Live Licks

The Rolling Stones


The Rolling Stones appear to be milking their infamous Licks World Tour, celebrating their momentous 40 years together as the undisputed World's Greatest Rock'n Roll Band.

Live Licks ranks as the band's eighth live release recorded on a surprisingly ambitious and successful jaunt for the Stones. As the group notches another live album, this double disc follows on the heels of Four Flicks, a four DVD collection released by the Stones in November 2003.

The BIG question for major Stones fans remains why is the band reaching its eighth year in a row without a new studio album? Only four new Stones compositions were included on 2002's Forty Licks comprehensive compilation.

Getting back to Live Licks though, this new collection features both war horse favorites for the sycophantic Stones fan and honest-to-GOD never-before live recordings of some choice Rolling Stones' classics.

Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, and Ron Wood as the Rolling Stones deliver the goods and more on Live Licks. This double disc boasts two unique suites of Stones material.

Disc One represents the more notorious war horses from their lengthy back catalogue that the band trotted out in performance at their stadium spectacles. The casual fan could almost confuse Disc One with their 1991 live release Flashpoint. A good deal of these songs appeared on that collection.

However, Disc Two demonstrates the Stones' commitment to mixing it up for their die-hard fans by releasing stellar versions of songs unavailable live beforehand. Jagger sings three cover tunes with Richards himself contributing a moving rendition of "The Nearness Of You".

Recommended is the pricey Japanese uncensored cover art version of Live Licks. Topless is the only way to go with this album. The import copy has only one bonus cut worth splurging for, "If You Can't Rock Me".

Special guest appearances include Sheryl Crow on "Honky Tonk Women" and Solomon Burke on "Everybody Needs Somebody To Love". It's a shame neither bassist Bill Wyman nor guitarist Mick Taylor were invited to jam with their former bandmates on this historic tour artifact.

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Disc One:

01. Brown Sugar
02. Street Fighting Man
03. Paint It, Black
04. You Can't Always Get What You Want
05. Start Me Up
06. It's Only Rock n' Roll
07. Angie
08. Honky Tonk Women
09. Happy
10. Gimme Shelter
11. (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction

Disc Two:

01. Neighbours
02. Monkey Man
03. Rocks Off
04. Can't You Hear Me Knocking
05. That's How Strong My Love
06. The Nearness Of You
07. Beast Of Burden
08. When The Whip Comes Down
09. Rock Me, Baby
10. You Don't Have To Mean It
11. Worried About You
12. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
13. If You Can't Rock Me * [Japan only]

Virgin Records
November 2004