|1. Under My Thumb|
|2. Get off of My Cloud|
|3. Lady Jane|
|4. Not Fade Away|
|5. I've Been Loving You Too Long|
|6. Fortune Teller|
|7. The Last Time|
|8. 19th Nervous Breakdown|
|9. Time Is on My Side|
|10. I'm Alright|
|11. Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby Standing in the Shadow?|
|12. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction|
The Stones pay homage to their roots with versions of "Not Fade Away" and "Satisfaction" that easily rival their studio cousins. It's the point at which the Stones' musical trajectory veers off from the blues that things get really, interesting, though. From the ominous "Under My Thumb" to the Elizabethan "Lady Jane" and the transcendent, Dylan-influenced "19th Nervous Breakdown," the band shows off its musical sophistication both compositionally and in spirited performances. An essential live document of one of the band's finest hours.
When the first Stones albums came out on CD in the late eighties, "Got Live if you Want It" was present in two very different configurations. The CD released on West German/Japanese London Records was of the LP's stereo mix (albeit with a few oddly-inserted segues), a nice, wide, listenable affair which certainly accentuates the record's blatant artificially--those lead vocals sound re-recorded in the studio--but at least presents the album in an enjoyable context. In the states, however, Stones label ABKCO decided for reasons clear only to them that "Got Live if You Want It" was due for an overhaul.Read more ›
As a matter of fact ... there's plenty wrong with that (and the album title is fair warning, so don't blame the Stones!). Live roots rock in the 1960s was a riot of frenetic every-man-for-himself energy - the musicians couldn't hear a dratted thing up there - and the Rolling Stones were fantastic at it. This great little album gives us a hilarious, roughshod, whoa-nelly taste of what they sounded like just getting off the launch-pad.
If you love the Stones, and/or know first-hand what playing rock & roll live is like, you'll get a great raving kick out of this. If not ... get your ya-ya's out!
PS In _Rolling With the Stones_ Bill Wyman confirms that a couple of these tracks are studio busks, not in-concert recordings. So what - it all rocks!
"Not Fade Away" is my favorite. The other selections may be a bit crude and at times sloppy, but it's certainly not boring!
I wish that ABKCO would stop ripping us off by misleading us into thinking that the recordings were truly remastered and improved.
If ABKCO would like to give us our moneys worth of improvement, it would be as simple as releasing the stereo versions of all the recordings which were recorded in true stereo instead of subjecting us to mono or worse yet, those recordings which were "electronically rechannelled for stereo."
Did you know that "Out of Our Heads," which features "Satisfaction" was the first Rolling Stones album which was entirely recorded in stereo (at the RCA Studios in Hollywood)?
About 15 years ago, the stereo version of "Hot Rocks," with almost all the selections in true stereo was available. If enough of the old fans would complain and demand to know why we are being deprived of the superior stereo recordings, maybe there would be some new releases of old recordings which would be worth buying.
...this is a great spot to listen to HAVE YOU SEEN YOUR MOTHER BABY: you can hear the lyrics clearer than on... Read more