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Ghost Canyon

Title - 'From The Vault: No Security, San Jose '99'
Artist - Rolling Stones

Taking it from the top, the Rolling Stones’ No Security tour ran from January to June 1999 through North America and Europe.

Furthermore, it followed on from the colossal Bridges To Babylon tour and took its name from the “No Security” live album recorded on that 1997/98 tour.

In reaction to the huge stadiums played on Bridges To Babylon the conscious decision was made to book smaller venues for the initial North American leg of the No Security tour.

Ergo, this latest addition to the acclaimed From The Vaults series was filmed at the San Jose Arena in front of an audience of a little over 30,000 (intimate by Rolling Stones standards!) at the end of the North American dates.

Previously unreleased (but why the heck not?!), it captures the band in top form playing a set that spans from mid-sixties hit singles up to the then current Bridges To Babylon album.

In truth, I'm a BIG Rolling Stones fan and have managed to see them live 12 times now (the last one being their massive Zip Code tour of 2015). So to finally hear this previously-unreleased Stones gem now, and better still, to have it spread over three luscious, and thick and heavy 180g vinyl LPs (two of which are colored), makes this review all the more personal to me.

With a line-up that consisted of: Mick Jagger (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Keith Richards (guitar, vocals); Charlie Watts (drums); Ronnie Wood (guitar) and also included: Darryl Jones (bass, backing vocals); Chuck Leavell (keyboards, backing vocals); Bobby Keys (saxophone); Tim Ries (saxophone, keyboards); Michael Davis (trombone); Kent Smith (trumpet); Lisa Fischer (backing vocals); Bernard Fowler (backing vocals, percussion); and Blondie Chaplin (backing vocals, percussion, acoustic guitar), this brand new 3LP (vinyl) is as good as it gets for capturing the Stones live on this brilliant late '90s tour.

LP 1 – SIDE A:
1. 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash'
2. 'Bitch'
3. 'You Got Me Rocking'
4. 'Respectable'

LP 1 – SIDE B:
1. 'Honky Tonk Women'
2. 'I Got The Blues'
3. 'Saint Of Me'
4. 'Some Girls'

LP 2 – SIDE C:
1. 'Paint It Black'
2. 'You Got The Silver'
3. 'Before They Make Me Run'

LP 2 – SIDE D:
1. 'Out Of Control'
2. 'Route 66'
3. 'Get Off Of My Cloud'

LP 3 – SIDE E:
1. 'Midnight Rambler'
2. 'Tumbling Dice'
3. 'It's Only Rock 'n Roll'

LP 3 – SIDE F:
1. 'Start Me Up'
2. 'Brown Sugar'
3. 'Sympathy For The Devil'

Having acquired a fair few live Rolling Stones sets in life - DVD, Blu-ray, CD and vinyl, the one thing that I always make sure to double check is the set list's and if they mirror image any of the others from around that time.

Well, aside from the fact that this is a previously-unreleased live set, the shows that get released here in this great From The Vault series come from en masse of different tours, and all with (as far as I've been able to tell) very different set lists; luckily for us fans and collectors.

Listening to them open up Side A with a ferocious 'Jumpin’ Jack Flash' and back that up seamlessly with the trio of 'Bitch' ("Yeah when you call my name, I salivate like a Pavlov dog. Yeah when you lay me out, My heart is beating louder than a big bass drum."), a balls out 'You Got Me Rocking,' and the still masterful live 'Respectable' (from the highly underrated Some Girls album), you just have to marvel at how they STILL sound as pumped, as vibrant, as raw as this playing in 2018!

Flipping the first (YELLOW) vinyl over, next up is a brilliant 'Honky Tonk Women,' which they back up with the slower-paced 'I Got The Blues,' before the first cut from their album of the time, Bridges to Babylon's 'Saint Of Me,' with a still-great-to-hear 'Some Girls' rounding out the first of the three vinyls.

As aforementioned, with the band performing on a somewhat smaller-than-usual stage in front of a smaller-than-usual audience (all on purpose, for a greater feeling of so-called "intimacy"), the energy the Stones always showed on stage before these dates was obviously not lacking in any way for these '99 shows, that's for sure.

I mean, shit, Mick Jagger has to be one of the, if not the greatest front men of ALL time! I mean, the man never stops talking, moving, dancing, singing for a second when performing live. Backed by a stunning arrangement of musicians, the combination of the band and their illustrious British musical heroes sure brought us yet another incredible live show to behold here that night; that tour.

Slipping the heavyweight BLACK vinyl of Side C onto the turntable and we instantly get wound up within the opening chords of 'Paint It Black,' before the sonic beauty 'You Got The Silver' (which was also released as the B-side to the 'Let It Bleed' single in Japan), and then the lesser-known, wired energy of 'Before They Make Me Run' (a song that was written and recorded in about four hours!).

Side D opens with the third single released from their Bridges to Babylon album 'Out Of Control,' with a cover of the popular Bobby Troup rhythm and blues standard 'Route 66' tagging along nicely thereafter. Sure the Stones embrace evolution and adapt to each passing years demands, but my God, when they next launch into a blistering 'Get Off Of My Cloud,' it's truly as if the 30 years in between hadn't even happened!

Now putting the RED vinyl of the third album on the turntable for a spin, Side E opens with a vibrant, cock-sure 'Midnight Rambler' which bleeds effortlessly into 'Tumbling Dice,' with the tempo raised once again for the flashback gem 'It's Only Rock 'n Roll.'

With the songs flashing past a steady, heady rate, flipping the vinyl over one last time, Side F opens with one of my all-time Stones favorites to hear live, 'Start Me Up' (although I would have loved to have heard 'Waiting On A Friend' too!), which in turn is followed by the crowd pleasing 'Brown Sugar,' with the perennial show closer 'Sympathy For The Devil' rounding out an exhausting (even just listening to it!) night's live entertainment from the one, the only, Rolling Stones.

In closing, the sound is excellent and the show was filmed with multiple cameras, with the video footage well edited (trust me, I've seen it!) so you see everything you want ie: there’s no abrupt musician pick up swerves and rapid camera shot swishes to have you clenching your fists and sheltering your eyes!

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