Rolling Stones – Glasgow 1973 (no label)

Glasgow 1973 (no label)

Apollo Theatre, Glasgow, Scotland – September 16th, 1973

(78:31)  Brown Sugar, Gimme Shelter, Happy, Tumbling Dice, Star Star, Dancing With Mr. D, Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo, Angie, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, Midnight Rambler, Honky Tonk Women, All Down The Line, Rip This Joint, Jumping Jack Flash, Street Fighting Man

The UK section of the 1973 tour concluded with two shows in Glasgow on September 16th and 17th and two shows in Birmingham on September 19th.  Glasgow 1973 features the complete show from sixteenth in what is traditionally one of the wildest and most enthusiastic audiences in the United Kingdom.  The recording is similar to other tapes made at this venue in the early seventies (Led Zeppelin and Wings in particular).  The sound quality is fair but listenable with slight distortion in the sound.  The sound deteriorates slightly in the latter part of the show in “All Down The Line” to the end.  There is also some tape wobble in the beginning of “Brown Sugar” and there is a cut at 7:21 in “You Can’t Always Get What You Want.”  Despite the flaws it is a listenable tape and provides an accurate record of the set that night.

The Apollo is one of the more famous rock and roll venues in the UK and certainly the biggest in Scotland.  Originally a cinema called Green’s Playhouse, it underwent renovation in the middle of 1973.  The first act in the new theater was Johnny Cash on September 5th and September 6th.  The Rolling Stones visited soon afterwards with these two concerts.  The setlist is the same as at the Wembley shows the previous week with “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo” from the new album being played. 

After opening with “Brown Sugar” Jagger gives a curt “hello  Glasgow” before an apocalyptic version of “Gimme Shelter,” a number that seems to shake the rafters with its gloom and aggression.  Although their musical vocabulary is firmly rooted in the blues and R&B, their approach is more akin to the storm und drang ideology of the late classical period of Mozart and Hayden.  The extremes of emotional states are shown in the juxtaposition of “Brown Sugar” and “Gimme Shelter” being followed by the release of Keith Richards singing “Happy” and the joy of “Tumbling Dice.”

The set of  new songs, from “Star Star” through to “Angie” has its release point in the obnoxiously happy funk in “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo” whose music is completely at odds with the message.  It is either a wry commentary or an indecision to certain commitments, but musically it converges on some levels and comes off as one of the more effective points in the show.  The concert ends with “Street Fighting Man” with no encore.  The closing moments of the show are dominated by a discordant horn section sounding almost like a pre-concert tuning.  Whether it was planned that way or if it’s the result of the recording, it is an interesting way to wind down the show.  Since this tape is hard to come by on silver this is a recording worth having for the Stones completist.   

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  1. My thoughts exactly Lordbud. I’m sure someone’ll release it. Still waiting for that Atlanta ’75 show and Dallas ’69 upgrade, both of which have been torrented in the last while and both of which have never seen any silver releases.

  2. A never circulated tape of over half of the Helsinki, Finland show in 1970 has just been torrented on dime. Please oh please No Name label can you press this one? Master clone of the master tape is what was torrented. I’ll buy it for sure.

  3. Listenable it is and a sizzling rendering of “Gimme Shelter”…

  4. Unlike the “new” VGP, this No Label label has put out some good rare and otherwise unbooted-on-silver-pressed-disc shows. These 1973 Eurotour shows are fantastic performances and I ordered this as soon as my source had it — review unseen. These smaller venue shows often pumped the backing musicians through the PA and left the guitarists to fend for themselves — by turning their amps up as the show progressed. Not always a great listening experience, but more often than not when close-to-master tapes show up the shows are quite listenable — as the reviewer mentions.


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