- Audio CD (Nov. 14 1995)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Import, Enhanced, Live
- Label: Virgin
- ASIN: B000007O9L
- Other Editions: Audio CD | Audio Cassette | LP Record
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
|1. Street Fighting Man|
|2. Like A Rolling Stone|
|3. Not Fade Away|
|4. Shine A Light|
|5. The Spider And The Fly|
|6. I'm Free|
|7. Wild Horses|
|8. Let It Bleed|
|9. Dead Flowers|
|10. Slipping Away|
|12. Love In Vain|
|13. Sweet Virginia|
|14. Little Baby|
"Stripped" is a sparse, acoustic live album. Kicking off with the driiving strums of "Street Fighting Man", every song here is better than the next. "Like A Rolling Stone" beats Dylan's original version by a long shot. They revive their first hit, Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away", with a completely different take from the original version by Holly or their subsequent, Bo Didley - style cover. "Shine A Light" is a gospel rave - up from "Exile On Main Street", while "The Spider And The Fly" is a raunchy 1965 blues. "I'm Free" moves along nicely, while "Wild Horses" is great as always. "Let It Bleed" is fun and sincere, while "Dead Flowers" is fun and insincere. "Slippin' Away" features a powerful Kieth vocal, while "Angie" is just magical. In addition to these 11 tracks, 3 tracks from rehearsals have been added for your listening pleasure. "Love In Vain" has a great Woody slide riff, "Sweet Virginia" sways effortlessly, and Wille Dixon's "Little Baby" ends the album on a high note.
This album is truly magical. The Stones once more prove that they always will be The Greatest Rock And Roll Band In The World".
The playing on this album is a preview of coming attractions--the Stones in the 2010s, when they will sit on barstools at little clubs and amaze their fans with intimate, tasty versions like these of their vast repertoire of music. Everyone sounds great, but especially check out Charlie Watts, the drummer's drummer, who plays with a jazzman's delicacy here.
The Rolling Stones do an excellent rendition of Bob Dylan's "Like A Rolling Stone" with some powerful drumming from Charlie Watts, and a great take on Buddy Holly's "Not Fade Away", but it's really impossible to talk about highlights here...the entire CD is filled with some of the best performances the Stones have ever released.
They also perform a wonderful live version of the soulful, gospel-like "Shine A Light", and other rarely-played songs like "The Spider And The Fly", "I'm Free" and Robert Johnson's "Love In Vain".
Also, this rendition of "Wild Horses" has to be the definitive take on that song, and the same can be said for the superb "Dead Flowers" (great solo by Ronnie Wood), and the lean, bluesy "Sweet Virginia".
Many arrangements are primarily or solely acoustic, and Mick Jagger plays the harp on several songs, adding to the intimate atmosphere, as well as helping to make "Stripped" such a superb, soulful live album, a real gem, and an excellent purchase even for casual Stones fans.