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Love You Live
Live album by The Rolling Stones
Released 23 September 1977
Recorded (17 June 1975: Maple Leaf Gardens, Toronto)
(9 July 1975: Inglewood Forum, Los Angeles)
(27 May 1976: Earls Court, London)
(5-6-7 June 1976: Les Abattoirs, Paris)
(4 or 5 March 1977: El Mocambo Tavern, Toronto)
Genre Hard rock, blues-rock, blues
Length 83:12
Language English
Label Rolling Stones/Atlantic
Producer Mick Jagger/Keith Richards
The Rolling Stones Live chronology
Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert
(1970)Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! The Rolling Stones in Concert1970
Love You Live
Still Life
(1982)Still Life1982
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 2/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau C+[2]
MusicHound 1/5[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 2/5 stars[4]

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 drug-induced car accident shortly before the album's release.


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 pencil smears seen across the front were added by Mick Jagger, to Warhol's dismay.[5]

Love You Live was The Rolling Stones' final album whereby Rolling Stones Records would be internationally distributed by Warner Music. The band's next several albums would be 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 March 4 and 5, 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."[6]


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 written by Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, except where noted.

Side one
No. Title Length
1. "Intro: Excerpt from Fanfare For The Common Man" (Aaron Copland) 1:24
2. "Honky Tonk Women" 3:19
3. "If You Can't Rock Me/Get Off Of My Cloud" 5:00
4. "Happy" 2:55
5. "Hot Stuff" 4:35
6. "Star Star" 4:10
Side two
No. Title Length
7. "Tumbling Dice" 4:00
8. "Fingerprint File" 5:17
9. "You Gotta Move" (Fred McDowell/Rev. Gary Davis) 4:19
10. "You Can't Always Get What You Want" 7:42
Side three
No. Title Length
1. "Mannish Boy" (Ellas McDaniel/McKinley Morganfield/Mel London) 6:28
2. "Crackin' Up" (Ellas McDaniel) 5:40
3. "Little Red Rooster" (Willie Dixon) 4:39
4. "Around And Around" (Chuck Berry) 4:09
Side four
No. Title Length
5. "It's Only Rock 'n Roll (But I Like It)" 4:31
6. "Brown Sugar" 3:11
7. "Jumpin' Jack Flash" 4:03
8. "Sympathy For The Devil" 7:51


The Rolling Stones

  • Mick Jagger – lead vocals, guitar, harmonica on "Mannish Boy"
  • Keith Richards – guitars, backing vocals, lead vocal on "Happy"
  • Ronnie Wood – guitars, backing vocals, bass guitar on "Fingerprint File"
  • Bill Wyman – bass guitar, synthesizer on "Fingerprint File"
  • Charlie Watts – drums

Additional personnel


Charts and certifications[edit]


  1. ^ Love You Live at AllMusic
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (31 October 1977). "Christgau's Consumer Guide". The Village Voice. New York. Retrieved 29 April 2013. 
  3. ^ Graff, Gary; Durchholz, Daniel (eds) (1999). MusicHound Rock: The Essential Album Guide. Farmington Hills, MI: Visible Ink Press. p. 952. ISBN 1-57859-061-2. 
  4. ^ "Album Guide: The Rolling Stones". Archived from the original on 12 April 2011. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  5. ^ Wyman, Bill and Havers, Richard. Rolling with the Stones DK Publishing, 2002. p. 444.
  6. ^ Richards, Keith; James Fox (2010). Life. New York: Little, Brown & Co. p. 397. ISBN 978-0-316-03438-8. 
  7. ^ Kent, David (1993). Australian Chart Book 1970-1992. St Ives, N.S.W.: Australian Chart Book. ISBN 0-646-11917-6. 
  8. ^ "Top RPM Albums: Issue 5431a". RPM. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  9. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Love You Live" (in Dutch). Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  10. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Love You Live" (in German). GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  11. ^ " – The Rolling Stones – Love You Live". Hung Medien. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
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  14. ^ "Rolling Stones | Artist | Official Charts". UK Albums Chart. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  15. ^ "The Rolling Stones Chart History (Billboard 200)". Billboard. Retrieved 11 June 2016.
  16. ^ "British album certifications – The Rolling Stones". British Phonographic Industry. Retrieved 11 June 2016.  Select albums in the Format field. Select Gold in the Certification field. Enter The Rolling Stones in the search field and then press Enter.
  17. ^ "American album certifications – The Rolling Stones". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved 11 June 2016.  If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Album, then click SEARCH


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