Their Top 18 Live Albums, Ranked

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – FEBRUARY 22: (L-R) Rolling Stones members Ronnie Wood, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards perform onstage at the Sydney Superdome on February 22, 2003 in Sydney, Australia.

Today the Rolling Stones are releasing another live album: Licked live in New York, recorded at New York’s Madison Square Garden in January 2003, during their 40th anniversary tour. It arrives less than a month later Living in El Mocambo, a live recording of a surprise set the band did at the 300-seat club El Mocambo in Montreal in March 1977; Calling themselves “The Cockroaches”, they were actually opening for April Wine!

There’s been something of a deluge of Rolling Stones live recordings available over the past few decades: some released by ABKCO Records (which owns most of their 60s catalog), Universal Music (which distributes everything on Rolling Stones Records, the lalel band has been creating and releasing music since 1971 Sticky fingers. And finally, Mercury Studios, formerly known as Eagle Rock Entertainment, licenses the band’s live recordings and other special products.

So we listened to a plot live Stones music to share our favorite commercially available concert recordings with you. Of course, nothing beats the real thing, so yes, we hope the Stones return to the States this year or next to play more shows.

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