The Rolling Stones – Sydney (1966)

FrontCover1.jpgI was given this cassette of the 2UW 1966 Stones Sydney broadcast in 1972 (I was 16) by a chap only 4 years older than me who went on to be one of Australia’s leading music historians. Hadn’t seen him for years except on the telly /radio or on the rare occasion on the opposite side of a music venue. After The Monkees Sydney Opera House June 2019 concert I bumped into him in the foyer, re-introduced myself, we chatted, then shared a train ride home to my suburb where he had parked his car.

I took the opportunity to quiz him about the 2UW Broadcast cassette he had given me decades before. Such as, did he record it himself from the radio at the time? If not did someone else tape it, was my copy a dub from a cassette or reel to reel, did he have any idea when 2UW broadcast the show? I was dead set gobsmacked when he replied he couldn’t remember having this cassette & most likely it was his copy that he gave me.

So what do I have? Methinks i have either a 1st or 2nd generation. I’m sure this would have been aired on radio like the Melbourne 3UZ 1966 broadcast with advertisements / radio station ID, probably too hard to edit them out at the time of taping so possibly this cassette could be a dub from that but with the ads removed. What is present In track 12 Satisfaction at the 3.41 mark are 5 loud pips. I’ve been told that these could represent that it’s 5.00 PM at the time of this broadcast or the 5.00 PM news was coming up next.

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The cassette also included two radio reports. The first of these is about the Stones arrival at Kingsford Smith Sydney Airport on the 16th February 1966. The second a short interview with the Stones in Sydney most likely before the 18th February shows. Unfortunately both are incomplete. Both conducted by Ward “Pally” Austin, a Sydney Radio 2UW DJ. In the 60’s he was probably Sydney’s most famous albeit notorious disc jockey. Ward also introduces the band at the concert.

The 2UW Feb 1966 interview with Mick Jagger and Brian Jones (I think Keith Richards is in there as well) cuts in after a discussion has already started regarding As Tears Go By. Jagger states he recorded it first before Marianne Faithful but his voice was deemed to be a bit camp so they decided to re record it again in a deeper voice.

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Mick & Brian talk about engagements prior to marriage. Ward asks the boys what they’re going to do while in Sydney.
Jagger in an exaggerated Aussie accent talks about going down the beach, doing a bit of water skiing, watch the old sheila’s, sheilas being Australian slang for females, young or old. (The equivalent of the terms birds in the UK & broads in the USA.)

During the interview a voice comes on to tell us that at the time 2UW was one of Sydney’s lowest rated radio stations but they’d been building a new image of 24 hour nonstop teenage music. The voice continues that this has paid off because 2UW is now Sydney’s 3rd highest rated radio station & Ward is the top DJ.

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In the 80’s I had a fling with a 2UW employee who when I asked if they had access to the station’s radio library, replied they did as it was part of the job. I asked if it they would be agreeable to conduct a search of the 2UW library for me looking for the broadcast, “no worries” was the reply. And if located could they one way or the other obtain a copy of it for me. They searched high & low but nowhere could they find the 1966 Broadcast nor could any documentation regarding the broadcast be found. Probably long ago wiped or discarded.

The broadcast does not feature the 1st song of the concert The Last Time, it starts with the 2nd song of the night Mercy Mercy. audiowhore & myself have tried to find the actual date of the broadcast but have been unsuccessful. But he did find a newspaper ad for the Brisbane 4BH Stones 1966 live broadcast aired on the 22nd February 1966, so perhaps the Sydney broadcast was aired the day after the show as well. Hopefully one day the Brisbane broadcast might magically surface just as the Melbourne 3UZ 1966 broadcast did decades later.

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We couldn’t find any reviews of the Sydney 1966 concerts apart from a very brief show report in Go-Set magazine but I have the next best thing. Someone who not only attended this very show but took photographs as well. My friend Big Knob (Big from here on in) attended this concert as a 20 year old, not as a professional photographer but as a fan whose hobby / passion was photography.

Not even a year after attending this show he would be drafted into the Australian army & fighting in Vietnam. I asked him if in his days of being an audience member taking photographs at concerts (starting with The Beatles in 1964) was he hassled in any way for doing so. He replied no, it was the opposite, people would come up to him asking why was he was bothering to take photographs. He told me that if any newspaper photographer did bother to turn up to shoot a show, they would grab a few photos & then bugger off asap.

When audiowhore & myself searched newspaper articles regarding the Stones Australian 1966 tour we located a few pro-shot B/W Sydney photos but they hadn’t been reproduced in very good quality & in all honesty Big’s photos piss all over them & in colour too! It’s his photographs that he has so kindly allowed me to use for the artwork. The inside front cover photograph with Brian playing harmonica was taken during Not Fade Away. The back cover photograph with Brian sitting down playing the organ is That’s How Strong My Love Is.

