"1. Do I like the Rolling Stones? 2. Do I think the Rolling Stones lost it after (fill in the blanks with either "Some Girls" or "Tattoo You.")? 3. Do I think the Rolling Stones are too old to be doing this? 4. Do I like their older, "classic" material, but don't care to hear new versions? 5. Am I afraid that if someone sees this record in my collection, I'll be mocked for buying a "tour souvenir" with no musical merit?
If you answered yes to the first question and no to all the others, then there's no reason why you shouldn't spend your hard earned $15 on this very enjoyable disk.
This one in particular fills a couple of niches for me. I don't automatically dismiss any of their late work--in fact I like most of it, including the new one, "A Bigger Bang." But "Bridges to Babylon" was admittedly pretty weak. Well, this disk gives you a chance to hear the handful of good songs from that the record, and these versions are preferable. In particular, "Out of Control," a lengthy piece with a lot of dynamic changes, comes off great here. Other recent songs like "Saint of Me," "You Got Me Rocking," "Flip the Switch" and "Thief in the Night" come off better here than in their studio incarnations. Of the older material, the versions of "Gimme Shelter," "Memory Motel," "Waiting on a Friend" and "The Last Time," are spectacular.
Reactions to the Stones are rather predictable and annoying. You're supposed to be annoyed with all their post-tour live albums, and see them as "just cashing in." This just isn't true. The live disks are a chance for them to re-address older material in versions that take advantage of their improved musicianship and matured perspective. On "Flashpoint," for example, you can hear fantastic versions of "Paint it Black" and "Ruby Tuesday," played with great passion and inventiveness. "Stripped" has many highlights, including a wonderful version of the very early tunes "I'm Free," and "Spider and the Fly," and a jolly take on "Let it Bleed."
If you want to let late-night comedians and jaded rock reviewers guide your choices, then you probably aren't going to want to risk the "uncool" label they would surely apply to anyone who bought "No Security." But I enjoy it, I play it all the time, and my hat's off to the Stones for risking ridicule by putting it out."
Yet another live Stones album
(3 out of 5 stars)
"It seems that every Rolling Stones tour results in a live album. This one, unfortunately offers nothing new or even particularly interesting. Efforts to duplicate the studio sound (ie., "Gimmie Shelter") only demonstrate the superiority of the originals. Further, the guest spots featuring Taj Mahal and Dave Matthews are totally unnecessary. This album suffers from too many added musicians, too many backup vocalists, a couple of out-of-place "guest stars", and a general lack of inspiration. If you want a Vegas-style Stones show, this album is for you. If you want to hear a good live set from the Stones (minus the guest stars and other embellishments), listen to "Get Your Ya-Ya's Out", which features the Stones when they still had the energy and imagination to improvise. This album is "product", and nothing more."
Thomas Magnum | NJ, USA | 01/16/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"You can always count on the Stones to release a live album after a tour and No Security follows suit for the Bridges To Babylon tour. The album contains a few guest stars including Taj Mahal on "Corrina" and an excellent performance by saxophonist Joshua Redman on "Waiting For A Friend". Dave Matthews appears on "Memory Motel" and proceeds to wreck what is one the band's best songs and the best vocal interplay from Mick Jagger & Keith Richards. Mr. Matthews takes over Mr. Richards part and his bland and overbearing voice doesn't fit the grittiness needed for the part. That complaint aside, the rest of No Security is another fine live record including a great version of "Gimme Shelter", a ripping version of "Live With Me" and excellent takes on the Sticky Fingers nugget "Sister Morphine" and the some Girls punkish rocker "Respectable"."
A Real Treat For Hardcore Fans
Glenn Nippert | Alpharetta, Georgia United States | 06/27/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The thing I really like about this album, other than the fact that the band has never sounded better or more muscular, is that the song selection leans on deeper album cuts like "Memory Motel", "You Got Me Rocking", and "Sister Morphine". I also like the fact that the emphasis is on later material from "Voodoo Lounge" and "Bridges To Babylon", not just on the older hits. I mean, do we really need another album of live versions of "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Satisfaction"? I like a lot of songs from the later albums and feel this material is even better live. There are a lot of snobs who listen with jaded ears and say this is just another stopgap album to make money after another tour. Are we listening to the same album, beeyatch?! Just listen to "Gimme Shelter", surely one of their finest recorded live moments with Lisa Fischer upstaging the original Merry Clayton studio vocal and practically turning it into a duet with Sir Mick. The "Babylon" tour was one of their best and DVD's of these shows' really capture The Stones having a great time onstage and at an all time musical peak, effortlessly dipping into their back catalogue for "The Last Time" or whipping out steaming versions of "Out Of Control" and "Flip The Switch". The cover art to this album is unusually bad though. A concert shot of the guys doing their thing would have been much nicer. This one is probably geered towards the more devoted fan who actually knows the deeper cuts and not just the big radio hits, but it is a fantastic treat for them, as the band has never sounded better."