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The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling - Ireland 1965
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151 of 167 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon September 17, 2012
For Rolling Stones fans, it doesn't get any better than this new, completely restored version of CHARLIE IS MY DARLING- a 1965 Stones 2 day documentary. When the Rolling Stones were scheduled for a 2 day tour performing in Ireland on September 3rd and 4th in 1965, their original manager Andrew Loog Oldham asked Peter Whitehead if he would film the Rolling Stones showing what a typical tour was like for the Stones. Whitehead agreed and filmed the Stones for the 2 days. After filming, it took until the Spring of 1966, for Whitehead to put together the film he wanted to show.

When Whitehead was finished with the final copy, the film showed the Rolling Stones traveling on a train, getting on and off planes, riding in cars, studio rehearsals, a few concert clips with incomplete songs such as: Get Off My Cloud, Heart Of Stone, Play With Fire, Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner, I'm All Right and The Last Time. Not only were the songs incomplete, but the video/audio were out of sync. He also shot a lot of footage showing how the fans mobbed the Stones. The best part of this first ever Rolling Stones documentary was the interview with Brian Jones. The film was made up of bits and pieces from filming for 2 days and ended up at 50 minutes.

This 50 minute film was shown in only a few theater's and ended up not only rarely seen, but shelved until now. The ABKCO company decided to find more of the original film, meticulously restore it and put it out on dvd, blu-ray and a deluxe boxed 5 disc version. The deluxe boxed 5 disc version will have the 2012 version dvd, the blu-ray director's/ producer's cut, 2 cd's and a vinyl LP. They found more film of the Stones cramped in basement dressing rooms, writing songs in motel rooms, complete electrifying performances of Time Is On My Side, The Last Time and their huge hit, I Can't Get No Satisfaction, and more.

ABKCO has restored over 90,000 frames of optical screen prints and negatives, the original sound tapes and 3 track live recording. They said this new, never seen restored version is so crisp and clear, it will be just like being back in 1965 seeing Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman live. Since I am a huge Brian Jones fan, as I thought he kept the Stones on more of a blues sound, as after Brian's death, I thought the Stones became too commercial, I am so looking forward to seeing this first Stones documentary, especially the Brian Jones interview. This very first pristinely and meticulously restored with new footage 1965 Rolling Stones documentary is definitely a must have for any early Rolling Stones or Brian Jones fan!
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77 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on November 10, 2012
So very glad to see the release of Peter Whitehead's film "Charlie Is My Darling," he is also responsible for Allen Ginsberg's "Holy Communion" from '65, "The Beach Boys In London" from '66... shot with the road band while Brian Wilson perfected "Smile" at home... and "Tonight Let's All Make Love In London" featuring incredible stage riot footage of The Rolling Stones, Syd Barrett-era footage of The Pink Floyd and other great insights to the legendary mid-'60s "Swinging London" era. It should be said that The Rolling Stones, though their career has been very long, have a prime, and "Charlie Is My Darling" is shot right at the crest of that prime. Brian Jones is still a healthy, motivating force in the band, and without him, The Rolling Stones lose a ton of dynamics in their recordings. So it can be said that the first five or six Rolling Stones albums are the hardcore goods, and that "Charlie" captures the personality of this legendary combo when those first six releases were the focus. The work they are doing at this stage of the game was the primary inspiration to all of the great American '60s Garage Punk bands later compiled on the "Nuggets" series of box sets and LPs (along with The Yardbirds, Them, Kinks, Pretty Things and Beatles). A good indicator of the Rolling Stones' range is the inclusion of the early "long" song "Goin' Home," which soundtracks a montage of the group's road experiences. The segment in its own way delivers a more realistic version of what The Beatles captured in their first movie "A Hard Days Night," or, something more like the Maysles Brothers film of The Beatles first U.S. visit... but with a more proto-psychedelic touch. "Charlie Is My Darling" is a rare open book to one of the high points in rock 'n' roll history... it may not appeal to hard rock fans, but that's just it; the original Rolling Stones were an actual rock 'n' roll band, based in a more '40s/'50s R&B thing than predictable '70s "rock." Their music was based in the real folk blues, but expanding right before your eyes within the context of this film. - Domenic Priore, author of "Riot on Sunset Strip: Rock 'n' Roll's Last Stand in Hollywood" (2007 Jawbone Press, London, available on Amazon.com)
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
I watched it twice in two days during the same time I was reading the book Mick Jagger by Philip Norman (which I also recommend). It was great to see the gents as their epic journey was beginning. Brian Jones was articulate and playful; his ending quote was ironic. Jagger was ego, but playful, articulate, intelligent, and oy!!! what a performer. Keith was playful, Bill Wyman was ironic, and Charlie Watts (thus the title) was engaging and animated. Who knew!?!? Having attended RS concerts, this footage showed me that I wish I had seen them at the inception of the RS. They were truly their bluesy selves. The Irish audience was in awe and quite unruly. Check-out the priest - even he got into the funk. Charlie is My Darling is worth the price. It can be viewed for a variety of purposes; but it all goes back to the gents. Andrew Oldman, who was in charge if this footage and the RS at the time, deserves some credit for documenting these important moments in music and cultural history.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on November 16, 2012
Excellent footage! The restoration work these fellas did to this film is truly amazing. The image is so clear and crispy, and the mono sound is perfect and it totally rocks in a good amp system. This is (in my humble opinion) the best era of the Stones (followed by their early 70s), and the footage of old Ireland is completely amazing: downtown streets, the country side, the people, the kids. I never imagined I would be able to see and hear the 60s Stones that clear! This is a true gift for all the true fans of the lads. I have to admit that it's obvious that Andrew Oldham was an awesome manager, that knew quite well that this footage would be soon mythic. I wish the Beatles could have that foresight (Mr. Epstein?). And in spite of Jagger's and Brian's sardonic ego, it's clear from the first second that the engine behind the Stones is Keith, an impression I've already had since I've heard the Satanic Sessions (available in internet) and saw the Rock'n'roll Circus DVD... He was the boss all the way! I just hope that the Stones have more hidden jewels from those high times. I've already got their TAMI show, Sympathy for the Devil, Rock'n'Roll Circus, Gimme Shelter, Ladies & Gentlemen and Some Girls in Texas.

