The Rolling Stones: Let's Spend The Night Together [DVD]
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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.
All of the songs are a half step sharp, so that means "Let Me Go," "Neighbours," "Goin' to a Go-Go" are in the key of F, as opposed to proper in E.
All of those great songs we loved from "Some Girls" that are supposed to be in A are in B flat.
You would think that someone at Lions Gate would have caught this and slowed down the film to proper speed digitally.
This is NOT the film I loved in my youth. This is an absolute insult to the film.
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