35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars we have lift-off!
Right: This album is "obviously not a real concert" - it's obviously culled from assorted 1966 concerts (plus a couple of studio busks), with all the uneven sound quality you'd expect under the circumstances. So is there something wrong with that?!?
As a matter of fact ... there's plenty wrong with that (and the album title is fair warning, so don't blame the Stones!)...
Published on February 23, 2004 by clio
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A weird album becomes a weirder reissue...
Perhaps even more than "Their Satanic Majesties Request," "Got Live If you Want It" is *the* hated-by-fans 60s Stones catalogue title. It shares its name with a British EP of the same name (which was itself recently reissued in the expensive "Singles 1963-65" boxed-set), but does not duplicate its content; while that British EP was a short,...
Published on June 26, 2004 by David Goodwin
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars we have lift-off!,
This review is from: Got Live If You Want It (Audio CD)Right: This album is "obviously not a real concert" - it's obviously culled from assorted 1966 concerts (plus a couple of studio busks), with all the uneven sound quality you'd expect under the circumstances. So is there something wrong with that?!?
As a matter of fact ... there's plenty wrong with that (and the album title is fair warning, so don't blame the Stones!). Live roots rock in the 1960s was a riot of frenetic every-man-for-himself energy - the musicians couldn't hear a dratted thing up there - and the Rolling Stones were fantastic at it. This great little album gives us a hilarious, roughshod, whoa-nelly taste of what they sounded like just getting off the launch-pad.
If you love the Stones, and/or know first-hand what playing rock & roll live is like, you'll get a great raving kick out of this. If not ... get your ya-ya's out!
PS In _Rolling With the Stones_ Bill Wyman confirms that a couple of these tracks are studio busks, not in-concert recordings. So what - it all rocks!
36 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Rage,
This review is from: Got Live If You Want It (Audio CD)Ignore the overdubs, the canned audience, the Albert Hall mislead. Find some way to slide past the muddy remastering and the twisted provenance. This is the only recorded instance of Keith and Charlie, maybe even Bill, playing mad. There's been plenty of malice, violence, and guile, but we have never heard anything like the raw seething anger boiling here on 'Under My Thumb', '19th Nervous Breakdown', and 'Satisfaction'. And we never will again.
33 of 36 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a rush!,
This review is from: Got Live If You Want It (Audio CD)This was one of the first Rolling Stones albums I ever heard back in the early Seventies, and I loved it from the start. I didn't have much to compare it to at the time, but what I enjoyed about it - and still do - is the sheer adrenalin rush. From the first adolescent scream to the last it doesn't let up. When I listen to it today - and it still gets as much play as Get Yer Ya-Yas Out or Stripped - its precisely because that's what I'm looking for. The youthful exuberance of loud, fast music. It gets me excited, as opposed to aesthetically satisfied, and why else listen to live albums?
I've come to prefer live albums in recent years - I used to detest them. Most of them aren't for intensive listening, I find, with interminable guitar solos, but for background music while I work. But this album, I keep for when I'm driving and need to get somewhere fast!
18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You're Missing the Point,
This review is from: Got Live If You Want It (Audio CD)Don't confuse techno with guts. My advice is to pretend that you're young again, put on the cans (that's headphones, kids), and turn this thing up until it hurts. Then, just groove with Charlie (who NEVER bashed the drums like this in the studio). Sure the sound quality is poor, and sure, some cuts are fake (like the Beach Boy's live album of 1964). It still rocks where it should.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars When it was all new, and there were no rules.....,
This review is from: Got Live If You Want It (Audio CD)(Note: This review based on the 2002 Hybrid SACD version/enhanced stereo layer only. Don't have an SACD player.)
Admittedly, this album doesn't exactly rate 5 stars, but it's been so maligned I thought it needed a few props because it's not that bad either.
The sound quality & mix aren't that great compared to todays standards (or even 1970's standards...the golden era of live albums) but hey, this was recorded in 1966. I'll be the first to admit I'm not an expert on 1960's recordings, but I can't think of any other live rock concert album pre-66 that sounds much better. Those I can think of sound a lot muddier (a Johnny Hallyday disc I have comes to mind.) If you listen to this album with that in mind I think you'll get along with it fine.
I do take exception to dubbing audience cheering overtop the 2 studio recordings (per reports), but again that's a bit of hindsight opinion. In '66 there weren't any "rules" on what a live album should or shouldn't be. To my ears though this aspect wasn't as obvious when listening as some have indicated. I had read about this, but listened to the CD without knowing which songs were involved, and had a hard time telling which ones they were. The other songs have overdubs too (more below) so these didn't stand out much more to me. And even then these were apparently recorded "live" just without an audience. Neither song sounds like a real multi-tracked multi-takes studio album quality recording, more like the band set up their gear on an empty stage and recorded a live version in one take, and then added crowd noise. "Fortune Teller" in particular has a very rushed & loosely imprecise feel to it. So maybe they're "semi-live". At any rate, I doubt many average listeners in '66 realized the difference until it was "declassified" sometime later.
Regarding the vocal overdubs, my general preference on a live recording is no overdubs at all, but again that's assuming decent recording equipment is being used that's capable of capturing all the vocals & instruments reasonably well, and can be properly mixed later on to make the album. In 1966 that wasn't the case. Even the best studios at that time were only using 3-5 track recording machines (what would be considered an entry-level amateur home recording system today) and getting a good mix & levels on all the tracks was difficult, even with the luxury of time to record multiple takes. And in reality, multi-tracking & stereo really didn't start to take off until 1967. Live recording is only more difficult, so it's not surprising if some vocal overdubs were added to the original live masters so you could hear them. And quite likely, if they hadn't overdubbed then fans would've been complaining that "the vocals are so buried in the mix you can't make out the words. Why didn't they fix that?" And again, whatever overdubs exist were recorded in a very live, loose sounding fashion.
