The Rolling Stones, Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out
January 2010 marks the 40th anniversary of the Rolling Stones, Get Your Ya Yas Out.When it was released, Lester Bangs of Rolling Stone Magazine declared it the greatest live album of all time. But the main reason the album was recorded and released to begin with was to counter a very popular live bootleg recording that was circulating at the time, called “LIVEr Than You’ll Ever Be”. Many devout Stones fans and critics actually still consider this 1969 bootleg the best live Stones recording of all time. It had been recorded by a fan in the audience at an Oakland Coliseum show using a “shotgun” microphone and a small 5 inch reel to reel tape recorder, a fairly primitive method even for the time. Remarkably it boasts very clear well balanced and full sound. But it’s not just the recording quality; it’s the Stones performance itself. Let It Bleed had yet to be released at the time of the actual Oakland show and the Stones were heard blazing through Live with Me, Midnight Rambler and Gimme Shelter before anyone in the audience had actually ever heard them before.
The Stones countered in January of 1970 by releasing, Get Yer Ya, Ya’s Out. A series of shows in Madison Square Garden in New York City and one show in Baltimore had been recorded the previous November. Mick Jagger’s initial vision of the album was to have it be a double disc that would include opening acts, B.B. King and Ike and Tina Turner, but their label at the time would have none of that. The “suits” at Decca would say, “Who is B.B. King, who are these people” and trashed the idea. Mick says “I still have the original tapes at home and they’re very good”. And in fact you can now hear them for yourself as they’ve just been released as part of a four disc CD/DVD package that commemorates the 40th anniversary of the original release of Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out.
Whether you check the expanded new version or listen to the original vinyl or CD you will hear the Stones arguably at their creative prime. Beyond a strutting Mick Jagger and one of the best Rock and Roll rhythm sections of all time with Bill Wyman and Charlie Watt’s, you’ll hear newly minted Stone, Mick Taylor joyously sparing and trading licks with Keith Richards. Sympathy for the Devil is a particular highlight. But there are really no bad moments and the adrenalin soaked version of Jumpin’ Jack Flash and the greasy, gut bucket blues of their Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out version of Honky Tonk Women will go down in Rock and Roll infamy.
Grab the volume knob and give it a hardy twist to the right and let us raise a whisky bottle and hail the band dubbed the “Greatest Rock n Roll Band in the World”, from a time that they really were with a performance that perfectly marks them at their cockiest best!.