- You’ll find outstanding Double Plus (A++) sound or BETTER on both sides of this Decca UK pressing – fairly quiet vinyl too
- With rock and roll energy and you-are-there presence, turn this one up good and loud and you will find yourself at the Stones concert of a lifetime
- The live performances of Sympathy For The Devil, Midnight Rambler, and Honky Tonk Woman are MAGICAL from these shows – the Stones in 1970 were taking their music to a whole new level
- 4 1/2 stars: “Recorded during their American tour in late 1969, and centered around live versions of material from the Beggars Banquet-Let It Bleed era… Often acclaimed as one of the top live rock albums of all time…
This vintage Decca pressing has the kind of Tubey Magical Midrange that modern records can barely BEGIN to reproduce. Folks, that sound is gone and it sure isn’t showing signs of coming back. If you love hearing INTO a recording, actually being able to “see” the performers, and feeling as if you are sitting in the studio with the band, this is the record for you. It’s what vintage all analog recordings are known for — this sound.
If you exclusively play modern repressings of vintage recordings, I can say without fear of contradiction that you have never heard this kind of sound on vinyl. Old records have it — not often, and certainly not always — but maybe one out of a hundred new records do, and those are some pretty long odds.
What The Best Sides Of This Classic Live Stones Album From 1970 Have To Offer Is Not Hard To Hear
- The biggest, most immediate staging in the largest acoustic space
- The most Tubey Magic, without which you have almost nothing. CDs give you clean and clear. Only the best vintage vinyl pressings offer the kind of Tubey Magic that was on the tapes in 1970
- Tight, note-like, rich, full-bodied bass, with the correct amount of weight down low
- Natural tonality in the midrange — with the guitars and drums having the correct sound for this kind of recording
- Transparency and resolution, critical to hearing into the three-dimensional space of the concert venue
No doubt there’s more but we hope that should do for now. Playing the record is the only way to hear all of the above, and playing the best pressings against a pile of other copies under rigorously controlled conditions is the only way to find a pressing that sounds as good as this one does.
Top Quality Sound, Music, and Mastering
The sound here is excellent, but more importantly, the mastering is exactly what it needs to be: honest. As you’re listening to this album, you feel as though you’re hearing The Stones EXACTLY the way they wanted to be heard. There’s no sense of any “manipulation” in the sound of this record.
This is also one of the top live rock albums ever. Sympathy For The Devil, Midnight Rambler, and Honky Tonk Woman are MAGICAL. Rock and roll doesn’t get much more fun than this.
Our hats are off once again to Mr. Glyn Johns, who produced, engineered, and mixed this album superbly.
What We Listen For on The Stones’ Classic Ya-Ya’s
- Energy for starters. What could be more important than the life of the music?
- Then: presence and immediacy. The vocals aren’t “back there” somewhere, lost in the mix. They’re front and center where any recording engineer worth his salt would put them.
- The Big Sound comes next — wall to wall, lots of depth, huge space, three-dimensionality, all that sort of thing.
- Then transient information — fast, clear, sharp attacks, not the smear and thickness so common to these LPs.
- Tight punchy bass — which ties in with good transient information, also the issue of frequency extension further down.
- Next: transparency — the quality that allows you to hear deep into the soundfield, showing you the space and air around all the instruments.
- Extend the top and bottom and voila, you have The Real Thing — an honest to goodness Hot Stamper.
Jumpin’ Jack Flash
Stray Cat Blues
Love in Vain
Sympathy for the Devil
Live With Me
Honky Tonk Women
Street Fighting Man
In the Rolling Stone review of the album, critic Lester Bangs said, “I have no doubt that it’s the best rock concert ever put on record.”
‘Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out!’: The Rolling Stones in Concert was released in September 1970, well into the sessions for their next studio album, Sticky Fingers, and was well-received critically and commercially, reaching number 1 in the UK and number 6 in the US,where it went platinum. Except for compilations, it was the last Rolling Stones album released through Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the US before launching their own Rolling Stones Records label.
The album has received consistent praise from critics as one of the greatest live albums ever made. In 2007, NME ranked the album as the 7th greatest live album of all time. Q ranked the album as the 14th greatest live album of all time. The Guardian also ranked the album as the 85th greatest album which doesn’t appear on other top 100 album lists. In 2014, WatchMojo ranked the album as the 4th greatest live album ever made.