The Rolling Stones
Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!


5.0
classic

Review

by riffariffic7 USER (19 Reviews)
February 11th, 2015 | 13 replies


Release Date: 1970 | Tracklist

Review Summary: The Rolling Stones get the chance to rebuttal a decent, but hugely flawed, first live album with an epic, sensational second live record for the ages.

Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! marks The Rolling Stones' first true live album. Though Got LIVE If You Want It! arrived 4 years before this, it was almost immediately disowned by the band. This was largely due to the fact that it suffered from a messy editing process, making the record sound like an all-around amateurish effort. Something which it unfortunately was, as the album was only complied in the first place due to a contractual obligation between the band and London Records at the time (in 1966). So The Stones finally decided to release their own full-fledged live album and it was welcomed with tons of critical praise, as well as a platinum-certification; whereas Got LIVE If You Want It! only received a gold-certification.

The album starts out with a claim that The Rolling Stones are "the greatest rock 'n roll band in the world". While some may argue against this claim, this was no doubt a proven statement at the time, not only because the band had become multi-platinum superstars, but also due to the fact that they forever revolutionized the industry with their bad boy personas; opting to cut away from the typical clean-cut, boy scout personalities of that era. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" starts and remains just as confusing as it ever was, this being due to nearly incomprehensible vocals from Mick Jagger. Easily a part of the track's undying charm though, the sheer velocity of the instrumentals delivered throughout make it even more so fascinating to unravel with time and makes for a fantastic album opener. "Carol" follows soon after and still remains one of the finest covers in history. The Rolling Stones have always had a great love for Chuck Berry, and the awesome guitar solos throughout, from Keith Richards and Mick Taylor respectively, pay him a wonderful tribute.

Side two starts off in hilarious fashion with a woman from the audience shouting: "Paint it Black. Paint it Black. Paint it Black, you devil!". Funny enough, the band never give the lady the satisfaction, jumping right into a rendition of "Sympathy for the Devil" instead, as she's shuffled away and never heard from again. While the track undeniably lacks the energy of the studio version, it's hard to fault all the same; the demanding woman clearly made Jagger pretty mad to begin with, as he starts off the track with a rather annoyed type of attitude (seeing as how "Paint it Black" was never a part of the set-list in the first place). As the track progresses, Jagger's performance only gets better, same with the other members, as the whole band seemingly break out of their momentary comfort zones and deal a devilishly engrossing classic for a hungry crowd of gatherers.

Of the ten tracks on here, "Stray Cat Blues" is easily the most forgettable. Though the drumming by Charlie Watts is incredible, and the guitar solo after the second chorus is a lot of fun, Jagger seems to be in "Jumpin' Jack Flash" mode throughout, as you can hardly understand what in the world he's talking about. "Love in Vain" keeps the train rolling much smoother though, as Jagger's vocal performance is heightened by a slower pace and bluesier melodies than the previous tracks. Even better is "Midnight Rambler", the longest track on the record (clocking in at an epic 9 minutes), as it features a slew of stunning guitar solos, an incredibly rising mid-section, which includes a humorous little moment where an audience member yells out "God damn!" after the line "Well you heard about the Boston", and Mick Jagger rocking it on the harmonica. With all of that combined, "Midnight Rambler" is easily the best song on the album, an epic, wholly enjoyable menace of a track.

As usual, The Rolling Stones live up to their superstar personas with Get Yer Ya Ya's Out!. The album is brimming with utterly awe-inspiring classics such as another great Chuck Berry cover (in "Little Queenie"), "Honky Tonk Women" and the excellent album closer ("Street Fighting Man"). The boys were clearly having a blast while performing this phenomenal concert, but the arena-filled cheers of the crowd signify that they may have had the best time out of all; especially in seeing a band that many considered to be "the greatest rock 'n roll band in the world". First-rate songs such as "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "Carol" and "Midnight Rambler" make this a must-listen for not only fans of the band, but for music fanatics alike. It's a wonderful experience.



