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."
It Could have been so Much More
Ophella Paige | Reno, Nevada | 06/11/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"I didn't know when my friends and I agreed to get to get together and review some Rolling Stones records, that this review would be a comparison of the record that came out officially and the one that didn't, but how could it be any other way. Because of who Tiffany's father is, we were all exposed to "LiveR Than You'll Ever Be," before we'd heard any other record by the Greatest Group on Earth. Heck, I don't think her dad ever played "Ya-Ya's,' which sounds more like a studio record in places than a live record. If you've ever heard the terrific job Phil Spector did with George Harrison's Bangla Desh show, especially the Dylan stuff, you'll know what I mean. Now that's a live record. Mr. Spector miked the audience and worked that applause right into the material. My God, you can't hear that record without feeling like you're right there, as if you're sitting in the front row. Well, "LiveR Than You'll Ever Be" is like that. It's just plain and simple gut wrenching, power pumping, get up and dance your kester off rock and roll. There never has been a record like "LiveR." Ya-Ya's is a pale imitation. The boys in the band must have known that back then, how could they have put this out? It's good, the Stones are always good, but it could have been so much more, "LiveR" proves that."
One of the Best Live Albums. Ever.
Trevor K. Lawson | New York, NY | 06/12/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I don't know how anyone can reccomend a bootleg recording over this professional job. You can't even hear Charlie Watts' drums on LiveR! This album, on the other hand, is the real deal, and ranks up there with the Who's Live At Leeds as one of the greatest 60's live recordings ever. Of course it would be better if it were expanded to cover the entire set list of the 69 tour, but until then, we have to make due with what we have, and that is great rockin' performances of early prime stones' material. A killer performance of Sympathy for the Devil, A loose rockin' Midnight Rambler and a High Octane Jumpin' Jack Flash are the highlights here, along with Street Fighting Man. If you don't mind a crappy recording on a portable tape recorder, the bootleg is not bad, but there are far superior bootlegs from the Taylor era."