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A new Era
on 21 March 2011
'Get your Ya Ya's Out' is one of the finest documents of a band at the top of its game ever recorded. Following the death of Brian Jones, and his replacement by Mick Taylor, the US tour that this comes from marked the beginning of a new era for the Stones, during which they created their best music. The appearance of Mick Taylor in the band gave it a whole new direction. Keith Richards was able to cement his position as the greatest rhythm guitarist EVER, and the rest, as they say, is history. 'Ya Ya's' captures the very essence of what the Stones were about. There isn't a bad track here, but highlights, for me at any rate, are 'Love in Vain' and the quite extraordinary 'Midnight Rambler', both of which demonstrate the incredible interplay between the strengthened guitar lineup. However, frontmen by themselves 'do not a band make', and the tightness of the Watts/Wyman rhythm section should not be underestimated, as they give the rest of the band the strongest bedrock in the business to build on. On the whole, a stunning achievement, and one to which I, for one, will return to frequently in the future.