Nasty Habits In Glasgow (Dog N Cat DAC-014)
Apollo Theater, Glasgow, Scotland – May 10th, 1976
Disc 1: Honky Tonk Women, If You Can’t Rock Me/Get Off Of My Cloud, Hand Of Fate, Hey Negrita, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Fool To Cry, Hot Stuff, Star Star, You Gotta Move, You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Disc 2: Band introductions, Happy, Tumbling Dice, Nothing From Nothing, Outta Space, Midnight Rambler, It’s Only Rock And Roll, Brown Sugar, Jumping Jack Flash, Street Fighting Man
In some respects The Rolling Stones’ UK and European tours in 1976 were superior to the previous year’s tour of the United States. They had begun to jell with new guitarist Ron Wood and didn’t rely too heavily upon Billy Preston. His clavinet isn’t so audible as on some of the other tapes that exist. The most important development during this period was to wean themselves off of Mick Taylor’s guitar and focus more upon their famous groove.
Nasty Habits In Glagow takes its name from an old vinyl release of this show but like Shake It Up, Play It Rough (Exile EXCD-007/8), Nasty Habits In Glasgow on DAC is two source mix. The new source goes from the beginning right to the end of “Hot Stuff”. The older source goes from “Star Star” through to the two Billy Preston numbers “Nothing For Nothing” and “Outta Space”.
The newer source picks up again for “Midnight Rambler” and goes to the end. The sound is very good and listenable but distant from the stage. It isn’t perfect but rates as “good enough” to enjoy the show and is an upgrade from the older source, which is very distant, muffled and distorted. The difference between DAC and Exile is the former has a complete “Juming Jack Flash” while the latter does not.
The concert itself is good but nothing special. Nothing really sets it apart from the others. It was their ninth show of the year and they were still getting used to the new material. But it is good hear this rare show in an acceptable recording. DAC used some excellent photos for the liner notes and all of their titles are very classy, using high-grade paper and a clean lay out. They also did some really nice working on the tape to make it as clear and loud as possible without any sonic residue. Nasty Habits In Glasgow is for Stones completists and fans of this tour, but the curious might want to look elsewhere.