Nights at the Roundtable with The Rolling Stones, in session at The BBC - recorded on July 17, 1964 for The Joe Loss Show.
April 25, 2012

The Rolling Stones in 1964. Beneath the grins; more grins.


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Tonight it's early Rolling Stones, the 1964 period. This session (actually live radio appearance) comes by way of the BBC radio series The Joe Loss Show, recorded on July 17,1964. Unlike a lot of live appearances of this vintage, the screaming doesn't drown the band out and the audience doesn't drown the band out.

Everyone has a favorite period of the Rolling Stones - I confess, this is mine. Still very much entrenched in Chicago Blues, The Stones were getting huge at this point.

Here's the lineup of what's on the player:

The Joe Loss Show, July 17, 1964

1. It's All Over Now
2. If You Need Me
3. Confessin' The Blues
4. Carol
5. Mona

The sound is okay for the period. This is mostly likely one of those BBC sessions that didn't escape the eraser and we've had to rely on private enthusiasts who were hovering over their tape recorders at home in order to get this piece of history preserved. Thank god they did, otherwise a massive chunk of musical history would be missing. The irony is, during these early years of the British Invasion, it was deemed illegal by the British government to record anything off the air, even as a hobbyist. So the idea that someone would have faced jail time if they recorded this program seems a bit strange. But the cause of history is glad they did.

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