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What you get here is the Stones without 5 backup singers and a dozen guys on horns. Backup vocals are actually still being sung by Keith, and to a lesser extent, Ron Wood, and the difference from say, watching 4 Flicks (another excellent product) is that you really feel like you're just watching the band play, and not listening to some engineer at a mixing board. Keith looks haggered and obviously is not completely past his drug days, but he rocks relentlessly, and we get a smoking version of one of his best tunes, "Little T n' A". Mick runs around the stage like a wildman, and his vocals are all Mick. No echo, no, ahem, enhancement, that many artists these days use in concert. There's obviously not been any overdubs in the studio for this film. You have wonderfully stripped down versions of "Under My Thumb", "Shattered", "Beast of Burden", among many of their classics. You have songs from the early 80's era, that are overlooked in concert today- "Black Limosine", "Waiting on a Friend", "Hang Fire" and one of their best tunes from those days, "She's So Cold".
Yes, the playing is a bit sloppy. But, they play with passion and grit, and they seem to be having fun, despite the fact that Mick and Keith weren't getting along particularly well at the time. I highly recommend this little piece of early 80's rock and cinema!
The Stones Played Live & Raw...And The Energy Was certainly There! Jagger Alone was Running at least three miles a Show! It was A kick ass tour and They Learned Alot From that tour about playing in huge stadiums & making adjustments to deliver the sound (especially in stadiums).They know better than most that there's alot of ways to deliver a tune & That Tour was a learning experience for many bands to follow. Four Flicks Wouldn't be as great if it were not for this ground breaking tour..(Live & Learn)
The Year: 1981 / The Album: Tatto You / The Tour:The Rolling Stones Playing Live Raw Rock n Roll (In Huge Stadiums)..Not An Easy Task!
Having said that, the content is excellent, capturing the Stones on what I consider to be the last of their "sloppy" tours, before they regrouped, cleaned up completely (Richards was off the smack by the time of this one, but Wood was heavy into free-basing throughout this period), and started doing overly polished and professional tours supported by an army of side musicians and background singers. There's merits to both periods, and perhaps this is a little too ramshackle for some, but it is a great, high energy concert that delivers hit after hit, particularly if you're a fan of the "Tattoo You" and "Some Girls" albums (in my mind, the two best discs they've ever done).
The garish early 80's pastels, Jagger's soccer pads, Ron Wood looking like he just got through auditioning for the Sex Pistols or something, Wyman in his track suit...it's an image of the Stones you'd never seen before or since, and it makes for an exciting concert. Just get rid of that horrendous cover.
It's a well-filmed concert film for the early 80s, but am I the only one who thought their last tour they sounded better than they have in years?
Hopefully they'll put out a legit version (this one's a grey area import)that also includes the videos "Going to a Go Go" and "Time is on My Side" shot for the "Still Life" album, and put both in a CD/DVD combo pack with hopefully extra songs.
There is a lot of Stones footage yet to be released. A couple of them are Charlie is My Darling (from the 65 tour), Ladies and Gentlemen (from the Exile on Main St tour), and the infamous "cult classic" whose name I cannot write here, as well as the promos and TV appearances over the past 40 years, some of which is on the long out of print "Video Rewind".
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I saw them on tour in Pontiac Michigan at the Silverdome. They still had charisma on stage and could play very well together, of course Bill Wyman was the bassist and with him and... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Alan C.
Live rock and roll by the greatest rock and roll band on earth... I love this album because the overplayed Brown Sugar and Jumping Jack Flash are NOT there. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Patrick
Definitely a quality show but I recommend the Hampton Performance from this tour as being superior from a musical standpoint....Published 7 months ago by Anthony Andrulonis
I have never watched this, however, this was originally bought by my partner on VHS. We are replacing all tapes with DVD's. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Dennis Brunty
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Is it just me or was this tour the last time Jagger let the music carry him along and not second-guess / choreograph every little movement? I feel like this was the last gasp of 70's looseness before they got a little too pro. But I still love 'em dearly.
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