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October 24, 2016

The Rolling Stones – Love You Live (1977) – 2Lp

by Record Facts

The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The Rolling Stones were in the vanguard of the British Invasion of bands that became popular in the US in 1964–65. At first noted for their longish hair as much as their music, the band identified with the youthful and rebellious counterculture of the 1960s.

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Artist:  The Rolling Stones
Title:  Love You Live
Year:  1977
Format:  2LP
Label:  Rolling Stones Records
Catalog#  COC 89101

Love You Live is a double live album by The Rolling Stones, released in 1977. It is drawn from Tour of the Americas shows in the US in the summer of 1975, Tour of Europe shows in 1976 and performances from the El Mocambo nightclub concert venue in Toronto in 1977. It is the band’s third official full-length live release and is dedicated to the memory of audio engineer Keith Harwood, who died in a drug-induced car accident shortly before the album’s release.

Love You Live was overdubbed and mixed from late May to mid-June 1977. It features Billy Preston and Ian Stewart on piano. The album artwork was prepared by Andy Warhol, and the pencil smears seen across the front were added by Mick Jagger, to Warhol’s dismay. Love You Live was The Rolling Stones’ final album whereby Rolling Stones Records would be internationally distributed by Warner Music. The band’s next several albums would be distributed through EMI worldwide, while they remained with Warner in North America only.

The Stones decided to round out the live album by adding a second album, with live club recordings performed at the El Mocambo Club in Toronto on 4 and 5 March 1977. The intention was to play a set of the sort of classic blues and R&B covers that sealed their reputation back at the Crawdaddy Club in 1963. However, Keith Richards arrived late for scheduled rehearsals. His partner Anita Pallenberg had been arrested for possession of illicit drugs on arrival at Toronto airport and drugs were also found by police searching his hotel room.

Despite these legal troubles, the shows themselves went well enough, though the versions that appear on album are heavily overdubbed, mostly with layers of new guitar tracks, backing vocals by Richards and/or Ronnie Wood which were not originally sung at the shows themselves, and in the case of “Mannish Boy”, a harmonica by Jagger played throughout the song, which could not have been possible for Jagger to switch from singing to the harmonica riff that quickly live. April Wine opened for the band, and the Stones appeared secretly under the fake band name, “The Cockroaches” on the bill so the majority of the fans thought they were attending an April Wine concert. April Wine also recorded their live album Live at the El Mocambo at these same concerts.

Jagger and Richards sharply disagreed on the selection of tracks to include on the album. In his autobiography Richards recalled: “Collaboration was giving way to struggle and disagreement. It’s a two-disc album, and the result is that one disc is Mick’s and the other was mine.”

 

Side one
1.  Intro: Excerpt From “Fanfare From The Common Man”  (1:23)
2.  Honky Tonk Women  (3:21)
3.  If You Can’t Rock Me / Get Off Of My Cloud  (5:00)
4.  Happy  (2:54)
5.  Hot Stuff  (4:33)
6.  Star Star  (4:09)

Side two
1.  Tumbling Dice  (3:58)
2.  Fingerprint File  (5:20)
3.  You Gotta Move  (4:15)
4.  You Can’t Always Get What You Want  (7:40)

Side three
1.  Mannish Boy  (6:24)
2.  Crackin’ Up  (5:44)
3.  Little Red Rooster  (4:33)
4.  Around And Around  (3:52)

Side four
1.  It’s Only Rock ‘N Roll  (4:29)
2.  Brown Sugar  (3:28)
3.  Jumping Jack Flash  (3:48)
4.  Sympathy For The Devil  (7:47)

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