Album: The Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! 40th Anniversary Deluxe (Polydor)

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Originally issued to confound Liver Than You'll Ever Be, a bootleg live album from the same American tour, Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! arguably captured the Stones at the height of their powers, around the time of Let It Bleed, when they had found a more potent way out of the hippie impasse than most of their peers.

Part of its success is due to the new guitarist Mick Taylor, whose pungent soloing ability kept the other Stones on their game. He's on great form here, particularly his solo on "Stray Cat Blues", a song which comes from an era when a pop singer could sing lasciviously of seducing a 13-year-old runaway and nobody thought the worse of them for it. Then again, this was also the era of "Street Fighting Man" and "Sympathy for the Devil", when it was fashionable for stars such as the Stones to toy with the supposed glamour of the dark side. Mingling a couple of Chuck Berry covers with choice new material such as "Honky Tonk Women", "Midnight Rambler" and "Live with Me", it's a fine set, further enlarged in this edition by an extra five tracks, along with a DVD of backstage footage shot by the Maysles Brothers, and an additional CD featuring support acts B B King and Ike & Tina Turner.

Download this Stray Cat Blues; Live with Me; You Gotta Move; Midnight Rambler