And I'm still waiting for MORE!!!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 11, 2012
The packaging on this super deluxe version is a complete pain in the ass so be prepared to buy some empty jewel cases to house the discs. That being said this is the best version of the film available and the bonus live CD and LP are AWESOME sound quality. The live bonus audio deserves a release on it's own; some of the best sound quality Brian Jones era live Stones material I have heard...I only wish there was more. Brian really tears up the slide on "Little Red Rooster". As a long time Stones fan this is truly a treasure.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on November 7, 2012
After many substandard bootleg versions of this film over the years, where the picture and audio leaves much to be desired, this official release is really majestic! This is the longest version I've seen and definitely, by far, the best visually and sound-wise.

Ever wished there was a "Hard Day's Night"/"Beatles First U.S. Visit"-type film for the Stones? You need look no further. Obviously it leans more toward the "First U.S. Visit" as it is a strict documentary of the Ireland Tour of September 1965. Each individual Stone is profiled, giving their own unique perspective- Brian Jones being the most telling, which "First U.S. Visit" never really does. However, you get the fly on the wall feel of "The First U.S. Visit" with the Stones writing songs- "Sittin' On A Fence", jamming, goofing around, and even playing Beatle tunes- albeit kind of sillily. The live aspects are excellent with great cuts of each band member live, ala "A Hard Day's Night"- which are priceless. Charlie actually smiles during the performance, which is a rarity! It also showcases the craziness of fans in multitudes charging the stage and pre-empting "I'm Alright". Try doing that nowadays and see how fast you will be tackled and removed by security and/or hit with Keith's guitar! No wonder The Stones quit touring for awhile and The Beatles forever. All in all a great snapshot of the Stones early career and well worth your time and money.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
I think that what makes the documentary at the heart of this box set so refreshing is the fact it was shot without the preconception that it would be shown anywhere. It was really meant to be a trial run, a kind of "proof of concept" aimed to get the Rolling Stones ready for a more professional piece along the lines of the Beatles' Hard Day's Night, which had come out a year earlier. At the time this was shot, the Stones were obviously already popular and still a bit uncomfortable with and confused by their status as stars and sex symbols. They're still sorting it out, not even sure they want to be pop stars or what it all means. It's nice to see that when they are asked questions about who they are and what they stand for, they seem to be thinking it through and working it out, not all that polished, they're puzzling a bit on the difference between who they are and the role they play on stage and in front of fans and reporters. Some of the best bits are of them working out songs, improvising, or singing around the piano, relaxed.

They are so young here. More importantly, they're coming at the cusp of the social revolutions of the late 60s and just beginning to glimpse its potential and realizing they were a part of it. It's really worth watching as a document of an era of transition. Well-dressed kids, coming to their concerts, and then mobbing the stage. The documentary was painstakingly reconstructed for the 50th Anniversary of the Rolling Stones, and the footage looks great. The soundtrack, from both the Rolling Stones and the Andrew Oldham Orchestra, feels fresh and alive and sounds amazing. This set comes with a DVD and Blu-Ray copy of the film, including the original 35-minute cut by Peter Whitehead, a longer 50-minute producer's cut by Oldham, their manager, and then an even-longer 65-minute extension done by ABKCO music, for which they had to restore all of the original bits as well as collate video with audio from various sources. (There's also a documentary on both the Blu-Ray and the dvd about the difficult restoration process - this was obviously a labor of love.) The special set also comes with a soundtrack album and a CD - as well as the vinyl LP! - of a live concert in England, and comes with a facsimile of the poster for the concert in Belfast. The box set would make a perfect gift for Rolling Stones fans - but the dvd or Blu-Ray by themselves are highly recommended for fans of music or of documentaries, and especially those interested in the '60s. Maybe not as important as Gimme Shelter (which came near the end of the revolutionary era that's just beginning here), or as polished as Shine A Light (which shows a mature group much later, still enjoying the music) but in some ways I like this best, as they feel young and hopeful and have an unknown future ahead of them. It feels quite fresh and is a great piece, well worth watching. (Note: I was sent a preview copy of this set, with the request that I review it honestly.)
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37 of 51 people found the following review helpful
on November 8, 2012
First off, this is a movie about The Rolling Stones!!! I thought this was going to be a sequel to "Charlie Bit My Finger"!!!

