One of the famous early rock bootlegs, this late-1969 show, taken from the same American tour that yielded the official live album Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out!, had very good sound for an unauthorized rock recording of the era, though it still wasn't totally up to official standards. It hit the streets before Ya-Ya's itself, and some hardcore Stones fans, such as Greil Marcus, view it as a better and more authentic document of the band on-stage. From the average listener's viewpoint, it's not as satisfactory as Ya-Ya's, which definitely does have better sound. The performances on Live'r Than You'll Ever Be do have a more spontaneous edge, and the set includes a couple of songs, "I'm Free" (in a much different hard rock version than the one they recorded in 1965) and "Gimme Shelter," that didn't make it onto Ya-Ya's. Originally released on LP on the Lurch label, the recording's been making the bootleg rounds in various forms ever since 1970, with some CD editions adding extra tracks.
AllMusic Review by Richie Unterberger