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Title - 'Totally Stripped' [CD/DVD]
Artist - The Rolling Stones

The Rolling Stones‘ 1995 acoustic live album Stripped has now been brought forth as a deluxe reissue, now inclusive of a multi-disc overhaul, this June through Eagle Rock.

Now entitled Totally Stripped, the expanded set collects the three complete shows from the spring of 1995 — the Paradiso in Amsterdam, L’Olympia in Paris and Brixton Academy in London — that the band later combed through to create the original LP’s live track listing.

The new edition, which basically tells the story of the two studio sessions and three live shows that made up the Stripped project in the first place, also includes an overhauled version of the Totally Stripped documentary; which offers a peek behind the scenes as the band assembled the album.

The Rolling Stones' Stripped album - released in November 1995 - followed the conclusion of the mammoth Voodoo Lounge tour and found The Stones reimagining tracks from their back catalog in pared back versions alongside a couple of carefully chosen covers in the studio. They also took in some smaller scale club gigs to showcase these versions, which was a marked contrast to the huge arenas and stadiums that had hosted the Voodoo Lounge tour.

This new version of the documentary includes previously unseen footage and lays bare the inner workings of both The Rolling Stones and of some of their best loved tracks. Revealing, intimate and moving, Totally Stripped features 14 tracks from around Europe, and showcases The Rolling Stones in a different kind of musical light.

1) Not Fade Away Amsterdam 5/26/95 2) Honky Tonk Women Paris 7/3/95 3) Dead Flowers Amsterdam 4) Faraway Eyes London 7/19/95 5) Shine A Light Amsterdam 6) I Go Wild Paris 7) Miss You London 8) Like A Rolling Stone Amsterdam 9) Brown Sugar Paris 10) Midnight Rambler London 11) Jumpin Jack Flash Paris 12) Gimme Shelter Amsterdam 13) Rip This Joint Amsterdam 14) Street Fighting Man - Amsterdam

In truth, this CD of 14 tracks fairly zooms along, for once you have starting playing / listening to the stunning opener 'Not Fade Away,' knowing where the lyrics are always headed, soon enough you are closing the CD out with the trio of Amsterdam tracks, 'Gimmie Shelter,' 'Rip This Joint,' and finally 'Street Fighting Man.'

That said, all these live cuts are still great Stones songs to sit back, kick back to, with my own personal favorites being the London-live pairing of the brilliant 'Miss You', and the still-vibrant 'Midnight Rambler.' Sure you've all heard these songs a million times over, but here on Totally Stripped they have been remastered and now sound so amazingly crisp, so fresh. This is the Stones enthused and fully on their game, believe me.

Totally Stripped is also available in a variety of formats, including DVD or Blu-ray documentary-only editions, as well as this aforementioned CD/DVD and even a wonderful DVD/LP - adding a single disc of highlights to the film. The deluxe five-disc edition adds a 60-page book in addition to the three previously unreleased shows.