28 Songs, 1 Hour 5 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At the time, Lester Bangs called this “the best rock concert ever put on record” in Rolling Stone. Ya-Ya’s has now been expanded to include five bonus cuts, the opening sets by B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner, and a short film from the Maysles Brothers that includes priceless backstage footage of the Stones with Jimi Hendrix. The recent addition of guitarist Mick Taylor earlier in 1969 had jumpstarted an electrifying concert run. “Midnight Rambler,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Little Queenie," and “Street Fighting Man” were always definitive in their live incarnations. But now there’s no better version of “Satisfaction,” while the acoustic set (“Prodigal Son,” “You Gotta Move”) with just Mick and Keith in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden has unusual intimacy considering the circumstances. The Stones often picked opening acts that were their equals, and B.B. King’s horn-enhanced set (“Why I Sing the Blues”) and the Turners’ takes on “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Proud Mary,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long," and “Come Together” show their massive interpretive skills. Unflinchingly essential.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At the time, Lester Bangs called this “the best rock concert ever put on record” in Rolling Stone. Ya-Ya’s has now been expanded to include five bonus cuts, the opening sets by B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner, and a short film from the Maysles Brothers that includes priceless backstage footage of the Stones with Jimi Hendrix. The recent addition of guitarist Mick Taylor earlier in 1969 had jumpstarted an electrifying concert run. “Midnight Rambler,” “Sympathy for the Devil,” “Little Queenie," and “Street Fighting Man” were always definitive in their live incarnations. But now there’s no better version of “Satisfaction,” while the acoustic set (“Prodigal Son,” “You Gotta Move”) with just Mick and Keith in front of a sold-out Madison Square Garden has unusual intimacy considering the circumstances. The Stones often picked opening acts that were their equals, and B.B. King’s horn-enhanced set (“Why I Sing the Blues”) and the Turners’ takes on “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Proud Mary,” “I’ve Been Loving You Too Long," and “Come Together” show their massive interpretive skills. Unflinchingly essential.

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