Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Rolling Stones - Live Licks (2004)


  

This was a 2004 live double album from The Rolling Stones. The sound quality is excellent throughout and, while it is an obviously commercially-motivated "tour tie-in" release, there is some interesting material on it. It is basically an album of two distinct parts. Disc One contains all the "usual suspects" - "Brown Sugar"; "Start Me Up"; "Satisfaction" etc, but even on this there are some gems - Sheryl Crow duetting with Mick Jagger on a vibrant "Honky Tonk Women"; "Paint It, Black"; an emotive "Angie" and a Lisa Fischer-inspired vocal masterclass on "Gimme Shelter".

It is on Disc Two, however, where the real treasure trove is to be found - "Monkey Man"; "Rocks Off"; "Can't You Hear Me Knocking"; a wonderful Jagger vocal on "That's How Strong My Love Is"; Keith Richards singing/croaking Hoagy Carmichael's "The Nearness Of You"; B.B. King's "Rock Me Baby"; Richards' reggae of "You Don't Have To Mean It"; Jagger's slow keyboard build-up on "Worried About You" and Solomon Burke joining them for "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love". These are live cuts not usually included on the many Rolling Stones live albums, and it is their presence with renders it a useful one to own, if indeed you like amassing a collection of Rolling Stones live performances of different songs, as I do.

(For some reason, the discs on the Deezer below are reversed, Disc Two comes first).

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