What year is it, again? Within the last twelve months I have picked up the reissue of Exile on Main Street, the Keith biography, Life, and went downtown for a screening of the 1972 concert film Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones documenting the American leg of the Exile tour. All good. The Keith bio alone re-sparked my interest in the band’s Goat’s Head era, notably the Brussels Affair bootleg.

Allegedly a near-miss official Stones release documenting the ’73 tour, the band shelved the project due to issues with their former label. Among other heights the boot showcases prime Mick Taylor. This is also the show where I stopped hating on, and learned to love, “Dancing With Mr. D.”  The version here is a ripper.

Disc one, Brussels. The second disc, part of the ‘definitive’ edition culls tracks for the ’73 tour in Rotterdam, London, Newcastle, Munich and Vienna. Split into three zip files, the set will unpack into iTunes as two discs.

Download: The Rolling Stones :: Brussels Affair 1973 – Part 1
The Rolling Stones :: Brussels Affair 1973 – Part 2
Download: The Rolling Stones :: Brussels Affair 1973 – Part 3

Forest National, Brussels, Belgium 10/17/73, 1st show

01 Brown Sugar
02 Gimme Shelter
03 Happy
04 Tumbling Dice
05 Dancing With Mr. D
06 Angie
07 You Can’t Always Get What You Want
08 Midnight Rambler
09 Honky Tonk Women
10 All Down The Line
11 Rip This Joint
12 Jumping Jack Flash
13 Street Fighting Man
14 Starfucker

Rotterdam 10/14/London 9/9/Newcastle 9/13/Munich 9/28/Vienna 9/1/73

01 Brown Sugar
02 Happy
03 Gimme Shelter
04 Heartbreaker
05 Street Fighting Man
06 Brown Sugar
07 Starfucker
08 Dancing With Mr. D
09 Angie
10 Midnight Rambler
11 Gimme Shelter
12 Street Fighting Man
13 Bitch
14 100 Years Ago
15 Sweet Virginia
16 Silver Train

31 Responses to “The Rolling Stones :: Brussels Affair 1973 (Definitive Edition)”

  1. One of my favorite Stones boots, along with the Leeds Sticky Fingers-era show.

  2. Nice! Don’t think I have this expanded edition.

  3. Ugh.. yes! Can’t thank you enough for this.

  4. Thank you so much!!!

  5. Thanks for this. I remember it from a while ago and haven’t listened to it in ages. Sick forgotten oldie…

  6. […] of Aquarium Drunkard The Keith bio alone re-sparked my interest in the band’s Goat’s Head era, notably the Brussels […]

  7. i believe that the Brussels show is the one with the 14 minute Midnight Rambler that may have one of the defining moments of Rock ‘n’ Roll for me. The way the Stones come back into the full tempo ending from the conclusion of the breakdown 3/4 of the way through is something magical and I have listened and never heard it done quite like that on any of their other live boots. It reminds me of what I heard in August 1972 when I saw them at MSG in NYC. Transendant. Thanks for this post.

  8. After listening again it’s the version that clocks in at 12:41 on the first disc that just soars (Mick Taylor is in top form) and the recording is a primal moment.

  9. this is fantastic! thanks, guys!!

  10. awesome!


  11. Love that bootleg!

    Also check this out,
    Gimme Shelter deconstructed and isolated. I had never realized how intricate the bassline was for this song. So complex.

  12. @cody – yeah, saw that today actually. gonna repost Claytons version on here. charlie watts rules.

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  14. A huge thank you for posting this. Although I am not a die hard Stones fan, this post shows once again that the 1968 to 75 Stones truly deserved the title of Greatest Rock And Roll Band.

  15. Thank you so much! Early Christmas!!

  16. thanks for this! The Keith bio and Exile reissue have also got me listening again to a lot of vintage Stones. Such great, great stuff.

  17. Thank you for a great boot! You da man.

  18. Wow…you’ve made my December. Many thanks for link!

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  20. Wow, you are on a serious roll of late. Many thanks for this

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  22. well, damn. this is just great. thanks for posting this. Both Brown Sugars…I haven’t enjoyed listening to the Stones this much in years. thanks.

  23. Thank you so much for this!

  24. Yes, this is fabulous—-Don’t forget about how great “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” is here—-Charlie and Keith just GROOOOOOOVING. And of course, the Keith/Mick Taylor guitar stuff is how a rawk band ought should sound.

  25. FIERCE!

  26. This show was also released in quad and has been uploaded to Demonoid and elsewhere as a 4 channel DTS surround version. In the mid-70s they was a small handful of FM Quadraphonic radio concerts. You needed special gear (or it was just folded down to stereo), so it didn’t catch on. This show, a live Alice Cooper show from 1975 and a live in the studio Steely Dan show are what can be found easily. I’m sure that there are others. All of them were either King Biscuit or Westwood One Radio shows.

    This show, “The Brussels Affair” and “Ladies and Gentlemen…” in the new Blu-ray 5.1 mix are, to my mind, the single best Stones shows in terms of sound quality, energy, set list, Mick Taylor…

  27. thank you, a million times thank you… THANKS!

  28. Thanks so much!!!

  29. Thanks!

  30. Thanks, can’t wait to listen!

  31. thank you thank you!

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