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One of their better live albums,
This review is from: Love You Live (Audio CD)
The first album you hear by your favourite bands is often the one that makes a great impression, and this was my experience with this album. It was 1978 I was 13 and just discovering the delights of rock music. My cousin had this album and let me borrow it. Of course I had heard of The Rolling Stones but (And I know you might find this surprising)I had never heard anything by them. By the time I'd finished listening to this I certainly wanted to hear more.
I can never understand why critics and many fans see this as a poor album, to me it is what The Stones are all about. Yes it's a bit sloppy in places, but that's what rock'n' roll is all about, it's not about perfection. If you want perfection head off to the classical or opera section, r'n'r is about a bunch guys playing and singing in the garage, it's about the 'feel' and attitude of the music as much as the execution. And believe me there is plenty of attitude on this album.
It all kicks off with 'Honky Tonk Women', Keef hits those opening chords, Charlies drums kick in and you can hear the crowd clapping and know that Jagger's strutting his stuff around the stage and then he starts singing all sloppy and arrogant. Many have tried to copy him but few have managed to master it and none have have managed to better it. After that the setlist includes many of the usual suspects with a few lesser known tracks thrown in. I love the performance of 'You Can't Always get What You Want' on here, no choir, no French horn, just the band, it's certainly my favourite live performance of the song. Side three (Vinyl enthusiasts, tracks 1-4 disc 2 the rest of you)is from a small club date and has four songs from their formative years including faithful renditions of Muddy Waters' 'Mannish Boy' and Chuck Berry's 'Around and Around' showing they knew their blues and their roots. And at the end the old war horses are dragged out for some really rockin' and lively performances again capturing the whole essence of The Stones live, spot the bum chord in 'Jumpin Jack Flash'.
This is not The Stones' best live album, that award goes to 'Get Yer Ya's Ya's Out' but it's better than 'Still Life', 'Flashpoint' and 'Got Live If You Want It' (You don't). Give it a go and see what their live reputation was built on, but if you want to know the heights they were really capable of reaching in the '70's head over to their website and download 'The Brussels Affair'. That night they really were cookin'!!!!!