Beautifully packaged, Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new live series of Rolling Stones concerts, From The Vault, starts with Hampton Coliseum Live In 1981 and L.A. Forum Live In 1975 (both restored and remixed by Bob Clearmountain). Each show is two and a half hours and consumers get their choice of vinyl (three discs) or CD (two discs) along with the concert DVD. (Both releases are also available digitally. The ’81 show can be bought separately as a Standard-Definition Blu-ray.)

In 1975, upon the break-up of The Faces, singer Rod Stewart went solo and guitarist Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones. (Drummer Kenney Jones would replace Keith Moon in The Who three years later.) For Wood’s first Stones tour, the band made its tour announcement by performing “Brown Sugar” on a flatbed truck in midtown Manhattan. After a couple of fully attended dress rehearsals in Louisiana, the 44-date tour revved up on June 3 and ended on July 13 with five nights at the L.A. Forum, one of which, July 12, was filmed. Keyboardist Billy Preston [1946-2006] is a joy throughout and gets a two-song spot where his infectious brand of gospel-soul even gets Mick back out on stage to boogie down hard in doing a priceless impromptu dance routine with Preston.

In 1981, no one grossed more than the Stones did while touring in support of Tattoo You. The 50 dates took in a record $50 million, from Philadelphia in September to Hampton, Virginia, in December. The next-to-last show, on Keith’s December 18 38th birthday, was filmed. It was also the first rock concert to be broadcast on television as a pay-per-view event.


1975 Setlist

1) Introduction

2) Honky Tonk Women

3) All Down The Line

4) If You Can’t Rock Me/Get Off Of My Cloud

5) Star Star

6) Gimme Shelter

7) Ain’t Too Proud To Beg

8 ) You Gotta Move

9) You Can’t Always Get What You Want

10) Happy

11) Tumbling Dice

12) It’s Only Rock’n’Roll

13) Band Intros

14) Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)

15) Fingerprint File

16) Angie

17) Wild Horses

18) That’s Life (Billy Preston)

19) Outta Space (Billy Preston)

20) Brown Sugar

21) Midnight Rambler

22) Rip This Joint

23) Street Fighting Man

24) Jumpin’ Jack Flash

25) Sympathy For The Devil


1981 Setlist

1) Under My Thumb

2) When The Whip Comes Down

3) Let’s Spend The Night Together

4) Shattered

5) Neighbors

6) Black Limousine

7) Just My Imagination

8 ) Twenty Flight Rock

9) Going To A Go Go

10) Let Me Go

11) Time Is On My Side

12) Beast Of Burden

13) Waiting On A Friend

14) Let It Bleed

15) You Can’t Always Get What You Want

16) Band Introductions

17) Happy Birthday Keith

18) Little T&A

19) Tumbling Dice

20) She’s So Cold

21) Hang Fire

22) Miss You

23) Honky Tonk Women

24) Brown Sugar

25) Start Me Up

26) Jumping Jack Flash

27) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction


Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James (Stony Plain) is Rory Block’s fifth installment of her “Mentor Series,” rural blues played in a time-honored tradition. Previous legends whom she has honored include Mississippi John Hurt [1892-1966], Reverend Gary Davis [1896-1972], Mississippi Fred McDowell [1904-1972] and Son House [1902-1988]. Nine Skip James originals—including “I’m So Glad” that Cream famously popularized on its 1966 debut—are interpreted by this exquisitely talented guitar-slinging, soul-singing 65-year-old blues-woman from Princeton, NJ. The set opens with her own “Nehemiah James” to set the scene on exactly who this dude was. Block ultimately reaches the deep dark underbelly of this mysterious legend, successfully mixing the sacred with the profane to ferret out—and stunningly bring to life—the dichotomy of one of America’s greatest blues legends.

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