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The show was held in the Commemorative Auditorium which is one of the halls inside the Sydney Showgrounds complex, it’s only a hop, skip & jump from the Hordern Pavilion where I would see many groups in the early 70’s to late 80’s. In some of the photographs you can see in the background a stained glass window of a reversed map of Australia on which NSW is the only state coloured in & because this was the early show the sunlight is streaming through it. Of course outside the building the map was the correct way round.

The concert was advertised (as can be seen in the newspaper add on the Back Inside Cover artwork) with the band being on the Centre Revolving Stage, which Big informed me was transported over from the Sydney Stadium at Rushcutters Bay. This would have been a bit of a task to do so. This stage was not electric but hand cranked around by stage hands, with a few songs performed to the front, then cranked around to the right for the next couple of numbers & so on.

RollingStones1966_07In the artwork photographs you can notice that the reversed map of Australia appears in slightly different positions. The photograph of the Stones taken from the back that features on the back inner artwork was taken when the stage had revolved around. I asked Big if he had moved around to take that particular photograph, he replied that he’d taken all his photos basically staying in the same position.

Before Not Fade Away Jagger can be heard asking “Will you stop this thing this going round” referring to the stage. Apparently it was annoying him in some way. Big can’t remember if Jagger’s plea was granted but he does remember that the American singer P.J. Proby’s scarf was caught up in this stage the year before. Jagger says “Where are we?” followed by “Wait right there” & then something undecipherable in Satisfaction that could also be a another reference to the revolving stage.

Big definitely remembers the endless screaming of the sheilas, says it was just as loud as it was for the Beatles Sydney shows two years previously. He added that some brave girls would dash out of their seats, run past the cops to throw streamers at the stage, in the photographs some of these can be seen wrapped around various Stones & their instruments. I was aware that on this tour the Stones where supported by another UK band The Searchers plus New Zealand band Max Merritt & The Meteors but I was unaware until Big informed me that two Australian acts were also on the bill. They being Tony Barber and Steve & The Board.

Although this recording is certainly not Hi-Fi by any stretch I love hearing Brian’s contributions in this Sydney show. This live version of Satisfaction being my mid-60’s favourite version. Revisiting this show finds me wishing that one day soon hopefully the Stones From The Vaults series will release a Brian Jones era live concert instead of endless latter day releases that feature Ron Wood – the king of bum notes & out of tune solos.

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Australian Women’s Weekly Magazine (February 23rd 1966)

I first traded this recording with Stones collectors in the late 70’s, but when I told people I had this recording I was asked a number of times how could I be sure this radio show was Sydney. Easy I wrote back – Ward Austin who can be heard introducing the show was a Sydney DJ plus Jagger himself can be heard shortly before Satisfaction starts saying “Thank you very much Sydney”. Although the word Sydney is not as loud as the preceding words because of background tuning, Jagger definitely says Sydney.

I’m sure it was one of my trades that became the source for it’s appearance on the Japanese Silver Bootleg VGP Label entitled He Is Not Dead because it has the same tape wobble in Get Off Of My Cloud plus the radio pips in Satisfaction. But Ward Austin’s concert introduction is missing and the two 2UW radio segments didn’t make it either. IMHO my original cassette version has slightly more definition & is somewhat superior than the VGP title & other CD-R versions I’ve heard.

Thanks to my old friend for the original cassette, Big Knob for his photographs & audiowhore for the 2019 transfer and mixing and last but not least Bobel. (by wazza50)

Recorded live at the Commemorative Auditorium, Sydney Showgrounds, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia; February 18, 1966 (1st show). Passable Sydney 2UW Radio broadcast (unknown airdate)

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Personnel:
Mick Jagger (vocals, tambourine)
Brian Jones (guitar, organ, harmonica, background vocals)
Keith Richards (guitar, background vocals)
Charlie Watts (drums)
Bill Wyman (bass, background vocals)

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Tracklist:
01. Stones Arrival At Sydney Airport 16th February 1966 #1 1:21
(Soundtrack From UK TV Report)
02. Stones Arrival At Sydney Airport 16th February 1966 #2 1:57
(Ward Austin 2UW Report – Cuts out / then 2UW Ward Austin Stones Interview – Start of interview missing)

03. Intro 0.29
04. Mercy, Mercy (Covay/Miller) 2.19
05. She Said Yeah (Christy/Jackson) 2.01
06. Play With Fire (Jagger/Richards) 2.20
07. Not Fade Away (Hardin/Petty)  2.16
08. Spider And The Fly (Jagger/Richards)  2:57
09. That’s How Strong My Love Is (Jamison) 2.09
10. Get Off Of My Cloud (Jagger/Richards) 3.06
11. 19th Nervous Breakdown (Jagger/Richards) 3.52
12. Satisfaction (Jagger/Richards) 5.03

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Thanks to wazza50 for sharing the show at Dime

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