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Still, stiff and lifeless.
on 10 October 2015
This is by far the worst album in the whole Rolling Stones' catalog, no matter how much criticism you've heard about Emotional Rescue, Dirty Works, Flashpoint, No Security, or any other of the usual targets for scorn.
"The world's greatest rock and roll band" sounds here like one of those semi-professional classic covers bands playing Rolling Stones' songs at weddings, birthdays and open air parties. I mean, everybody plays the right notes, the bassist and the drummer follow the beat in the most insipid way you can imagine, the guitars play the correct chords but merely play the minimun necessary solos, and the singer pushes the whole band in order to finish the set as soon as possible, so they can plunder the table plenty of liquors, appetizers and sandwiches, get paid and rush to the next gig.
The cold, aseptic, discouraging simplified, soulless, hasty and rushed performances only will make you desperately want to run towards your library, pick your copies of the studio albums and play them just to remember why you thought you had a good reason to like these songs, and how the guitar solos were, how the drums and the bass sounded, and how Mr. Jagger used to sing them.
The only good thing about this album is that being so short for a live recording (40 minutes), you don't waste so much time with it. (By the way, just in case you feel tempted to buy this fiasco for "Going to a Go-Go" alone, I'm afraid that this version adds nothing to the delicious Smokey Robinson's original).
An atrocious product. Steer clear.