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The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Honestman ()
Date: November 4, 2009 21:55

Listening to all my bootlegs those last months, i wanted to know
on which show, did the STONES were at their highlights for this song.
There are so many awesome versions, the longest one from Hyde Park,
some from the 1975-1976 World Tour some from the 1989-1990 World Tour, some from the 1994-1995 World Tour,
and of course there are those fantastic versions from the 1969 US Tour.
Definively, i think my all-time favorite is the one they played at Baltimore on November 26th, 1969,
because they never played it like this after.

I like very much the MSG versions from 1969, but Baltimore to me is amazing!

HMN

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: otonneau ()
Date: November 4, 2009 21:57

I know by that time everybody was sick of it, but I think MSG 2002 is excellent. I love the way Jagger sings each chorus differently.

Otherwise, Ya ya.

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: MagicYear73 ()
Date: November 4, 2009 22:02

Keith rocks in Japan 1990 doing his solo. A rare jamming moment, only seen after that in the thundering Out of Controls of 97/98

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: BBrew ()
Date: November 4, 2009 22:07

For me it's Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, when I think about the solos of Mick and Keith...unbelivable!!!!!

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Honestman ()
Date: November 4, 2009 22:16

Quote
Bitches Brew
For me it's Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out, when I think about the solos of Mick and Keith...unbelivable!!!!!

Yes...but re-listen to Baltimorewinking smiley

HMN

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Bliss ()
Date: November 4, 2009 23:53

'LiveR Than You'll Ever Be' (Oakland 69) wins my vote.

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: stonesrule ()
Date: November 5, 2009 00:09

Any thoughts on the Paris June 2007 version from those who were in the audience?

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: dcba ()
Date: November 5, 2009 00:15

the 1975 07 09 sounds good to me



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2009-11-05 00:16 by dcba.

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: shortfatfanny ()
Date: November 5, 2009 00:27





I like that one,but nothing comes close to the Ya Ya´s.


Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: otonneau ()
Date: November 5, 2009 00:31

god that 75 version is some awful singing done there...

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: shortfatfanny ()
Date: November 5, 2009 01:00

Quote
otonneau
god that 75 version is some awful singing done there...

Less the singing but more the performance,riddim...makes it special,
without edits and overdubs...


Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: glimmertwin50 ()
Date: November 5, 2009 01:07

Baltimore 69 is fine but I too must go with the two solos at the end of the song on Ya Ya's.

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Honestman ()
Date: November 5, 2009 01:28

Quote
shortfatfanny

Less the singing but more the performance,riddim...makes it special,
without edits and overdubs...

Agree with you ShortFatFanny, this 1975 version is a good one if you take care only of the way they performed itwinking smiley
For Ya-Ya's , i dont want to mean that it's not the best, but maybe because i've too much listened to it, i feel a little bit bored of it, i'm not jokin' i'm serious!
When i've started to re-listen to all my boots with new ears (Never listened to some of them since years), my vote goes to Baltimore because of the solos which I think are not better than the ones on Ya-Ya's but are more amazing.
Anyway, it's not because i'm a little bit bored of the Ya-Ya's version that i don't like it , it's my # 2 that's all, but during yeaaarrrs it was my # 1.

HMN

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Gazza ()
Date: November 5, 2009 01:35

My favourite is the version from Tokyo 26.2.90.

Keith plays two wonderful solos, which were unfortunately edited down for the official release of this performance which was released on Flashpoint. I think the mix on the live album isnt as satisfying as the broadcast too.

The one from Ya Yas is pretty hard to beat too, in fairness.

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: RockinBud ()
Date: November 5, 2009 01:42

Live r than you'll ever be
I ve had that on vinyl since 71
but dont have a record player anymore..
Ya Ya's , I was there. first time played live.
STeel Wheels Shea Stadium 89.KR..great solo

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Honestman ()
Date: November 5, 2009 01:43

Quote
Gazza
My favourite is the version from Tokyo 26.2.90.

Keith plays two wonderful solos, which were unfortunately edited down for the official release of this performance which was released on Flashpoint. I think the mix on the live album isnt as satisfying as the broadcast too.

The one from Ya Yas is pretty hard to beat too, in fairness.

Oh yes, very good playin' during the 1989-1990 World Tour.
I should re-listen to itwinking smiley

HMN

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: starstar74 ()
Date: November 5, 2009 02:17

The best versions from their later days are Vegas 11/22/97 and St.louis 12/12/97. Most other versions are garbage.

