The Rolling Stones’ studio output is undoubtedly impressive – at least up until the ’80s – but it’s their live reputation that earned them the title of ‘The World’s Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band’. That tag line was first used on The Stones’ 1969 tour, a year that was chock full of musical milestones from The Beatles final concert – an impromptu affair on a London rooftop – to Woodstock.
Universal has reissued six Rolling Stones live albums, beginning with Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out, recorded in 1969, through to Live Licks, which documents the band’s ’02/’03 world tour. Of the six releases, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out stands heads and shoulders above the rest. Originally a 10-track, single-disc production, the album captured Mick and the boys at New York’s Madison Square Garden in November of ’69. Now, it’s been given the full ‘deluxe’ treatment with the addition of five additional Stones songs, a second CD featuring opening sets by BB King and Ike and Tina Turner and a DVD featuring film clips of five songs. Additionally, a hardcover booklet does an excellent job of explaining the significance of The Stones’ MSG stand and elaborates with backstage stories and photos. Most important is the music. This is The Stones at their menacing best. Mick Taylor had found his place in the