Okay, I just had to get that out of my system. But seriously folks, watching this movie is a lot like watching old 8mm movies of your kids and grandkids. And, I really don't mean that in an unkind way, but that's just the way I see it. Lets face it, there just isn't too much film out there featuring Brian Jones and it's worth the small price of this movie to see and hear Brian talking. I haven't watched the Directors cut yet, but the main feature clocks in under 1 hour. Maybe 15 or 20 minutes is the Stones in action. Another 15 to 20 minutes of interview clips with the band. The rest is comments from the teenage fans, way too much of that! Never-the-less, every true die hard Stones fan will want to own this movie! For the same reasons that we will never get rid of our old 8mm family movies!!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
This complete and thorough box set of the 'Stones' 1965 Ireland Tour is really exciting. The film (a little under an hour) is meticulously restored (there is an 'Extras' showing the difference by clips) and is tough to believe it is in such good shape. The content is a real slice of time, as the Stones were playing in smaller venues with little security, traveling by train, running from crazed fans, joking with each other - it's an intimate look at a very young group. It was shot right after, "(I Can t Get No) Satisfaction" went to #1. The vocals, guitar riffs; everything sounds perfect just as if today. It's amazing to remember that Mick Jagger was only 22-years old at the time. This is the first film of the Rolling Stones on a tour and it portrays a spark of the genius yet to come.

Included is the sturdy box set is are DVD and Blu-ray discs of the new 2012 version, the directors and producers cut, unseen footage, extras such as, interviews with each band member and two audio CD's. One is the film soundtrack and the other is a compilation of thirteen (13) live songs made from that 1965 tour. It is an excellent sounding live recording and placed on a period-like piece 10" vinyl disc (as well as on CD). If that isn't enough, there is an original replica poster for the concert on that September 4, 1965 date.

Also included is a slick 42 page Collector's Edition hardcover book with 14 never before seen, restored exclusive photographs. Color photos are included as well from Marc Sharatt, the Stones tour photographer. Great reprints of vintage newspaper and magazine articles from the Irish and UK press give accounts of the dates and attendant mayhem. Nothing is left untouched. This is a Rolling Stones Collector's item!

Product kindly supplied for review by 'ABKCO Films'.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I am endlessly fascinated by The Rolling Stones. In fact, one of my favorite documentary features of all time is "Gimme Shelter." In addition to being a great concert film, "Shelter" captured a unique (and oftentimes harrowing) moment in Stones history as the event was overshadowed by violence and death. I had never heard of the film "Charlie is My Darling" until recently, and I'm pleased that the 1966 effort has resurfaced for mass distribution. It lacks the darkness that infuses the later "Gimme Shelter" and just showcases the band in a joyful way. Filled with a youthful swagger and starting to fully embrace their popularity (I Can't Get No Satisfaction is charting), the band is highlighted for a couple of days during a two-stop tour to Ireland in '65. This is an informal piece, not meant to be a comprehensive look at The Stones. It doesn't delve into internal struggles or controversial issues, it just allows viewers to enjoy the essence of what made the band so appealing. And as such, it is a fascinating look back at a legend.

In short, if you are a fan of rock music (in general) or The Stones (in particular), the movie's release is an easy recommendation. But with this Limited Edition set, there are an embarrassment of riches.

Contents:
The set is housed in a handsome album sized box set with soft touch exterior.
1) Blu-Ray: 2012 film release with director's and producer's cut as well as bonus footage
2) DVD: Features same material as the Blu-Ray
3) CD: Soundtrack of the film
4) CD: 13 Live recordings from 1965 tour
5) Vinyl: Also contains live recordings from 1965 tour
6) Replica poster for Belfast Concert
7) 42 Page hardcover book with never-before-seen photos

The images and tracks here have been worked on extensively in a restoration process, that much seems clear. If you are a big fan, this is the way to go. At the moment, the CDs included here are not offered separately and they are really worth the investment. And as far as the book and other printed material goes, there is a wealth of information--both of the moment and from a historical perspective. I'm sure no one filming this in 1965 would have expected such a glorious presentation. But it's an apt way to celebrate The Stones on their fiftieth anniversary. KGHarris, 12/12.
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