The band's first live recording to be released, it was captured during selected dates at Liverpool and Manchester during their British tour in March that year.
Rolling Stones was released, it was a thing of joy. Got Live If You Want It! made no bones about being a live recording, why they shouted it from the rafters, well at least on the packaging, showing split images of The Stones on the jacket as an intense romantic no nonsense hard hitting fun loving group of musketeers. The reality of the release was something entirely different, and shadowed my concept of live recordings for many years to come. So yeah, I bought the album, matter of fact I got it on Wednesday night, and by Friday I had filed it away, never to be played again, thinking that two dollars and ninety nine cents was an awful lot of money in those days. All collectors need this release, but for anyone else, unless you’re a die hard Stone’s fan, you can pass on this one, it will not give you any satisfaction.
The tale behind the first Rolling Stones’ live album, Got Live If You Want It!, released by London Records in the US on 10 December 1966, is neither simple nor straightforward and it’s one that has its origins in an EP of the same name released in the UK nearly 18 months earlier. The four complete tracks, an excerpt from ‘Everybody Needs Somebody To Love’ and the crowd chanting We Want The Stones, making a sixth one, were recorded in London, Liverpool and Manchester over three nights in March 1965 by engineer Glyn Johns. According to the press release that accompanied the record, The EP, captures on wax the unadulterated in-person excitement of a Stones stage show. And no better than on ‘Route 66’ which rocks and rolls as it’s driven along by Bill & Charlie.
As a best-of album had been issued in March 1966 and Aftermath in June of the same year, and the Stones had just come off of a major . tour (which proved to be their last for over three years), another album was needed to bridge the gap in America between the those earlier LPs, the two most recent. singles - "Paint It, Black" and "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadow?" - and the Between the Buttons album, which was not going to make it out in time for the Christmas season
The result was Got Live if You Want It!, which was intended to be recorded at a concert at Royal Albert Hall on September 23, 1966, the Stones' first live appearance in England in over a year. The problem was, as was memorably stated by a writer in Rolling Stone magazine a few years later, the Stones in those days didn't play concerts – they played riots, and that was precisely what happened at Royal Albert Hall, as several hundred fans charged the stage, overwhelming the band before they'd gotten through the opening number, "Paint It, Black. The result is the Rolling Stones album that has undergone more changes than any other in its various incarnations.
Got LIVE If You Want It! is the first live album by British rock band The Rolling Stones. It was released in the US in late 1966. It was also released as Have You Seen Your Mother LIVE! on Decca in England but for export only; it was not released in the UK under this alternate title
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