DVD review: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones

November 3, 2010
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The Rolling Stones - photograph ™ Ethan Russell, All Rights Reserved
Title: Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment
Released: October 2010
In One Word: Authentic

In 1974 it was named the  “…the most powerful rock film ever made” and many Rolling Stones fans consider it to be the finest Stones performance that was ever captured on film and now Ladies and Gentlemen: The Rolling Stones is coming to DVD and Blu-Ray for the very first time.

As far as remastered music or film goes, I’m a girl who likes an original recording and when the original recording of Stones legendary album was remastered – it was simply awful but according to my dad there was no difference, I can tell you now he was lying.

It’s not all bad though, the remastered colour looks good and isn’t remastered so much that it doesn’t look as though it was recorded on the last tour.

The gig kicks off with “Brown Sugar” in fantastic style. I couldn’t take my eyes off Jagger for the whole time as he has a presence on the stage that is comparable to none. “Gimme Shelter” is an exceptionally enthusiastic performance. “Happy” is notable for the presentation of the song, for that it tends to zoom in on a crotch of a band member.

The gig concludes with Stones’ two megahits ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ and ‘Street Fighting Man’ are performed flawlessly.
The audio can be muddy at times, but its not really an issue, I’ve been to plenty of gigs where the sound hasn’t been absolutely perfect plus it looks great on a 42” TV screen as well as a 13” MacBook screen…it feels like you are actually there.  There are scratches and flecks at times but I’d put this down to making it look more authentic.

Adding to the main concert performance the DVD extras include an insight into the bands tour rehearsal, a  1972 interview with Jagger, then another interview with him that was recorded this year.

© Lauren Towner, Music Vice

Ladies and Gentlemen Trailer:

Track listing:
Brown Sugar   2) Bitch   3) Gimme Shelter   4) Dead Flowers   5) Happy   6) Tumbling Dice   7) Love In Vain   8) Sweet Virginia   9) You Can’t Always Get What You Want   10) All Down the Line   11) Midnight Rambler   12) Bye Bye Johnny   13) Rip This Joint   14) Jumpin’ Jack Flash   15) Street Fighting Man

Line up:

Mick Jagger (vocals), Keith Richards (guitars), Charlie Watts (drums), Bill Wyman (bass), Mick Taylor (guitars) with Bobby Keys (saxophones), Jim Price (horns) and Nicky Hopkins (piano)

The Rolling Stones - photograph ™ Ethan Russell, All Rights Reserved

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