The Rolling Stones: Mick Taylor Years 69-74 (two hours)

Often referred to by members of the band, music critics and the fans as the greatest period of music the group would ever make.

The other day, while riding the bus with to my day job with my co-worker Chris, we had heard that The Rolling Stones were embarking on yet another tour. “Someone ought to plan an intervention, ” I said. “They need to stop hurting themselves.” Chris laughed and then we lamented to high price of the tickets and the quality of the music being performed.

Though the band would always be chastised for high ticket prices since 1969 (for example, $8.50 USD for the 1972 tour, about the price of two vinyl LP’s, which, all things being equal, is still a pittance compared to the having to take out a personal loan for fees the band charges now), the music was not always in question.

At the time, they truly were the undisputed biggest Rock and Roll band in world. (l-r) Mick Taylor, Keith Richards and Mick Jagger of the Rolling Stones in 1971 performing “Brown Sugar” on British TV program Top of the Pops.

Mick Taylor joined the band during the recording of the Let It Bleed LP in 1969, 20 years old and fresh off a three year stint with John Mayall’s Bluesbreakers. He ended up not just replacing founder Brian Jones place in the band, who would be leave the group and be found dead just prior to a U.S. tour, Taylor gave the band a distinctive lead guitar sound steeped in Jazz flourishes and Bluesy grit that propelled the Stones into the greatest Rock and Roll band in the world.

Of course, the drama of drugs, infighting, jealousy and being ripped off spelled the end of Taylor’s place in the ensemble. As Stones bassist and founder Bill Wyman would state in his book Stone Alone in 1990, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards would often not credit other members of the group for their songwriting contributions, which proved to very lucrative. Taylor stated that the latter was pretty much the final straw for him, and left the band in 1974.

(l-r) Ron Wood, Charlie Watts, Mick Jagger, Mick Taylor and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones at the Glastonbury Festival, England, in 2013. Photo courtesy of Getty Images.

Taylor would years later work with Stones members on session work and again on the 40th anniversary of Exile on Main Street, as well as appearing with the band on selected live dates. Taylor had always stated that he never thought his tenure with the Stones would be forever, and seems to prefer just gigging with the group as a guest player a great deal.

First Hour First Part

  • Live With Me, 1969, Let It Bleed
  • If You Can’t Rock Me, 1974, It’s Only Rock and Roll
  • Brown Sugar, 1971, UK mono single A-Side (vinyl rip)
  • Through The Lonely Nights, recorded 1973/released 1974, “It’s Only Rock and Roll” B-Side
  • Good Time Women, recorded 1972/released 2012, Exile On Main Street Rarities
  • Fingerprint File, 1974, It’s Only Rock and Roll

First Hour Second Part

  • Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker), 1973, Goats Head Soup
  • Can’t You Hear Me Knocking, 1971, Sticky Fingers
  • Angie, 1973, Goats Head Soup
  • Sister Morphine, 1971, Sticky Fingers
  • Happy, 1972, Exile On Main Street

First Hour Finale

  • Time Waits For No One, 1974, It’s Only Rock and Roll
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Second Hour First Part 

  • Rocks Off, 1972, Exile On Main Street
  • Dead Flowers, 1971, Sticky Fingers
  • Honky Tonk Women, 1969, single A-side
  • Shake Your Hips, 1972, Exile On Main Street
  • Love In Vain, 1969, Let It Bleed
  • Turd On The Run, 1972, Exile On Main Street
  • Star Star, 1973, Goats Head Soup
  • All Down The Line (Alt. Mix), 1972, initial pressings of “Happy” single B-side

Second Hour Second Part (all live)

  • Bitch, 1971, live at the Marquee Club, London, U.K.
  • (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, 1969, live at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA
  • Let It Rock, 1971, live at Leeds University, Leeds, U.K.
  • Tumbling Dice, 1972, live at the Forum, Los Angeles, USA
  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash, 1973, live at the Forest National Arena, Brussels, Belgium
  • Street Fighting Man, 1969, live at Madison Square Garden, New York, USA

Second Hour Finale (live)

  • Under My Thumb, 1969, live at Altamont Speedway, California, USA
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Love to you all.

Ben “Bear” Brown Jr., owner

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