New Rolling Stones Archival Release – Tokyo ’90

As huge fans of live archival releases, we were overjoyed when The Rolling Stones announced a deal with Google Play to put out recordings from throughout the band’s impressive 50-year career. So far the releases have come at a fast and furious pace with Brussels Affair ’73 having dropped last November, Hampton Coliseum ’81 following this past February and the killer L.A. Friday ’75 installment released back in April. Less than eight months after the series started we have our fourth release – Tokyo ’90 – which features 24 tracks from the Tokyo Dome stop of the Steel Wheels Tour.

Tokyo ’90, available for just $4.99 through Google Play,  pulls from the band’s first-ever trip to Japan, made nearly 30 years after the band formed. The Stones played a total of ten shows at the massive Tokyo Dome and this “official bootleg” contains the February 26th show. Not only does Tokyo ’90 feature core Stones Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman (who would leave the Stones just six months later), but the group was backed by Bobby Keys, Chuck Leavell, Lisa Fischer, Cindy Mizelle, Bernard Fowler, Matt Clifford and the Uptown Horns.

The setlist includes a smattering of “new” songs and plenty of hits, including a bevy of tunes from the band’s psychedelic period such as Ruby Tuesday and 2000 Light Years From Home. While a soundboard recording has circulated for years, this official release was lovingly remastered by guru Bob Clearmountain. U.S. readers can purchase Tokyo ’90 at Google Play, while International readers can pick it up at Stones Archive. Keef and Mick talk about the shows…

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