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Jasdevi087
February 11th 2015


5362 Comments


Your summary really does not read as a 5.0.

riffariffic7
February 11th 2015


488 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Side one

1."Jumpin' Jack Flash" - 5/5

2."Carol" (Chuck Berry) - 5/5

3."Stray Cat Blues" - 3/5

4."Love in Vain" (Robert Johnson) - 5/5

5."Midnight Rambler" - 5/5



Side two

1."Sympathy for the Devil" - 5/5

2."Live with Me" - 4.5/5

3."Little Queenie" (Berry) - 5/5

4."Honky Tonk Women" - 4.5/5

5."Street Fighting Man" - 5/5



Had a lot of fun listening to this live album. I was originally going to do a review of the album before this, Got LIVE If You Want It!, but I got fairly bored by that one quite fast (though I love hearing a live rendition of "Get Off of My Cloud", which is one of my all-time favourite Rolling Stones tracks), so I reviewed this instead and had a great time. "Midnight Rambler" is phenomenal, so if you're only going to listen to one song off of this record, definitely give it a listen. It's pretty amazing.

riffariffic7
February 11th 2015


488 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Fixed it up a bit, Jasdevi. Maybe it sounded as if I was talking about this album when I was really talking about the last one in comparison to this one. Thanks for the heads-up. Hope the rest of the review reads as a 5/5 because I truly do love this album. :D

Jasdevi087
February 11th 2015


5362 Comments


Yeah your summary looks better now. I honestly don't ever see myself listening to the Rolling Stones, really just not up my ally.

Jasdevi087
February 11th 2015


5362 Comments


For a 5 review, I'd avoid calling any songs forgettable like you've done with "Stray Cat Blues." Similarly,
probably not best to say that "Sympathy for the Devil" isn't as energetic as it could have been but you do
at least counter that by noting that Jagger was pissed off at the woman.

In future definitely talk more about what really makes this album so damn good in greater detail as a lot of
this is very objective (not that that is a bad thing but it needs justifying). Other than that not a bad
write up. Probs a few spelling/grammar errors but I'm not the best at proofreading so take a pass if there
are any.

manosg
Staff Reviewer
February 11th 2015


11341 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This didn't have a review?! That's crazy man. I always felt that the album would be even better with the addition of tracks like Gimme Shelter, Under My Thumb and You Can't Always Get What You Want in the place of the Chuck Berry/Robert Johnson covers.



Sweet write up, pos. Keep those 60s/70s reviews coming.

riffariffic7
February 11th 2015


488 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Thanks for the recommendation, Jasdevi. And I know. So many great albums from the 50s/60s/70s lack reviews that it astounds me whenever I come across it. But it makes a nice challenge to actually do a review for that particular album, especially ones from great bands such as The Kinks and The Rolling Stones. Can't wait to do more. Got a few others in mind, not sure which one I'm going to start with first though.



"Under My Thumb" made it onto the bonus tracks for the record, but those three tracks you mentioned definitely would have been welcome additions. I appreciate the thumbs up too, manosg. You're awesome, man.

SharkTooth
February 11th 2015


13855 Comments


Sweet, two Stones reviews on the front page!
This is pretty much my second favorite Live Album(behind Made In Japan)

riffariffic7
February 11th 2015


488 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Haha, hell yeah. I was just listening to this album at the time when I saw your review posted, so that made me immediately want to keep writing. The more Stones, the merrier. :D

NeroCorleone80
February 11th 2015


34498 Comments


Live at Leeds >>>>>>

Digging: Skin Chamber - Wound

riffariffic7
February 11th 2015


488 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Live at Leeds is incredible. One of the best live CDs of all-time.

TwigTW
February 11th 2015


3529 Comments


Nice review--you're right, this version of Midnight Rambler is excellent, the best they ever recorded imho . . . The 40th anniversary edition of the album includes the opening acts, B.B. King and Tina Turner, definitely worth a listen if you get the chance.

Digging: The Bathers - Sunpowder

riffariffic7
February 11th 2015


488 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

I was reading about that actually I'll have to check those acts out sometime. I've always been meaning to get into B.B. King, never so much Ike and Tina Turner though, but I'd be willing to give them a shot too. Thanks for the recommendation, man.



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