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Ladies & Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones [Blu-ray]
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The Stones are working hard at this show, looking as if they have something to prove. And prove it they do. It's 1972 and there is still an element of danger in the air for this band. They're deadly serious and are leaning into these numbers. Mick Taylor--the sequel to Brian Jones and the prequel to Ron Wood--stands stock still and delivers those chilling licks that made Exile on Main Street legendary. Heck, even good ole honorary Stone Nicky Hopkins is on board for some rollicking piano fills.
This show just builds and builds. By the time they crash head on into Midnight Rambler you feel as if there's no other rock 'n' roll band.
And there IS no other rock 'n' roll band. THIS is the Stones. You SHOULD love them. Because of THIS.
Love in Vain
You Can't Always Get What You Want
All Down the Line
Bye Bye Johnny (a tribute to Chuck Berry)
Rip This Joint
Jumping Jack Flash
Street Fighting Man
Rehearsal footage and interviews with Jagger from 1972 and 2010 round out the DVD. I give it four stars only because of the relatively grainy transfer and slightly muddy audio mix, but these are artifacts of a film and of technology that are 38 years old. The Stones' impact on the world and our memories is indelible. Don't settle for the geriatric group we recently saw on Martin Scorsese's "Shine a Light" (good as it was). Go back to the source, back to when rock was young and dangerous!
The first noticeable visual change, for those who remember the rare Drive-in Movie showings of this film is the elimination of the triple split-screen effect. Split screen was state-of-the-art in 1972, (recall the films Woodstock and Elvis On Tour) but, was always over-done to the point of being annoying. Eliminating it was a wise decision. By today's standards, the onstage camera work will appear almost primitive to the computer stabilized Skycam generation. Instead, onstage cameramen vied for position, and clamored for a dramatic shot only to be foiled by a seemingly motionless Bill Wyman, curly chord stretched to the max, who had an uncanny knack for getting in the way. Likewise, the stage lighting of the day was totally inadequate for filming, thus rendering more than its share of dark moments. If eliminating split-screen added to the continuity of the film, splicing segments from four performances certainly did not. Costume changes from one song to the next, even from an intro to the song itself are, at time more than just noticeable. Some may savor the concert filming of the day, and enjoy the aviance. Others may be reminded of the down side to releasing a 38 year old relic.
The sound mix on the non-Blue-Ray copy I viewed leaves a lot to be desired. First, the over-all volume is lower than expected.Read more ›
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Get it! Get it! Get it! I was there. They captured the sound perfectly. Play it LOUD. If you want studio sound get a cd: if you want the Rolling Stones LIVE, get this in Bluray. Read morePublished 13 days ago by Sam Shrader
what can I say I was there for this show back in 1972. even my 3 and 5 year old grand sons love it.Published 29 days ago by Jack Bower
The exclusive content is some TV interviews that are interesting in the fact that you get to hear from Mick Taylor, who apparently didn't do a lot of on-camera interviews while... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. McCool
Some here make some (arguably) justifiable criticism of Taylor, while many more adore him, but I'll tell you this: both Brian Jones and Mick Taylor pushed the band in directions... Read morePublished 1 month ago by T. Lisson
At some point during the 1970's, music critics dubbed the Rolling Stones "the world's greatest rock and roll band. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Steve Vrana