Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert

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'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!'
The Rolling Stones in Concert
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Live album by The Rolling Stones
Released 4 September 1970
Recorded 26 November 1969, Baltimore
27–28 November 1969, New York City
January–February 1970 (vocal overdubs)
Genre Hard rock, blues rock
Length 47:36
Language English
Label London (US), Decca (UK)
Producer The Rolling Stones, Glyn Johns
The Rolling Stones Live chronology
Got Live If You Want It!
(1966)Got Live If You Want It!1966
'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!'
Love You Live
(1977)Love You Live1977

'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!': The Rolling Stones in Concert is a live album by the Rolling Stones, released 4 September 1970 on Decca Records in the UK and on London Records in the US. It was recorded in New York City, New York and Baltimore, Maryland in November 1969, just before the release of Let It Bleed. It is the first live album to reach number 1 in the UK. It was reported to have been issued in response to the well known bootleg Live'r Than You'll Ever Be. The album was a critical and commercial success, and is often cited as one of the greatest live albums of all time.[1]


The Rolling Stones 1969 American Tour's trek during November into December, with Terry Reid, B.B. King (replaced on some dates by Chuck Berry) and Ike and Tina Turner as supporting acts, played to packed houses. The tour was the first for Mick Taylor with the Stones, having replaced Brian Jones shortly before Jones' death in July; this was also the first album where he appeared fully and prominently, having only featured on two songs on Let It Bleed. It was also the last tour to feature just the Stones only – the band proper with co-founder and pianist Ian Stewart – without additional backing musicians.

The performances captured for this release were recorded on 27 November 1969 (one show) and 28 November 1969 (two shows) at New York City's Madison Square Garden, while "Love in Vain" was recorded in Baltimore, Maryland on 26 November 1969. Overdubbing sessions were undertaken during January 1970 in London's Olympic Studios. The finished product featured new lead and backing vocals on most tracks, and some overdubbed guitars on "Little Queenie" and "Stray Cat Blues."[citation needed]

The title Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out! is taken from a Blind Boy Fuller song,[2] "Get Your Yas Yas Out". The lyric in Fuller's song was "Now you got to leave my house this morning, don't I'll throw your yas yas out o' door",[3] in which "yas yas" was a substitute for "ass".[4][5]

Some of the performances, as well as one of the two photography sessions for the album cover featuring Charlie Watts and a donkey, are depicted in the documentary film Gimme Shelter, and shows Jagger and Watts on a road in Birmingham, Alabama in early December 1969 posing with the donkey.[6] The actual cover photo however was taken in early February 1970 in London, and does not originate from the 1969 session. The photo by David Bailey, featuring Watts with guitars and bass drums hanging from the neck of a donkey, was inspired by a line in Bob Dylan's song, "Visions of Johanna": "Jewels and binoculars hang from the head of the mule" (though, as mentioned, the animal in the photo is a donkey, not a mule). The band would later say “we originally wanted an elephant but settled for a donkey” .[7] Watts said that his wardrobe (which includes a t-shirt with a picture of woman's breasts) was his usual stage getup along with Jagger's striped hat.[8]

Jagger commissioned the back cover, featuring song titles and credits with photographs of the group in performance, from British artist Steve Thomas, who has said he produced the design in 48 hours and that Jagger's response was "I really dig your artwork, man". [9]

Release and reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[10]
Christgau's Record Guide B[11]
Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4/5 stars[12]
Entertainment Weekly B[13]
Music Story 5/5 stars[12]
MusicHound Rock 2/5[14]
NME 7/10[15]
Q 4/5 stars[15]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[16]
Uncut 4/5 stars[15]

In the Rolling Stone review of the album, critic Lester Bangs said, "I have no doubt that it's the best rock concert ever put on record."

'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!': The Rolling Stones in Concert was released in September 1970, well into the sessions for their next studio album, Sticky Fingers, and was well-received critically and commercially, reaching number 1 in the UK[17] and number 6 in the US,[citation needed] where it went platinum. Except for compilations, it was the last Rolling Stones album released through Decca Records in the UK and London Records in the US before launching their own Rolling Stones Records label.

In August 2002, 'Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!' The Rolling Stones in Concert was reissued in a new remastered album and SACD digipak by ABKCO Records.[18]

In November 2009, the album was reissued with unreleased songs by the Rolling Stones but also by opening acts B.B King and Ike & Tina Turner. It includes a DVD and a 56-page booklet.[19]

The songs on the second disc of this edition ["Prodigal Son", "You Gotta Move", "Under My Thumb", "I'm Free", and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"] are downloadable tracks for the video games Guitar Hero 5 and Band Hero. Additionally, "Under My Thumb" is included on the Nintendo DS version of the game Band Hero.

