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Released: September 4, 1970

Genre: classic rock

Quotable: “Often acclaimed as one of the top live rock albums of all time… and it’s certainly the Stones’ best official live recording” – Richie Unterberger, All Music Guide

Album Tracks:

  1. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
  2. Carol
  3. Stray Cat Blues
  4. Love in Vain
  5. Midnight Rambler
  6. Sympathy for the Devil
  7. Live with Me
  8. Little Queenie
  9. Honky Tonk Women
  10. Street Fighting Man

Rating: B 4.099 (average of 18 ratings)


sales in U.S. only 1 million
sales in U.K. only - estimated --
sales in all of Europe as determined by IFPI – click here to go to their site. --
sales worldwide - estimated 3 million


peak on U.S. Billboard album chart 6
peak on U.K. album chart 1 2

Singles/Hit Songs: *

  • Jumpin’ Jack Flash (5/24/68) #3 US, #1 UK, airplay: 4 million
  • Street Fighting Man (8/31/68) #48 US, #21 UK
  • Honky Tonk Women (7/4/69) #1 US, #1 UK, sales: 1 million, airplay: 5 million
* Chart information is for the original studio versions of the songs.



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Get Yer Ya Ya’s Out
The Rolling Stones
“Recorded during their American tour in late 1969, and centered around live versions of material from the Beggars BanquetLet It Bleed era. Often acclaimed as one of the top live rock albums of all time, its appeal has dimmed a little today. The live versions are reasonably different from the studio ones, but ultimately not as good, a notable exception being the long workout of Midnight Rambler, with extended harmonica solos and the unforgettable section where the pace slows to a bump-and-grind crawl. Some Stones aficionados, in fact, prefer a bootleg from the same tour (Liver Than You’ll Ever Be, to which this album was unleashed in response), or their amazing the-show-must-go-on performance in the jaws of hell at Altamont (preserved in the Gimme Shelter film). Fans that are unconcerned with picky comparisons such as these will still find Ya-Ya’s an outstanding album, and it’s certainly the Stones’ best official live recording” (Unterberger).

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previous studio album: Let It Bleed (1969) The Rolling Stones’ DMDB page next studio album: Sticky Fingers (1971)

Last updated January 26, 2009.