Jailhouse Rock (Dog N Cat DAC-026)
Jailhouse Rock documents one of the more absurd and surreal experiences on the Rolling Stones’ 1972 North American tour. When their flight from Montréal to Boston was diverted to Warwick, Rhode Island, they had an altercation at the airport which lead to Mick, Keith, and three members of the tour’s entourage (Stan Moore, Marshall Chess and Robert Frank) being arrested and jailed.
Through the efforts of Boston Mayor Kevin White, who both spoke to the crowd at the Garden and to the Rhode Island governor, the band were finally released.
Rolling Stone reported “With the crowd perched on the backs of the Garden chairs, the Stones hit the stage at 12:45 AM and plowed into ‘Brown Sugar’ to open up. The show developed loosely – and at times bordering on sloppiness. Charlie Watts, in particular, seemed exhausted. Mick, while displaying all his moves – the struts, the curtsies, the kisses, the confetti and the ciao-ciao waves – was not in his best voice. The performance ended at about 2 AM with ‘Street Fightin’ Man’.”
Boston Gardens, Boston, MA – July 18th, 1972
Disc 1: Brown Sugar, Bitch, Rocks Off, Gimme Shelter, Happy, Tumbling Dice, Love In Vain, Sweet Virginia, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, All Down The Line, Midnight Rambler, band introductions, Bye Bye Johnny, Rip This Joint, Jumping Jack Flash, Street Fighting Man, Honky Tonk Women
Disc one of this set uses the second tape source to have surfaced for this show. The older source was used for the previous releases including They’re Really Rockin’ In Boston on Vinyl Gang (VGP-020) which was rather poor and cut between the songs. Earlier this year the Exile label also released their set featuring this newer source called Midnight Gamblers (EXM-09A/B).
Jailhouse Rock sounds much warmer (Exile tend to master tapes to sound very harsh), speed corrected and with a complete “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. The reports of the band’s sluggish performance are accurate. Mick Jagger makes several references to the delay. “We’re sorry we’re late but you know why we were late. We were thrown in jail for several hours. We’re so sorry you had to be kept waiting” he says before “Rocks Off”.
Before introducing Keith and “Happy” Mick tells the audience “We’re very pleased to be in Boston. Much better than Warwick. Thank you to the mayor who helped us get out of jail”. They do give a commendable effort but the show loses any steam by the time they play an uninspired version of “All Down The Line”. The tape is clear enough to be very enjoyable and is an interesting piece of history to own.
Boston Gardens, Boston, MA – July 19th, 1972
Disc 2: Brown Sugar, Bitch, Rocks Off, Gimme Shelter, Happy, Tumbling Dice, Love In Vain, Sweet Virginia, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, All Down The Line, Midnight Rambler, band introductions, Bye Bye Johnny, Rip This Joint, Jumping Jack Flash, Street Fighting Man.
The second disc contains the complete following show on July 19, 1972. This concert was previously released Ginsoaked Barroom Queen in Boston on the Weeping Goat record label (PB5105E). This is a two source mix which uses a different source for the first part of the show, up to “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” and this second source.
Jailhouse Rock is the first release of the complete second source. The sound quality is several notches below the previous night, being distant and thin sounding. The actual concert is much better however. There is some speculation about a second encore with Stevie Wonder joining the band for “Uptight/Satisfaction”. However the tape runs through to the final announcements and the audience leaving the venue.
Overall this is a very good release and the best these tapes will sound until something better is found. DAC don’t make a mess with the tapes like to create very smooth sounding titles. The artwork is at the usual high standard of this label, thick color glossy inserts with seldom seen photos. The inlay has an interesting picture of Keith and Mick laughing over some JD. Makes me wonder what they were thinking.