“Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones Great Lost Live Album of 1972"

The album cover slick for the greatest live record that never was.

I have to start by saying that I have no definite revelations to add on the subject of the Great Lost Live Album from the 1972 US Tour other than to succinctly collect the conventional wisdom that exists on what would have been the definitive statement of Rolling Stones live performance at the peak of their artistic powers.

This all starts with rumors of none other than b00tleg sources that somehow either had access to tapes and/or acetates of what was thought to be the songs to be included on the live compilation of the 1972 US tour. It starts with a somewhat rare limited edition and serial numbered LP titled "Keep Your Motor Running" which is said to document 8 of the 10 songs originally picked for the LP as follows:

"Keep Your Motor Runnin'"


The box on the LP cover insert simply lists 3 source shows without tying them to specific tracks:
Tarrant County Convention Center, Fort Worth, Texas, June 24, 1972 1st & 2nd Show
The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, July 20, 1972
The Spectrum, Philadelphia, PA, July 21, 1972 1st & 2nd Show

Sound Quality: Excellent Mono Soundboard. Fantastic analog sound really.

Side A: All Down The Line/Bitch/Sweet Virginia/Tumbling Dice (This one sounds like it is from an acetate source; crackly)

Side B: Bye Bye Johnny/Rip This Joint/Gimme Shelter/You Can't Always Get What You Want

The two missing songs are:

Brown Sugar (the opening song for sure) and the medley; Uptight-Satisfaction that also features Stevie Wonder (hence the cover artwork reference).

Amazingly enough many of the songs resurfaced many years later in stereo on the CD titled "Very Ancient, Thank You Kindly" with tracks as follows:

"Very Ancient, Thank You Kindly"


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Brown Sugar 3:17/Bitch 4:20/Rocks Off 3:46 (Audience 1972)/Gimme Shelter 4:45/Dead Flowers 3:51/Happy 2:47/Tumbling Dice 4:25/Love In Vain 5:41/Sweet Virginia 4:09/Ventilator Blues 3:21 (Audience, Vancouver, BC, June 3, 1972)/Torn & Frayed 5:11 (Audience, Vancouver, BC, June 3, 1972)/Loving Cup 4:29 (Audience, Vancouver, BC, June 3, 1972)/All Down The Line 3:55/Bye Bye Johnny 3:49/Rip This Joint 2:02/Jumpin' Jack Flash 3:22/Street Fighting Man 3:59/Uptight/Satisfaction 5:27/Don't Lie To Me 2:13/It's All Over Now 2:35 (Audience, Honolulu, HI, January 21, 1973 2nd Show)

Note that You Can't Always Get What You Want is missing from this compilation. Also note that there are other '72/'73 audience source songs of interest added that have nothing to do with the 1972 live album compilation, so this collection of songs cannot really be taken literally as the working list of songs considered for the LP in my opinion. The name of this CD comes from Jagger's words at the close of It's All Over Now.

The source shows described as follows for the 8 songs on "Keep Your Motor Runnin"" and the two missing songs Brown Sugar and Uptight-Satisfaction found on "Very Ancient, Thank You Kindly". Note that I am making an assumption by association that the two soundboard tracks missing from "Keep You Motor Runnin'" are the ones found on "Very Ancient, Thank You Kindly". As far as the soundboard songs go, they look to have access to some very special sources, so maybe these are the ones considered for the official '72 live release. I have noted vocal markers where possible to trace songs to audience recording cross-references.

Brown Sugar - Philadelphia, July 20, 1972

Bitch - "Thank you very much, you're really warm & lovely" at the into. "Bobby (Keys)" at the first Sax. solo. "You got it Keith, you got it" at the guitar solo. Philadelphia, July 20, 1972

Gimme Shelter - "Yeah, the fire is threatin'" at second to last verse. Versus "The fire is sweeping". Philadelphia, July 20, 1972

Tumbling Dice - At the bridge: "Give me royalty(?), give me a royalty(?)..." Philadelphia, July 20, 1972

Sweet Virginia - "Thank you for your wine Philadelphia". Philadelphia, July 21, 1972 1st Show

You Can't Always Get What You Want - "It's gettin' colder and colder and colder" at the opening of the song. Houston, June 25, 1972 1st Show

All Down The Line - Philadelphia, July 20, 1972

Bye Bye Johnny - Philadelphia, July 20, 1972

Rip This Joint - Philadelphia, July 20, 1972

Uptight-Satisfaction - Philadelphia, July 20, 1972

Note that the sequence of this listing approximates the running order in typical 1972 shows.

And now... perhaps the most coherent collection of songs that represent the album the never was:

"Keep Your Motor Runnin'"


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Sound Quality: Excellent Stereo Soundboard. Best possible sound for these sources!

Brown Sugar 3:27/Bitch 4:27/Gimme Shelter 4:55/Happy 2:50 (Fort Worth, Texas, June 24, 1972 1st Show)/Tumbling Dice 4:34/Sweet Virginia 4:22/You Can't Always Get What You Want 7:12/All Down The Line 3:56/Bye Bye Johnny 3:08/Rip This Joint 2:06/Uptight-Satisfaction 5:40
Bonus Tracks: Brown Sugar 3:50 (Alternate version from Shelley 11-18-71 "Hot Rocks")
Wild Horses 5:41 (Alternate version from Shelley 11-18-71 "Hot Rocks")

Note: This compilation includes Happy, which many feel may have also been considered for official release given the sound quality and production of the song that was noted on "Very Ancient, Thank You Kindly". This VGP release is the closest thing that you will get, including the cover artwork (Keith substituted for Stevie) for the Great Lost Live Album of 1972. Note that only Happy has a source show that is in common with the "Ladies And Gentlemen The Rolling Stones" movie soundtrack. Maybe reason enough to conclude that it wasn't going to be on the LP release. Generally speaking the movie favors Houston, June 25, 1972 sources over the Philadelphia sources found on "Keep Your Motor Runnin'". They may have preferred sound and performance for the LP from Philadelphia and the video from Houston for the movie. The musical performances from Philly on the whole are indeed exceptional.

Well, this is another too bad we couldn't get this one out. Same issue as the Europe 1973 live album, can't re-record ABKCO era songs for seven years from the 1970 split (In this case Brown Sugar & You Can't Always Get What You Want). What a statement it would have made. By the time this would have come out people would have "gotten" the whole "Exile On Main St." thing (it was panned at first, it took several listenings for most, including "pundit" record reviewers to get it), and coupled with the live musical prowess that the band projected it would have solidified their place at the top of the Rock heap in 1972/1973. And what was the real title of this record going to be anyway?

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