Handsome Girls – 1978 Live In Texas
Clever title? Maybe. Killer bootleg? Oh, yeah. Gotta be in any semi-serious Stones fan’s possession.
1978 was to the Ronnie Wood Stones what 1972 was the Mick Taylor Stones. In short, they never sounded better before or since in the Ronnie years. And Handsome Girls captures it in a way no other recordings from the tour do.
For those who were around at the time, we got giddy when the Passaic show soundboard circulated on titles like Garden State ’78 before the tour had even cooled down. Played the grooves off the four sides, but there was something lacking in the recording, although not much lacking in the performance. Guitars were thin. Too thin.
Then we hovered near the radio and got the cassette deck ready as a series of King Biscuit Flower Hour broadcasts were delivered to our amazed ears. Lexington and Memphis were featured and we were transfixed. Oh, my, but the boys were hot on stage. Taking chances, featuring not one but two Chuck Berry covers and knocking them out of the park. Tossing in an Elvis treat for Memphis folks. And celebrating their best album in years by playing all but a couple of the 10 trax from it.
Oh but wait, there’s more. Fast waaaay forward to the digital era….and we get these broadcasts and more – come on down Fort Worth! A 4cd collection of the very very best of 1978 all in one tidy little package and the sound quality tops anything we could have hoped for.
I’ve never believed in the myth of the “weave,” but if I had to point to the best example of what I think others are talking about – this would be the place. Ronnie and Keith bouncing licks up and down, in and out, over and under….hey – you don’t like Miss You in the Vegas era? – get a load of what this sounded like on a hot sweaty night in ’78 – that ain’t no disco!
Handsome Girls – not just a clever title.