Release Date: 29/11/2019
Throughout 1964 and 1965 the Stones were beneficiaries of the BBC’s ‘needletime’ agreement. Until it was abandoned in 1988, needletime was the number of hours of music on record that the BBC and other broadcasters were allowed to play per day. In order to supplement this allowance, the BBC commissioned extensive live recording sessions from the prominent pop groups of the day, thus inadvertently creating a rich archive of otherwise unavailable material. The Rolling Stones official “On Air” set showcased many of the tracks recorded for the BBC but some still remain officially unreleased. Here we have an extended version of High Heel Sneakers, a stalwart of the Stones 1964 live repertoire that was never released on a studio LP. Later in April 1964 Bill Wyman’s diary says “We played the NME poll winners concert at the Empire Pool, Wembley. We chatted with the Beatles backstage, John Lennon was very complimentary about our album. Also on the bill were the Swinging Blue Jeans, the Dave Clark Five, Cliff Richard, Manfred Mann and the Searchers. We performed I Just Want To Make Love To You, Not Fade Away and I’m Alright. A year ago we had been playing to an audience of just a few hundred people at the Ricky Tick in Windsor: now we had a wonderful reception from over 10,000 fans. Even the Beatles admitted that the scale of the response to our performance had freaked them out.” All tracks recorded live at NME Poll Winners Concert, Wembley Empire Pool 26.04.64, broadcast by ABC on 03.05.64 as “Big Beat ‘64” except* recorded for The Joe Loss Pop Show, broadcast 10.04.64.
1. High Heel Sneakers
2. Not Fade Away
1. I Just Want To Make Love To You
2. I'm Alright