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Ladies & Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones

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  1. rtbuck

    rtbuck Senior Member

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    Ladies & Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones

    Released: 2010
    Label: Eagle Vision
    Format: DVD
    Review by Bucky



    The Lovejoy Show was a neighborhood movie theater located in Buffalo, NY around the block from my home. I had spent many Saturday afternoons in my youth there munching on popcorn & chewing on Root Beer Barrels & Black Crows while viewing movies such as ‘The Gnome Mobile’, ‘The Gorgon’, & ‘King Kong vs. Godzilla’. As I entered my teens in the mid 70’s I had seen ‘Jaws’, ‘One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest’, ‘Car Wash’, & ‘Tommy’(I had no idea who the Who were at the time) but there was one Saturday evening movie I didn’t attend & had no desire to anyway. That evening The Lovejoy Show played a Janis Joplin film followed by ‘Ladies & Gentlemen…the Rolling Stones’. I had no idea what rock & roll was about nor did I care. That night at the Lovejoy Show a riot broke out during the Stones movie with fights breaking out everywhere & the theater was ripped apart. That was the last Rock & Roll movie they would play there & the theater closed down not too much longer after that.

    By the time 1978 rolled around I was heavy into rock & roll & I loved the Stones. Over the years I had seen plenty of concert footage of the Stones in concert with ‘Gimme Shelter’, ‘Let’s Spend the Night Together’, a TV Special live From Paris ’76, the late 80’s PPV from Atlantic City, ‘Live at Max’s’, ‘Shine a Light’…etc but until now I had never seen ‘Ladies & Gentlemen…The Rolling Stones’

    It was 6 in the morning today when I put in the DVD & it is an unbelievable film. After watching this DVD I can almost understand why that riot broke out in the theater as by the end of the film I had so much energy built up inside of me. The first ¾ of the show proved why the Stones are “The World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band” as they rocked their way through rockers such as “Brown Sugar”, “Bitch”, “Gimme Shelter”, “Happy”, “Tumlin’ Dice”, & “All Down the Line” while mixing in at the right time some mellower tunes such as the country sounding “Dead Flowers” & “Sweet Virginia”, the bluesy Robert Johnson cover of “Love in Vain”, & the beautiful “You Can’t Always Get What You Want”. Mick was on top of his game shaking & strutting around the stage while Keith proved what a guitar hero he is leading the band through the Stones catalogue. As I said I’ve seen much footage of the Stones live but this is the most intense performance I’ve seen from Keith’s playing. Mick Taylor played every lead to perfection while the rhythm section of Charlie Watts & Bill Wyman played at their usual steady pace. Backing up the band on keyboards is Nicky Hopkins, on horns is Jim Price, & on saxophone is Bobby Keys.

    The Stones finished rocking through “All Down the Line” & suddenly things changed. The stage faded to black & Mick took a chug of Jack Daniels. Mick pulled out his harmonica & introduced “Midnight Rambler”. He began wailing away on his harp & the rest of the band kicked in & for at least the next 12 minutes the band played as if they were possessed by demons. I can’t explain the intensity I felt during this version of the song. As the tempo is brought down during the middle of the tune, Jagger let’s out some blood curdling screams & as the song builds back up it just goes out of control. As your heart is left pounding after this song, Mick introduces the band & after he introduces Keith, Keith rips into a revved up fast paced rocking version of Chuck Berry’s “Bye Bye Johnny” which is unbelievable leaving your heart ready to burst from the energy. It doesn’t stop there as Jagger tells the crowd that they’ve been sitting on their asses long enough & the band launches into the fastest paced tune from their ‘Exile on Main Street’ album “Rip this Joint” which leaves you gasping for air. Clutching your chest from the adrenaline buzz going on it still continues as the Stones rip into a high energy version of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” & finally finish up their performance with “Street Fighting Man”.
    …There is no need for a cup of coffee this morning!!!!!


    Bonus material on the DVD features 3 songs from their tour rehearsal (“Shake Your Hips”, “Tumblin’ Dice”, & an instrumental blues jam titled “Bluesberry Jam”), an interview with Jagger from the ‘Old Grey Whistle Test’ 1972, & a 2010 interview with Jagger.


