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DVD REVIEW: THE ROLLING STONES – From The Vault: Hyde Park Live 1969

| 21 July 2015 | Reply

91-D7QGzpvL._SX522_Label: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Release Date: July 24, 2015

Rating: 8.5/10

Reviewed by: Todd “Toddstar” Jolicoeur

The Rolling Stones are no stranger to pulling off some of the most unique shows, including a free concert in Hyde Park on July 5, 1969.  This show was the first in over two years, as the band had taken a break from touring.  Additionally, this was to be the first show with new guitarist Mick Taylor.  Little did the band know that just two days before the planned show that previous guitar player Brian Jones would pass away, casting a small shadow over the festivities.  Paying their respects to Jones, the band and approximately 400,000 fans that made their way to Hyde Park conducted a Eulogy and then proceeded with a great show that would showcase some songs from the bands early catalog that had yet to be played in front of an audience, receiving their live debut at this historic show.  Disc opener “Midnight Rambler” is a bluesy jam that seems to go on and on, while panning between stage and crowd shots, demonstrating how the two fed off of the energy of the other.  Following the jam is a cool version of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction” that is unlike any other version I have heard, lending itself to more of a blues-jam feel than the rock groove attributed to the track almost 50 years later.  Watching Mick work the stage while the tandem of Richards and Taylor take different approaches to stage presence is enlightening.  “Eulogy” was the bands moment to relish the memory of Brian Jones, with Mick eluding to the fact that regardless of your belief that Jones would be at that show.  Few frontmen could pull off such an emotional moment in front of a large crowd.  “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” is every bit the rocker that it is today.  The band opened most dates on its recent Zip Code tour with this song, demonstrating the power of the track, as well as the bands and crowds love of the song.  “Love In Vain” is all blues and takes the disc in a different direction as the collection comes to a head.  The guitars are simple, but hold things together when Mick’s vocals seem to drift.

A lesser know track, “I’m Free” follows one of the bands most beloved songs and carries itself well, especially when the bands energy while paying is added to the mix.  The song holds up against any other on the disc.  “I’m Yours & I’m Hers” shows the true roots behind a lot of the Stones catalog.  This rocker is full of slide guitar and a bluesy vocal that really takes the song in a cool direction.  The rhythm section of Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman anchor the track when the guitars ramble through the bridge.  The bands blues/country/rock hybrid “Honky Tonk Women” takes center stage and kills it on this disc.  The song remains one of my favorites, regardless of the era and spin the band puts on it.  The vocals are strong and play well against the guitars.  The commentary between tracks really gives you some insight to where the band was at this time.  The show closes with an 18-minute version of “Sympathy For The Devil” that features African Tribal drummers.  This track, which has become a long jam through the years live, shows how the band works together without really communicating on stage – the way the different players work in and out of each others fills and playing gives this song a cool vibe.  If you haven’t seen this film in any of its incarnations through the years, pick this up for entertainment sake.  If you have seen it, check it out in all its remastered glory.

Tracklisting: Midnight Rambler – (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction – I’m Free – Eulogy – I’m Yours & I’m Hers – Jumpin’ Jack Flash – Honky Tonk Women – Love In Vain – Sympathy For The Devil

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ToddStar - that's me... just a rocking accountant who had dreams of being a rock star. I get to do the next best thing to rocking the globe - I get to take pictures of the lucky ones that do. I love to shoot all genres of music and different types of performers. If it is related to music, I love to photograph it. I get to shoot and hang with not only some of my friends and idols, but some of the coolest people around today.

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