Editors’ Notes In the mid-1970s, it was standard practice for every viable rock n’ roll band to release a live album, preferably a double live album, to best indicate the group’s importance and stature in their community. If any band deserved to release such an artifact it was the Rolling Stones, whose two-decade career at that point made them veterans of the scene and provided them with a deep catalog of first-rate songs to choose from. With ex-Faces Ron Wood installed as their new guitarist in place of the dexterous and talented Mick Taylor, the Stones were a rough, raw ensemble and their performances in the mid-‘70s were uneven at best. Love You Live reflects this transitional period with a song selection that veers from obligatory (“Honky Tonk Women,” “Brown Sugar”) to then-current (“Fingerprint File,” “Hot Stuff”) to a welcomed return to their roots with the blues numbers (“Mannish Boy,” “Little Red Rooster”) recorded at the small, Canadian El Mocambo club. There is no such thing as a definitive official Stones live album, but each has its moments.

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