    Bucky
     
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    I picked up the DVD a few days ago, and watched it yesterday. Holy ****, what an incredible performance. 1972 was really their best year, in so many ways.

    The whole band was just incredible, and the energy was great. Mick and Keith took them up into the stars, and Taylor, Watts, and Wyman did their best to keep things grounded. Like you said, from Midnight Rambler on, they were at the top of their game.

    The editing was also top notch. There were, I think, 4 performances sewn together, and they did a great job of interweaving them. The only you could tell that they were different shows was the costume changes, you never would have guessed otherwise, because everything blends together so well.

    The only thing that I found disappointing was that they left my favorite Stones tune off the set, "Rock Off," which is baffling because the song was performed every single night on that tour. That's definitely a minor complaint, though.

    Awesome DVD. And great write-up, Bucky. Your posts are always a lot of fun to read.
     
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    Thanks D.O.C. & I think Jagger adressed "Rocks Off" in the 2010 interview in the bonus features. The interviewer asked him about the song & I can't remember what he said for sure but I think Jagger said that he or the filmakers probably wasn't happy with the versions. I love that era of the Stones & especially after seeing the DVD I can agree the Stones were at their best...however I am partial to Ronnie Wood even though technically Taylor may be a better guitar player. I've heard plenty of live recordings from their 'Some Girls' tour & it was actually my favorite tour as they really sounded raw on that tour but after watching this DVD I think I'll take this tour

    It's all good with the Stones
     
  4. That 70s Guy

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    I'm watching this beauty right now!!

    Wow what a terrific improvement from the bootleg!! :grinthumb

    Stones were smokin''!!
     
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    I guess that makes sense...I still wish they had included it, though. Keith could have been totally strung out and played one note the whole song, and it would still be great in my mind. It looks like another one of my favorites was also performed every night and was snubbed; "Loving Cup." Oh well, sometimes you can't have it all.

    I don't know why, but I don't really care much for Ronnie. I'm still holding out hope that Taylor and Wyman come back for whatever the Stones are planning next year. In a recent interview, Keith expressed his dismay that Taylor is no long with the band, and said that if he had it his way, he still would be. It's really unlikely, but with that and the fact that Taylor joined Mick in the studio when they were going over the bonus tracks for the recent Exile rerelease, you never know...
     
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    Great review Bucky!! I may to lose a few pounds before watching this one though. I'm not ready for a heart attack just yet...:grinthumb
     
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    I looked at the setlist on the back of da cover and thought, "Wow, I barely know any of these songs." I'm not that "in-depth" when it comes to The Rolling Stones music, so I gave it a buy. I like this DVD a lot. Opened me up to more Rolling Stones songs I never have heard of before. Defiantly a must buy for a typical rock fan...
     
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    GOnna get it:):)
     
  9. ecisgod

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    Absolutely love this DVD! Great setlist:

    "Brown Sugar"
    "Bitch"
    "Gimme Shelter"
    "Dead Flowers"
    "Happy"
    "Tumbling Dice"
    "Love in Vain" (Johnson)
    "Sweet Virginia"
    "You Can't Always Get What You Want"
    "All Down the Line"
    "Midnight Rambler"
    "Bye Bye Johnny" (Berry)
    "Rip This Joint"
    "Jumping Jack Flash"
    "Street Fighting Man"

    Like I stated in a different thread re:this movie. This for me is the Stones at their best. Exile is by far my favourite album and it may be my #1 rock album of all time. My favourite part of the movie is during Tumbling Dice...Mick Jagger asks Charlie for some help "Little help Charlie" and basically taking control of the band and getting charlie and keith into the groove. But its such a great moment when keith begins playing and Mick smiles almost like "Ya, thats the groove we want....). But during that scene Keith is yelling at someone to stop playing?? Hard to read lips (especially Keith's ha). I have watched the video a few times, and I think Keith is telling either the band or Ian Stewart to stop playing? Have a look and let me know what you think....
     
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    That would be really cool. No disrespect to Ronnie Wood (Great Guitarist), but I really like what Mick Taylor brings. I personally don't think it coincidence that my favorite stones stuff is during the "Mick Taylor years".
     

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