There is some major art for the ages in the BBC’s tape archives.
I would suggest for instance that if you were to visit any one single set of recordings to know what the Beatles were most about you would turn to what they recorded for Auntie Beeb – as the broadcasting giant was known.
Only a fraction of this music has gained official release but intrepid searchers have always been able to locate it – with minds being blown in following.
Jimi Hendrix taped some of his best early live work at the radio studios and we also have scattered here and there veritable troves from the Kinks – Yardbirds – Van Morrison and Them – Cream.
But what we haven’t had until now—not, officially that is—is something from the Rolling Stones.
Appearances on ‘The Ed Sullivan Show’ aside it has never been easy to hear what the Stones sounded like as a live act in their early years when Brian Jones and Keith Richards had their unique guitar set-up.
I say unique in that neither really played lead guitar and neither really played rhythm.
They both did both – weirdly often within the same song.