Originally released in 1969 as a way for the band to cash in on the large amount of live bootlegs of them circulating around, the album features the band at the height of their power as a band. Now it has been remastered and rejigged into a 3-CD/1 DVD box set. Included along with the music is a colour booklet. One of the CDs is of the show, another is a 5 song EP of unreleased material and the third features the opening acts, B.B. King and Ike and Tina Turner. The DVD is the live performance accompanied with some behind-the-scenes footage.
The live album was recorded over two shows at Madison Square Garden in New York City. It seems like it would have been a fantastic concert to be at. It was their first U.S. tour in three years and their first without guitarist Brian Jones. The music is typical Stones being that it is bluesy, raunchy and rock 'n roll like few other bands could do. Just check out the nine minute version of "Midnight Rambler" if you don't believe me.
Even the opening acts are amazing. Ike and Tina performed energy-filled versions of "Proud Mary", "Son of a Preacher Man" and "Gimme Some Loving". And B.B. King is absolutely on fire.