At long last Rolling Stones fans will be able to listen to the band’s legendary and infamous 1977 El Mocambo club show without shelling out big bucks for bootlegs or downloading dubious recordings offline. On May 13th, the band will finally release release Live At The El Mocambo as a two-CD, quadruple-LP, and digital set.
The collection features the entire March 4th, 1977 club show — with a trio of tunes from the March 5th gig not performed the previous night. Although four selections from the famed El Mocambo gigs found their way onto that year’s double concert album, Love You Live, the tapes of the show — in varying quality — have made the rounds on the underground for decades
The full tracklisting to The Stones’ Live At The El Mocambo is:
“Honky Tonk Women”
“All Down The Line”
“Hand Of Fate”
“Fool To Cry”
“Crazy Mama” – live premiere
“Dance Little Sister” – live premiere
“Around And Around”
“Let’s Spend The Night Together”
“Worried Life Blues
“Little Red Rooster”
“It’s Only Rock and Roll (But I Like It)”
“Rip This Joint”
“Jumpin’ Jack Flash”
“Melody” – live premiere
“Worried About You” – live premiere
- It was on February 27th, 1977, while in Toronto for the 500-seat El Mocambo dates, that Keith Richards was arrested for possession of heroin. Richards was awakened by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police who found five grams of cocaine and 22 grams of heroin in his room, among other substances. Richards was charged with “possession of cocaine and heroin with intent to traffic.”
- Although Richards was eventually released on $25,000 bail, due to the trafficking charge, he faced a minimum seven-year prison term if found guilty. Richards, who due to his growing and public drug use had been on the wrong side of the law since 1967, was now facing the most serious criminal charge of his life.
- He eventually received a suspended sentence after the court concluded that Richards did not bring the drugs into the country, but rather purchased them while in Canada.
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