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The Rolling Stones: Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones

By Published: November 20, 2010
Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones documents a point in this quintessential rock group's career where it not only met but exceeded the expectations of its audience and the public at large. The tour filled pages in each issue of Rolling Stone magazine for its duration, and while much of the coverage was the tawdry sort than chronicled the hangers on such as Truman Capote and Margaret Trudeau, wife of the then Canadian prime minister, that was simply a testament to how the elevated musical stature of the Stones had translated to celebrity status without undermining the authenticity of its approach to its music.

No more lengthy than they are insightful, the bonus features included on the disc nevertheless suggest the sources of authenticity as well as the professionalism at the heart of the Stones as a band, particularly in the instrumental "Bluesberry Jam." Tour rehearsal footage finds the Stones playing bereft of showmanship, except for Jagger, whose facial and physical contortions are as much as natural reaction to the sound around him as the bobbing and swaying of Richards as he plays.

Over the four decades plus the Rolling Stones have been together, Mick Jagger has learned to parlay an ego that craves attention into marketing savvy, but in both the 1972 and 2010 interview footage, he does display a certain self-effacing charm. Certainly more clear-eyed and clear-headed in the latter than in the former, it is to his credit as well that he radiates such a genuine interest in the work of the band and the effort required, as with this project, to bring it up to date. It might be fair to say he's one of the Stones' biggest fans and watching Ladies & Gentlemen The Rolling Stones, it's easy to see why.

Tracks: Brown Sugar; Bitch; Gimme Shelter; Dead Flowers; Happy; Tumbling Dice; Love In Vain; Sweet Virginia; You Can't Always Get What You Want; All Down The Line; Midnight Rambler; Bye Bye Johnny; Rip This Joint; Jumpin' Jack Flash; Street Fighting Man.

Personnel: Mick Jagger: vocals, harp; Keith Richards: guitar, vocals; Mick Taylor: guitar; Bill Wyman: bass; Charie Watts: drums; Nicky Hopkins: piano; Jim Price: trumpet; Bobby Keys: saxophone.

Production Notes: 110 minutes. Bonus features include: Tour rehearsal footage from Montreux; 1972 Old Grey Whistle Test interview with Mick Jagger; 2010 interview with Mick Jagger.

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