For the first time EVER, the complete Rolling Stones set at the El Mocambo is being officially released

On March 4 and 5, 1977, a band called The Cockroaches was booked to play the El Mocambo at Spadina and King in Toronto. Also booked was April Wine, who was riding high on the charts. Turns out they were the McGuffin of the evening.

Word slipped out that The Cockroaches were actually The Rolling Stones. And on those nights, the tape was, er, rolling on the band as they played their set in front of maybe 300 people each night. And this was after Keef and girlfriend Anita Pallenberg were busted for drug possession at the Harbour Castle Hilton.

A few of the songs they played those nights ended up on a side of the band’s next live album, Love You Live. But the entire recordings have never been officially released. That’s about to change.

Live at the El Mocambo (due May 13) will feature the entire March 5 show along with three tracks from the previous night. Everything has been newly mixed and cleaned up for the 21st century. Pre-order here.

Here’s the tracklisting.

1. Honky Tonk Woman (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

2. All Down The Line (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

3. Hand Of Fate (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

4. Route 66 (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

5. Fool To Cry (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

6. Crazy Mama (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

7. Mannish Boy (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

8. Crackin’ Up (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

9.DanceLittleSister(Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

10. Around And Around (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

11. Tumbling Dice (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

12. Hot Stuff (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

13. Star Star (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

14. Let’s Spend The Night Together (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

15. Worried Life Blues (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

16.LittleRed Rooster (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

17. It’s Only Rock ‘N’ Roll (But I Like It) (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

18. Rip This Joint (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

19. Brown Sugar (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

20. Jumpin’ Jack Flash (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

21. Melody (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

22. Luxury (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

23. Worried About You (Live at the El Mocambo 1977)

A couple of songs have already been made available.

Nice vinyl packages, too.

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Alan Cross

is an internationally known broadcaster, interviewer, writer, consultant, blogger and speaker. In his 40+ years in the music business, Alan has interviewed the biggest names in rock, from David Bowie and U2 to Pearl Jam and the Foo Fighters. He’s also known as a musicologist and documentarian through programs like The Ongoing History of New Music.

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