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by Justin Farrar

January 31, 2014

The Rolling Stones: Live Through the Years

by Justin Farrar  |  January 31, 2014

If you're a fan of the Stones, but you haven't yet gotten around to exploring the newly released Live 1965: Music from Charlie Is My Darling, well then, what are you waiting for? I know 1966's Got LIVE If You Want It! is a glorious mess (one that inadvertently invents punk rock in its sheer disheveled nature). But in terms of accurately documenting the band's early years as a British beat group, Live 1965 really is the superior release. The soundtrack to a concert movie filmed in Ireland, it captures an ocean of teenage girls cathartically transforming their sexual energies into waves of screams and howls, while the band -- featuring a young and handsome Brian Jones on guitar, mind you -- unloads hard-hitting renditions of early hits "Time Is On My Side" and "The Last Time," as well as R&B covers "I'm Alright," "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and "Pain in My Heart."

For this playlist, I've attempted to create an introduction worthy of the myriad live releases The Rolling Stones have unleashed through the years. In addition to numerous cuts from this Live 1965 gem (a no brainer, folks), you're treated to key selections culled from Love You Live, Stripped, Rock and Roll Circus, Shine a Light and what is arguably the group's greatest live document, 1970's Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert. The last title boasts the extended rendition of "Midnight Rambler," quite possibly the most famous live performance the Stones ever committed to tape. For my money, however, I think the "Sympathy for the Devil" found on Rock and Roll Circus is just exhilarating. Either way, be sure to check out both!

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