Rolling Stones post oft-bootlegged concert from final leg of their 1981 Tattoo You tour

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Often bootlegged, but never officially released — until now — the Rolling Stones’ Dec. 18, 1981 date at Hampton, Va., has become something of a legend. Now, the band will be adding the show to its Rolling Stones Archives site, the Stones’ official online portal for previously unheard music, rare photographs and films, and vintage merchandise.

This remixed concert, from the final leg of the tour in support of Tattoo You, includes 26-song set list that goes deeper into the Motown influences that the Rolling Stones had referenced with covers like the Temptations’ “Just My Imagination” from 1978’s Some Girls. Here, they added in Smokey Robinson and the Miracles” “Going to a Go Go,” as well.

This 1981 date had not yet posted to stonesarchive.com, as of Tuesday morning; the site still featured its initial archival release — a 1973 show titled The Brussels Affair, posted back in November. But Hampton Coliseum (Live, 1981) was already available at sites like Android Market. (Cost there was $4.99 (or 99 cents per track).

Here’s a complete track listing for the Hampton Coliseum show in 1981:

Under My Thumb
When the Whip Comes Down
Let’s Spend the Night Together
Shattered
Neighbours
Black Limousine
Just My Imagination
20 Flight Rock
Going to a Go Go
Let Me Go
Time Is On My Side
Beast of Burden
Waiting on a Friend
Let It Bleed
You Can’t Always Get What You Want
Band Intros
Little T&A
Tumbling Dice
She’s So Cold
Hang Fire
Miss You
Honky Tonk Women
Brown Sugar
Start Me Up
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Satisfaction

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ROLLING STONES – SOME GIRLS: LIVE IN TEXAS ’78 (2011): The full-on, balls-out Some Girls was perfectly uncluttered — no horn section, no guest stars like Billy Preston. That gives this subsequent live set from the summer of 1978 a chance to build off the record’s latent energy, rather than fruitlessly try to match it. Instead, this is a stripped-down wonder: no digital movie screens, no huge scaffolding for Mick Jagger to prance on, no big light show. Just a band playing.

ROLLING STONES – A BIGGER BANG (2005): I listened to A Bigger Bang expecting a lot of the generic glossy pop of their more recent output. Instead, the classic mid-period Stones sound is back. That sound is updated, for sure, and Mick’s voice is deeper. But Jagger’s swagger is back. Keith Richards (who actually sings with some effort on a few tracks) and Ronnie Wood are playing together as well as ever. And Charlie Watts can still lay down some mean rhythms. The results sound like the same band who put out Let It Bleed and Sticky Fingers, even if it’s not up to par with those classics. And at this point, that’s plenty good enough for me.

GIMME FIVE: ROLLING STONES IN THE 1990s: There was no reason to believe that the Rolling Stones, 30 years into their dangerously debauched rock career, would make anything worth a damn out of the 1990s. A band that made its name on skirt chasing and drug taking was softening into middle age. No one would have been surprised if the Stones simply ground to a halt. Only, they reformed in the wake of Richards’ successes with Talk Is Cheap, and by the middle part of the next decade, the Rolling Stones were in the midst of a small very-late career resurgence. Here are five arguments for continuing your Rolling Stones collection into the 1990s.

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