DVD review: THE ROLLING STONES – From The Vault


Eagle Vision [Release date 30.10.15]

I am pleased to say that those very nice people at Eagle have delivered the goods once again and the latest releases in The Rolling Stones “From The Vault” series are from Tokyo in 1990 and Leeds in 1982. Once again a sterling job has been done in restoring the footage with the sound again being mixed by Bob Clearmountain.

There are no two ways about it, The Stones Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle tour was a huge success- with a stage set, in part designed by the band themselves, that would dictate the way that big bands would tour for at least the next fifteen years or so.

By 1990, for the first time in the band’s twenty five year career, the Japanese government allowed The Rolling Stones to perform in Japan and From The Vault – Live at The Tokyo Dome 1990 captures the band on one of those ten shows. These shows would be some of the last to feature original bass player Bill Wyman and from that point alone is great to have in the collection.

The set list is a selection of greatest hits and is one of my favourite Stones shows over the years. Live staples such as “Start Me Up”, “Brown Sugar”, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”, “Satisfaction” and “Gimme Shelter” sit alongside the likes of recent “Steel Wheels” tracks “Can’t Be Seen”, “Rock and a Hard Place” and “Almost Hear You Sigh”. For me though the stand out tracks amongst this slick and fast paced show are mid-eighties hit “Harlem Shuffle” and an immense version of “2000 Light Years From Home”.

Then we get to the second of the two new releases, From The Vault – Live in Leeds 1982.  A poignant show as this is the last time founding member Ian Stewart would feature on piano. Mick Jagger’s outfits aside the show does not feel as dated as you would imagine.

The set list once again includes the big hits, however, with the tour in support of the recent “Tattoo You” album there are a number of late 70’s and early ‘80’s songs that we don’t really get from the band that often these days- “Shattered”, “She’s So Cold”, “Neighbours” and “Little T&A” to name just a few. There are also great live versions of “Time Is On My Side”, the faster version of “Under My Thumb” and “Let’s Spend The Night Together”.

Both these releases come in a number of formats including Blu-ray, DVD, CD and vinyl, and are great additions to the series. I cannot wait to see what the next batch includes. *****

Review by Nikk Gunns

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