- Audio Cassette (Nov. 3 1998)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import
- Label: Virgin Records Us
- ASIN: B00000G2U4
- Other Editions: Audio CD
- Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
The thing that doesn't work is the song selection. None of the songs here are what you'd expect to hear in a regular Stones concert. No "Satisfaction", no "Jumpin' Jack Flash", not even a "Brown Sugar". What got here are 14 songs that range from great to tepid. The great songs are the older ones, including "The Last Time", "Respectable", "Waiting On A Friend" and especially "Gimme Shelter" and "Live With Me". And it was great to finally here "Sister Morphine" done live. But the majority of songs belong in the tepid category. The newer songs especially irked me. I never cared for "Thief In The Night", "Out Of Control" or "Flip The Switch".Read more ›
When the Stones released METAMORPHOSIS they were reworking and re-releasing some classic, cutting edge, roots Rock & Roll. Jagger was still a great singer, Keith Richard an innovative guitar player, and Mick Taylor a GREAT lead guitarist. Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts were the best rhythm section around.
I guess it's the Stones playing on NO SECURITY, but you'd never know it from the sound on this second-rate live CD. It sounds more like some Stones 'tribute' band. Jagger is a mere shadow of his 60's and 70's self, the rhythm section--minus Bill Wyman--is pedestrian at best, the 'new' songs are vanilla and dull, and the renditions of classics are performed no better than your typical suburban bar band.
There are times I wish the Beatles and Led Zep had gotten back together. Then I hear a post-SOME GIRLS Stones LP and realize every band has a finite life span. I wish the Stones would just fold camp and go home; releasing this kind of record is embarrassing to listen to, and demeans what they once were.
If you think this is what the Stones were about, or has anything to do with the classic era of the band--1965-1975--you're missing the boat. They were one of the best, now they're records don't chart and their sound don't rock.
"No Security" documents the 1997-98 "Bridges to Babylon"-tour, and it pretty much avoids the songs that have been included on previous live albums (no "Jumping Jack Flash" this time!).
Instead it draws on newer material ("You Got Me Rocking", "Waiting On A Friend", "Saint Of Me") and somewhat lesser-known songs, as well as documenting guest appearences by Taj Mahal (on "Corinna") and Dave Matthews (on a great "Memory Motel").
The sound is very good, and the Stones lay down a swaggering, bluesy groove, led by Keith Richards' muscular riffs and the rock-solid backbeat of Charlie Watts.
Mick Jagger is in fine form, too, and "No Security" has got that nice "live" feel that you want from a concert recording, making it a thoroughly enjoyable addition to the Stones' catalogue.