Tuesday, 28 August 2018

The Rolling Stones - Some Girls Live In Texas (1978)


  

Another one with The Stones still on storming live form, this time including material from 1978's "Some Girls" album into the set. Rarities are a bassy, pulsating "Let It Rock" as an opener and Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen", which is upbeat and rockingly joyful. It is nice to hear vibrant versions of "Shattered" and "Respectable" as well as the cod-country of "Faraway Eyes" and "Just My Imagination". "Love In Vain" gets an outing as well. 

"Tumbling Dice" is just so damn good, so dirty and lazily unforgettable. "Honky Tonk Women" rocks just as hard as it it should. The extended "Miss You" is great fun too. Keith's "Happy" is grinding, horn-driven and gruffly rocking, with a big, rumbling bass underpinning it. Mick and Keith sing it together, as they used to. I love it performed like that. Jagger growls the vocals out, roaring like a demented wild animal. "All Down The Line" and "Star F*****" get full-on workouts too. 

The band were still cooking on a high temperature here, the early seventies vim and vigour was still clearly there. This is a really great Stones live album. 

The sound quality is up here with the best of The Stones live recordings as well. I have always liked the 1930/40s girl on the cover too.

B+

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