Second Bang In Tokyo (Dog N Cat DAC-50-3/4)
Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan – March 24th, 2006
Disc 1: Opening, Start Me Up, It’s Only Rock’n Roll, Oh No Not You Again, Bitch, Tumbling Dice, Worried About You, Ain’t Too Proud To Beg, Midnight Rambler, Gimme Shelter, Band Introductions, This Place Is Empty, Happy
Disc 2: Miss You (B-stage), Rough Justice (B-stage), You Got Me Rocking (B-stage), Honky Tonk Women (B-stage), Sympathy For The Devil, Jumping Jack Flash, Brown Sugar, You Can’t Always Get What You Want, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
Second Bang In Tokyo, like the first night’s release, comes from a great recording sourced from the ald broadcast in the Tokyo Dome that night. This is a clever method of obtaining a clear recording and Stones collectors in Japan are singing the praises of the Dog N Cat series. My reservations about the tape for the first night’s show apply also to this one as well. The vocals, drums and most guitars are crystal clear and powerful, but the backing singers and horn section are only faintly heard and make the songs that rely heavily upon them like “Bitch” and “Tumbling Dice” flat, weak and ineffective. Some people have expressed the opinion that these tapes are great because of this because it gives us the opportunity to focus upon Mick and Keith without the distractions on stage.
In my opinion (and this is only my opinion) a live recording, in order to be an authentic record of the event, has to pick up as much music as technologically possible. I personally don’t care for backup singers and horn sections for the Stones but that should be an opinion about the band’s artistic judgment and not about the medium on which these shows are recorded. All this is a long way of saying that, although I appreciate the clarity of the recording, it captures only half of the performance and the Dog N Cat releases are way overrated. I give Second Bang In Tokyo a high rating because what is present is very clear and enjoyable. It is nice to hear the on stage discussions the band have before and after the actual concert but I wish I could hear all that is occurring on stage.
The opening night in Tokyo is a great show, but this one is better with much more energy. They changed the set list around a bit by opening with “Start Me Up” followed by a tight version of “It’s Only Rock And Roll”. “Worried About You” is another addition to the set list followed by “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg”, bringing back memories of 1975. Mick misses a cue at the end of “Miss You” which is the only real big mistake of the night. “You Got Me Rocking” is also played on the B-stage, although I really think this song fits better earlier in the show. The rest of the show is great as are the standard encores of this tour. Despite my concerns about the source material this is a great show and title by Dog N Cat and is worth having.