Birthed smack between the two great lows of the band's lifespan — the death of guitarist Brian Jones in July 1969, and the Altamont Speedway gig tragedy that December — Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! is an overlooked Stones gem celebrated by devoted fans but ignored by others. Now, nearly 40 years on from its November 1969 recording, it's time to celebrate GYYYO! for what it is: one of the greatest live albums ever made.
It's lean. It's raw. It's taut and it's gritty. New guitar recruit Mick Taylor makes a wonderfully simpatico foil for Keef, adding bare bones slide to "Love in Vain," and locking right into "Honky Tonk Women," a song which, at that time, was still glowing from the forge.
Jagger, too, is in excellent, typically cocksure form, taking MC Sam Cutler's “greatest rock & roll band in the world…” introduction as read, and setting about opener “Jumpin'Jack Flash” greedily, hungrily. “Charlie's good tonight in't ee?” the singer remarks of the Stones'inscrutable drummer at one point. They all were. Never better, in fact.