Mission Direct Hits (Dog N Cat DAC-069)
Silverdome, Pontiac, Michigan – December 1st, 1981
Disc 1: 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 (Running Away With Me), Twenty Flight Rock, Going To A Go-Go, Let Me Go, Time Is On My Side, Beast Of Burden, Waiting On A Friend, Let It Bleed
Disc 2: You Can’t Always Get What You Want, band introduction, Little T & A, Tumbling Dice, She’s So Cold, Hang Fire, Miss You, Honky Tonk Women, Brown Sugar, Start Me Up, Jumpin’ Jack Flash, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Mission Direct Hits is, after Pontiac 1981 and Taking The Longview, the third release of the of the new and almost complete KBFH tape of the December 1st, 1981 show. Unlike the previous show which was taped but never broadcast, this show was used. The King Biscuit Flower Hour used “Under My Thumb,” “Shattered,” “Black Limousine,” “Twenty Flight Rock,” “Going To A Go Go,” “Time Is On My Side,” “Waiting On A Friend,” “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” and “Jumping Jack Flash” from this show for a program called “Supergroups – The Rolling Stones ‘81” initially broadcast on August 16th, 1982. This was the source for the earliest releases, the 2LP set Ride Like The Wind (RSSG) (also containing material from Hampton) and Going A Go Go (STCD 1042), and their compact disc copies Fever In The Funkhouse Vol. 1 (Golden Stars LACD 1001) and Fever In The Funkhouse Vol. 2 (Golden Stars LACD 1002). Songs from this source also appear on the four-disc Rattlesnake release Ride Like The Wind (RS 041-044).
The sound quality shares the same characterizes of other KBFH tapes which, when analyzed, have the high compression and frequencies cut at 14 KHz. Compared to the previous two versions of this tape, Dog N Cat sounds slightly fatter in the lower end with more depth and weight. Regarding the cuts, this release is similar to the White Widow version by using the soundboard for “Beast Of Burden” and the final three songs “Start Me Up,” “Jumping Jack Flash,” and “Satisfaction,” whereas Pontiac 1981 goes back to the radio tape for “Jumping Jack Flash.” And also like the non-label release, Mission Direct Hits also uses the poor sounding audience recording for the latter half of the encore to present a complete show.If you liked this review, buy me a cup of joe. (Suggested: $3 a shot or $7.5 for a double)