Dartford Renegades (Dog N Cat DAC-018)
Alternate stereo versions 1964-1966: 19th Nervous Breakdown, Get Off Of My Cloud, The Last Time, Satisfaction, Heart Of Stone, Paint It Black, Goin’ Home, Have You Seen Your Mother Baby Standing In The Shadow, 19th Nervous Breakdown. Ed Sullivan rehearsal, 1967: Ruby Tuesday, Let’s Spend The Night Together. Arthur Haynes Show, 1964: I Wanna Be Your Man, You Better Move On. Outtake, 1964: Spector And Pitney Came Too. BBC Saturday Club, 1964: Mona. Alternate studio versions, 1964: Sleepy City, Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind
Dartford Renegades, this new release on Dog N Cat, uses the exactly same cover artwork for the old white vinyl release on Scorpio (OM 90-64-18). The first half of the release is devoted to stereo mixes of several singles. Some of them appeared on the non-US Hot Rock 1 CD and others haven’t been released officially such as “The Last Time”. Also included are various television appearances including the complete January 1967 “Toast Of The Town” (aka Ed Sullivan show) set with and the complete “Arthur Haynes Show”. “Ruby Tuesday” from “Toast Of The Town” and “You Better Move On” are included compared to the older releases of this title.
The sound quality for the first half is very good studio. There is very noticeable tape hiss present. It is great to hear these versions though. “19th Nervous Breakdown” is from RCA Studios, Los Angeles December 7th – 10th, 1965 and is the released instrumental take with a different vocal line (it’s interesting to hear Jagger sing “owes a million dollars tax“). This version of “Satisfaction” is very interesting too. It is the fourth take from the May 11th & 12th, 1965 at RCA Studios in Hollywood that was released on Hot Wacks with Jack Nitzsche’s piano being very high in the mix. And “Goin’ Home” is very long, clocking in at almost twelve minutes.
The sound quality in the middle drops significantly with the “Toast Of The Town”, “Arthur Haynes”, and “BBC Saturday Club” material. Interesting to hear the censored version of “Let’s Spend The Night Together” from Ed Sullivan. It proves how media savvy they were (and still are). Overall this is a good release from DAC although experienced Stones collectors will have a hard time finding anything new here. The packaging is as always very nicely produced utilizing period photos on thick, glossy cardboard.