Almost all of the Stones' numerous live albums are worth a listen, even if some are markedly better than others, and to me "Love You Live" is among the best.
Great sound, good "live" feel, and the arrangements and the playing are different enough compared to the album versions to make it interesting.
Jagger's vocal on "Honky Tonk Women" sounds just a little bit tired compared to the one on "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out", but it's not bad at all, and Keith Richards' chunky rhythm guitar playing is rock-steady all the way through.
The Stones do a killer rendition of the sleazy up-tempo rocker "Star Star", pure Chuck Berry with a mean streak. They groove on the slow blues "You Gotta Move" and perform excellent live versions of "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" and the irresistable "Brown Sugar", and the seven-minute epic "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is laid-back and loose without being sloppy or disinterested. "Sympathy For The Devil" is suitably menacing
New lead guitarist Ron Wood fills Mick Taylor's shoes with no problem, and the band's sound is fleshed out by keyboardist/organist Billy Preston (who played with the Beatles) and pianist Ian Steward, the original sixth Stone. Stewart in particular plays some wonderful boogie piano.
The band tackles the classics during a little "blues set" on disc two, performing a surprisingly authentic-sounding "Mannish Boy" (the Muddy Waters number), a superbly groovy "Crackin' Up" (I'm not sure that's what he sings during the chorus, though), and a fine take on Howlin' Wolf's "The Little Red Rooster" with some great slide guitar. Okay, so Jagger isn't the Wolf, but he does a good job.
This fine album can be enjoyed by hardcore fans and more casual ones alike, since it boasts a strong song selection as well as showcasing some lesser-known gems that don't usually show up on various Stones compilations.