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From the Vault: L.A. Forum (DVD/3LP)

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'From The Vault' is a new series of live concerts from The Rolling Stones archive which are getting their first official release. 'L.A. Forum Live In 1975' is the second title in this series. The Rolling Stones Tour Of The Americas '75 was the band's first tour with new guitarist Ronnie Wood. Even before the dates started there were dramatic scenes in New York City at the official tour announcement when the band unexpectedly turned up on a flatbed truck to play 'Brown Sugar'. After a couple of low key warm-up shows in Louisiana the tour took in 44 dates between the 3rd of June and the 8th of August 1975. They settled into the L.A. Forum for a five night stint from July 9th to 13th and this concert film features the show from July 12th. The footage has now been carefully restored and the sound has been newly mixed by Bob Clearmountain for this first official release of the show.

LP TRACKLISTING (DVD info below)
Side A: 1) Honky Tonk Women 2) All Down The Line 3) If You Can't Rock Me / Get Off Of My Cloud
Side B: 1) Star Star 2) Gimme Shelter 3) Ain't Too Proud To Beg
Side C: 1) You Gotta Move 2) You Can't Always Get What You Want 3) Happy
Side D: 1) Tumbling Dice 2) It's Only Rock 'n' Roll 3) Fingerprint File
Side E: 1) Angie 2) Brown Sugar 3) Midnight Rambler
Side F: 1) Rip This Joint 2) Street Fighting Man 3) Jumpin' Jack Flash 4) Sympathy For The Devil

DVD Tracklisting
1) Introduction 2) Honky Tonk Women 3) All Down The Line 4) If You Can't Rock Me / Get Off Of My Cloud 5) Star Star 6) Gimme Shelter 7) Ain't Too Proud To Beg 8) You Gotta Move 9) You Can't Always Get What You Want 10) Happy 11) Tumbling Dice 12) It s Only Rock 'n' Roll 13) Band Intros 14) Doo DooDooDooDoo (Heartbreaker) 15) Fingerprint File 16) Angie 17) Wild Horses 18) That's Life 19) Outta Space 20) Brown Sugar 21) Midnight Rambler 22) Rip This Joint 23) Street Fighting Man 24) Jumpin' Jack Flash 25) Sympathy For The Devil

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  • Vinyl
  • Number of Discs: 4
  • Label: EAGLE
  • ASIN: B00O64D29C
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
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Format: Audio CD
This is another fine release from the Stones camp. It contains the first ever video from the 1975 tour made officially available. And yes, you're getting two concerts for the price of one! I'll explain this by reviewing the DVD and CD from this package separately.
1. DVD - The notes contained in this release state that this concert video is from Saturday July 12th, 1975. I can only assume that information to be accurate. It's amazing to finally see a Stones concert from this period in decent video quality. It does suffer a little from age and definitely not suitable for today's HD. If this comes out on Blu-ray, I wouldn't buy it because of this. However, the actual performance is great. It's fun to see the fashion from the period (bell-bottoms, etc) and the corded guitars and mics.

I didn't like the quick camera editing in some spots. Especially the much too often camera angle from behind the stage featuring Ollie Brown's backside. Weird.

2. CD - A different show from the DVD! It is however the same audio that has been available on official download for a few years now. Oddly, the notes on the packaging make no mention of this difference. If not paying attention, one would think the audio cd features the same show as the DVD. The CD audio is from Sunday July 13th, 1975 - the last date at the L.A. Forum that year. There's a few spoken word cues from Mick that verify this if you listen carefully while he speaks between songs ("who went to church today," etc).

All that being said, the set list is identical from both shows. I prefer the audio from the CD. Musically it's better IMO and features some pretty funny banter from Jagger which helps make this package a "5 star" must have for all Stones fans.
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First of all, the DVD: I've had this boot for a number of years, and they've cleaned up the picture and sound substantially on this. It's a nice visual document of the 1975 tour. But, the performance is lacking in a lot of areas. I suspect Keith and Woody were both ripped. Mick's voice is a bit ragged, and Billy-turn the damn keys DOWN!!

Now to the CD's. These are from a different night, and the show (for a post-Taylor show) is OUTSTANDING. Wood's play is mostly excellent, the band in general is much tighter and the show was recorded much better. The balance is excellent, as is the powerful sound. Midnight Rambler will just leave you floored, as will several others.

Buy it for the concert on the CD's! But take the time to enjoy the DVD too.
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As a "historical artifact" this has merit in that you get a feel for a Stones show at the beginning of the Ron Wood era; however, do know that the visual quality is less than you may be used to when watching other concert films. The sound has clearly been well-rescued resulting in some great moments of clarity but the visual quality of the film is less than great. If you can get through the rough visual quality and the cavernous sound you get treated to a great show. In this concert film of the Stones (like the many, many others with superior audio and visual quality) you find out why people are still interested in this group even when its members are 70+ years old. In this one you find out more of what you probably already knew: Mick is the finest showman since James Brown, Keith may be the world's most formidable band leader, Ron Wood is far more than just a second guitarist, Charlie Watts is a human metronome, Bill Wyman is a stoic anchor and the various backup musicians (including a superb Billy Preston) are all world class. I had a hard time watching this one straight through just because of the visual quality but it is a worthwhile snapshot...and its all we really have from the 1975 tour. If you are a fan you will enjoy it. If you are exploring the Stones from a live perspective for the first time you may want to look elsewhere. There is certainly no need to buy this in the Blue Ray format either way.
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When I first saw the Amazon ad for this release, I thought I was dreaming. I was at the concert when this was filmed, in what I initially thought were bad seats, above and slightly behind the stage. As it turned out, they were the best seats in the house, since we had a view of everything going on before the petals of the star-shaped stage dropped, plus all the behind the scenes stuff.

Of the more than a dozen Stones concerts I've attended over the years, this one was the best, by far. I had the good luck of being friends with one of the Stones US lawyers, so most of the concerts I went to included great comp seats and backstage passes. The '75 concert wasn't one of them, and we bought scalped tickets, but like I said, it was the best. The quality of the video is much better than expected, as is the sound.

The one very slight disappointment I have is that the DVD producers didn't include what happened before the Stones stage opened, not did they show the truly amazing way the Forum was decorated, with huge silk-like banners hanging from the ceiling, and a cone of the same material covering the closed-petal stage. About 45 minutes before the show opened, a long conga line with drummers formed in the hall, winding its way through the aisles and doors, eventually following a gold Chinese dragon. The initially disjointed drumming slowly merged into a single, vaguely familiar beat. At that point, we noticed that the beat was joined by Charlie Watts onstage, growing louder as the drummers' sounds subsided, and the silk cone raised, two or three of The Boys climbed to the tops of the individual petals, and that merged into the first tune. Dramatic as hell! Maybe a second edition of this DVD will include those moments.

How good was it? This will give you a hint.
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