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Happy 50th To The Rolling Stones (7/12/1962-7/12/2012)

It was fifty years ago today that Mick Jagger, Brian Jones, Ian Stewart, Keith Richards, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts first performed as The Rolling Stones and I just wanted to use our musical forum to say “Happy Anniversary to one of the greatest Rock and Roll bands of all time”. What a run it has been so far hasn’t it my friends. Such incredibly classic songs that are now imprinted in our respective musical psyche and for those who play any kind of instrument, don’t tell me that you didn’t jam out to a little bit of Stones when you were starting out. To me this was the ultimate bar band, even though they were so much more at the end of the day.

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“Some Girls: Live In Texas ’78” [Blu-ray] by The Rolling Stones

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Title: Some Girls: Live in Texas ’78 (Blu-ray)
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: November 21, 2011
Rating: 3.5/5

Eagle Vision returns to their Rolling Stones roll-out with a DVD that nicely compliments Universal Republic’s recently released “Some Girls Deluxe Edition” redux. “Some Girls: Live In Texas ’78” affords us a look at The Stones on the road supporting a then #1 record in the United States. Filmed in Fort Worth Texas at the Will Rogers Auditorium, the concert like the album is a mixed bag of styles. The Mick-centric late seventies Stones clearly followed, rather than led, the music of the times. With “Some Girls” they offered their own spin on disco, punk, Los Angeles country, and even threw in a Motown cover for good measure.
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“Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones” (Blu-ray) by The Rolling Stones

Artist: Rolling Stones
Title: “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones” (Blu-ray)
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 10/12/2010
Genre: Rock & Roll
Rating: 5/5

Unquestionably my favorite DVD release of 2010, Eagle Vision’s Blu-Ray version of “Ladies and Gentleman, The Rolling Stones” got me going back to it far beyond the scope necessary for this review. Following closely on the heels of EV’s previous Stones piece, the documentary “Stones In Exile”, this disc completes the story with performances from 4 nights of the 1972 “Exile on Main Street” tour. The film’s limited run in the spring of 1974 left it a sought after “collector’s piece” in The Stones canon. It is a treat to finally get to watch it at home in a high quality transfer.

Where The Maysles Brother’s film “Gimme Shelter” found The Stones just getting their stage legs again in 1969 as unwitting passengers on the hell-bound train that crashed at Altamont California that December, “L&G” captures them as a super tight band performing beyond the usual chaos that could rule their performances. Even Jagger notes in the current interview included with the extras on their uncommon focus, with a kind of head scratching “is that my band” humor.
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“Stones In Exile” by The Rolling Stones

Artist: The Rolling Stones
Title: “Stones In Exile”
Label: Eagle Vision
Release Date: 6/21/2010
Genre: Rock & Roll
Rating: 4/5

In 1971, the Rolling Stones did what no one ever thought they would do – after being levied with incredible taxation from the English government; the band picked up and left their native country and moved to the South of France. Keith Richards settled at a house called Nellcote and eventually the rest of the Rolling Stones would take up temporary residence there and the beginnings of the album “Exile On Main Street” would be laid down and recorded. This documentary brings us back to that house in France as the band discusses the makings of the record and what went into it on a daily basis. We also get an inside look into what life at the house was like and how it eventually became a central gathering place for many music personality and night life. The film is loaded with great insights from the band and the producers that helped make the album come to life. We learn just how the decision was come to about recording the legendary LP inside the house and its basement as opposed to working in a full on studio and that was based on the studios of France not being up to snuff with what the Stones needed. Fortunately the band owned a mobile recording truck and this was set up at the house and the rest was history. There are amazing photographs from this period in the bands life and not only performance and recording images but also every day life and fun candid shots. A majority of the photographs come care of Dominique Tarle’s and I sense a photography book coming out of this release as well eventually because the fans would eat it up if this became the case. The feature is directed by Stephen Kajik and also makes some excellent use of the infamous footage from “Cocksucker Blues” by Robert Frank (that full documentary has not yet been released based on its content). As a film, this documentary runs about an hour and it doesn’t lose your interest once. It’s the perfect compliment for the fan that has just purchased the re-issue of the “Exile On Main Street” album and after they listen to that, and watch the film it will all make just a little more sense. Remember that not only were the Stones “changing” the expected direction in their fans eyes with “Exile”, but they were also delivering a double album which was so uncommon for a band to do back in 1971. This film helps you learn why all of this was the case.
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“Shine A Light” (Original Soundtrack) by The Rolling Stones

Artist: Rolling Stones
Title: “Shine A Light” Original Soundtrack (deluxe edition)
Label: Interscope Records
Release Date: 4/1/2008
Genre: Rock & Roll
Rating: 3/5

Martin Scorsese managed to capture Rock music history with his first concert film “The Last Waltz” which focused on the legendary members of The Band during their final show and now he seeks to relive this glory by delivering us a film that features a performance by the one and only Rolling Stones. The question would this film truly capture lightning in a bottle once again or would it be more of a disappointment when compared to the earlier work, and I have to say that I am on the fence a little about this one. For starters I have not yet seen the film and perhaps I need to do so in order to fully appreciate just what is happening here because the album leaves me left wanting on more than one occasion. The soundtrack for “Shine A Light” comes from 2006 when the Rolling Stones made two appearances at New York’s legendary Beacon Theater and as a venue I can officially say what a wonderful and acoustically sound room it is. Based on this one would expect an absolutely incredible live album to be recorded in the place however I didn’t feel that this soundtrack gave us the best that the Rolling Stones have ever offered because of the overall production and multitude of backing players involved. Yes the band is in their sixties now but they have always proved that they are capable of pulling out the stops and at times the band is big during this presentation yet the vocals are bigger at all times and it doesn’t sound like the musicians are on the same stage with them when Mick begins to sing. It’s this sort of un-evenness that made it hard for me to rock along with the band and these very legendary numbers. The guys present us also with a number of guest stars and this was a practice carried over from “The Last Waltz” it would seem. We find “Loving Cup” performed with The White Stripes Jack White, and “Champagne And Reefer” with Buddy Guy. These tracks are fine and work well within the context of the band but when they deliver “Live With Me” with Christina Aguilera I felt it was just too bombastic in terms of how her voice plays against that of Mr. Jagger. She is a totally amazing singer and perhaps this song comes off much stronger in the film but on the album is just a little overwhelming.
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