The album has received consistent praise from critics as one of the greatest live albums ever made. In 2007, NME ranked the album as the 7th greatest live album of all time. Q ranked the album as the 14th greatest live album of all time. The Guardian also ranked the album as the 85th greatest album which doesn't appear on other top 100 album lists.[20] In 2014, WatchMojo ranked the album as the 4th greatest live album ever made.[21]

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" (27 November 1969: Madison Square Garden, New York City)   4:02
2. "Carol" (28 November 1969: MSG – first show) Chuck Berry 3:47
3. "Stray Cat Blues" (28 November 1969: MSG – first show)   3:41
4. "Love in Vain" (26 November 1969: Civic Center, Baltimore) Robert Johnson 4:57
5. "Midnight Rambler" (28 November 1969: MSG – second show)   9:05
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "Sympathy for the Devil" (28 November 1969: MSG – first show)   6:52
7. "Live with Me" (28 November 1969: MSG – second show)   3:03
8. "Little Queenie" (28 November 1969: MSG – first show) Chuck Berry 4:33
9. "Honky Tonk Women" (27 November 1969: MSG)   3:35
10. "Street Fighting Man" (28 November 1969: MSG – first show)   4:03
† Originally credited as traditional with arrangement by Jagger, Richards. On Let It Bleed, "Love in Vain" was credited to Woody Payne, presumably a music publisher's creation.

40th anniversary deluxe box set track listing[edit]

Disc one original release[edit]

  1. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" – 4:03
  2. "Carol" – 3:46
  3. "Stray Cat Blues" – 3:47
  4. "Love in Vain" – 4:56
  5. "Midnight Rambler" – 9:04
  6. "Sympathy for the Devil" – 6:51
  7. "Live With Me" – 3:02
  8. "Little Queenie" – 4:33
  9. "Honky Tonk Women" – 3:34
  10. "Street Fighting Man" – 4:04

Disc two unreleased tracks[edit]

  1. "Prodigal Son" (Robert Wilkins) – 4:04
  2. "You Gotta Move" (Fred McDowell, Rev. Gary Davis) – 2:18
  3. "Under My Thumb" – 3:38
  4. "I'm Free" – 2:47
  5. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" – 5:38

*Released in 2009

Disc three opening sets[edit]

  1. "Everyday I Have the Blues" – 2:27
  2. "How Blue Can You Get" – 5:30
  3. "That's Wrong Little Mama" – 4:11
  4. "Why I Sing The Blues" – 5:16
  5. "Please Accept My Love" – 4:52
  6. "Gimme Some Loving" – 0:49
  7. "Sweet Soul Music" – 1:16
  8. "Son of a Preacher Man" – 2:49
  9. "Proud Mary" – 3:07
  10. "I've Been Loving You Too Long" – 5:40
  11. "Come Together" – 3:36
  12. "Land of a Thousand Dances" – 2:40

*B.B. King Tracks 1–5; Ike & Tina Turner Tracks 6–12

Disc four bonus DVD (2.0 and 5.1)[edit]

  1. Introduction (Madison Square Garden)
  2. "Prodigal Son" – 2:40
  3. "You Gotta Move" – 1:58
  4. Photo shoot (of album cover) – 3:30
  5. Keith in studio – 1:40
  6. "Under My Thumb" / "I'm Free" / Backstage with Jimi Hendrix – 6:09
  7. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" / Outside waiting for transport – 10:45
  8. Credits

*Backstage footage shot by Albert and David Maysles with in-studio footage from album cover shoot

Bonus track recording dates[edit]


  1. "Prodigal Son" – 4:04 (28 November 1969: Madison Square Garden, New York City (second show)
  2. "You Gotta Move" – 2:18 (28 November 1969: MSG – second show)
  3. "Under My Thumb" – 3:38 (27 November 1969: MSG)
  4. "I'm Free" – 2:47 (27 November 1969: MSG)
  5. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" – 5:38 (28 November 1969: MSG – first show)


  1. "Prodigal Son" – 2:40 (27 November 1969: MSG)
  2. "You Gotta Move" – 1:50 (27 November 1969: MSG)
  3. "Under My Thumb" – 3:30 (28 November 1969: MSG – first show)
  4. "I'm Free" – 1:30 (28 November 1969: MSG – first show)
  5. "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" – 6:00 (27 November 1969: MSG)


Production personnel

Charts and certifications[edit]


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Preceded by
Cosmo's Factory by Creedence Clearwater Revival
UK number-one album
19 September – 3 October 1970
Succeeded by
Bridge Over Troubled Water
by Simon & Garfunkel