The Rolling Stones – Mahalo Nui Loa, Hawaii (The definitive first night) (Golden Eggs – Egg 124)
Brown Sugar / Bitch / Rocks Off / Gimme Shelter / It’s All Over Now / Happy / Tumbling Dice / Sweet Virginia / band introductions / Dead Flowers / you Can’t Always Get What You Want / All Down The Line / Midnight Rambler / Live With Me / Rip This Joint / Jumping Jack Flash / Street Fighting Man – Bonus track – Radio promo advertisement for Rolling Stones concert in Honolulu, 1973.
HIC Arena, Honolulu, HI, January 21st, 1973.
One person, known as Captain Acid, requested the raw transfers of these recordings and this is where the latest pressing on Golden Eggs appears to be from. Originally uploaded to the internet in December 2019, ’Thank You for Your Wine, Honolulu’ was gently reworked from it’s original transfer, uploaded to various sites and forums and now forms, ‘Mahalo Nui Loa, Hawaii’.
Suggesting a ‘definitive’ in terms, this is a very good recording from the time with the right amount of rowdy audience interaction and the band tearing it up on stage – They were obviously making sure that any of the King’s efforts to put on a great show were made obsolete buy the worlds greater rock and rollers. There are a couple of shifts to the recordings almost as if the tape is a composite of two different recordings (if we’e to assume that both Dave and Donn each held a recorder – though the way it has been mixed levels the sound out nicely and it’s cuts don’t jar. Another of the main draws to this recording is the inclusion of ‘Live With Me’ that was dropped from the rest of this and the European leg of the tour, among with another couple of era reflective rarities.
The tape starts up around 30 seconds before the band enter on to the stage, and includes whoops and hollers of the excitable audience right at the at the beginning, the band begin with a hammer heavy, ‘Brown Sugar’, at the 1:55 mark, the tape seems to switch to a more muffled sound, almost like a different source, whether this is a different tape merge (My impression) or simply just movement of the mikes, who knows). It’s worth noting that the acoustic section (’Sweet Virginia’, ‘Dead Flowers’) sounds just as good as the rest of the electric set, Charlie’s shuffles, loud enough to be apparent without taking steam off of the rest of the band.
The packaging utilises William Stouts classic ‘Stone head’ portrait line-up in deep red and yellow tones. The interior of the gatefold has some beautiful colour photos from the Hawaiian shows and a new set of liner notes describing the shows and the events surrounding them.
Almost certainly a ‘must have’, the show is described as one of Dave and Don’s best, the remastering touch keeps it levelled. Highly recommended for all!