Ronnie by a French interviewer
Unless the the AC version is an upgrade to the other two I would opt for the 2 disc versions for the complete July 6th show. Keep in mind the TMOQ version is in Euro PAL video format while the WOW version is in U.S. NTSC video format so check to see what format your DVD player can handle….
Any comments on how this compares to the previously available versions of the Paris ’76 footage? i.e. I have 2 double DVD sets:
Aux Abattoirs • Paris, June 1976 (Trade Mark Of Quality DVD 001 – 2003)
Aux Abattoirs • Live in Paris 1976 (The Way of Wizards WOW-009 1/2)