- Audio CD (Nov. 5 2002)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Format: Live, Original recording remastered
- Label: Abkco/Universal Music Group
- ASIN: B00006AW2K
- Other Editions: Audio CD
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Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out Live, Original recording remastered
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Returning to the American concert scene after a three-year layoff, the Rolling Stones recorded GET YER YA-YA'S OUT! during a triumphant two-date stand at Madison Square Garden in late November 1969 that found B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner opening for them. Having amassed an impressive recorded output during their three years away from touring, the Stones peppered their sets with hits, including "Honky Tonk Women," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and "Street Fighting Man." Tipping their collective hats to Chuck Berry, the band also included covers of "Carol" and "Little Queenie" alongside more blues-influenced numbers such as "Stray Cat Blues" and "Love In Vain."
Having been a member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, new guitarist Mick Taylor parlayed his experience into some impressive slide guitar work. The pièce-de-resistance of what is arguably the best live Rolling Stones recording is the eight-minute-plus reading of "Midnight Rambler." Between Mick Jagger's unearthly harmonica playing and the tight interplay between Taylor and Keith Richards, the sinister vibe emanating from this song was eerie, foreshadowing the tragedy that would occur at Altamont less than two weeks later. Observant fans will catch the cover's subtle visual reference to a certain lyric from Bob Dylan's "Visions of Johanna" from BLONDE ON BLONDE.
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Introduced at the beginning of their second live album as "the greatest rock & roll band in the world," the Stones come off instead as perhaps the world's sloppiest. Recorded at Madison Square Garden on the first dates of the 1969 tour that would end at Altamont, Ya-Ya's shows our heroes struggling manfully to get comfortable with a stadium-size PA system. Of the nine songs included here, only "Love in Vain," "Stray Cat Blues," and "Live with Me" come close to matching the fire of their studio versions; much of the time the band just sounds ragged and distracted. Still, given that it's the only official live document from the period in which Mick Taylor was the Stones' lead guitarist, Ya-Ya's is a must-own for any die-hard Stones fan. --Dan Epstein
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3 announcers take the stage and announce (almost like an echo): "The greatest rock and roll band in the world- THE ROLLING STONES!" Then the Stones take the stage and perform "Jumpin' Jack Flash." After the song, Mick announces "Think I bust a button on me trousers! 'Ope they don't fall down!" Back then, Mick Jagger was still young and could get away with asking the audience "Ya don't want me trousers t'fall down, now doya?" Then Keith Richards and Mick Taylor rip into Chuck Berry's "Carol." The version of "Stray Cat Blues" is slowed down in tempo in comparison to Beggars Banquet, but still a great reading. "Love In Vain" is performed a few keys lower, making it sound more lamenting than on Let it Bleed. Then Mick picks up a harmonica and introduces "Midnight Rambler." This version was probably very popular on FM radio, which perhaps explains why this version wound up on the bestselling collection Hot Rocks. Afterwards, you can hear a girl requesting "Paint it black! Paint it black, you devils!" Another voice in the crowd requests "Stupid girl!" (Was he trying to tell her something?) The Stones break into "Sympathy for the Devil" (this version features some fine jamming between Keith and Mickey the T, sounding more like a fast blues jam rather than the samba beat on Beggars Banquet). "Live with Me" sounds more raw than the studio version, making Mick J sound more like he means what he's singing! Then the Stones play another Chuck Berry classic "Little Queenie." Then Mick says "Well, all right!" at least 6 or 7 times with some drumming from Charlie Watts. Mick is kind enough to acknowledge "Charlie's good tonight, innee?" Then the Stones play their big hit "Honkey Tonk Women" (Mickey T's debut with the World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band). There's a new verse about the ladies in Paris. Then the Stones play "Street Fighting Man," with more guitar duelling between Keith and Mickey T (for being in the Stones for only 5 years, Mick Taylor's contributions have been significant yet underrated and this live album proves it).
This is the remastered super audio CDs (SACD) of the Stones ABCKO catalog (which includes all the early Decca/London material. ABCKO acquired the Stones' catalog after Allen Klein became their manager in 1965. The resulting legal battles produced releases that the Stones opposed (they took out full page adds asking fans not to buy them), including the controversial Metamorphosis releases (which are now available on CD for the 1st time ever). But the sad fact is that the Stones lost control of their great early material. With these remastered SACD releases, we at last have some idea of what they really sounded like in the studio. I guess if we had these 40 years ago they would have ended up Greatest Rock And Roll Band in the Universe instead of Greatest Rock And Roll Band in the World.
Many serious Stones fans consider this the best of the live albums they have done over the years. It was the 2nd live album but it caught them at their peak as a driving band with their own megahits first peaking....Honky Tonk Woman, Jumpin' Jack Flash, & Street Fighting Man are all delivered hot and fresh with blazing licks by Keith on everything......Sympathy For The Devil has a great delivery by Mick, but my favorites on this one remain Carol, Little Queenie, and Midnight Rambler. The incredible drive of the rhythm section on Carol and the opening chords of Midnight Rambler are historic....are part of the basic fabric of rock......no matter how you look at it, this is one album you must have if you want a live Stones piece in your collection.
The album has several notable facts connected with it:
.....Albert and David Maysles filmed the Madison Square Garden shows and they form part of the movie Gimme Shelter that focuses mostly on the infamous Altamont concert that occurred a few days later on Dec 6th
.....Tina Turner opened the MSG shows and did a duet with Janis Joplin while Jimi Hendrix watched...
.....2 days after the Boston Garden show the Stones recorded both Brown Sugar and Wild Horses in Muscle Shoals, just before they flew to SF for the Altamont concert
This information comes from "It's Only Rock And Roll: The Ultimate Guide To The Rolling Stones" by Karnbach and Bernson and from my own collection.
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