Hi everyone. I got it for Christmas and just got to watch it.
For some odd reason, I hadn't placed too much hope in this film but, man, was I very pleasantly surprised!! Getting to watch more concentrated footage than ever of Brian Jones was, in and of itself, worth "the price of admission". It becomes amusingly obvious here what a "showman" Brian really had the talent to be when he wanted to.
The "showmanship" I'm referring to, though, is his brilliance at being an interviewee..he knew what to say, how to say it, how to LOOK while saying it-these are not putdowns by any means. I was loving every split second of it; the guy was truly a natural star in front of the camera-moreso, at times, than Mick, I might add. The thing is, Mick LOOKED like he put effort into seducing the camera. Brian, without trying, swallows it up and spits it right back at you...and you fall in love with him as he's doing it.
As far as Jones on stage...talk about a joy to watch. What a shame things ended as they did (both for HIM and The Stones, in my opinion).
As always, Bill Wyman comes across as the honest, level headed "George Harrison" of the group..at least that's how he came across to me...no put ons..just told it as he saw it and very directly and eloquently so.
While Charlie Watts isn't quite as eloquent, I also got to see the side of him represented which I've always read about: the down to earth, family guy who basically saw nothing special in his "line of work" (or his talent for that matter) and was happiest at home with his wife. And I'll tell you, of ANY Rock star who I've ever heard say even anything remotely like this, Charlie is the one and ONLY who means it.
...lots of fun footage of Keith and Mick either working on potential new songs or goofing on others (including a couple of VERY funny drunken Elvis and Beatle mocks).
The musical highlight (ALL of the live performances sound great and energetic as hell, by the way) for me, was the all time BEST live performance of Satisfaction I ever heard by the band. It's done straight off the recorded version, powerful, sincere, well straight-forwardly sung without any of the contrived add libbing to come in future years...
The overall quality of the film in it's restored form is, all taken into consideration, quite good; to appreciate just HOW good, the entire thing is also featured in it's original 'film" state as well as a frame by frame restoration demonstration feature.
If you're a music fan, in general, give some serious thought to getting this; it's an excellent documentation of the mid-sixties Stones at their "peak powers", as they say.
If you're an actual Stones fan to any significant degree and you've more or less followed them "all along", just go get it. This thing NEEDS a home in your collection.
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