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Love You Live is a double live album by the Rolling Stones, released in 1977. It is drawn from Tour of the Americas shows in the US in the summer of 1975, Tour of Europe shows in 1976 and performances from the El Mocambo nightclub concert venue in Toronto in 1977. It is the band’s third official full-length live release and is dedicated to the memory of audio engineer Keith Harwood, who died in a car accident shortly before the album’s release.
Love You Live was overdubbed and mixed from late May to mid-June 1977. Released in September 1977, the album was well received and managed to reach No. 3 in the UK and No. 5 in the US, where it went gold.
The album artwork was prepared by Andy Warhol. The hand-drawn titles across the front were added by Mick Jagger, to Warhol’s dismay.
Love You Live was The Rolling Stones’ final album whereby Rolling Stones Records would be internationally distributed by Warner Music. The band’s next several albums would be distributed through EMI worldwide, while they remained with Warner in North America only.
In addition to the songs recorded during the 1975-1976 tour, the Stones decided to add four tracks taken from performances at Toronto’s El Mocambo Club on 4 and 5 March 1977. The intention had been to play a set of the sort of classic blues and R&B covers that sealed the band’s reputation when they performed regularly at the Crawdaddy Club in 1963. However, Keith Richards arrived late for scheduled rehearsals as he and his girlfriend, Anita Pallenberg, had been arrested for possession and trafficking of illicit drugs in Richards’ Toronto hotel room. (Ref: rolling stones press article love you live)
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