‘The Rolling Stones - On Air’, a collection of rarely heard radio recordings from their formative years. The songs, including eight the band have never recorded or released commercially, were originally broadcast on bygone UK BBC shows such as Saturday Club, Top Gear, Rhythm and Blues and The Joe Loss Pop Show between 1963 and 1965.
Released on CD, double CD deluxe edition, and heavy-weight vinyl these flashbacks offer an insight into the band as a vital and constantly surprising live unit. Such was the frequency with which they visited BBC studios in the 60’s, the group constantly set out to offer listeners something different. As well as songs that never appeared on singles or albums, there are seven tracks that were debuted over the airwaves before featuring on albums or EPs.
The group’s take on familiar R&B staples like ‘Roll Over Beethoven’, ‘Memphis, Tennessee’ and ‘Beautiful Delilah’ (all originated by Chuck Berry) illustrate the verve and energy the Stones regularly brought to their live shows. The BBC would urge them to perform their current singles, and while happy to do so they also relished the opportunity to showcase a fuller picture of their prowess as Britain’s foremost blues outfit, packing clubs and ballrooms night after night.
Among the 32 tracks, first heard ringing out of transistor radios over a period of just under two years, is ‘Come On’, the group’s debut single and also the first number laid down for the iconic Saturday Club, hosted by the late, legendary Brian Matthew. ‘Come On’ is released as the first track from the album and is available now on digital and streaming services. Other highlights include the strutting ‘Fannie Mae’ (originally recorded by bluesman Buster Brown in 1959), Tommy Tucker’s ‘Hi Heel Sneakers’, and Bo Diddley’s ‘Cops And Robbers’.
The variety of radio shows from which the material is compiled is testament to the special relationship the Stones had with the BBC from the very beginning of their recording career. The music speaks for itself, but ‘On Air’ also serves as an important historical artefact, and an essential of the group’s impressively evergreen canon.
‘The Rolling Stones - On Air’ offer a unique insight into the formative days of The Rolling Stones a few years before ‘The Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Band in the World’ became a reality this was a band playing the music they loved so much - Blues, R&B, Soul and even the odd country song. Performing these songs night after night in clubs and dancehalls meant they are all honed to perfection and performed with the genuine love and affection that The Stones have for their musical heritage.
- Come On - Saturday Club, 26 October 1963
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction -Saturday Club, 18 September 1965
- Roll Over Beethoven - Saturday Club, 26 October 1963
- The Spider And The Fly - Yeah Yeah, 30 August 1965
- Cops And Robbers - Blues in Rhythm, 9 May 1964
- It’s All Over Now - The Joe Loss Pop Show, 17 July 1964
- Route 66 - Blues in Rhythm, 9 May 1964
- Memphis, Tennessee - Saturday Club, 26 October 1963
- Down The Road Apiece - Top Gear, 6 March 1965
- The Last Time - Top Gear, 6 March 1965
- Cry To Me - Saturday Club, 18 September 1965
- Mercy, Mercy - Yeah Yeah, 30 August 1965
- Oh! Baby (We Got A Good Thing Goin’) - Saturday Club, 18 September 1965
- Around And Around - Top Gear, 23 July 1964
- Hi Heel Sneakers - Saturday Club, 18 April 1964
- Fannie Mae - Saturday Club, 18 September 1965
- You Better Move On - Blues in Rhythm, 9 May 1964
- Mona - Blues In Rhythm, 9 May 1964
Bonus Tracks (Deluxe)
- I Wanna Be Your Man - Saturday Club, 8 February 1964
- Carol - Saturday Club, 18 April 1964
- I’m moving On - The Joe Loss Pop Show , 10 April 1964
- If You Need Me - The Joe Loss Pop Show, 17 July 1964
- Walking The Dog - Saturday Club, 8 February 1964
- Confessin’ The Blues - The Joe LossPop Show, 17 July 1964
- Everybody Needs Somebody To Love - Top Gear, 6 March 1965
- Little By Little - The Joe Loss Pop Show, 10 April 1964
- Ain’t That Loving You Baby - Rhythm And Blues, 31 October 1964
- Beautiful Delilah - Saturday Club, 18 April 1964
- Crackin’ Up - Top Gear, 23 July 1964
- I Can’t Be Satisfied - Top Gear, 23 July 1964
- I Just Want to Make Love To You - Saturday Club, 18 April 1964
- 2120 South Michigan Avenue - Rhythm and Blues, 31 October 1964