50 Greatest Live Albums of All Time

Rolling Stone ranks the 50 best live albums ever, from Jimi Hendrix at Monterey to Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison

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17. The Rolling Stones, '"Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!" The Rolling Stones in Concert' (1970)

to GoldmineBlues guitarist Mick Taylor had joined the Rolling Stones in 1969, and they entered a new deep groove, one sparked by guitars nipping each other like wolverines in a barrel. The concept of Ya-Ya's was just to document their brilliant sound: "It's about as un-tampered with as possible," Keith Richards said. Live, every part of the band was louder and meaner; never before had drummer Charlie Watts sounded so sure of himself. Bassist Bill Wyman to Goldmine: "The Stones were a better live band then any other band at that time.... Me and Charlie were really always on the ball, always straight, always together and had it down. If we had our shit together we got it right." Recorded just a week before Altamont, the Rolling Stones play two Chuck Berry songs, "Sympathy for the Devil," "Stray Cat Blues" and what might be the definitive "Midnight Rambler." RJ Smith

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