Just Frightening How Good this Band is
Danielle Lane | Horseshoe, North Carolina | 06/10/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Oh Lord, I would have loved to have been in Madison Square Garden when this record was recorded. To see the way the guitars of Keith Richards and Mick Taylor danced together, that really would have been something. However, I missed the tour, probably because I hadn't been born yet, but still I can dream, can't I? And that's just what I try to do when I put this record on. I sit back, close my eyes and let the blistering "Jumpin' Jack Flash" wash over me. I always intend to listen to it this way, straight through, but by the second chorus of the song, I'm up and jumping around, just like Jack Flash. Is this record inferior to the bootleg? No, I don't think so. "LiveR Than You'll Ever Be" was recorded at the beginning of the tour. The record is great, the band is great, but by the time they got to New York, they were really, really on. I enjoy listening to the difference. And that difference is really pronounced in Chuck Berry's "Carol." You can hear how raw they are in Oakland and how polished in New York. The records are different, to be sure, but one is not better than the other, they are both five star live records and both belong in any serious record collection. The Stones Live, nobody ever has been or is now as great as they were and are. Did you see them at the Super Bowl, just frightening how good this band is, even still."