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Sympathy For The Devil Studio vs Live

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by RockNRod, Oct 7, 2019.

  1. jeddy

    jeddy Forum Resident

    just noticed something odd
    about the Tokyo version....
    the whole band ended the song perfectly all at once really cleanly.

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  2. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

    Minneapolis, MN
    I think that's kinda the point, though. It makes their live recordings interesting, rather than just note-for-note copies with some extra reverb and audience noise. I do wish Mick had learned to sing live before 1989, but that's another topic.
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  3. walrus

    walrus Forum Resident

    Minneapolis, MN
    Holy hell I never noticed that before. It never really dawned on me that it was missing on all those other tours. I don't know how I missed that for 30 years.
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  4. Detroit Music Fan

    Detroit Music Fan Forum Resident

    “Paint It Black. Paint It Black. Paint It Black, you devils!”

    Here’s another vote for the Ya-Ya’s version. That 2nd solo, which I’ve always assumed is Mick Taylor, is incredible. It is perhaps the greatest rock solo on any instrument ever recorded. It sounds several times like it’s faltering, but no, turn it up loud and listen. There isn’t a missed or bum note in it. It’s perfection. And Mick howling and shouting in there. It is rock’n’roll perfection.
  5. RockNRod

    RockNRod Forum Resident Thread Starter

    Green Bay, WI
    While the Rock and Roll Circus version starts off more faithful, the Ya-Ya's version definately dominates in the long run and the guitar solo's rule the day.
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  6. steveharris

    steveharris Forum Resident

    is this thread a joke.NOT ONE live version comes close to the studio.Stones AINT Zeppelin
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  7. mooseman

    mooseman Forum Resident

    Get Yer Ya Ya's Out ...that’s my favorite and my favorite live album.
    (((The 69 Stones Rule))) :righton:
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  8. keef00

    keef00 Forum Resident

    I'm in the camp that believes the studio version is one of the greatest rock 'n' roll songs ever. The things that combine to make it great - the percussion, the unrelenting "whoo whoos," the concise guitar solo, Mick's controlled vocal - those elements really aren't duplicated in the live versions, not all in the same version anyway.
  9. stewedandkeefed

    stewedandkeefed Came Ashore In The Dead Of The Night

    I probably associate this song with the studio version and the Ya-Ya's version. But outside of that I like the one from L.A. 7/13/75 from the Google downloads. Played as an encore with Jesse Ed Davis on third guitar, it is a pretty raunchy take. The one from 7/9/75 was used on Love You Live but edited down from its nine minute length.
  10. Thomas Casagranda

    Thomas Casagranda Forum Resident

    Ya Yas, LA Friday, and Tokyo (both versions) 1990 do it for me all the time.

    I also love the San Diego version from 1998 too.
  11. MarcS

    MarcS Forum Resident

    New Jersey
    Altamont wasn't the last gig in 69; the were back at it in London a week later with a show at the Saville and then the Lyceum a week after that.
  12. Chemically altered

    Chemically altered Forum Resident

    In your mind
    I like apples. I like oranges. Both are groovy! Get it?
  13. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    question .... ive ALWAYS thought that it was keith soloing on this track ..... its much more ragged and less refined ...its great, dont get me wrong ..... but all the folks commenting on this youtube upload think its taylor ..... listen to the playing (right speaker) after the solo ..... that is mick taylor .... imho. thats the giveaway ....

    rhythm, n solo (keith imo) left speaker

    whatcha all think?

    its fantastic duo rhythm btw

    and yeah when i want to hear 'sympathy ..." i crank this.

    edit .... oh wait a sec .... i think folks in the utube vid identified taylor correctly ... as they mentioned the later 5:xx timestamp lmao ......i totally forgot they both solo'd ... oh well ..... another excuse to listen to this classic moment !
    Last edited: May 4, 2021
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  14. Larry C. McGinnis III

    Larry C. McGinnis III Tina Cole and The Four King Cousins fan

    Ya ya's (In Particular) and Love You Live. LA Forum on the video was good too.
  15. Larry C. McGinnis III

    Larry C. McGinnis III Tina Cole and The Four King Cousins fan

    Keith goes first then Taylor. Simple as that.
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  16. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    yeah i ultimately realized that. thanks lol
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  17. KUJayhawk

    KUJayhawk Forum Resident

    Urban Kansas
    The Ya Yas version is an all-time top ten desert island song for me. And I am not a huge Stones fan, but the whole thing is so freaking TIGHT!!
  18. EdogawaRampo

    EdogawaRampo Forum Resident

    Yep. Lotsa folks are saying the version they heard first is probably coloring their preferences. I heard the studio version first and when I heard the 'Ya-Ya's version not long thereafter, I was pretty disappointed. Not saying it's bad, but it's just that there is so much going on in the studio version that can't really be reproduced live without a lot more than just guitars and drums -- you absolutely need that rocking Hopkins piano, the choir, the percussion -- it all jelled to near perfection in that session.
  19. Larry C. McGinnis III

    Larry C. McGinnis III Tina Cole and The Four King Cousins fan

    No prob
  20. DK Pete

    DK Pete Forum Resident

    Levittown. NY
    Much as I love the Richards/Taylor solos on the live versions, id have loved to hear Keith reproduce his original studio solo live, just **once**.
  21. Elliottmarx

    Elliottmarx Always in the mood for Burt Bacharach

    Los Angeles
    Everyone seems to love this version best, but no one has posted it.

  22. rkt88

    rkt88 The unknown soldier

    malibu ca
    no version other than the studio original has for me, ever properly captured the "whoo hoo's"
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  23. aphexj

    aphexj Sound mind & body

    ^ Wrong song, it's "woo-woo" not "whoo hoo":

  24. polchik

    polchik Forum Resident

    see post #38

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