Another prized jewel in the Rolling Stones' unmatched catalogue is to be restored to its full glory and more, with a multi-format release of their 1973 classic Goats Head Soup.
Their 11th UK studio album, recorded in Jamaica, Los Angeles and London as their last collaboration with producer Jimmy Miller, Goats Head Soup came in the wake of the Stones' landmark 1972 double album Exile On Main St. The new set was introduced by the single that became one of their most exalted ballads, the endlessly elegant Angie, completed by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards during a songwriting sojourn in Switzerland.
The box set and deluxe CD and vinyl editions of Goats Head Soup all feature ten bonus tracks, which include alternate versions, outtakes and no fewer than three previously unheard tracks. The unheard cuts include Criss Cross, plus Scarlet, featuring guitar by Jimmy Page, and a third newly unveiled song, All The Rage. The layered guitar textures of Scarlet make for a track that's as infectious and raunchy as anything the band cut in this hallowed era. As well as Jimmy Page guesting alongside Mick and Keith on the track it also features on bass Rick Grech of Blind Faith fame. All The Rage has a wild, post - Brown Sugar strut and the percussive Criss Cross rocks and swaggers as only the Stones can. The bonus disc of unreleased material also sheds new light on tracks such as 100 Years Ago and Hide Your Love, with further unissued mixes by Stones insider and acclaimed producer Glyn Johns.
The box set editions of Goats Head Soup also include Brussels Affair, the 15-track live album recorded in a memorable show in Belgium, on the autumn 1973 tour that followed the album's late August release. Mixed by Bob Clearmountain, was previously available only in the Rolling Stones' “official bootleg” series of live recordings in 2012. The Brussels show features the already-classic Tumbling Dice, Midnight Rambler, Jumping Jack Flash and many others, and includes a sequence of tracks from the then-new album. Star Star is followed by Dancing With Mr. D, Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) and Angie. Additionally, the CD and vinyl box sets offer the original ten-track album in 5.1 Surround Sound, Dolby Atmos and Hi-Res mixes, along with the videos for Dancing With Mr. D, Silver Train and Angie. An exclusive 100-page book will feature a remarkable array of photographs, essays by writers Ian McCann, Nick Kent and Daryl Easlea and faithful reproductions of three tour posters from 1973.
4CD -Super Deluxe box sets features 35 tracks on three CDs & one Blu-ray disc (Dolby Atmos, 96kHz/24 bit high resolution stereo, and 96 kHz/24 bit DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1). Included are the new stereo album mix, sourced from the original session files, Rarities and Alternative mixes featuring three previously unreleased tracks, Scarlet, All The Rage and Criss Cross.
Also included is The Brussels Affair, recorded live at the Forest National Arena in October 1973. The 4 discs are housed in the boxset alongside a 120 page book with an incredible array of photos and 3 essays. 50 Years On – An Appreciation of Goats Head Soup by Ian McCann, Brussels Affair Live 1973 Tour by Nick Kent and The Story Of The Cover Art by Darryl Easlea. The set is completed with 4 x 1973 reproduction tour posters, rolled up within the packaging to avoid creases.
4LP - This limited edition Deluxe vinyl box set features the new stereo album mix, sourced from the original session files + Rarities and Alternative mixes including three previously unreleased tracks, Scarlet, All The Rage and Criss Cross. Mastered at half speed by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios, London. Also included is The Brussels Affair, recorded live at the Forest National Arena in October 1973 and pressed on 180 Gram vinyl.