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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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