Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out (1969)


  

Released September 1970

Recorded in November 1969 in Baltimore and New York

Yes, the original Ya-Ya's album is a superb live album. Now remastered by Bob Ludwig it captures The Rolling Stones at the peak of their live powers in November 1969 at New York City's Madison Square Garden. The performance is pulsating from the opening bars of Jumping Jack Flash through to a storming Street Fighting Man. Good to hear Carol and Little Queenie in there and Live With Me is always welcome in my book. Apparently Sympathy For The Devil was song three on the actual set list, this is alterable if you are playing it digitally.

I owned the album anyway, and a real motivation for me was to have the five "bonus" tracks that were previously unreleased. You get a great version of Under My Thumb; the folky blues of Prodigal Son; I'm Free; more blues in You Gotta Move (which had not appeared on an album as yet, it ended up on 1971's Sticky Fingers; and Satisfaction. Good to have the live "set" (taken from two consecutive nights) expanded from the original. Again, digitally, one can arrange the whole 15 song setlist in the order as played.

Also of interest to was the live material from the show's wonderful opening acts - B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner. What support acts! The King material is superb. In many ways I enjoy listening to this material more than The Stones because I have heard it less. Check out the guitar/bass interplay in That's Wrong Little Mama. Phenomenal. Why I Sing The Blues. Wow. What a bassline. King's lead guitar blows you away. You can hear the sell-out crowd loving it too. Oh to have been there.


Ike and Tina Turner's set was suitably frenetic from the opening instrumental cover of Spencer Davis's Gimme Some Lovin' that segues into Arthur Conley's Sweet Soul Music. When Tina first sings "do you like good music", it sends shivers down my spine. Then they do a soulful Son Of A Preacher Man before it's time to do the next song - Proud Mary, of course. Unfortunately without the "nice...and...slow" build up. No matter.


It is so rewarding to get this material alongside The Stones' show and it just makes you reflect on what a great night it must have been.

The sound quality on the whole thing is top quality. Nice and bassy, which always suits me.

TRACK LISTING

ROLLING STONES

1. Jumpin' Jack Flash

2. Carol
3. Stray Cat Blues
4. Love In Vain
5. Midnight Rambler
6. Sympathy For The Devil
7. Live With Me
8. Little Queenie
9. Honky Tonk Women
10. Street Fighting Ma
11. Prodigal Son
12. You Gotta Move
13. Under My Thumb
14. I'm Free
15. Satisfaction                                      

B.B. KING

1. Everyday I Have The Blues
2. How Blue Can You Get
3. That's Wrong Little Mama
4. Why I Sing The Blues
5. Please Accept My Love  
                                  
IKE & TINA TURNER

1. Gimme Some Loving
2. Sweet Soul Music
3. Son Of A Preacher Man
4. Proud Mary
5. I've Been Loving You Too Long
6. Come Together
7. Land Of A Thousand Dances                            

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