Re: Love in Vain

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Posted by Stray Cat on June 04, 1999 at 12:08:52:

In Reply to: Love in Vain posted by Mr. Ventilator on June 04, 1999 at 11:04:33:

: Does anyone else think this song is one of the band's very, very best? The original on Let it Bleed is great, and so are the live versions on YaYa's and Stripped.

: Where the song really works is on the bootlegs from the '72 tour. I've got Philly and MSG and they both have scorching versions. I listened to the Philly CD on my way into work this morning, and wound up cranking the volume for this song up to the pain threshold listening to Keith and Mick T lay it on. INCREDIBLE. It's one of the few slow songs that sounds better the louder you play it.

: I don't think the song has ever gotten its due as a definitive Stones number, perhaps because its not a Jagger/Richards composition. Playing it live now is a bit of a problem because there's no one who can play the lead like Mick Taylor, but still the version on Stripped is wonderful - the best thing on the disc, I think.

: I just can't get the '72 version out of my head it's so beautiful and perfect. It brought tears to my eyes and made my hair stand on end. I wanted to turn the volume so high my ears bled (Let it Bleed, indeed!).

: Your thoughts?..

I think Love In Vain is a very underated song. You

are so right about Keith and Mick T. "laying it

on". The guitar playing on the 69 and 72 tours was

simply oustanding. It will never be duplicated because of no Mick T. I listened to Live With Me on NS and then on Ya-Ya's. No comparison whatsoever in my opinion. The driving rhythm and masterful leads by both players are unmatched.
I know the guitar playing of Keith was debated
a few weeks ago, but it not Keith at all. Ronnie
is the weak link. I know he will be a stone for
life so I'm not going to even go there.
I am probably somewhat biased maybe but and grew
up on Ya-Ya's, 72 tour, ect.. Another song on
Ya-Ya's that gets me going is Stray Cat Blues.
I remember going to college and meeting this
great guitar player. He had hair halfway down his
back, his guitar case in one hand, his notebook
and a well worn copy of Ya-Ya's in his other hand. To me, that says it all.......SC.

PS. Don't get me wrong, I still love the Stones
as much as ever.....just a little different band
now, thats all.

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