Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out The Rolling Stones in Concert is the second live album by the Stones following on from Got Live If You Want It.
It’s a classic.
The Rolling Stones Live Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out Review Rating 25/30
If you’re a fan of The Rolling Stones, then Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out is a must own album from the start of the Mark 2 Stones – without Brian Jones but with Mick Taylor on lead guitar – recorded in New York and Maryland in November 1969 just before Let It Bleed was released. Ya Ya’s was released in September 1970.
It’s a must hear album if you’re a fan of blues based rock music but for some reason, you haven’t managed to get into the Stones… this album could change your mind.
This album is widely recognised as one of the best live albums ever released by any group.
While it’s not my favourite… or even my favourite live album by The Rolling Stones, I still believe that it is exceptionally good.
Set List Rating – 8/10
The original live album was 48 minutes of magic with ten tracks.
- Jumpin’ Jack Flash (single)
- Carol (on The Rolling Stones album)
- Stray Cat Blues (Beggars Banquet)
- Love in Vain (Let It Bleed)
- Midnight Rambler (Let It Bleed)
- Sympathy for the Devil (Beggars Banquet)
- Live With Me (Let It Bleed)
- Little Queenie (Chuck Berry cover first appearing on this album)
- Honky Tonk Women (single)
- Street Fighting Man (Beggars Banquet)
The 40th anniversary release of Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out was extended with a second disk of five extra Stones songs from the concert:
- Prodigal Son (Beggars Banquet)
- You Gotta Move (Sticky Fingers)
- Under My Thumb (Aftermath)
- I’m Free (Out of Our Heads)
- (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction (single)
And the sets from the warm-up acts, BB King and Ike and Tina Turner.
I like this idea but I’m planning to review those sets separately.
For me, 1969 was the start of the vintage Stones era from Let It Bleed through to Exile On Main Street. Therefore I have more affinity with the set list on The Brussels Affair.
I like the way The Stones preview tracks from Let It Bleed before the album was released and you can only wonder at what the audiences must have thought when they heard the power of Midnight Rambler and how excited to buy the new album.
The original album was long in the days of the LP and they picked the cream from the concert set list with the exception of Satisfaction.
Someone in the crowd pleads for Paint It Black. I’d have loved to have heard that song, Get Off My Cloud and 19th Nervous Breakdown but at least the last two are on Got Live If You Want It. Unfortunately even with the extras, I feel the concert was a bit stingy from The Stones.
The perfect set list for me would pull in the hits from the sixties and certain album tracks from Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street. Look out for the authorised bootlegs that deliver like Brussels Affair.
Unfortunately I don’t think there’s a version of Can’t You Hear Me Knocking of The Stones with Mick Taylor live. Shame.
Performance Rating – 10/10
A great performance from The Stones with a beefed up sound and the searing lead guitar of Mick Taylor makes this album a thrilling experience to hear and he pushes Keith Richards hard to up his game. It’s best heard through head-phones so you can tell who is playing which solo.
It rocks hard and is full of energy. Close your eyes and you can imagine the lads on stage struttin’ their stuff and you can feel your stomach getting churned up with the excitement.
Midnight Rambler is awesome and grooves for two minutes longer than the studio version, building up the tension and then releasing it.
Sympathy For The Devil has lost the subtlety of the original but it;s been replaced by power and energy that makes this a great alternative version with guitar solos from Keef and Mick Taylor.
While those two tracks are the stand-outs, every song compares well with the studio version.
This is the Stones performing at the very top of their game and it makes you feel young, no matter how old you are.
Here are videos I found on YouTube for The Rolling Stones live in 1969.
Jumping Jack Flash
Atmosphere & Authenticity Rating – 7/10
A great set list and a terrific performance but in this final category, I feel the album tails away slightly.
I love MIck Taylor’s guitar playing and he certainly adds something to the songs but for the Brian Jones cuts, it feels slightly strange to me. Unlike the sets from the 71 – 73 tours, there aren’t enough of his songs.
There isn’t much interplay between the band and the crowd and Mick isn’t very chatty.
I found the woman shouting out for Paint It Black irritating, even though I’d love it to be on the album.
The overall sound quality is excellent and especially when you realise that it was recoded with 1960s technology.
I understand that the vocals on the album were touched up so this is how the Stones wanted to sound live and not necessarily exactly how they did sound.
Total Rating For Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out – 25/30
A terrific live album should make you want to be there.
And I would have loved to be at these concerts. That’s why I rate it at 25/30.
If you only want one live album by The Rolling Stones, this used to be the one to recommend. Now The Brussels Affair is officially available, in my opinion, the decision to opt for Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out is more difficult.
But if you want more than one Stones album… and I believe you should… then you’ll be thrilled with this album.
What Others Say About Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out: The Rolling Stones In Concert
Ya Ya’s is one of the most highly rated live albums ever and just like The Who Live At Leeds, it appears in many of the greatest live albums lists.
- Classic Rock – 7th
- Digital Dream Door – 8th
- NME – 11th
- IGN – 13th
- Chordstrike – 16th
- Mojo – 18th
- Rolling Stone – in the top 25 (not ranked)
- Planet Rock – 33rd
See what I mean? If you haven’t heard Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out, you need to put that right straight away and find out what all the fuss is about.
Buying Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out by The Rolling Stones
You can buy this live album from:
- Amazon.com as a CD or mp3
- Amazon.co.uk as a CD or mp3
- iTunes as a digital download
- eBay as a CD
You just need to decide if you want the original 10 tracks or the extended album with the extra Stones tracks and BB King and Ike & Tina Tuner set added as well. The expanded CD set is expensive but when I bought the mp3 version, it was a bargain.
What Do You Think About Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out?
Do you agree that this is a classic live album by The Rolling Stones or do you think that there are better concert recordings of The Stones?
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Other Live Albums By The Rolling Stones
There’s no shortage of live albums by The Rolling Stones:
Got Live If You Want It!
The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus
The Brussels Affair
Love You Live
Some Girls Live In Texas ’78
Shine a Light
If some of these sound like bootlegs, The Stones have started to authorise the release of classic concerts like the Brussels Affair that have previously been famous Rolling Stones bootlegs. Hopefully there will be more to come and in particular from the Sticky Fingers and Exile On Main Street tours.
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What Else Was Happening In This Year?
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