Get Your Ya-Ya's Out (1970)


 
1.Jumpin' Jack Flash 2.Carol 3.Stray Cat Blues 4.Love in Vain 5.Midnight Rambler 6.Sympathy For the Devil 7.Live With Me 8.Little Queenie 9.Honky Tonk Woman 10.Street Fighting Man -Bonus Material (3 CD 2009 Edition) - Disc 2 1. Prodigal Son 2. You Gotta Move 3. Under My Thumb 4. I'm Free 5. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction Disc 3 1. Everyday I Have the Blues (B.B. King) 2. How Blue Can You Get (B.B. King) 3. That's Wrong Little Mama (B.B. King) 4. Why I Sing the Blues (B.B. King) 5. Please Accept My Love (B.B. King) 6. Gimme Some Loving (Ike and Tina Turner) 7. Sweet Soul Music (Ike and Tina Turner) 8. Son of a Preacher Man (Ike and Tina Turner) 9. Proud Mary (Ike and Tina Turner) 10.I've Been Loving You Too Long (Ike and Tina Turner)

 

Near the latter part of the Rolling Stones' career, they actually put out more live albums than they did studio albums. It became very easy for even the most dedicated fan to become confused as to which songs were on which live albums. Ironically, this one, that came out in 1970, is widely regarded as the band's best, and many fans regarded it as one of the best live albums period.

Why? Well, it's not for depth of material. There are only ten songs here, three of them being covers (although one of them, Love in Vain is considered "their own" because of its success). Nor could you argue that live shows were technically close to the quality that they were only a decade later.

My theory is that the material presented here is from their best period. This isn't really a collection throughout the band's career. With the exception of two Chuck Berry cover's Carol and Little Queenie (who they covered more than any other artist in their early years), all of the material was released by the band in the last 2 years. Although no one could have guessed it at the time, this period would widely be accepted as the band's brightest, so it was nice to have a separate period of the band's live history represented.

This is leaps and bounds better than their first live effort Got Live If You Want It!. Sadly, a lot of people associate this with the Altamont tragedy that took place literally less than a month later (The Stones played a free concert using the Hell's Angels Motorcycle gang as security. One of them stabbed and killed a fan amongst other misgivings). Although not a career spanning retrospective as some of their latter live releases would be, this remains their best live album to date...and probably will be for all time unless some unreleased recordings from this time period ever make the day. That would be nice.

NOTE: The 2009 release included 2 bonus discs from the show: one disc contained five extra Rolling Stones songs, and the second bonus disc featured the sets from opening acts B.B. King and Ike and Tina Turner. They're both excellent, but oddly, it's the support acts' disc that shines the brightest. A very nice addition indeed.


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