‘Southern Quotations from the … ROLLING STONES TOUR’ : Smilin’ Ears 2-7722 + Master List

Rolling Stones Southern Quotations

Rolling Stones Southern Quotations b

Most copies found are either two red, one red/one blue or two blue discs but just like with the L’Ange Gabriel release,

Genesis L'Ange Gab mcv

which most likely was produced around the same time and at the very end of Smilin’ Ears’ existence in late 1978/early 1979, there were a number of variations:

Rolling Stones Southern Quotations d redRolling Stones Southern Quotations blu orRolling Stones Southern Quotations greeRolling Stones Southern Quotations blu ttRolling Stones Southern Quotations mcv 2Rolling Stones Southern Quotations mcv 1Rolling Stones Southern Quotations mcv 3

Subsequently, the ‘two-tone’ copies realized significantly higher eBay prices than the others. No all black copies seem to exist, unlike the Genesis title.

Side 1. Honky Tonk Women [04:06] / Star Star 05:04] / When The Whip Comes Down [07:15] / Miss You [09:37]
Side 2: Lies [05:30] / Beast of Burden [07:18] / Just My Imagination (Running Away with Me) [05:57] / Respectable [03:36]
Side 3: Far Away Eyes [07:22] / Love In Vain [07:59] / Shattered [05:16] / Tumbling Dice [04:47]
Side 4: Happy [03:22] / Sweet Little Sixteen [03:52] / Brown Sugar [03:55] / Jumping Jack Flash [05:48]

Source: Greensboro NC, War Memorial Coliseum – 26 June 1978, the 9th stop on the tour that is either called “one of the band’s greatest” or “mediocre” as below. 

“Greensboro North Carolina, was released on the vinyl boot Southern Quotations (Smilin’ Ears SE 27722).  The master cassette is lost […].

The sound quality is fair since it is distant from the stage and contains noticeable distortion in louder passages the sound quality improves a bit with “Shattered” to the end.  It is listenable and, once one gets past the limitations, can be appreciated.  The first two songs of the show, “Let It Rock” and “All Down The Line,” are missing and “Just My Imagination” fades out in the end.

Some argue that Greensboro is the worst show on a generally mediocre tour.  While there could be some merit to the argument, listening to this tape doesn’t really support that.  It is a briskly paced show with very little interaction from Jagger and the audience.  The opening five songs on the first disc go by very quick, slowing down for a languid “Beast Of Burden” (which Jagger pronounces “beast of buuuuuuuuuuuuurden.”)

“It’s great to be back in the south” Jagger says before “Far Away Eyes.”  “It gives us an excuse to do a country number.”  His intonation suggests extreme sarcasm as he sings the song.  On “Love In Vain” Wood plays the solo with a heavy vibrato.

“Shattered” was the most popular song from the album in Greensboro judging by the amount of requests made within earshot of the recorder, and they react loudly when it comes up in the set.  The show ends with the double shot of “Brown Sugar” and “Jumping Jack Flash” which is most common for this tour.” [collectorsmusicreviews.com]

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So, Smilin’ Ears starts and ends with a Rolling Stones title:

 

THE BEATLES AND the ROLLING STONES ‘Sing This all Together’ 2 LP – SE 7700   available from Jan. ’78

THE BEATLES ‘THE DECCAGONE SESSIONS’ – SE 7701

The Beatles ‘TWICKENHAM JAMS’ – SE 7702

Joni Mitchell & James Taylor ‘IN PERFECT HARMONY / TAKES TWO TO TANGO’ – SE 7703

Beatles ’66 – SE 7704

Sex Pistols ‘THE FILTH AND THE FURY’ – SE 7706

The New York Dolls ‘DOLLS LIVE: DALLAS ’74′ – SE 7707

BUZZCOCKS ‘TIME’S UP’ – SE 7709

Patti Smith ‘Live in London’ 2 LP – SE 2-7720

Fleetwood Mac 2LP – SE-2-7721

ROLLING STONES ‘Southern Quotations’ – SE 2-7722    early ’79?

Genesis ‘L’Ange Gabriel’ – S-E 1000     late ’78/early ’79

LED ZEPPELIN ‘THE DESTROYER’ 4 LP Box – SE 77-300   available by late ’78

Grateful DEAD ‘ GOOD LOVIN’ ‘ 4 LP box – SE 77-401   available by late ’78

 

I used to believe the following: “I suspect that the reissue of the very first Smilin’ Ears release on red PVC happened around the same time as Southern Quotations and L’Ange Gabriel.”

However, this is not true. These were made in Germany in the 1980’s. I did think, when I originally wrote this that the vinyl color used here did not look “Smilin’Ears-like” but it’s sometimes hard to tell in the auction images and very depending on the lighting and how they were photographed.

 

Rolling Stones STAT cv

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Perhaps this reissue of Tales From The Who was a secret Smilin’ Ears release? In the end, I doubt it – not that I have proof though.

Tales from The Who cv lblTales from The Who cv 2Tales from The Who cv 5

Shown here on top of the back cover,

 

Tales from The Who cv 3

Tales from The Who cv 4

And with many other colors. Matrix markings: U-560 A / B / C / D

 

Tales From The Who cv

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