Review: The Rolling Stones – Ladies & Gentlemen (Eagle Rock/Universal Music Canada)

Along with Some Girls: Live In Texas ’78 and the group’s 1981 show at Chicago’s Checkerboard Lounge with Muddy Waters, The Rolling Stones’ Ladies & Gentlemen had previously issued on DVD, but the three titles have just recently found their way to CD.

While each of the other shows are impressive in their own right and for varying reasons, my loyalty stays with Ladies & Gentlemen. Recorded in Texas over four nights during the group’s Exile On Main Street tour in 1972, this collection features the Rolling Stones at the peak of their powers. With a setlist boasting classics like “Bitch,” “Brown Sugar,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Sweet Virginia,” “Happy,” and a searing version of “Midnight Rambler,” Ladies & Gentlemen is arguably one of the band’s brightest moments in a career chalk full of them.