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. Rolling Stones Photos
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NOT an SACD
Maestro | 06/29/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"Amazon needs to update their listing of their Stones discs. This and the others like it are NOT SACDs (Amazon states they are hybrid SACDs). Not true. They are DSD remasters on CD. Big difference. I'm only keeping it because I didn't own the disc anyway. Buyer beware.
Two stars is for the deceptive description, not the music."
Great Live Release
Pat Lamorgese | New Jersey | 04/21/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This disk captures the Rolling Stones at their absolute peak live in Madison Square Garden in 1969. The crowd raises to a fever pitch, the Stones play like their lives depend upon it, and the song selection is perfect. Better than the earlier live release, "Got Live If You Want It", the Stones tear through "Jumping Jack Flash" then Mick Taylor and Keith kill on Chuck Berry's "Carol". Listen to the guitar interplay on the second verse closely and you will hear the live Stones at their best. "Stray Cat Blues" and "Love In Vain" are great blues versions, where Taylor shines. "Midnight Rambler" is an absolute masterpiece as well, from the opening vocal rave up by Mick, through his whining harmonica and the crunching guitar chords. The arrangement starts with a standard time, then slows to a powerful yet sparse middle, and then concludes with a powerful finale. "Sympathy For the Devil" starts with Keith's guitar, and is much looser than the studio release, but swings more than previous versions. One of the absolute gems is "Live With Me", off Let It Bleed, where Keith's riff tears through the speakers. The harmonies are tight, yet never smooth and quite urgent. "Little Queenie" is the second Chuck Berry tune, which also suits the Stones perfectly. The version of "Honky Tonk Woman" is unbelievable, as Keith thunders the opening riff a few times to build the mood before breaking into the tune. The disk concludes with "Street Fighting Man" which is performed uptempo from the original. In all this is, by far, the best of many live Rolling Stones releases, and one of the classic live albums of all time."