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Rolling Stones collectors EP slated for release on Black Friday

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By Phyllis Pollack

They aren't all gone yet. However, independent record stores can only keep their doors open if they have the business. Here is yet one more reason to go into one. Friday, November 29, 2013 is national "Back To Black Friday" Record Store Day, a day in which over 700 independent record stores participate.

ABKCO Records is supporting the Record Store Day event by releasing a limited edition Got Live If You Want It!, by the Rolling Stones as a seven-inch E.P. on "Back To Black Friday."

Going back to black vinyl, ABKCO has pressed the E.P., making it to be played at 45 RPM. The special collectors item includes songs that are not found on the U.S. version of the album.

The title of the album and the EP is a play on Slim Harpo's 1957 single "Got Love If You Want It" released on the Excello label.

The EP has "live" covers of songs associated with Solomon Burke ("Everybody Needs Somebody to Love"), Otis Redding ("Pain In My Heart"), Nat King Cole ("Route 66") and Hank Snow ("I'm Moving On"). "I'm Alright," an early Jagger-Richards composition, is also included as is the crowd screams "We Want The Stones."

The EP opens with the aptly entitled track "We Want The Stones," credited to Nanker Phelge, a pseudonym used early on when certain royalties went to all the band members, rather than to solely Jagger/Richards or the Glimmer Twins.

With some added emphasis to the point, with cheering fans added into the mix, no one misses the fact that the Stones are a relentlessly exciting live act. The Stones toured again in 2013, with their 50th anniversary tour, the 50 and Counting tour, which climaxed at Hyde Park in July.

The band is slated for yet another gig in Australia in March, 2014.

The band is still rocking the song "Route 66," written by the late Bobby Troupe during some of its gigs. Giving tribute to the "highway that's the best," the recording is sheer joy listening to, as Jagger sings, "Get your kicks on Route 66."

Richards' rhythm guitar playing heard on this song already seems perfected. Jones' flashy leads add more serious intensity of the track's groove.

"I'm Alright," with its basic guitar lick the song is found on, serves as s a prelude, signaling to the genius that would bring the guitar riff for "Satisfaction."

The Stones' bluesy version of Hank Snow's country hit "I'm Moving On," is long walk from the song's original version. The Stones rock it hard, with slide guitar from Jones.

Charlie Watts' power drumming and its lyrical swagger are a perfect match for Jagger, with its harmonica laced ending.

The song was first released in 1950 by Snow, then later covered by a slew of artists, including Ray Charles, Willie Nelson, Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, and Bob Dylan.

The Stones' take on the late Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love," was serious enough that it lasted decades, as long part of the band's repertoire.

The Stones maintained a long friendship with Burke, which included having him open a free concert, played by the band on November 4, 2002, at the Wiltern Theater in Los Angeles.

Burke joined the Stones on stage for their set, pairing up for a rendition of the hit song which appears on this EP. Their performance together can be seen on the Stones' 2003 Four Flicks DVD.

Co-written by Otis Redding, the soulful "Pain In My Heart" is an early Stones work, demonstrating the British band's consummate flair for American rhythm and blues.

The tracks were recorded in the time period of the band's fifth British tour, at concert dates in March, 1965 in London, Liverpool and Manchester. It was released in 1965. The E.P., their first live release, which went to #1 on the E.P. chart in the U.K. in June of that year.

ABKCO Music & Records, founded over 50 years ago by the late Allen Klein, holds catalog that includes compositions and recordings by artists including Sam Cooke, The Rolling Stones, Bobby Womack, Eric Burdon, The Animals, Herman’s Hermits, Marianne Faithfull, The Kinks and many other classic artists.

The film, The Rolling Stones Charlie Is My Darling, Ireland 1965, is among releases from ABKCO films, as well as the 2004 DVD, The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus.

Upcoming releases from ABKCO include a restoration of the 1971 film Blindman, starring Ringo Starr, in this story about a blind man, who is also a gunman.

Over 700 record stores participate in Back to Black Friday. To find a record store in your area, please see http://www.recordstoreday.com/Venues.

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