The Rolling Stones - El Mocambo Outtakes 4-5 March, (Love You Live) 1977 Full Album (2018) 01. Route 66; (Toronto, Canada, El Mocambo Tavern, 4-5 March, 1977 Excellent stereo sound) 02. Hand Of Fate; (Toronto, Canada, El Mocambo Tavern, 4-5 March, 1977 Excellent stereo sound) 03. Crazy Mama; 04. Dance Little Sister;(Toronto, Canada, El Mocambo Tavern, 4-5 March, 1977 Excellent stereo sound) 04. Worried About You; 05. Let's Spend The Night Together. This is the 2012 remaster by CaptainAcid of the 1977 concerts at El Macombo club performed to record additional songs for their 1977 ''Love You Live Album''(American and European Tour 1975/1976 &1977). The hidden history of how the Rolling Stones pulled off their legendary secret El Mocambo show. The legacy of the evening, and the next night, was how the city’s tastemakers, radio promo types, deejays, groupies, drug dealers, writers and fans who went to the show resisted telling others until the event had played itself out.
In 1977 in Toronto they recorded a live album at the El Mocambo. They could have bolted the doors, drawn the curtains and mixed in the wild cries later. They could have played it, faked it, then left before anyone knew. But instead, they kept the event secret until right before it happened: the biggest rock and roll band on the planet playing a small club and recording a live album; shows unannounced, yet filled with fans who deserved to be there.
Mick Jagger and his manager, Peter Rudge, did some scouting, looking at this club here, that club there. Then, one afternoon in fall, 1976, they settled at a table in the Windsor Arms. Duff Roman happened to be there, too.
“I saw Mick and Peter Rudge walk in,” remembers Roman, the visionary behind CHUM FM, Canada’s first AOR (album-oriented rock) station. (Roman also has the distinction of producing the first ever sessions by Levon and the Hawks, who soon became The Band.) “I tried to play it cool, and wrote a message on my CHUM FM business card that said, ‘I’m here if you need anything.’ I called the waiter over and had him take it to Mick and Peter’s table. Rudge looked at it first and then Mick wanted to see. After awhile, they looked over and I nodded, smiled and pointed. Then they left. It was months before I heard from them again.”
Rudge called CHUM FM and told Roman what he was thinking: a secret, two-night engagement at the El Mocambo filled with diehard fans who would have to be directed there via ruse so that the club not become overrun by thousands.
“He asked me, ‘Do you think you can pull it off?’ ” remembers Roman. “I told him that we could and then started thinking about how we could actually do it without anyone knowing.” The Stones hadn’t performed in six months — the notorious, ragged, bloated spectacle of their 1975 tour (as well as some shows in ’76) had been finally been ashed — and the pop music world debated the band’s next move. Altamont, “Cocksucker Blues” and riots in Vancouver had rolled under them, and Keith Richards, the band’s main guitarist, had been dogged by rumours of near-fatal drug abuse.
Dave “Blue” Bluestein was the El Mo’s booker. He staged a plan to book April Wine for March 4-5, 1977, as a smokescreen. “We had natural cover,” he says, “because if anything got out, we could say, ‘No, look, April Wine is playing. That’s the gig. It says so right here,’ ” he says, pointing to an imaginary calendar. “Another band was added to the April Wine shows called ‘The Cockroaches,’ which was The Stones’ alias. On the day of the first show, the band rehearsed upstairs and soundchecked for the live recording.”
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