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