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Brussels Affair (Live 1973)
Live album by The Rolling Stones
Released 18 October 2011 (2011-10-18)
Recorded 17 October 1973
Genre Rock
Length 79:33
Language English
Label Promotone BV
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Brussels Affair (Live 1973) is a live album by The Rolling Stones, released in 2011. It is compiled from two shows recorded in Brussels on 17 October 1973 in the Forest National Arena, during their European Tour. The album was released exclusively as a digital download through Google Play Music on 18 October 2011 in the US and through The Rolling Stones Archive website for the rest of the world in both lossy MP3 and lossless FLAC format. The 2011 digital edition has been bootlegged on physical CD. On 29 August 2012,[1] an official announcement was made, stating its physical release as a high-priced boxset (from $750 to $1,500 depending on the edition). All three releases include a triple LP and double CD. Brussels Affair (Live 1973) was officially released on 2 CD in Japan in 2015 as a bonus of the CD/DVD Set "Marquee Club (live 1971)" (Deluxe limited edition, Ward Records / Eagle Vision).

The title of the release is the same title as several famous and widely known bootleg recordings. The most famous iteration consists principally of the early show as broadcast by the King Biscuit Flower Hour (with "Starfucker" omitted due to its lyrical content) and several bonus tracks ("Gimme Shelter", "Happy", "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" and "Street Fighting Man") added from the 9 September 1973 London show. The official 2011 release is mainly culled from the late show; however, "Brown Sugar", "Midnight Rambler" and a transposed guitar solo on "All Down the Line" were taken from the early show.


The album was recorded during their 1973 European Tour,[2] promoting their latest album Goats Head Soup.

In 1973, The Rolling Stones were banned from entering France due to pending drug cases against Keith Richards, Bobby Keys and Anita Pallenberg. The band decided to organise a concert in Brussels for the French audience; RTL Radio chartered a train for French fans.

Critical reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [1]
The Guardian Very favourable 2011
Uncut 4/5 stars[3]

Track list[edit]

All tracks written by Mick Jagger & Keith Richards[4].

No. Title Length
1. "Brown Sugar" 3:54
2. "Gimme Shelter" 5:31
3. "Happy" 3:13
4. "Tumbling Dice" 5:02
5. "Starfucker" 4:15
6. "Dancing with Mr. D." 4:36
7. "Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)" 5:01
8. "Angie" 5:13
9. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" 10:57
10. "Midnight Rambler" 12:49
11. "Honky Tonk Women" 3:10
12. "All Down the Line" 4:19
13. "Rip This Joint" 2:24
14. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" 3:26
15. "Street Fighting Man" 5:13
Total length: 79:33


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