Got Live If You Want It! by The Rolling Stones

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Got Live If You Want It! by The Rolling Stones
Got Live If You Want It! by The Rolling Stones

Album Released: 1966

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1.Under My Thumb2:53
2.Get Off My Cloud2:54
3.Lady Jane3:08
4.Not Fade Away2:03
5.I've Been Loving You Too Long2:54
6.Fortune Teller1:56
7.The Last Time3:07
8.19th Nervous Breakdown3:30
9.Time Is On My Side2:48
10.I'm Alright2:26
11.Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?2:19
12.(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction3:04


I'd recommend this album to anyone with a burning desire to hear how The Rolling Stones sounded live in 1966.

Otherwise, I probably wouldn't bother too much with this, because the sound quality is a little murky, and the Stones are constantly contending with hundreds of female fans screaming as loudly as humanly possible. Also, they're playing most of these songs at a very fast pace, and in a much more simplified manner than the originals - it's pretty painfully obvious that the original versions are overwhelmingly superior.

However, I don't want to say that playing their songs fast amidst a crowd of energized fans is a completely bad thing. On the contrary, they sound more raucous than ever, and by far the greatest value of this live album is we get the chance to hear them try their mightiest to please that energetic crowd! Judging by the wild screams, they accomplish the task very well.

The festivities begin with “Under My Thumb”, one of my favorite songs of theirs. Unfortunately (for me), they left the marimbas at home, and they let Keith pick out the riff with his guitar. I'm extremely addicted to that marimba sound, but there's definitely value in this version that otherwise has so much slop. Besides, would anyone in the middle of that wildly screaming audience be able to hear the marimba anyway? I doubt it.

I gotta commend Charlie Watts for keeping that quick drumbeat going in “Get Off Of My Cloud” with all those fills! Also, they do an incredibly spirited rendition of their Buddy Holly cover “Not Fade Away”, which comes fully intact with Brian Jones' insatiable chugging and wailing harmonica. Both songs are major highlights of this disc, because they really get that wild energy cooking. They might not sound as refined and sophisticated as the studio versions, but if you're anything like me you're gonna wish you were right in the middle of that crowd of screaming teenagers. Believe me, it takes a lot for me to want to be in the middle of screaming teenagers.

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by Reviewer: Don Ignacio (blogging at Don Ignacio's Album Reviews)

This is rarely referred to as the Stones' best live release, and it certainly wasn't their first live release, nor was the title previously unused ... in 1965, a UK EP with the same title was released.

The trouble with live recordings from before 1968 - at least in the rock world - is the sound quality leaves a lot to be desired, with the screaming audiences seeming to shadow the actual performances, not something you get from grizzled bluesmen or Big Band Jazz shows.

Yet, while this album is miles away from The Who's Live at Leeds, or even the Stones' own Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!, this still manages to be a very interesting live LP, and certainly not one to be dismissed.

One clear advantage over other early live records is that the sound is decent, and when the audience gets too feisty, that just adds to the energy level rather than be annoying. It also entices the band to play louder, which only notches up the excitement still further. Sure, it's sloppy, but it manages to be fun rather than just juvenile, and is far from the sterility of other groups' late-period reunion shows, else the timidity of less daring groups of the time, or the Stones' later poseur-ish persona from the mid-70's onwards.

The contents of this LP were culled from a couple of shows, but the tapes proved insufficient for an entire LP, so two studio recordings - one unreleased and one unavailable Stateside - with overdubbed audience noises, help fill up the first side.

The Stones' cover of "I've Been Loving You Too Long" sounds odd as pseudo-live material, and while it was unfittingly recorded for the Aftermath sessions, the original studio version definitely works better than this, even if it is by no means a highlight. Some have noted the 1963 cancelled single "Fortune Teller" to be a highlight, and while it might not be obvious in this format, I'd consider it the second best cover of the tune (after The Who's 1970 actual live recording).

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by Reviewer: Mr X Music Reviews (blogging at When the Music's Over)

I thought the sound quality of the live tracks on December's Children was bad, but Christ, there isn't an album in my collection that sounds worse than this ...

Little girls are screaming, the guitars and bass are barely audible over the drums, and Jagger's vocals stand out way too much. He's not a bad singer, but when his vocals are that close to the front of the mix his lack of tonal quality sticks out like a sore thumb.

It's too bad the sound is so shitty, because the quality of the Stones' performance is actually better than decent - the energy is there, the playing is there, and so are the songs. Charlie Watts in particular is especially sharp, keeping time like a metronome, and slipping in some tasty fills now and then.

There are some standout tracks too, including a cover of the Otis Redding classic "I've Been Loving You Too Long" and "19th Nervous Breakdown", although it's my opinion The Who blew the Stones' version of "Fortune Teller" away on Live at Leeds.

Essentially then, what you get is standard Stones guitar-pop except played faster, with a bunch of horny girls screaming their heads off.

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by Reviewer: Marco Marco