The Rolling Stones release Hyde Park concerts as digital live album
Nineteen songs from Stones’ live London gigs available on iTunes for next four weeks
The Rolling Stones fans eager to grab a piece of history have about a month to get on the wagon for this one. In commemoration of their now-concluded “50 and Counting” tour, the Stones have released Hyde Park Live, a collection of performances from their July 6 and July 13 shows at London’s Hyde Park, for a limited time on iTunes.
This release is historically significant on a number of levels. First, the Hyde Park shows represent a significant homecoming for The Rolling Stones. It’s been 44 years since they played there; that previous performance was their first show since the death of Brian Jones, and the first with Jones’ replacement Mick Taylor (a free show that drew 250,000 people, which for 1969 was quite a significant crowd).
Second, it’s significant that this “limited edition” is being released exclusively as a digital download, rather than as a hardcopy (although it is rumored that a DVD of the shows may soon come available).
‘Hyde Park Live’ gathers 19 songs that were performed on July 6 and 13 at the London venue. The set spans everything from early classics like ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ to the recent ‘Doom and Gloom.’ The album’s full track list is below.
The two shows marked, almost to the day, the 44th anniversary of the band’s legendary gig at Hyde Park in 1969. That historical ’60s concert was their first with Mick Taylor as part of the lineup. Brian Jones, who was no longer in the group, had died only two days before.
The Stones’ return to Hyde Park was a nostalgic one. The band even redecorated the set to resemble the original tree-lined stage from 1969.
The two recent shows are among the last the band is performing on its 50 and Counting tour, which featured tons of guest stars throughout its recent North American leg.
Hyde Park Live will be available for download exclusively at iTunes between July 22 and August 19. Get it while you can. Track list is below.
The Rolling Stones
Hyde Park Live
Start Me Up
It’s Only Rock N’ Roll
Street Fighting Man
Doom and Gloom
Paint It Black
Honky Tonk Women
You Got the Silver
Before They Make Me Run
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Sympathy for the Devil
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction