Love You Live

Love You Live
The Rolling Stones
Released 23 September 1977
Recorded 1975-1977
Genre blues
Length 83:12
Language English
Label Atlantic
Producer Keith Richards
The Rolling Stones Live chronology
Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert
Love You Live
“Still Life” (American Concert 1981)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 2/5 stars link
Robert Christgau C+ link
Rolling Stone 2/5 stars link

Love You Live is a Keith Harwood, who died in a drug-induced car accident shortly before the album’s release.


[edit] History

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.[1] Released in September 1977, the album was well received and managed to reach #3 in the UK and #5 in the US, where it went gold.

Love You Live was The Rolling Stones’ final album whereby 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 March 4 and 5, 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 Keith Richards arrived late for scheduled rehearsals, and faced drug charges in Canada since his wife had been arrested, with Richards’s drugs in her purse, as soon as the plane landed, and drugs were also found in 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 guitars. 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.”[2]

[edit] Re-releases

In 1998, Love You Live was remastered and reissued by Universal Music Enterprises Japan.

[edit] Track listing

All songs by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
  1. “Intro: Excerpt from Aaron Copland) – 1:24
  2. Honky Tonk Women“ – 3:19 (5 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  3. “If You Can’t Rock Me”/”Get Off of My Cloud“ – 5:00 (27 May 1976: Earls Court, London)
  4. Happy“ – 2:55 (5 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  5. Hot Stuff“ – 4:35 (6 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  6. Star Star“ – 4:10 (6 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
Side two
  1. Tumbling Dice“ – 4:00 (7 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  2. Fingerprint File“ – 5:17 (17 June 1975: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto)
  3. Fred McDowell/Rev. Gary Davis) – 4:19 (5 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  4. You Can’t Always Get What You Want“ – 7:42 (7 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
Side three
  1. Mel London) – 6:28 (4 or 5 March 1977: El Mocambo Tavern, Toronto)
  2. “Crackin’ Up” (Ellas McDaniel) – 5:40 (4 or 5 March 1977: El Mocambo Tavern, Toronto)
  3. Willie Dixon) – 4:39 (4 or 5 March 1977: El Mocambo Tavern, Toronto)
  4. Chuck Berry) – 4:09 (4 or 5 March 1977: El Mocambo Tavern, Toronto)
Side four
  1. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)“ – 4:31 (17 June 1975: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto)
  2. Brown Sugar“ – 3:11 (6 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  3. Jumpin’ Jack Flash“ – 4:03 (7 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  4. Sympathy for the Devil“ – 7:51 (9 July 1975: Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles)
  • Love You Live was the final album where Keith Richard’s name would be spelled as such, returning his surname to “Richards” beginning with 1978’s Some Girls.
  • A couple of minor song title differences: “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” is spelled with a “g” instead of the usual apostrophe (although it is corrected on the CD reissue), while “It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)” loses its bracketed title.

[edit] Personnel

The Rolling Stones
Additional personnel

[edit] Chart positions

Year Chart Position
1977 UK Albums Chart[3] 3
1977 Billboard Pop Albums [4] 5
1978 Billboard Pop Albums 106

[edit] Certification

Country Certification Sales
United States Gold 500,000
United Kingdom Gold 100,000

[edit] References

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