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

Release Date: November 3, 2009
Original Release in 1970
Produced by: The Rolling Stones & Glyn Johns
Format: CD/DVD Box



Matt Rowe


I dare to refer to today's The Rolling Stones as a band that trots out their past greatness to those that may not have previously seen them, capitalizing yet again on their once unmatched banner of The World's Greatest Rock and Roll Band.  While that holds true today, it's 'in a sense' rather than the implied reality.  However you view The Stones now, there was a time that they ruled implicitly, musically and all.  Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out is complete proof of this.  With it's perfect and electric version of Robert Johnson's "Love in Vain," as well as two rollicking Chuck Berry classics, and seven Stones originals, this Live album has nothing to prove as it is one of the all-time great Live albums of Rock and Roll.

Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! does not need an introduction.  Nor does it need our approval.  It stands well positioned.  On it's 40th Anniversary, Abkco delivers a definitive version of this album in a 3CD/DVD Box that gives it the attention it - and it's fans - deserve.  Of greater interest is what makes up this new edition found on it's 2 additional CDs and the accompanying bonus DVD.

Aside from the original release, the first add is a CD of unreleased tracks from the same show.  On this disc (or in the case of this 40th Anniversary's LP release, the vinyl counterpart), are five songs that include two blues cover performance tracks, "Prodigal Son" (Wilkins), and "You Gotta Move" (McDowell/Davis) that are simply excellent.  Those are followed by three fantasticly performed Stones tunes that not only underscore how great this album is but also how great this show was.  Sadly, the disc ends all too soon.  It might have been better to have placed these tracks within the first disc although such a move would tamper with originality and is understood.

The third disc collects 2 sets from the show, those of B.B. King, who performs 5 excellent songs ("Every Day I Have the Blues," "How Blue Can You Get," "That's Wrong Little Mama," "Why I Sing The Blues," "Please Accept My Love") in the inimitable B.B. King style.  Those tracks are followed by 7 Ike & Tina Turner performance tracks that starts with a short intro featuring Spencer Davis' "Gimme Some Lovin'".  It moves into "Son of a Preacher Man," slipping into their great cover of John Fogerty's "Proud Mary," a song that Ike & Tina Turner were heavily associated with.  They complete their set with "I've Been Loving You Too Long," a stunning performance of The Beatles' "Come Together," and "Land of a Thousand Dances.". While the inclusion of this disc wasn't necessary, it is a nice add to this 40th Anniversary set in commemeration of an event that is frozen in history due to the importance of Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!

The DVD contains the video portion of the same five songs that make up the Unreleased Tracks CD gathered on the second disc.  It adds great value to this set because you get to see parts of the whole that gave birth to this great performance as they support their Let It Bleed album in 1969, a time of Rock and Roll greatness.  It’s fun to watch the band move through the corridors leading to the stage.  Its fun to see our youthfulness reflected in their faces as they perform.  After the first two songs, there is a cut to an attempt for an album cover shoot as they worked to photograph it.  Inclement weather, different costumes, and a very tolerant Charlie Watts make for hilarious attempts to “…take a picture.” 

The CD/DVD 4-panel digipak is housed in a greater box that contains a 56-page, hard-bound book that is crammed full of photos, several important essays (The Best of Times; The Cover That Never Was – Ethan Russell), a critique by the inimitable Lester Bangs in the November 12, 1970 issue of Rolling Stone of the album, a collection of fan recollections, and plenty of credits. There's a guitar pick included, and a poster card.

There’s a reason why Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out is a great Live album.  This new reissue provides every reason for you to recognize that fact.









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