Almost all of the Stones' numerous live albums are worth a listen, and "Love You Live" is, too.
It features several classics and some well-chosen lesser-known tracks as well, and the sound is excellent, as is the material.
(I could have done without the "disco-rock" of "Hot Stuff", but almost eveything else is great.)
Keith Richards' bluesy rhythm guitar playing is rock-steady all the way through, and the Stones do a killer rendition of the mean, sleazy blues-rocker "Star Star" (which isn't the song's actual title, but they weren't allowed to put "Starf**ker" on the cover of "Goat's Head Soup", the album where it originally appeared).
They groove on the slow blues "You Gotta Move" and perform excellent live versions of "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" and the irresistable "Brown Sugar", and the seven-minute epic "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is raw and menacing.
New lead guitarist Ron Wood fills Mick Taylor's shoes with no problem, and the band's sound is fleshed out by keyboardist/organist Billy Preston (who played with the Beatles) and pianist Ian Steward, the original sixth Stone. Stewart in particular plays some wonderful boogie piano.
The band tackles the classics during a little "blues set" on disc two, performing a surprisingly authentic-sounding "Mannish Boy" (the Muddy Waters classic), a superbly groovy "Crackin' Up" (I'm not sure that's what he sings during the chorus, though), and a fine take on Howlin' Wolf's "The Little Red Rooster" with some great slide guitar. Okay, so Jagger isn't the Wolf, but he does a good job.
This fine album can be enjoyed by hardcore fans and more casual ones alike, since it boasts a strong song selection as well as showcasing some lesser-known gems that don't usually show up on various Stones compilations.