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The Rolling Stones:: Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out [40th Anniversary Deluxe Box Set Review]

Originally released in 1969 as a way to divert attention from the bootleg sensation Live’r Than You’ll Ever Be, Get Yer Ya-Ya’s Out received a lavish reissue treatment 40 years later, expanded to a three-CD/one-DVD set complete with a thick accompanying booklet. Instead of adding that original boot as a bonus, this anniversary edition fills out the November 1969 Madison Square Garden concert that provided the basis for the original LP, adding an EP’s worth of unreleased Stones tracks from the show plus the opening sets by B.B. King and Ike & Tina Turner, along with a DVD of live and behind-the-scenes footage. All the unearthed Stones material is strong — particularly the pair of acoustic numbers, “Prodigal Son” and “You Gotta Move” — but in comparison to what made it onto the LP, they do sound like outtakes (to be fair, the LP did have some minor overdubs whereas these five cuts seem to be unadorned with additions), and they’re also overshadowed by the absolutely terrific opening sets. Ike & Tina were in a crowd-pleasing rock & roll covers mode, tearing through “Gimme Some Loving,” “Son of a Preacher Man,” “Come Together,” and “Land of 1000 Dances” in addition to their trademark “Proud Mary,” but B.B. serves up a condensed version of his standard set that positively smokes and is reason enough to pick up this deluxe edition.