To sum it up, to me this is a fun & listenable recording, that makes for an interesting historical peek at some of the more peculiar aspects of '60's British rock. The sound is rough, but the tonal quality & feel are consistent throughout the recording. (Descriptions of it being a collection of live songs, studio cuts & demos is misleading, implying it sounds like a compilation album...it doesn't and plays out like a single live show.) And in my current opinion, this CD has more energy & drive than "Ya-Ya's", though that one definitely sounds better.
18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars why do people hate this album?,
This review is from: Got Live If You Want It (Audio CD)this is a good album by the Stones. Admittedly, the sound quality is not so great, and at times, you can't hear the band playing so well over all of the screaming of teenage girls. But this is the Stones when when they were the Rolling Stones! Before Mick Jagger morphed into Tina Turner and when Brian Jones was still alive and with the band. They were still playing rock and roll and R&B music at this point, before they got into playing a lot of "world music". I like this CD and have liked it for years..........
29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars High Octane!,
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This review is from: Got Live If You Want It (Audio CD)Recorded at The Royal Albert Hall, this is where the girls flung themselves and clung to Keith and Mick and Brian is seen laughing after the cops push the fans off stage and escort the band offstage.
It's very amphetamine Mick and the band at it's best.
16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars A weird album becomes a weirder reissue...,
This review is from: Got Live If You Want It (Audio CD)Perhaps even more than "Their Satanic Majesties Request," "Got Live If you Want It" is *the* hated-by-fans 60s Stones catalogue title. It shares its name with a British EP of the same name (which was itself recently reissued in the expensive "Singles 1963-65" boxed-set), but does not duplicate its content; while that British EP was a short, live burst of the Stones at their prime, the LP is an odd mish-mash of live, demo, and studio tracks, many with overdubs and overlaid with a chorus of screaming teenagers. It isn't a bad album, per se, but it isn't what it presents itself as, and its sloppy, poorly-thought-out aura can be either endearing or maddening. Strangely, however, this inconsequential throwaway of an album has had a fairly storied history on CD.
When the first Stones albums came out on CD in the late eighties, "Got Live if you Want It" was present in two very different configurations. The CD released on West German/Japanese London Records was of the LP's stereo mix (albeit with a few oddly-inserted segues), a nice, wide, listenable affair which certainly accentuates the record's blatant artificially--those lead vocals sound re-recorded in the studio--but at least presents the album in an enjoyable context. In the states, however, Stones label ABKCO decided for reasons clear only to them that "Got Live if You Want It" was due for an overhaul. They remixed the album into muddy-sounding mono--in the process grabbing a few alternates takes of songs, most noticably a different mix of "Fortune Teller" which later appeared sans crowd-noise on ABKCO's original "More Hot Rocks" CD--layering on tons of artificial-sounding, 80's digital echo in the process, and then added insult to injury by adding another layer of crowd noise over the proceedings. Thus, "Got Live"'s reputation has, in the intervening years, gotten even worse, as the only disc commonly available was ABKCO's poorly-produced remix.
So does ABKCO's reissue of "Got Live If You Want It" restore the album to its former...well, uh, its relative former glory? Not exactly. What we have here is the same mono remix presented on ABKCO's old CD. However, this transfer seems to be of an earlier stage of preparation, and on many songs it sounds like the extra crowd noise had not yet been added. Additionally, the album's epilogue--the crowd noise and announcements after the last track--is also MIA in part. The entire programme sounds much less artificial, however; there's actual frequency response this time around!
So yes, "Got Live if You Want It" is an upgrade from ABKCO's previous disc. That said, this is really a case of a mediocre, yet enjoyable album made worse by a lot of ex-post-facto tampering. Its continued existence in the Stones catalogue is more justifiable than, say, Flowers's desperate attempt to stay relevant, but not in this form! Do yourselves a favor: if you want to listen to "Got Live," track down an original mono or stereo London vinyl. You'll pay a lot less, and you might actually find the thing (fake "live" cuts and all) to be quite listenable.
17 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Real Story On This One,
This review is from: Got Live If You Want It (Audio CD)This album was released only in the U.S. on December 9, 1966. Contrary to linear notes over the years, the tracks were NOT recorded at Albert Hall. The tracks are from 2 shows Oct 1, 1966 at City Hall in Newcastle and 2 more shows on Oct 7 at Colston Hall in Bristol. I've Been Loving You Too Long and Fortune Teller were studio tracks that had live screaming overlaid (very badly) for the album release. Overall, this one doesn't come anywhere near the excitement and sound quality of Ya Ya's, but it is their first live effort.
This information comes from "It's Only Rock And Roll: The Ultimate Guide To The Rolling Stones" by Karnbach and Bernson and from my own collection.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Music Is Not That Bad!!!!!!!!!!,
This review is from: Got Live If You Want It (Audio CD)Most of the complaints coming from people are about the quality. And I admit the quality isn't great, either are the studio ABKO albums that ABKO says are really good. And even the case was ripped at the spine. But the music is rather nice to listen too. The Stones take some songs a little to fast and rush it sometimes, but overall it's a great live album. The guy who said the songs weren't reall,he's wrong. The Stones just added parts like organs and more guitars, but the music was taken from a live preformance, with just added overdubs in the studio after. This album is quite good!
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