DVD reviews: THE ROLLING STONES – From the Vault 1975 and 1981

The Rolling Stones - LA Forum Live In 1975

THE ROLLING STONES – From The Vault- L.A Forum 1975

Eagle Vision [Released 17.11 .14]

The Rolling Stones have previously made a number of live performances available as downloads from their website and these have all been brought up to scratch soundwise by renowned engineer Bob Clearmountain and now Eagle Vision are releasing two of these shows in DVD and BluRay formats.  Following on from 1981’s Hampton Coliseum gig is “From The Vault- L.A Forum 1975”.

By 1975 the band had experienced their stunning run of albums from 1969 to 1973 with guitarist Mick Taylor and he had recently left the band to be replaced by Ronnie Wood, whose first tour with the band came while he was still officially a member of The Faces (who did not disband until 1976). It was during the band’s “Tour of The Americas ‘75” that they played 5 nights at the L.A Forum, the footage released on “From The Vault- L.A Forum 1975” was shot during the July 12th show.

Looking at the bands satin, leather and eyelinered appearance you can tell this was filmed whilst glam rock was still at full power, yet 18 months away was the punk era and some big changes were to come- but for now here we are in 1975 and as the stage unfolds to present the band you can almost soak up the atmosphere. The set list here is peppered with great tracks the band no longer play such as “If You Can’t Rock Me”, “Star Star”, “Ain’t Too Proud To Beg” and “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)”. With the addition of Billy Preston on keyboards “Gimme Shelter” is one of the best renditions of the song that I have ever heard, Keith Richards “Happy” is a sloppy affair whilst “Tumbling Dice” is a good as ever. Other tracks include “Street Fighting Man”, “Rip This Joint”, “It’s Only Rock n Roll”, “Brown Sugar” and “Wild Horses”. We are also treated to the band joining Billy Preston on “That’s Life” and “Outta Space”.

“From The Vault- L.A Forum 1975” is another great live release from the band and if this series of releases is to mirror the series of audio downloads from The Rolling Stones then there are some right treats to come. As well as DVD and BluRay formats you can also buy versions with the addition of either a 2 CD set of 3 LP. *****

Review by Nikk Gunns

THE ROLLING STONES – From The Vault- Hampton Coliseum 1981

Eagle Vision [Released 17.11.14]

The Rolling Stones have previously made a number of live performances available as downloads from their website and these have all been brought up to scratch soundwise by renowned engineer Bob Clearmountain and now Eagle Vision are releasing two of these shows in DVD and BluRay formats.

The band had been setting trends since 1963 and by their 1981 Tour of The Americas had survived the onset of prog, disco and punk unlike some of their peers. The tour consisted of 50 shows and became the most successful tour, and the most profitable (raking in a record breaking $50 million in ticket sales alone), of the year and was to set the pace for many a big tour to follow. In support of their recent “Tattoo You” album, the setlist is a good representation of their career so far and by the time The Rolling Stones reached Hampton, Virginia they had become better than ever. The show was recorded on 18th December, Keith Richards’ 38th birthday, and was the ever concert to be broadcast on television as a pay per view event and it is this footage has now been carefully restored to accompany the Clearmountain mixed soundtrack.

For all Keith Richards coolness, when you see Mick Jagger in photos from this era it is hard to tell if he was the forerunner of the big ‘80’s style and bright colours combining with music- or, on the verge of 40, having a mild midlife crisis (evidence of this can be seen in the American football outfit that appeared on the tour).

As well as the live footage we also get the original advert for the show, which is worth the price of the DVD alone. Backstage footage shows the late Ian Stewart and the band were also joined on this tour by former Faces/Small Faces keyboardist Ian McLagan, and you get to see the band getting ready to take to the stage.  Once they get there, they perform 27 tacks including “Miss You”, “Under My Thumb”, the new track “Start Me Up”, “Honky Tonk Women”, “Brown Sugar”, “Jumping Jack Flash” and, of course, “Satisfaction”- the only noticeable omission is “Gimme Shelter”. This gig is memorable for two things- the band singing happy birthday to Keith Richards before he tears his way through “Little T&A” and something that has come to be part of the great Richards’ legend. During the last song, “Satisfaction”, an audience member takes to the stage and makes his way toward Richards who, cool as you like, takes of his black Telecaster, hits the guy with it then straps it back on and keeps on playing- great to see now but you have to bear in mind that this was less than a year since a crazed fan murdered John Lennon- Keith was taking no chances.

“From The Vault- Hampton Coliseum 1981” is a great Rolling Stones show and a great DVD- hopefully there will be a few more coming from the bands vaults. *****

Review by Nikk Gunns


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