Best Bootlegs: The Rolling Stones – Necrophilia

Because I may not know music, but I know what you should like


… and where to find it1

Unreleased Album From The Rocking And Rolling Stones

Grateful Breed has served up an especially tasty bootleg offering that not only features outstanding music but also provides multiple cues to trigger nostalgia for those days when the males of my cohort desperately wanted to believe ourselves to possess at least  the potential to be rebellious, hip, and – most of all – dangerous.

First of all, we’re talking about the early 1970s,2 an era  when the pervasive musicological admonishment was “Play It LOUD.” And, it’s the Rolling Stones, the evil step-brothers of those nice Beatles chaps, performing on an album called “Necrophilia.”  Throw in a internecine conflict that led to this album never being released despite having been mysteriously assigned a catalog number (AB4224)  and a batch of songs with familiar titles but significantly different arrangements, and it’s time to rock and roll.

The description from Grateful Breed follows:

This is the never-released album from 1971 (or was it 1972), which was pressed on a few acetates. Some acetates were sold, for a lot of money, a couple of years ago, and….surfaced on bootleg CD after a while. The songs are either completely different takes (like “Have You Seen Your Mother Baby”), or different mixes than the official versions (from Metamophosis) Pay Your Dues (the alternate version of Street Fighting Man) and the speeded-up Blue Turns To Gray are really fantastic, as Metomophosis, several of the songs features Jagger, Richards and studio musicians, and not the other Stones members.

The planned follow-up to Hot Rocks was to be titled Necrophilia, and was to have the tracks selected by the unpredictable Andrew Loog Oldham. A gatefold sleeve was designed by Fabio Nicoli using photography by the Stones’ official photographer from the sixties, Gered Mankowitz.

What you will hear here is a vinyl transfer to CD of the actual unreleased album. Alternate versions from 1964 to 1967.


  1. Out of Time
  2. Don’t Lie to Me
  3. Have You Seen Your Mother, Standing In The Shadows
  4. Think
  5. Hear It
  6. Something Just Stuck On Your Mind
  7. Aftermath
  8. I’d Rather Be With The Boys
  9. Andrew’s Blues
  10. Pay Your Dues
  11. Let The Good Times Roll
  12. Hearth Of Stone
  13. Each And Every Day Of The Year
  14. (Walkin’ Thru The) Sleepy City
  15. Try A Little Harder
  16. Blue Turns To Grey
  17. We’re Wasting Time

The Bootleg Download Site

This superb bootleg can be downloaded at The Rolling Stones – Necrophilia (unreleased LP)

And, one more thing – Play It LOUD

  1. This post is part of the Heck Of A Guy Best Bootlegs Series. An explanation of this project is included in the first post in this category: Best Bootlegs: Otis Redding – A Soupçon Of Soul. []
  2. In 1975, the Rolling Stones began a US tour playing on the back of a flatbed trailer rambling down Broadway in New York. That Tour also featured a giant phallus and Mick Jagger swinging over the crowd on a rope. []

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