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Rolling Stones: Beggars Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition

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With the exception of the expanded versions of Exile On Main Street (UME, 2010), Sticky Fingers (UME, 2011) and Some Girls (UME, 2015), the arguable essentials of their discography, the Rolling Stones have confined the archiving of their vault to unreleased concert material on audio and video rather than plumbing the depths for unreleased outtakes, demos and alternate arrangements. So it's little surprise that, while have been SACD releases of Rolling Stones catalog in the past, this Beggars Banquet 50th ...

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Rolling Stones: Beggar’s Banquet 50th Anniversary Edition

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It is hard to properly define when rock music reached its zenith, so I am going to designate that pinnacle as the four-year period between 1968 and 1972. As a not-so-certain coincidence, this same period corresponds to what is considered the Golden Age of the Rolling Stones, which further not-so-certainly coincides with the departure and subsequent death of founding member Brian Jones and the hiring of Mick Taylor away from John Mayall's Bluesbreakers. But that is getting a little ahead ...

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Rolling Stones: Voodoo Lounge Uncut

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Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Uncut Eagle Vision 2018 If there's anything better than issuing a previously-unreleased recording of some kind, it's putting out a fully-restored piece once available only in part. As indicated by its title, the Rolling Stones Voodoo Lounge Uncut represents the full and complete performance, in proper running order, from Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami. Prior to this DVD/2CD (or Blu-ray/2CD and limited vinyl) package, only portions of this November 1994 concert ...

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Rolling Stones: From The Vault: No Security, San Jose '99 (2CD + SD Blu Ray)

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It's hard to believe that 56 years after the band formed, and 55 years after it released its first single, a cover of Chuck Berry's “Come On" that reached an admirable first-time position of #21 in the UK charts, the Rolling Stones continue their strangle hold on the moniker “The World's Greatest Rock 'n Roll Band." The group may release new studio albums increasingly less frequently, with a full eleven-year gap between 2005's A Bigger Bang (Virgin) and a return ...

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Rolling Stones: On Air

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The Rolling Stones have a well-established history of archive releases, collectively titled 'From the Vault,' with which the band has done yeoman's work to document the later years of their history. On Air is not one of those titles, but in its Deluxe Edition, nevertheless constitutes an extensive examination of the original quintet's meticulous and spirited devotion to its roots. Incorporating rock and roll, blues, r&b and country music, thirty-two (!) tracks on two CD's taken from a ...

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Sticky Fingers: The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine

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The Life and Times of Jann Wenner and Rolling Stone Magazine Joe Hagan 560 Pages ISBN: # 1101874376 Knopf 2017 If Jann Wenner, the subject of Sticky Fingers, wasn't such a devoted fan of the Rolling Stones (after whom he at least partially named the magazine he founded), Joe Hagan might've equally aptly titled his biography of the man after Kris Kristofferson's song “The Pilgrim," two lines of which appear to capture the ...

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Rolling Stones From The Vault: Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015

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Rolling Stones Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theatre 2015 Eagle Rock Video 2017 The Rolling Stones have been nothing if not savvy (most of the time) throughout their fifty- year plus history, so it's no surprise the release of their latest title, Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015, is simultaneous with their 'No Filter' tour of Europe. But this is no better timed than the show itself, the first of their 'Zip Code' ...

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Rolling Stones: Ole Ole Ole! A Trip Across Latin America

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Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole! A Trip Across Latin America Eagle Vision 2017 Although Paul Dugdale's documentary of the Rolling Stones, Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America, was shown in theaters during the autumn of 2016, it deserves its release on DVD/Blu-ray because his directing permeates the film with suspense. Add to that dramatic virtue the many priceless moments sprinkled throughout the film, such as Mick Jagger and Keith Richards' reminiscence and acoustic ...

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Rolling Stones - Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America

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Rolling Stones Ole Ole Ole!: A Trip Across Latin America Fathom Events2016 Although it is compels watching more than once to absorb the varied detail within its two-hours plus duration, The Rolling Stones' Latin American tour documentary, Ole Ole Ole!, is worth seeing just for a single, priceless five minute interval near its mid-point. After guitarist Keith Richard and vocalist Mick Jagger laughingly reminisce about their visit to Brazil in the Sixties, they ...

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Rolling Stones: Sweet Summer Sun & Havana Moon DVD/CD

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It might be fair to say that any concert appearance by a band with fifty years plus history is an occasion in itself and doubly so (or more) to offer that observation about the Rolling Stones. Who would've guessed in 1963, 1973 or 1983 that the group would not only still be together in 2016, but playing regularly around the world? Or remain a sufficiently popular draw to attract the huge crowds that attended the concert(s) in London's Hyde Park ...

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Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day

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Altamont: The Rolling Stones, The Hell's Angels and The Inside Story of Rock's Darkest Day Joel Selvin 368 Pages ISBN: # 0062444255 Dey Street Books2016 The best books on rock and roll have invariably been comprised of layer upon layer of information interwoven with insight and Joel Selvin's Altamont is exactly that kind of book. Formally and informally ensconced in the San Francisco scene for decades, he brings his knowing perceptions to ...

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Rolling Stones: Totally Stripped

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Rolling Stones Totally Stripped Eagle Vision 2016 Eagle Rock's release of the Rolling Stones Totally Stripped is not another entry From the Vault but it may as well be because it's just as compelling and revelatory, if not more so, than Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990 (Eagle Vision,2015) or Hampton Coliseum Live in 1981) (Eagle Vision, 2014). The DVD/CD package in itself is a broad expansion of the content in the original titles as ...