The Rolling Stones

Hyde Park 1969

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Available in dozens of configurations, the Stones' live concert at London's Hyde Park on July 5, 1969, was a landmark in several respects. It was Britain's first mammoth rock festival (attracting several hundred thousand spectators), was filmed for British TV, and was their first live performance with Mick Taylor. (Brian Jones, who had left/been ousted from the band a month earlier, had died just a couple days previously.) Some critics have characterized the performance as subpar, and though the group was a bit ragged, it played with reasonable power. The problem with the audio bootleg of the event is more with the marginal, and variable, sound quality, ranging from alright to poor; a guess is that some was taken from the soundtrack of the documentary, and others from a much inferior source. It's interesting for the inclusion of the rare "Lemon Squeezer" (never officially recorded by the group), a very early performance of "Loving Cup" (not cut in the studio until Exile on Main St. a few years later), and a very long version of "Sympathy for the Devil."