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The Rolling Stones: “Brussels Affair” Deluxe Box Set

The Stones release box set around rare recording of show from 1973 European tour


By Alex Baker


The Rolling Stones have delved into their lengthy past and dug up a rarely heard recording of a show in Brussels, recorded in 1973 on their Goats Head Tour.


Mick and the boys were in fairly good nick at the time, with Mick Taylor having settled into the band and his departure still about a year off. The newly released recording is of a show at the Forest Hills Arena in Brussels, Belgium, and exhibits a quality rarely heard in previously unreleased live recordings of the band from that vintage.


“I’ve rarely heard the Stones that early on playing live that well recorded,” remarked Keith Richards, when the recording was first released in 2011, as part of Google Music‘s Stones Archive series.


Now the Brussels recording forms the centerpiece for the Brussels Affair box set; a very high-end package that features a 180 gram vinyl pressing of the show along with a book of rarely seen photos from the tour taken by Michael Putland and accompanied by writing from legendary rock journalist, Nick Kent.


Also in the package are a tour lithograph and a lips-and-tongue watch. Some of the photo booklets are actually autographed by Mick. The whole thing comes in a reproduction of the studio case that housed the unreleased recordings for four decades.


But before you rush over to Amazon to go order yours, keep in mind the Brussels Affair box set retails for $750 (we warned you it was high end after all).


The recording was dug up from the band’s warehouse in London, which apparently holds just about everything ever used by the Stones from the early Seventies onwards; including amps, instruments, costumes, props, recordings, and God knows what else!


Plans are in the works to release similar box sets in the future based around other rarely heard recordings of quality from throughout the Rolling Stones storied 50 year career. Currently, the band are in the midst of their 50 and Counting tour, one that many feel, may be their last.


To order your copy of the Brussels Affair, click here.


For tickets and information about the 50 and Counting tour, visit

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