Stripped

The Stones release “Stripped” on November 14, 1995 featuring six live tracks from the Voodoo Lounge tour and eight acoustic songs from their catalog. The album includes a searing version of Orpheus’ “Like a Rolling Stone”

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Rolling Stones Announce ‘Let It Bleed’ 50th-Anniversary Edition

Well, we all need an album we can lean on …

The Rolling Stones  will celebrate the golden anniversary of one of their best albums with a  Let It Bleed (50th Anniversary Edition) box. The limited-edition set features two LPs and two HybridSuper Audio CDs, newly remastered in stereo and mono by Bob Ludwig.

Source: Rolling Stones Announce ‘Let It Bleed’ 50th-Anniversary Edition

Eric Clapton’s Rainbow Concert 

Released September 10, 1973.

Slowhand had been mostly absent from the scene for a couple years. Heroine and a pining for Patti Boyd Harrison had him in a bad place. His buddy, Pete Townshend pushed Clapton to return to music and organized a couple of concerts at London’s famed Rainbow Theatre.

Townshend assembled an ad-hoc band to back Clapton for the two shows. Ronnie Wood of Faces (and later of the Rolling Stones) provided support on guitar and vocals, as did Townshend, with Clapton playing lead guitar and (mostly) singing lead.Two recent associates of Clapton also came to his aid for the Rainbow Concert: singer and multi-instrumentalist Steve Winwood and bassist Ric Grech had only recently concluded their time as band mates with Clapton in Blind Faith. And Winwood brought along some of his Traffic band mates, drummer-vocalist Jim Capaldi and Ghanian percussionist Rebop Kwaku Baah (the latter is credited on the original Rainbow Concert LP simply as “Rebop”.)

What a show.

Tattoo You 

On August 24, 1981, The Greatest Rock ‘n Roll Band in the World releases an album largely made up of outtakes and songs that didn’t make past albums — some dating back 10 years. The album becomes one of their most succesful and ends up at #213 on Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. 

Outtakes. Fucking … outtakes. That’s greatness.