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Excellent, tough live album,
This review is from: Stripped (Audio CD)
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.