Hi, I have been a fan of the Stones for several years and probably own most of their studio output on CD or vinyl, as well as some concerts on CD or DVD (including the Ya Ya's box set). I don't have any bootlegs. I've seen them live in London on various occasions, in the 70s, 80s, and 2000's. I wouldn't however call myself a fanatic... I have seen references in various threads to the acclaimed Brussels Affair. As I understand it, this was a recording of concerts they did in Brussels in late 73 as part of their Goats Head Soup promotion tour. It wasn't released, ostensibly for historical contractual reasons (Decca/Klein etc), but in the last few years has appeared in three formats: a download available from google music; bootlegs; and a very high priced 2 CD, 3 Lp box set. The track listing seems to include Brown Sugar, Gimme Shelter, Happy, Tumbling Dice, Star, Dancing with Mr D, Do do do (Heartbreaker), Angie, Can't Always get what you, want, Midnight Rambler, Honky Tonk Women, All the Down the line, Rip this joint, Jumping Jack Flash, and Street Fighting Man. So, a mix of Goats Head, the four preceding classic albums, and one or two singles staples. A quick check on eBay UK shows a box set available for about $1500 (yikes....), a picture disc for about $ 110, and a (?) Japanese 2 CD for about $ 20 but with 8 days bidding left. Some reviewers have called this the best ever Stones live recording, not least because it had the Stones at their peak, with Mick Taylor still in the band and performing superbly. Some say the sound quality of the first CD is great, but that of the second CD not so great. The Stones seem to be releasing officially more and more of their live material - the DVD, CD and LP of the Marquee, London concert in 71 (for shorthand, Sticky Fingers live...) next month, alongside the new Sticky Fingers discs with bonus material. The price of that is really cheap...I have pre- ordered the LP and DvD version of the Marquee for less than $ 20. So, Why the fuss? Is the Brussels Affair as good as it is cracked up to be ? Is it better than, say, Ya Ya's ? Is it really essential, or just the Stones on very good form as in many concerts ? And why isn't it being released officially for a sensible price alongside the Marquee/other recent live stuff ? Is it contractual ? If so why, it's the same vintage as Marquee (post 70, one 71, the other 73) ? Surely the box set wouldn't sell if the master tapes were no good or disintegrating ? Is it being issued in Japan as part of the Marquee package in limited edition ? Why this way, and Japan only ? I posed this question in shorter form on another Stones thread. A Forum resident thought it worthy of a separate thread. So with thanks to wiki for some of the background, here it is. Look forward to responses, and thanks for your interest.