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Pair all-time great blues-rock guitarist Mick Taylor with roots-rock chanteuse Carla Olson, throw in band members like Ian McLagan, Barry Goldberg and harmonica whiz John Luke Logan, and you had one hot combo, too hot, dare we say, for snakes! This deluxe reissue expands their 1990 live at the Roxy album with a number of tracks from Carla's various studio albums, all of 'em featuring Mick and all of 'em long out-of-print. We even unearthed an unreleased cut, an alternate version of 'Winter' that's over twice as long as the Rolling Stones' version on 'Goat s Head Soup' with much Mick guitar solo magic, and the rare, Japan-only track 'You Gotta Move' to up the temperature. And Stones fans wait 'til you hear the 7- minute version of 'Sway' (the original on Sticky Fingers faded out at 3:50 just when Mick was taking off)!

1. Who Put the Sting on the Honeybee - Mick Taylor
2. Slow Rollin' Train - Mick Taylor
3. Trying to Hold On - Mick Taylor
4. Rubies & Diamonds - Mick Taylor
5. See the Light - Mick Taylor
6. You Can t Move In - Mick Taylor
7. Broken Hands - Mick Taylor
8. Hartley Quits - Mick Taylor
9. Midnight Mission - Mick Taylor
10. Silver Train - Mick Taylor
11. Loserville - Mick Taylor
12. Ring of Truth - Mick Taylor
13. Friends in Baltimore
14. Great Black Hole
15. Kinderwars
16. Reap the Whirlwind
17. Justice
18. Fortune
19. Within an Ace
20. World of Pain
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 10, 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Collector's Choice
  • ASIN: B0016MJ3FO
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #329,965 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Best Of All on July 21, 2008
Format: Audio CD
If the only cut of significance was "Sway," the 2-CD set would be essential for anyone who wants to hear the true art of playing the electric guitar; Mick Taylor takes no prisoners in this sizzling rendition from his classic work with the Rolling Stones.

But the remaining 24 cuts solidly show Taylor's underrated collaboration with Carla Olson, on stage and in the studio. The special gem is the reissue of a live album that was recorded in March 1990 from the Roxy Theatre, which was originally released under several different titles.

The second disc is studio recordings from a number of mostly out-of-print/rare albums. This is a sweeping exploration that covers nearly 20 years of material and the duo's special passion for the blues.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By hyperbolium on September 1, 2008
Format: Audio CD
L.A. roots-rocker Olson and British blues-rock guitarist Taylor made a powerful pair. This live album, recorded at the Roxy in Los Angeles in 1990, was their debut, waxed with a hand-picked band that had rehearsed for a week and played only one warm-up gig. It's a sign of the players' quality that the group sounds like a well-oiled road unit, with Olson's powerful, earthy vocals backed by a solid rhythm section of Rick Hemmert on drums and Jesse Sublett on bass, and sparked throughout by Taylor's brilliant electric guitar. Released in 1991 under this title in the U.S. and as "Live" in Europe, this two-CD reissue adds a Taylor-sung cover of Fred McDowell's "You Gotta Move," previously released in Japan, and an entire second disc of studio tracks picked from Olson's subsequent collaborations with Taylor.

Unlike Olson's earlier live outing with her band the Textones (coincidentally released by Collectors' Choice as "Detroit '85 Live & Unreleased"), the blues-rock essayed here hasn't aged a day. Augmenting Olson and Taylor's originals with contemporary blues from band members Jesse Sublett ("Who Put the Sting on the Honeybee") and George Callins ("Trying to Hold On"), they also revisit a pair of Jagger-Richards tunes ("Sway" and "Silver Train") from Taylor's tenure with the Rolling Stones. Olson smartly stays away from a luminous Jagger-like star-turn on these latter tunes, sinking instead into the lyrics and the band, and giving Taylor room for his emotional, tour de force playing, especially on "Sway."

Taylor's repeatedly shown himself to be one of the ultimate journeymen guitarists.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By B. Gumbleton on August 7, 2008
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What a fine album with rich vocals and, the inset of some classic Stones material was worth the wait! Mike Taylors guitar playing is as fresh as ever along with Carla's vocal makes for one enjoyable listen! I hope to hear more collaborated material from these two fine artists!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mark Anderson on July 20, 2010
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This is an excellent album that is well worth the attention of anyone who likes those classic Rolling Stones albums from the 1969 - 1974 period which featured Mick Taylor on lead guitar.

The first CD of this 2 CD album is a live concert at the Roxy Theatre in Hollywood in 1990, which was previously released as a single CD but which has long since been deleted from the catalogue. It's an excellent live performance, featuring blues standards like "Who Put The Sting On The Honey Bee", covers of Rolling Stones tracks from the period when Taylor played lead guitar for the Stones and which were well known for Mick Taylor solos ("You Got To Move" and "Sway" from Sticky Fingers, "Silver Train" from Goat's Head Soup), some Carla Olsen original compositions and a track from one of Mick Taylor's solo albums (Broken Hands). All great material that is well worth the price of the CD.

The second CD is a collection of tracks taken from various Carla Olson solo albums on which Mick Taylor played as a session musician. These include Carla Olson compositions as well as a cover of "Winter", a classic Stones track from the Goat's Head Soup album on which Mick Taylor played lead guitar for the Stones.

If you're not familiar with Carla Olson, this CD is a great introduction to her work. Olson is not a well known name but, in a perfect world, her vocal talent and guitar prowess would have earned her far more recognition than she seems to have achieved. She's definitely a musician who is worth checking out if you're not familiar with her work.

Former Rolling Stones and John Mayall's Bluesbreaker guitarist Mick Taylor is a fabulous guitar player and can certainly hold his own as a vocalist. This is a guy who should have had an extremely successful solo career.
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By bif on November 27, 2013
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Always pleasant to hear Mick's guitar, the choice of the tracks is also excellent, too bad that "union" didn't last any longer.
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