Monday, September 13, 2010

The Cockroaches (Rolling Stones)- Live At The El Mocambo

If you're a serious music fan, seeing a high profile band at a smaller (than usual) venue can be the ultimate concert experience. Instead of relying on the jumbo screen to see what the members of the band look like, a small club concert allows you to be up close and personal with the band. Often a band will play a smaller venue as a preview of new material (similar to Stars pre-Five Ghosts tour) or the band wants to get back to their "roots" and in the case of the Cockroaches, looking for an unprepossessing venue to record and they use a pseudonym name to hide the fact they are the Rolling Stones.

On March 4th and 5th, 1977, the Rolling Stones played their first live club date in 14 years, as they played at the legendary El Mocambo club in Toronto, Canada. The show was recorded and four songs were included on side 3 for their live album, Love You Live. The intention was to play a set of classic blues and R&B covers, similar to their early days. I believe this Toronto trip also led to Keith Richards Canadian drug possession charges, which led to all kinds of legal problems. The songs that are included in this post are from March 4th or 5th, with the last 4 songs, the versions (that's why the sound quality is much better) that appeared on Love You Live. I'm guessing the other versions of the same songs are from the "other" night.

Other big-name bands have recorded and played the El Mocambo over the years including, U2, The Police, The Ramones, Elvis Costello, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Blondie, Queens Of The Stone Age and, up next...The Jam!

El Mocambo '77

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
March 4-5, 1977

1 - Worried About You
2 - Crackin' Up
3 - Let's Spend The Night Together
4 - Route 66
5 - Hand Of Fate
6 - Around And Around
7 - Crazy Mama
8 - Little Red Rooster
9 - Dance Little Sister
10 - Route 66
11 - Mannish Boy
12 - Crackin' Up
13. Little Red Rooster
14 - Around And Around

THE ROLLING STONES- El Mocambo '77. rar


Unknown said...

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2for2true said...

I just received a bootleg Rolling Stones/Cockroaches concert from a friend who's provided me with several great underground discs over the years.It's a '78 nightclub performance as well, but not the Mocambo show referred to in your blog. Could be either the Atlanta Fox show or the Warren theatre show in D.C. I'll plug it into my Tune Up application tonight and find out where it's from - it's managed to find every Stones boot I've fed it so far.

2for2true said...

Turns out the boot I referred to in the previous post was recorded at the Capitol Theater in Passaic, NJ on June 14, 1978.

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