Eagle Records [Release date 08.11.19]
It would be somewhat of an understatement to say that I am a huge Stones fan, and the band’s live releases over the last few years has been prolific to say the least. The latest, “Bridges to Buenos Aires” could be their finest yet.
The show is fully restored and was recorded during the band’s five-night stint at Argentina’s River Plate stadium back in 1998, at which point the first two legs of The Rolling Stones’ “Bridges to Babylon” tour had already seen them play to in excess of two million people, and they weren’t finished yet.
The gig itself has a different feel to the recently released “Bridges to Bremen”, with a feel more akin to the earlier Voodoo Lounge tour. The set list contains deeper cuts like “When The Whip Comes Down” and the band’s rendition of “Little Queenie” and tracks like “Flip The Switch” and “You Got Me Rocking” show just how good their 90’s output was.
The version of “Gimme Shelter” here may be the best live version available (well, officially released any way!!), “Out of Control” is absolutely immense, saxophonist Bobby Keys excels on “Miss You” whilst “Sister Morphine” is haunting, yet stunning. We’ll slightly gloss over Keith Richards’ “Thief In The Night” and “Wanna Hold You”as they are by no means bad but, for me, could have been replaced with “Happy”. Bob Dylan appears onstage to join the band for a run through his own “Like A Rolling Stone” and the rest of the show comprises of those massive fan favourites that have become set list staples over the years, such as “Brown Sugar”, “Sympathy For The Devil”, “Start Me Up”, “Tumbling Dice” and “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”.
“Bridges to Buenos Aires” is released in a number of formats including digital, vinyl, Blu-ray and CD, and should prove to be an essential purchase for all Stones fans. *****
Review by Nikk Gunns
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