THE ROLLING STONES “No Spare Parts” & “Before They Make Me Run” (2011) ADVANCE SINGLE + The Brussels Affair ’73 (Official Release) & Info On The Some Girls Box Sets

It’s a new era in catalog marketing and, of course, the business-minded Mick (and the ever-growing, EMI-buying mega-conglomerate, Universal) is there every step of the way. For the upgraded edition(s) of one of the band’s last “classic” albums, Some Girls, the marketing machine is going full throttle. Along with your basic 2CD Deluxe Edition ($20), you can now order Some Girls Super Deluxe Edition ($143, pictured), Some Girls Gift Case Set ($53), Some Girls Wig Box ($180. Yes… Mick’s selling cosmetics now), Some Girls – Live In Texas ’78 CD/DVD Combo ($22) and Some Girls Vinyl ($28… and I remember bitching when they went to $5). There’s probably lots more, but that’s what came up at Amazon during an “audio” search. I’ll let you click the links to see what all the marketing’s about. Notice how the 2CD set is moderately priced. Since it’s something that’s easily put online, it’s nice priced to attract everybody (fans and pirates alike). The real money comes in selling the era itself, t-shirts in spray cans, lipstick, buttons, pictures and assorted crap that won’t upload. All are available for pre-order. Release date: November 21. (CHECK COMMENTS)

“No Spare Parts” b/w
“Before They Make Me Run”

To let you know that all this stuff exists… here’s an advance vinyl single of the unreleased outtake “No Spare Parts” and Keith’s classic “Before They Make Me Run.” Download in comments.


The Brussels Affair ’73 (2011)
Download Direct From The Stones

Thanks to Gerald for sending us the link to the Rolling Stones new download site, The Rolling Stones Archive. Their first bootleg release, The Brussels Affair ’73, is from one of the band’s most highly acclaimed unreleased series of shows. The site accurately points out that the files have been traded online for years, cobbled together from different sources. These files (which we weren’t able to hear yet) are from Andy Johns’ original master tapes. Excuse me… my pants are wet. Mick’s selling them for $7 (@256) & $9 (FLAC). Pretty amazing. UPDATE: Apparently, Stateside buyers are shut out for the time being, but our pal Pete found where to get it from Google for only $4.99. Thanks to all.


  • Willard
    November 16, 2011 - 12:42 | Permalink

    Get “No Spare Parts”/”Before They Make Me Run” HERE

    Get Brussels Affair ’73 HERE

  • Colin H from Cambridge, Canada
    November 16, 2011 - 13:04 | Permalink

    shitty there are no track listing details for any of those sets yet on Amazon.

    • Willard
      November 16, 2011 - 13:06 | Permalink

      Yeah, I noticed. I’m guessing the tracks will be up any day. They’re usually pretty good about that on new product.

  • pete
    November 16, 2011 - 20:46 | Permalink

    Did you see the London Observer feature on them? It sounds as though Keef & Charlie & Ronnie want to tour, or at least play, but Mick isn’t so sure. I vote for a year-long residency at the Marquee (but it won’t happen).

  • Visions
    November 16, 2011 - 21:00 | Permalink

    If this band had quit when Mick Taylor quit, they would have been gods. Sorry – make that GODS. Instead, for years and years (and years) they have been uninspired money grubbers and garish caricatures of their former selves. The remaster of Exile on Main Street was awful. Exile was not an album that needed clarity and definition! Go find the band’s live performance at the Forest National in Brussels in October 1973 (it may be on Wolfgang’s) – it never got better than that. No one ever got better than that.

  • buzz baby jesus
    November 16, 2011 - 21:26 | Permalink

    It’s awful. Mick sounds as bad as he looks. Maybe he needs to get drunk or something to loosen up. He’s so mannered sounding with his Mick Schtick. And Beggar’s Banquet it ain’t. It’s not even “Exile on Main Street”. Having bought “A Bigger Bang”, I’ll never fall for that “best Stones album since “Some Girls” again.

  • buzz baby jesus
    November 17, 2011 - 09:25 | Permalink

    Of course, thanks for posting. I was really curious about this.

  • Lou Bear
    November 17, 2011 - 17:41 | Permalink

    i always hated ronnie woods picking, and he was never as fluid as Mick Taylor, who blew me away in concert and on the records. But all that said…this is one Hellava record in everyway down to the cover art. they pulled out all the stops on this one as they did in Stcky Fingers.
    I was working in the record biz when this came out and it never quit, in sales and air play and controversy. What black girl doesn’t wnat to get fucked all night ????


    • Willard
      November 17, 2011 - 17:49 | Permalink

      HA! It was one of their last consistent albums with especially strong tunes.

  • Gerald
    November 18, 2011 - 02:25 | Permalink

    Apparently The Stones are offering up shows for download….starting with Brussels’73..


    • Willard
      November 18, 2011 - 12:14 | Permalink

      WOW! Many thanks.