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Sohoe ()
Date: November 5, 2009 02:37

Can't pinpoint one single live rendition as being the 'definitive live version'
The soloing and singing on the 69-70 ones are hard to beat
Love the groovy and messy versions from tota as well
...the ones from later years have - unfortunately - been nothing but a waste of time



Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2009-11-05 02:56 by Sohoe.

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Honestman ()
Date: November 5, 2009 03:09

Quote
Sohoe
Can't pinpoint one single live rendition as being the 'definitive live version'
The soloing and singing on the 69-70 ones are hard to beat
Love the groovy and messy versions from tota as well
...the ones from later years have - unfortunately - been nothing but a waste of time

One single live rendition only is a crime I agree ! There are so many as I wrote.
You're right for the rest .
What i like with THE STONES, is the way they had to play in different ways their songs during their World Tours.Sometimes you have this feeling, wwooowww, awesome version better than the one i've heaRd on the last show, but unfortunately, it's not true for the latest years IMO, only for a few shows...

HMN

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: JumpingKentFlash ()
Date: November 5, 2009 03:13

Don't know really. There's some nice versions from the VL Tour. But it's probably from either 69 or the 75-76 Tour. Hard to choose from the groove of 69 or the great percussion-filled versions from 75-76. Also the version from the Sweden club gig 02 is cool.

JumpingKentFlash

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: melillo ()
Date: November 5, 2009 03:44

altamont is fantastic, love all the 69-70 versions to be honest, next up would be the 89-90 versions

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Eleanor Rigby ()
Date: November 5, 2009 03:59

Yes! The un-edited Altamont version would be the best (soundboard would be brilliant) !

And an un-edited/non-overdubbed MSG '69 (from Ya Ya's) is right up there also.

but until I hear any of these in their raw entirety then i have to say I'll stick with the overdubbed Ya Ya's version.

Hyde Park version is in the top 3.

the 89/90 versions were good also. Present-day versions suck balls...

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: 71Tele ()
Date: November 5, 2009 04:17

What was overdubbed on Ya-Ya's SFTD?

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: whitem8 ()
Date: November 5, 2009 04:45

I don't think it is the whole version on Ya, Ya's. They take out a verse.

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Eleanor Rigby ()
Date: November 5, 2009 05:11

Quote
71Tele
What was overdubbed on Ya-Ya's SFTD?

vocals...and yes, a verse thrown out

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: erbissell ()
Date: November 5, 2009 06:52

Best of the later years, in terms of keiths solo:



Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: deadegad ()
Date: November 5, 2009 07:05

Quote
Eleanor Rigby

the 89/90 versions were good also. Present-day versions suck balls...

Too True.

Sad, sad, sad.

.

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Honestman ()
Date: November 5, 2009 10:29

It seems that we all agree with the fact that after 1990 , there's no more smashin' version of SFTD.

@ERBISSEL

Like this Montreal show, Not only SFTDwinking smiley

HMN

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Date: November 5, 2009 10:36

The Love You Live-version is awesome, but the Ya-Ya-version is the best , imo.

Re: The defintive best live version of Sympathy for the Devil
Posted by: Doxa ()
Date: November 5, 2009 10:56

That is one of those questions that the anwer might differ from day to day... Now when I'm listening to that clipped '75 version it sounns as wonderful as it can get - but for different reasons why it was so great, say, in 1969 or in 1990.

Over-all, I think there are great intersting different versions of it from 1968 (Rock&Roll Circus remember!) to 1990. A great interesting development of a song. Fom the discipline and the 'original' guitar arrangement of 1969 tour to the wild 'postmodern' reading of 1975/76. Then, in 1989/90 it was brought back home - to the original BEGGARS-style piano-lead arrangement. The reason for myself being not a big fan of "Vegas-Era" is not to due to the many inspired performances of the 1989/90 tours - especially by Keith - when they were using a new concept (then), but the very repition of the receipt or concept then created. What has happaned to "Sympathy" ever since is the worst example of what I think to be seriously bad in Vegas-Era Stones. Somewhere along the yaers the band has started to sound like a karaoke band with all the worst Vegas-show manouvres - it is emberrassing, actually. It's their song and they can do whatever they want to do with it, but there should be a law to prevent them to perform this song. Do "My Way" instead..

- Doxa



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