Expanded Rolling Stones album revisits '60s heyday
By Dean Goodman
LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - The label that controls the rights to the 1960s recordings by the Rolling Stones has cracked open its extensive vaults to reissue a live album that captured the band during its youthful glory.
ABKCO Music & Records is putting out a pair of multi-disc CD and DVD configurations of "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out," a 1970 album frequently heralded as one of the band's best releases as well as one of the most vibrant live recordings by any group.
The album consists of songs mainly recorded during a two-night stand at New York's Madison Square Garden in November 1969, when icons such as Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and Chuck Berry lined up to pay homage to the band backstage.
The band's winter trek, its first U.S. tour in three years, was viewed as a comeback of sorts following a series of drug busts and the death of ousted co-founder Brian Jones four months earlier. The group, with new virtuoso guitarist Mick Taylor on board, unveiled such future classics as the nine-minute "Midnight Rambler" to mesmerizing effect.
"If you were there, you can relive it. And if it's your first time listening to it, you get a sense of what was going on in music at that time -- how it was exploding, how it was so exciting," ABKCO CEO Jody Klein told Reuters.
The "deluxe" package, coming out on November 3, includes a remastered version of the album, sourced from the original vinyl; a disc featuring opening acts B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner; a five-track disc boasting previously unreleased live Stones tracks; a DVD with 27 minutes of footage; and a 56-page booklet.
A "super deluxe version," due out two weeks later, also includes vinyl versions of the three audio discs.
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