This is definitely a fantastic live album. It pretty well showcases the tour of '69, and captures the energy, musicianship, and showmanship of the Rolling Stones in that time period.
I listen to whatever strikes me as good, and alot is in that category. but I'm not one of those people who expects a band to play a song EXACTLY the same as the record. In fact, I don't see the point in making a live album that sounds just like the record. It would just be the same, but with crowd noise, right?
i guess i could see how that really would sound great, but you can't reproduce an intimate sound from a studio record. An example of a good attempt to scrutinize every detail like that, is The Wall Live, and Alchemy.
Here are the points I look for in a live album:
1-The chemistry is both obvious and strong and the playing is at least good
2-The tempos are good
3-The versions of the compositions are either different and magical or close to the album and powerful
4-The album portrays a sense of excitement
5-The artistes are having fun
IN MY VIEW, this album portrays each of these at an outstanding level. The only problem with this album is that the crowd noise buries the songs at some points, and even for a live album, the sound, not the playing, isn't very subtle or intimate. Charlie's drums sound tinny, and Mick's voice isn't very loud. Although the the guitars' (including the bass) sound great.
What makes this my favorite is the playing quality. They make it sound easy and smooth on nearly all the tracks, except for maybe "Live With Me." Which sounds slightly forced. But in my opinion, this album evokes perfectly why the Stones kick ass.
(even now, they do. I caught the concert in Houston in Jan. 2003, and it was the best thing I'd ever seen)