      • Visions
        November 18, 2011 - 12:45 | Permalink

        Well, as I said above, NOBODY who loves the Rolling Stones will be unhappy with the Brussels Affair performance. It is one of the most outstanding concerts ever recorded, by anyone. It’s nice that Mick can finally admit this is better than the live crapola the band mostly (officially) released — setting aside Ya-Ya’s, which was pretty good, though a compilation and too damn short. Thanks for discovering this, Gerald.

        • Willard
          November 18, 2011 - 12:57 | Permalink

          Don’t forget Stripped, which (save a song or two) was a dame fine live album.

    • pete
      November 18, 2011 - 12:52 | Permalink

      “This download is only available to customers outside of the United States.”

      Buh-buh-buh … I’d pay $7, happily. I tried going through the Purchase routine (with PayPal) and got turned down, on the grounds that Billing to country is restricted for this item.

      Anyone know anything further?

      • Willard
        November 18, 2011 - 13:03 | Permalink

        I had trouble listening to any tracks and their Soundcloud connection doesn’t seem to be up and running yet. Many it’s just so new it’s still buggy. VERY cool, and a very smart move to keep download prices on the cheap. It’ll still hit the web for free in a matter of days, but there are a lot of people (probably most people) who prefer to go through official channels. I’m kinda suprised they’re not going with the hard copies, though. Just do what they’re already doing and pile a bunch of memorabilia in it. Maybe they’ve got an angle that this might be more profitable since there’s no production costs.

        • pete
          November 18, 2011 - 13:31 | Permalink

          Aha! “The bootleg is available to American fans at the new Google Music site.”

          That’s from the News at, and lo! it is true. Indeed, cheaper — $4.99. But that seems to be a tad buggy, or at least I just tried to buy it and The Great Gazoogle has not yet admitted as much. I’ll update if and when it succeeds.

          Someone is promoting some else, no?

          • Willard
            November 18, 2011 - 13:40 | Permalink

            Very cool, thanks for the update. What’s your last sentence mean?

  • Michael Hockinson
    November 18, 2011 - 13:54 | Permalink

    I’ve always found the “Under Reconstruction” cover variation to be a visual slap in the face to the contents of the last great Stones album. It’s unfortunate that when the Stones, et al, finally get around to putting out a Deluxe edition of “Some Girls” they didn’t consider either restoring Peter Corriston’s original sleeve art or use his amended version that was said to include Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Britt Ekland and Jimmy Carter in drag.

    • Willard
      November 18, 2011 - 15:25 | Permalink

      Well, they were sued by some of the faces, weren’t they? Or at least threatened? Since that’s why they were removed it would seem like a long shot to get them back now.

      • Michael Hockinson
        November 18, 2011 - 16:04 | Permalink

        Cyrus R.K. Patell, in his excellent 33 1/3 book on the album notes that Lucille Ball, Farrah Fawcett, Liza Minnelli (on behalf of her mother, Judy Garland), the estate of Marilyn Monroe and Rachel Welch all threatened to sue. Jagger is reported to have apologized to Minnelli during a party at Studio 54.

        But I think you’re missing the point of my comment. Yes, they probably wouldn’t have used the original cover on the current reissue. But the “Under Construction” version of the cover should only ever have been a stopgap measure. At some point, construction on a new version with replacement faces should have been implemented.

        Wouldn’t you have liked to have seen Corriston’s revised version with Carly Simon, Linda Ronstadt, Britt Ekland and Jimmy Carter in drag? There is also a version with hand-drawn women that would have been more aesthetically pleasing than the garish blocks of red, blue and pink that were used.

        • Willard
          November 18, 2011 - 16:14 | Permalink

          I don’t disagree with your points, but if they actually did the kinds of artistic changes you’re suggesting, aren’t they just gonna rile up the other half? You know them… the guys that insist the past shouldn’t be altered or tampered with? (They were last heard complaining about the Exile re-recordings.) Personally, I think everything’s on the table. New ideas, new recordings, new art, new commerce… to me it’s all an adventure, and I don’t see why everything has to be exactly like people remembered it 40 years ago. Of course… I’ll be the first to complain about stuff I think is shoddy or ill conceived, but I think – artistically speaking – virtually anything is on the table. Especially if you (the artist) created it and own it.

        • Willard
          November 18, 2011 - 16:18 | Permalink

          By the way, I’ve never read any those 33-1/3’s. You said this one’s good? Are they all?

          • Michael Hockinson
            November 18, 2011 - 16:36 | Permalink

            The 33 1/3 series is a mixed bag. In addition to Patell’s “Some Girls,” the ones I own (and recommend) are Andy Miller’s “The Kinks Are The Village Green Preservation Society,” Steve Matteo’s “Let It Be” (The Beatles), Geoffrey Himes’s “Born In The USA,” John Dougan’s “The Who Sell Out” and Bruce Eaton’s “Radio City” (Big Star).

