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The Rolling Stones - Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out

Review: 015
Date: 12 Mar 01


Rating: 5 Stars

Musicians: n/a

Tracks Listing:
Tracks Listing:
1. Jumpin' Jack Flash
2. Carol
3. Stray Cat Blues
4. Love In Vain
5. Midnight Rambler
6. Sympathy With The Devil
7. Live With Me
8. Little Queenie
9. Honky Tonk Women
10. Street Fighting Men


What a marvelous title for an album, “Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out”. This to me has always been Charlie Watts album, he’s even on the cover with his drum roadie.

This album captures the dirty essence of the Stones in concert. You can almost hear the sweat streaking along the fret boards, and what an introduction to kick things off.

“Does everything seem to be ready? Is everybody ready? Ladies and gentlemen, the greatest rock and roll band in the world: The Rolling Stones! With that the Stones were about to unleash a live performance that would be hailed as one of the greatest live performances ever recorded. The Stones breaking into a scorching version of “Jumpin' Jack Flash”.

This was Mick Taylor's first tour as The Rolling Stones guitarist. He was always a bit of a square key for a round lock. Let's face it, he never actually looked like a Rolling Stone, but on this album the guitar solo in “Sympathy For The Devil” is simply flawless. On the two tributes to their inspiration Chuck Berry, “Carol” and “Little Queenie”, the boy wipes the floor.

It is very different from a studio album, subtlety and precision are gone. In their place you get roughness and ferocity. The song “Midnight Rambler” is a good example. The studio version on the L.P “Let It Bleed” is a stark, barren piece dominated by that sly old fox Jagger with his crafty vocal posing. In contrast the live version captured on Ya-Ya’s is a heavy guitar – driven rocker that sends the audience berserk.

As Mick Jagger tells the crowd before “Honky Tonk Women” “Charlie's Good Tonight, Isn’t He”. Well, they were all good that night.

Recorded in 1969 at Madison Square Gardens, Ya-Ya’s is a brilliant document of a brilliant band on a brilliant night. Play it loud whilst drunk.


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Remastered by Ella Crew


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