|1. Intro: Excerpt From 'Fanfare For The Common Man'|
|2. Honky Tonk Women|
|3. If You Can't Rock Me/Get Off Of My Cloud|
|5. Hot Stuff|
|6. Star Star|
|7. Tumbling Dice|
|8. Fingerprint File|
|9. You Gotta Move|
|10. You Can't Always Get What You Want|
|1. Mannish Boy|
|2. Crackin' Up|
|3. Little Red Rooster|
|4. Around And Around|
|5. It's Only Rock 'N Roll|
|6. Brown Sugar|
|7. Jumpin' Jack Flash|
|8. Sympathy For The Devil|
Woody is a fine foil for Keith (and that's *his* solo on YCAGWYW that other reviewers are enthusing over, while Keith provides the have-mercy-baby rhythm). The whole band (as well as the mix, praise be) defers to the guitarists' "ancient form of weaving" as they shimmer and snarl and roar and prowl through some of the most ferocious renditions ever of this exceptionally well-chosen material.
In other words: Here are the Stones getting right down into the thick of the rock & roll soup where they belong. Even if you don't know what was going on in the band's, and especially Keith's, offstage life on the dates these recordings were made, it's impossible not to be riveted.
Charlie is perfect, naturally. And anyone who thinks Tumbling Dice wants to be faster than this has a *lot* to learn about the nice long slow sweaty side of sensuality.
"Honky Tonk Women" starts the proceedings off nice on disc one. Next, they stormtroop their way through a medley "If You Can't Rock Me" and "Get Off My Cloud", followed by blazing version of "Happy", sung by a maniacal Keith. "Hot Stuff" comes off pretty well, and "Star Star" is excellent. "Tumbling Dice" is taken at a slower, bluesier pace than usual, but they pull it off well. "Fingerprint File" is grooves thanks to some keyboard solos by Billy Preston. "You Gotta Move" comes off nicely. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" is also very good, but I'm disappointed that they cut off the tag featuring Keith's standard speed guitar solo.
Disc 2 kicks off with mini - blues set. Starting off with a sweltering "Mannish Boy", they seem to know the material very well. "Crackin' Up" is nice and cheery, and "Little Red Rooster" is flawless. They cover Chuck Berry "Around And Around" with panache. Next comes the hits. "It's Only Rock 'N' Roll" features eloquent licks played by Kieth and Ronnie. "Brown Sugar" features the boogie - woogie piano stylings of Ian Stewart. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" is done with flare, although it is very hard to understand what Mick is singing. Closing the album is a fiery eight - minute version of "Sympathy For The Devil" that bests any other version of the song.
In conclusion, this truly is a great live album. The band proves that they are really "The Greatest Rock 'N' Roll Band" and that they are legends.
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.