Since inaugurating the digital-only Stones Archive in late 2011 with the release of 1973’s The Brussels Affair, The Rolling Stones have made good on their promise to rescue never-before-available concerts and make them available to the public in higher quality than previous bootleg editions. The new LA Friday follows the late January release of Hampton Coliseum: Live 1981, which preserved a show from Hampton, Virginia. LA Friday was recorded on July 13, 1975 at the venue known as The Forum. Inglewood, California’s Forum opened its doors in 1967 and despite many changes of ownership (including a ten-year period under the Faithful Central Bible Church) is still a popular concert venue today.
The LA Friday title was first applied to the recording by bootleggers, but the title is actually incorrect; the recording was made on Sunday, July 13, 1975 at the last of five shows at The Forum. The concert was part of the Rolling Stones Tour of the Americas, and celebrated the newest addition to the Stones: Ronnie Wood. The tour festivities had begun with the Rolling Stones’ typical flash when the band played on a flatbed truck driving down New York City’s Fifth Avenue, with Wood in tow. Joining Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and Bill Wyman were Ian “Stu” Stewart and Billy Preston on keyboards, Ollie E. Brown on percussion and Trevor Lawrence on saxophone.
Hit the jump for more details on the gig, including the full track listing and a link on how to order this concert!
The 24-track set is a veritable greatest hits feast, kicking off with “Honky Tonk Women,” hitting on “Gimme Shelter,” “Get Off My Cloud,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Brown Sugar” and more before concluding with the trinity of “Street Fighting Man,” “Jumping Jack Flash” and “Sympathy for the Devil.” (You won’t get no “Satisfaction,” alas.) The Temptations are covered via the band’s trashy version of “Ain’t Too Proud to Beg,” and Billy Preston leads the Stones on two spotlight songs, “That’s Life” and “Outta Space.”
As is the norm for this series, Bob Clearmountain has performed the remastering chores. Once again, American consumers looking for high-resolution files are shortchanged. Both MP3 and FLAC formats are available worldwide with the exception of the United States, where only MP3 is offered by the Archive’s exclusive licensee, Google Music. That said, the price is right at under $5.00 for the entire concert.
You’ll find a link to order LA Friday at the Stones Archive below! Time for you to sound off: Which Rolling Stones concert would you like to see show up in the Archive next? And how many of you would be inclined to purchase these concerts if they were released, say, as a CD box set or in a physical format?
Rolling Stones, LA Friday (Rolling Stones Archive, 2012 – digital only)
- Honky Tonk Women
- All Down The Line
- If You Can’t Rock Me/ Get Off Of My Cloud
- Star Star
- Gimme Shelter
- Ain’t Too Proud To Beg
- You Gotta Move
- You Can’t Always Get What You Want
- Tumbling Dice
- Band intros
- It’s Only Rock N Roll
- Fingerprint File
- Wild Horses
- That’s Life (Billy Preston and the Rolling Stones)
- Outta Space (Billy Preston and the Rolling Stones)
- Brown Sugar
- Midnight Rambler
- Rip This Joint
- Street Fighting Man
- Jumping Jack Flash
- Sympathy For The Devil
All tracks recorded July 13, 1975 at The Forum, Inglewood, CA