            • Willard
              November 18, 2011 - 18:10 | Permalink

              Thanks for the tip.

  • pete
    November 18, 2011 - 14:01 | Permalink

    Um, the last sentence of my comment of 13:31 means that we need an edit button, or alternatively that Google Music and the Stones are presumably trying to promote each other.

    I completed the purchase, downloaded the 15 tracks to my computer (individually!) and backed them up to two external discs, after they automatically loaded to iTunes. The process is a pain for someone who does not have an Android phone and is not committed to the Google Cloud. Not only do you have to download tracks individually, even if you bought the album as a whole, but you can only do so twice! And they are presented in some strange order that is neither alphabetical nor track order, even if you click to sort by album (though they play in correct order, and load to iTunes correctly).

    However, it does work. The mp3s are at 320 and sound fine so far. Oh, and the music is really quite good.

    • Visions
      November 18, 2011 - 15:17 | Permalink

      I didn’t try to buy it, but going to, selecting USA and then following the link to Rolling Stones archives led me to the Brussels album, the buy button, and thence to a PayPal button. It seemed pretty smooth.

      • Willard
        November 18, 2011 - 15:27 | Permalink

        I’m not a file buyer myself, so I didn’t bother with the details. So, thanks all for doing the dirty work.

      • pete
        November 18, 2011 - 18:26 | Permalink

        I tried that, you get all the way through the process, including logging in to PayPal, then they confirm your address, then they turn you down. Stupid. OTOH you save $3 …

    • Willard
      November 18, 2011 - 15:23 | Permalink

      Cool. Thanks for the rundown.

  • Art Ducko
    November 19, 2011 - 02:53 | Permalink

    I’ll wait for the illicit download, thanks. Cool cover, though.

    • Willard
      November 19, 2011 - 09:42 | Permalink

      Old habits die hard.

  • November 19, 2011 - 07:57 | Permalink

    Is that version of “Before They Make Me Run” the promo only remix by Bob Clearmountain?


    I sure hope so, because it’s vastly better than the album version. I should add that I asked Clearmountain about it two years ago, and he confessed to having no memory whatsoever of having done it.

    • Willard
      November 19, 2011 - 09:41 | Permalink


    • jim
      November 20, 2011 - 23:20 | Permalink

      No, it’s not the Bob Clearmountain mix….

  • Anonymous
    November 20, 2011 - 11:09 | Permalink

    Cough* Brussels * Cough

  • Anonymous
    November 21, 2011 - 14:19 | Permalink

    At least the first six releases (all announced at the Google Music launch event), and perhaps more, of The Rolling Stones Archive Label are/will be exclusively distributed and sold in the US by Google Music.
    Anyone in the US can go to the Google Music website, sign up and buy them from any computer just as easily and just as speedily as if from, for example, iTunes.
    Outside the US, The Rolling Stones Archive Label is distributed directly to consumers through third-party vendors by Universal Music (the current distributor of their catalogue).
    So far, wherever one lives, The Rolling Stones Archive Label releases only electronic goods.

    For those interested, a nifty little promo film from Google Music with Keith and Mick talking about ‘The Brussels Affair’ is here:
    Just click on the arrow in the video window.on the left.

  • Anonymous
    November 21, 2011 - 14:38 | Permalink

    With respect to the use of likenesses on the ‘Some Girls’ cover, the laws about using someone’s else’s likeness without their permission for commercial purposes vary from county to country.
    The issue about the appearance of particular faces on the ‘Some Girls’ album cover was matter that was raised in the US and only after the original album, with all of the original packaging elements and faces, had been released.
    Because the faces were on the outside of the package visible to anyone they constituted a protected commercial use and under US law likely should have been cleared beforehand with the people depicted to prevent trouble. But this “clearance” requirement for use does not apply almost anywhere else the album was released. And this “clearance” requirement would not, and does not, apply in the USA in the person’s likeness is inside the package not visible from the outside and therefore eliminates the argument that the use of the likeness on the outside in an unfair appropriate of the likeness right of another for unauthorized commercial gain. This is why the new reissue of ‘Some Girls’ contains both covers but only the “censored” one is visible from the outside.
    Universal Music could have, if they wanted, used the original cover on the outside elsewhere in the World and only the “censored” one in the US but I would guess that the need to create one package with one set of manufacturing parts for all territories was the goal.

    • Willard
      November 21, 2011 - 15:19 | Permalink

      MANY thanks for the details.

  • PolkSaladTranny
    November 21, 2011 - 23:35 | Permalink

    That “Wig Box” is on my X-mas wish list, and I do wear an X-Large shirt! “Some Girls” is the best post-Sticky album. I have the uncensored 1978 lp and the 8 track tape.

  • me
    May 16, 2013 - 12:17 | Permalink

    hi…me again… re-up? thanks!

    • Willard
      May 16, 2013 - 12:52 | Permalink

      New link up, many thanks.

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