On Air (The Rolling Stones album)

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On Air
Photo of the Rolling Stones
Live album by
Released1 December 2017
Recorded1963–1965
StudioBBC
GenreRock, blues
Length49:00
LabelInterscope, Polydor
The Rolling Stones live chronology
Hyde Park Live
(2013)
On Air
(2017)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Rolling Stone4.5/5 stars[2]
MojoPositive[3]

On Air is a live album by the Rolling Stones released on 1 December 2017.[4][5] The standard versions of the album contain 18 live and studio recordings of the band aired on the BBC in 1963–1965. Deluxe editions of the album contain an additional 14 tracks.[6] It emerged 20 years after initial newspaper reports that such an album could be forthcoming.[7]

Background[edit]

On Air is a compilation album containing live in the studio performances by the Rolling Stones that were broadcast on various BBC radio shows from 1963 to 1965,[4] including blues and rock 'n' roll covers and early Jagger/Richards hits such as "The Last Time" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction".[8] The album was released in multiple formats, including CD, double-CD deluxe edition, heavyweight vinyl and special limited-edition coloured vinyl. The release follows that of a coffee table book by Richard Havers, which shares the same title.[9]

The standard versions of the album contain 18 tracks, while the deluxe editions contain 32 tracks.[4][5] Eight of the tracks have never been recorded or released commercially by the band.[4] The quality of the individual recordings varies considerably, with some being recorded in mono, and others in stereo. Despite this, the Los Angeles Times considered many of the tracks to be "crisp, clean and potent".[10]

Reception[edit]

The album received a favourable Metacritic score of 84,[11] with Uncut calling it a "essentially [a] sequel"[8] to the band's previous album, Blue & Lonesome, which was released in December 2016. Uncut also stated that On Air captures the "full flowering" of the Jagger/Richards songwriting relationship.[8] The Los Angeles Times considered the album to be comparable to similar, previously released BBC recordings made by the Beatles made during the period.[10]

Track listing[edit]

Standard edition
No. Title Writer(s) Radio show Date Length
1. "Come On" Chuck Berry Saturday Club 26 October 1963 2:03
2. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards Saturday Club 18 September 1965 3:46
3. "Roll Over Beethoven" Chuck Berry Saturday Club 26 October 1963 2:19
4. "The Spider and the Fly" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards Yeah Yeah 30 August 1965 3:14
5. "Cops and Robbers" Kent Harris Blues in Rhythm 9 May 1964 3:44
6. "It's All Over Now" Bobby Womack, Shirley Womack The Joe Loss Pop Show 17 July 1964 3:18
7. "Route 66" Bobby Troup Blues in Rhythm 9 May 1964 2:32
8. "Memphis, Tennessee" Chuck Berry Saturday Club 26 October 1963 2:22
9. "Down the Road a Piece" Don Raye Top Gear 6 March 1965 2:01
10. "The Last Time" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards Top Gear 6 March 1965 3:10
11. "Cry to Me" Bert Berns Saturday Club 18 September 1965 3:07
12. "Mercy, Mercy" Don Covay, Ronald Miller Yeah Yeah 30 August 1965 2:54
13. "Oh! Baby (We Got a Good Thing Goin')" Barbara Lynn Saturday Club 18 September 1965 1:49
14. "Around and Around" Chuck Berry Top Gear 23 July 1964 2:45
15. "Hi-Heel Sneakers" Tommy Tucker Saturday Club 18 April 1964 1:56
16. "Fannie Mae" Buster Brown, Clarence L. Lewis, Bobby Robinson Saturday Club 18 September 1965 2:11
17. "You Better Move On" Arthur Alexander Blues in Rhythm 9 May 1964 2:46
18. "Mona" Bo Diddley Blues in Rhythm 9 May 1964 2:58
Deluxe bonus tracks
No. Title Writer(s) Radio show Date Length
1. "I Wanna Be Your Man" John Lennon, Paul McCartney Saturday Club 8 February 1964 1:52
2. "Carol" Chuck Berry Saturday Club 18 April 1964 2:31
3. "I'm Moving On" Hank Snow The Joe Loss Pop Show 10 April 1964 2:06
4. "If You Need Me" Wilson Pickett, Sonny Sanders, Robert Bateman The Joe Loss Pop Show 17 July 1964 2:01
5. "Walking the Dog" Rufus Thomas Saturday Club 8 February 1964 2:59
6. "Confessin' the Blues" Jay McShann, Walter Brown The Joe Loss Pop Show 17 July 1964 2:26
7. "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" Solomon Burke, Bert Berns, Jerry Wexler Top Gear 6 March 1965 3:34
8. "Little by Little" Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Phil Spector The Joe Loss Pop Show 10 April 1964 2:30
9. "Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby" Jimmy Reed Rhythm and Blues 31 October 1964 1:56
10. "Beautiful Delilah" Chuck Berry Saturday Club 18 April 1964 2:10
11. "Crackin' Up" Bo Diddley Top Gear 23 July 1964 2:16
12. "I Can't Be Satisfied" Muddy Waters Top Gear 23 July 1964 2:30
13. "I Just Want to Make Love to You" Willie Dixon Saturday Club 18 April 1964 2:16
14. "2120 South Michigan Avenue" Nanker Phelge Rhythm and Blues 31 October 1964 3:47

Personnel[edit]

Musicians

Production

  • Engineering: Chris Bolster, Lewis Jones, John Barrett, Paul Pritchard
  • Demixing: James Clark
  • Mastering: Alex Wharton
  • Text: Richard Havers
  • Design: Studio Fury
  • Cover image: Hulton Archive

Charts[edit]

Chart (2017) Peak
position
Australian Albums (ARIA)[12] 54
Austrian Albums (Ö3 Austria)[13] 19
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Flanders)[14] 12
Belgian Albums (Ultratop Wallonia)[15] 23
Canadian Albums (Billboard)[16] 58
Croatian International Albums (HDU)[17] 4
Czech Albums (ČNS IFPI)[18] 40
Dutch Albums (Album Top 100)[19] 8
German Albums (Offizielle Top 100)[20] 10
Greek Albums (IFPI)[21] 35
Irish Albums (IRMA)[22] 36
Italian Albums (FIMI)[23] 22
Japanese Albums (Oricon)[24] 16
New Zealand Heatseeker Albums (RMNZ)[25] 4
Norwegian Albums (VG-lista)[26] 24
Portuguese Albums (AFP)[27] 36
Scottish Albums (OCC)[28] 20
South Korean International Albums (Gaon)[29] 9
Swedish Albums (Sverigetopplistan)[30] 22
Swiss Albums (Schweizer Hitparade)[31] 22
UK Albums (OCC)[32] 27
US Billboard 200[33] 47
US Top Rock Albums (Billboard)[34] 4

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