Love You Live

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Love You Live
Live album by
Released23 September 1977
Recorded17 June 1975: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto
9 July 1975: Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles
27 May 1976: Earls Court, London
5–7 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris
4 or 5 March 1977: El Mocambo Tavern, Toronto
GenreHard rock
LabelRolling Stones/Atlantic
ProducerMick Jagger/Keith Richards
The Rolling Stones chronology
Black and Blue
Love You Live
Some Girls
Professional ratings
Review scores
Christgau's Record GuideC+[2]
MusicHound Rock[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide[4]
The Village VoiceC+[5]

Love You Live is a double live album by the Rolling Stones, released in 1977. It is drawn from Tour of the Americas shows in the US in the summer of 1975, Tour of Europe shows in 1976 and performances from the El Mocambo nightclub concert venue in Toronto in 1977. It is the band's third official full-length live release and is dedicated to the memory of audio engineer Keith Harwood, who died in a car accident shortly before the album's release. It is also the band's first live album with Ronnie Wood.


Love You Live was overdubbed and mixed from late May to mid-June 1977. Released in September 1977, the album was well received and managed to reach No. 3 in the UK and No. 5 in the US, where it went gold.

The album artwork was prepared by Andy Warhol. The hand-drawn titles across the front were added by Mick Jagger, to Warhol's dismay.[6]

Love You Live was The Rolling Stones' final album whereby Rolling Stones Records was internationally distributed by Warner Music. The band's next several albums were distributed through EMI worldwide, while they remained with Warner in North America only.

In addition to the songs recorded during the 1975–1976 tour, the Stones decided to add four tracks taken from performances at Toronto's El Mocambo Club on 4 and 5 March 1977. The intention had been to play a set of the sort of classic blues and R&B covers that sealed the band's reputation when they performed regularly at the Crawdaddy Club in 1963. However, Keith Richards arrived late for scheduled rehearsals as he and his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, had been arrested for possession and trafficking of illicit drugs in Richards' Toronto hotel room.

Despite these legal troubles, the shows themselves went well enough, though the versions that appear on album are heavily overdubbed with new guitar tracks and backing vocals by Richards and/or Ronnie Wood. Jagger overdubbed the harmonica of "Mannish Boy" as well. Only "Around and Around" is untouched. April Wine opened for the Stones, who appeared on the bill under the name "The Cockroaches", so the majority in attendance thought they were attending an April Wine concert. April Wine also recorded their live album Live at the El Mocambo at these same concerts.

Jagger and Richards sharply disagreed on the selection of tracks to include on the album. In his autobiography Richards recalled: "Collaboration was giving way to struggle and disagreement. It's a two-disc album, and the result is that one disc is Mick's and the other was mine." Another factor from the same biography that may have influenced the recording/overdubbing was the passing of Keith's son Tara. As he recalls: "I was in Paris, with Marlon, on tour when I got the news that our little son Tara, aged just over two months, had been found dead in his cot. I got the phone call as I was getting ready to do the show. And it's a "Sorry to tell you... ," which hits you like a gunshot. And "No doubt you're going to want to cancel the show". And I thought about it for a few seconds and I said, of course we're not cancelling. It would be the worst possible thing because there was nowhere else to go. What am I going to do, drive back to Switzerland and find out what didn't happen? It's happened already. It's done. Or sit there and mope and go bananas and get into, what? Why?"[7]


In 1998, Love You Live was remastered and reissued by Virgin Records, and in 2009, was re-released with an updated remastering by Universal Records. In 2011 it was released on a single SHM-SACD by Universal Music Enterprises Japan.

Track listing[edit]

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

Side one

  1. "Intro: Excerpt from Fanfare for the Common Man" (Aaron Copland) – 1:24
  2. "Honky Tonk Women" – 3:19 (5 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  3. "If You Can't Rock Me"/"Get Off of My Cloud" – 5:00 (27 May 1976: Earls Court, London)
  4. "Happy" – 2:55 (5 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  5. "Hot Stuff" – 4:35 (6 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  6. "Star Star" – 4:10 (6 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)

Some stage banter was recorded in The Hague, May 30, 1976, most notable to line 'do the horrendous to that if you can'.

Side two

  1. "Tumbling Dice" – 4:00 (7 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  2. "Fingerprint File" – 5:17 (17 June 1975: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto)
  3. "You Gotta Move" (Fred McDowell/Rev. Gary Davis) – 4:19 (5 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  4. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" – 7:42 (7 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)

Side three

  1. "Mannish Boy" (Ellas McDaniel/McKinley Morganfield/Mel London) – 6:28 (5 March 1977: El Mocambo Tavern, Toronto)
  2. "Crackin' Up" (Ellas McDaniel) – 5:40 (5 March 1977: El Mocambo Tavern, Toronto)
  3. "Little Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon) – 4:39 (4 March 1977: El Mocambo Tavern, Toronto)
  4. "Around and Around" (Chuck Berry) – 4:09 (5 March 1977: El Mocambo Tavern, Toronto)

Side four

  1. "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll (But I Like It)" – 4:31 (17 June 1975: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto)
  2. "Brown Sugar" – 3:11 (6 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  3. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" – 4:03 (6 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
  4. "Sympathy for the Devil" – 7:51 (9 July 1975: Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles)


The Rolling Stones

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals, guitar on "Fingerprint File", harmonica on "Mannish Boy" and "Little Red Rooster", piano on "You Can't Always get What You Want"
  • Keith Richards – lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals, lead vocal on "Happy"
  • Ronnie Wood – lead and rhythm guitar, backing vocals, bass guitar on "Fingerprint File"
  • Bill Wyman – bass guitar, synthesizer on "Fingerprint File"
  • Charlie Watts – drums

Additional personnel



Certifications and sales[edit]

Certifications and sales for Love You Live
Region Certification Certified units/sales
Italy 150,000[20]
United Kingdom (BPI)[21] Gold 100,000^
United States (RIAA)[22] Gold 500,000^

^ Shipments figures based on certification alone.


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