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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
One of the best live offering from the Stones, "Stripped" is culled from club dates in Amsterdam and Paris, as well as rehearsals in Tokyo and Lisbon.
The sound is excellent, and you get a sense that the band is much "closer" than on your average live album.
There is a sense of urgency all the way through...Mick Jagger's vocals are superb, completely focused, and the band is tight.
The Rolling Stones do an excellent rendition of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" with some powerful drumming from Charlie Watts, and a great take on Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away", but it's really impossible to talk about highlights here...the entire CD is filled with some of the best performances the Stones have ever released.
They do a wonderful live version of the soulful, gospel-like "Shine A Light", and other rarely-played songs like "The Spider And The Fly", "I'm Free" and Robert Johnson's "Love In Vain".
Also, this rendition of "Wild Horses" has to be the definitive take on that song, and the same can be said for the superb "Dead Flowers" (great solo by Ronnie Wood) and the lean, bluesy "Sweet Virginia".
Many arrangements are primarily or solely acoustic, and Mick Jagger plays the harp on several songs, adding to intimate atmosphere, as well as helping to make "Stripped" such a superb, soulful live album, and a must-own even for casual Stones fans.
Highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 8 March 2011
Just a look at the cover showing a lean, mean leather clad band and you know what to expect: The Rolling Stones are back! After a series (a LONG one!) of lackluster albums Voodoo Lounge won the Grammy and put them back on the map, music wise. This is a Live recording but quite a special one: not the usual track listing (actually far from it! Many obscure songs for the uninitiated) from the usual places (i.e. Stadia) but songs performed in a more intimate setting with some rehearsals thrown in for good measure too. I bought the original version the day it was released and I never stopped playing it. Now I bought the remaster to get a nicely improved sound!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 4 June 2012
The history of stones is filled with great albums. This album has a fantastic sound of rhythm and blue. The alignment is done with some pearls that are not part of the traditional success hits of the band. This is the last great album of the stones, after some years in the desert.
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 28 February 2009
Forget your High Tide & Green Grass, 40 Licks, Rolled Gold etc. If you really want to listen to the Stones performing some of their best work (and I don't mean greatest hits), then Stripped is the album for you. This compilation contains possibly their best ever work. Tracks such as Wild Horses (My No1 Stones track of all time), Let It Bleed, Sweet Virginia, Dead Flowers, Angie: to name but a few, plus a cover of the greatest rock song ever written, Dylan's 'Like a Rolling Stone'. There are 14 tracks contained on this album showcasing some of the best live recordings made by The Stones. The sound production is superb and there is a heavy reliance on a full bodied rich acoustic guitar sound. Their best work from the sixties and early seventies provides the core of this album, and lets face it The Rolling Stones reached their peak between 68 to 74 (The Mick Taylor years). If you are a Stones fan or simply someone wishing to sample an overview of how good the 'world's greatest rock band' can sound: Get this album! You will NOT be dissapointed. This is up there with the best live rock albums ever made.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
I suspect many Stones fans will be revisiting and renewing their collections following the recent anniversary. Much of the focus will be on their sixties and seventies creative peak; can there be many more bands that were "great" for such a prolonged period? Things petered out somewhat after Some Girls, though Tattoo You is worth having. However, just when you thought things were over, and with the guys now in their fifties, they produced this album. A mix of live performances and re-recordings of earlier material, there's some great stuff in here. I remember at the time reading a review calling this "the album every Stones fan hoped they'd make". I can only agree.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 22 June 2014
If the Stones hadn't already made the best live album ever recorded in "Get your ya yas out", this would have been it. Obviously hard to make comparisons as Ya Yas was a single concert with other guests like BB King and Ike & Tina Turner. Stripped is a collection of live and live in the studio performances from 5 locations. Still a must have album as it covers a later period of material than Ya Yas, with songs like Wild Horses and Dead Flowers off Sticky Fingers. Well worth buying if you love the Stones.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 23 August 2013
I rate this as the best " live Stones concert" , and of course first time Bob Dylan gave them permission to sing "like a Rolling Stone", Love every track
listened time and time again. Takes me back to being there , all in all I really recommend it - Even to non Stones Fans (are some out there )You missed out , a truly great album ,sorry CD
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 5 December 2000
This is an excellent live album which mixes slow numbers such as Wild Horses and Sweet Virginia with some of the Rolling Stone's best live rock in Street Fighting Man and Dead Flowers. Alongside classics like Shine A Light, Not Fade Away and I'm Free, it's the next best thing to being there in person. A must for any Stones fan as the versions here are unique, and as a bonus, there's a great cover of Dylan's "Like a Rolling Stone". The multimedia extras can only add to the value of the CD
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on 23 April 2005
This is one of the best live albums I have ever heard; every song is amazing; it really bewilders me how good this band has been for so long, one of the greateset bands of all time and still belting out the tunes; well worth the listen
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on 21 October 2013
Well OK, the classics are out there and will stand forever, but this cd is easily the best Rolling Stones collection, I have heard for decades. I knew it was out there, but it took me awhile to get to it. What a fantastic group of musicians together with the Stones, superb collection of numbers, terrific great playing from everybody, wonderful mix of western and electric guitars, Mick absolutely on the top with great singing. It should be known by all Stones fans. I really really love this record from back in 1995. I doubt they will ever top it.
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