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The album was recorded at during the 81 American tour in NJ (11-5), Chicago (11-25), Largo, MD (12-7/8), Tempe (12-13), and Hampton Roads (12-18/19).
Interesting notes include:
.....the Dec 13 Tempe, Arizona concert at Sun Devil Stadium was filmed and became the movie Let's Spend The Night Together (still available here on Amazon.com)
.....Before the Rosemont Horizon shows in Chicago the Stones showed up at the Checkerboard Lounge to jam with Muddy Waters in his last recorded performance before he died in 1983 (videotapes of the show are still popular in the bootleg market)
.....The Stones rehearsed for the tour during August and September at Longview Farm in Brookfield, MA. It was the 1st major corporate sponsored tour, entertaining >2 million paying fans and grossing $60 million.
.....Mick was not getting along with Keith and Woody at this time....they called him "Brenda" and things got so bad that the tour contract required Mick to stay off the stage when Keith did Little T&A.
.....Keith hated the cherry picker that Mick used during the concerts, but when Mick offered to dump it if Keith would give up drugs for the duration of the tour, the cherry picker stayed
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This was the last tour that the Stones were confident enough to just go out and play with a few choice sidemen, not a huge posse of background singers and other players to cover up their slips. The magical key to a great Stones song is backup vocals from Keith and we get that here in spades.
My only criticism of this record is that it's too short. There were lots of great songs from this tour that should have been included. She's So Cold, Beast of Burden and Let It Bleed come to mind.
Anyway, like some folks have said, critics usually say this album isn't worth its salt. I disagree. Listen to the different take on "Under My Thumb"...it changes from a marimba-laced groove tune to a hard rock classic. What's more, the disc offers a fast-paced, energetic version of "Shattered," as well as "Goin' to a Go-Go," a Smokey Robinson classic that became a staple of that tour. Too bad we missed out on "She's So Cold" and got "Let Me Go" instead.
In addition, "Start Me Up" was truly a new song on this tour, and it shows with the energy and excitement that comes through on this version. At one point, Mick asks the crowd, "Are you ready to rock and roll some more?"
I know I am. Get this one ~LBS
Wile it isn't as widely popular as the 'great' Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!; Still Life is still an exciting live record, and superior to Ya-Ya's in many ways, and for me personally I think I might like it more.
While I can't for the life of me understand why if this was the Tattoo You tour of 1981, in touring support of the album of the same name, why only one out of the ten songs on the album are from that album, those being 'Start Me Up' of course being the choice for the record. The rest is made up mostly of old rock and r&b tunes the band grew up admiring, and early Stones hits.
So with this is superior to Ya-ya's is well, it's a hell of a lot more fun, and isn't that what a concert is supposed to be is fun. While Ya-Ya's is a classic, the energy isn't as in your face as here. That is also why I prefer to listen to this one as well. Ya-ya's had a better selection of songs, and some classic versions of them, and truly is superior over all but for a good fun listen from a time that was other wise lame for The Stones, Still Life is a nice addition to a live Rolling Stones collection.
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Just got it today-1/28/2016!! I love it!! Awesome!! Fantastic!! Amazon is like a Xmas Wonderland!! I will be doing all of my shopping here!! Great music store!! Great!! Read morePublished 8 days ago by Thomas E Shelton
Ok Stones live album. Some mediocre performances, some good ones. A real mixed bag, recommended only for rabid Stones fans who must have all their live performances.Published 13 days ago by cullions889
34 years ago i was 19 and me and 2 buddies jumped into my car and drove to the Orlando tangerine bowl to see the Stones. From what i remember it was a great show perfect weather. Read morePublished 4 months ago by James H.
Every song on this album is great. The Stones sounded like they were having a great time at this concert highly recommend for all Stones fansPublished 9 months ago by Robbie Carver