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The Rolling Stones: Some Girls - Live in Texas '78
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The Rolling Stones 1978 tour of the USA in support of that year's Some Girls album is considered by fans to be one of their very best. The tour followed immediately on the release of the Some Girls album and by the time the band arrived in Texas in mid-July the album had hit the No.1 spot on the US charts. The tour took a back to basics approach, with the band and their music very much at the forefront and little or no elaborate staging. Filmed at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on July 18th, 1978, this concert is typical of the tour with the Rolling Stones delivering a raw, energetic performance in front of a crowd who are clearly loving the show. Many of the tracks from Some Girls are included in the live set with a sprinkling of Stones classics from earlier albums. Originally shot on 16mm film, the footage has been carefully restored and the sound remixed and remastered by Bob Clearmountain from the original multitrack tapes. This is undeniably the Rolling Stones at the peak of their form. / Bonus Features: Newly filmed interview with Mick Jagger; Tomorrow featuring Dan Aykroyd and Mick Jagger from Saturday Night Live, October 1978; Shattered , Respectable and Beast Of Burden performed by The Rolling Stones, introduced by Laraine Newman from Saturday Night Live, October 1978; Excerpts from ABC 20/20 Special, introduced by Hugh Downs with interviews by Geraldo Rivera from 20/20, June 1978 5 mins in total includes Mick, Keith, Ronnie and Bill; Interview with Mick [France Aug 2011] 15 mins / Track Listing: 1) Let It Rock 2) All Down The Line 3) Honky Tonk Women 4) Star Star 5) When The Whip Comes Down 6) Beast Of Burden 7) Miss You 8) Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) 9) Shattered 10) Respectable 11) Far Away Eyes 12) Love In Vain 13) Tumbling Dice 14) Happy 15) Sweet Little Sixteen 16) Brown Sugar 17) Jumpin Jack Flash
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The DVD also includes the band's scrappy performance, later that same year, on "Saturday Night Live" (Jagger has a sore throat), and you get a CD of the entire Fort Worth concert. An absolute must for Stones fans, of course, but the casual observer will enjoy this release, too.
I first saw the movie via bootleg and then in a theater this fall, and it is phenomenal. With the CD, this rivals "Gimme Shelter" and "Get Yer Ya Yas" as their best live product. Throw in "Ladies and Gentlemen," and there is no doubt who had the best band in the land from '69 to '78. Add their output from '62 on, and only the Beatles are as good. This is gargantuan. No other band comes even close to this accomplishment, and no one else came close over this span of time -- from the early days of 60s rock to the full flowering of punk, standing proud amongst the avatars.
I don't want to spoil any surprises, but about halfway through the lads really start to cook. While it may not be their most spectacular moment, I cannot imagine they were ever tighter or surer (comes with age, I suppose). I found myself thinking that this is how real men rock -- this despite what has to be Mick's most well-documented alpha-dog moment; i suppose it comes with the territory. He is the luckiest front man ever....what a great band, I stand in awe.
Think about it: you have five of the original Stones here (including Ian Stewart, founding member, on the keys), plus two Faces. I'll take this lineup into battle any day. Add in the fact that this is a single concert vs an amalgam of performances, and we may have the winner.
Historical note and another great thing about the video: In the movie, Keef's hair is still '70s elegance, and with his legitimate '70s getup he almost looks beautiful. Cut to the Saturday Night Live performances, and we see the latter-day Keef hairdo, missing only the fishing hooks and other gew-gaws that eventually made their way into his tangled locks. An intriguing transition, and I'm sure I'll glean more bits as I marvel at this amalgam.
The concert depicted here begins with "Let It Rock" and ends with "Jumpin' Jack Flash," with many songs in between. A few words about some of the songs: "Let It Rock." Good old-fashioned rock and roll, good guitar work by Richards and Wood. "All Down the Line": A little rough, but good rock and roll. "Honky Tonk Women": As raunchy as ever. Well done. "Star Star": The words would offend many, but the band seems to enjoy playing this. The reference to Steve McQueen always brings a smile! The rhythm section is rock solid, with Wyman and Watts doing well.
"When the Whip Comes Down": Mick Jagger plays a bit of guitar here, but it is Wood's and Richards' riffing that makes the song. "Miss You": An energetic version. "Imagination": I think that this old Temptations' song represents one of their better covers of the work of others. There is a wistful tone to the song and the band plays well. "Shattered": I like to think of this song in juxtaposition with "Hot Stuff." "Shattered" is a cool tune! Then, the classic blues song, "Love in Vain." Played well as blues. "Jumpin' Jack Flash": One of the best rock riffs starts this off. The band plays energetically and Jagger swaggers through the song.
A fine concert album!