On July 18th, 1978, The Rolling Stones made a stop at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas as part of its tour in support of its album, Some Girls. Over three decades have passed since that iconic performance. Last year, Eagle Rock Entertainment, Eagle Vision, and Eagle Records released that performance on CD, DVD and Blu-ray. Now, the companies have followed up the success of those releases with a double disc vinyl/DVD combo pack for true hardcore Stones fans. This new set includes the entire performance of that show on two double sided vinyl discs along with a full length performance of the show on DVD. It goes without saying that this is another outstanding performance from an outstanding band that helps to celebrate the band’s fiftieth anniversary.
The first thing that will hit audiences in taking in this performance is the quality of the recording. Nearly thirty-five years have passed since this performance was originally recorded. But as evidenced both on the DVD and the vinyl release, the recording has stood the test of time. The audio portion on the vinyl will impress any audiophile. The companion DVD is just as impressive. Considering the technology that was available in 1978, the quality of the video footage is outstanding. It’s obvious painstaking efforts were taken to preserve this concert. And those responsible for maintaining and restoring it for its latest release are to be commended for their efforts. Those efforts paid off in a large way. It’s great to be able to see the band’s performance not just from the stage, but also from the vantage point of the audience. The wide shots of the show from the back of the auditorium give an even more incredible view of the audience numbers and the audience’s reaction to the band from one song to the next. There’s no let up from either the band or its fans throughout the concert.
The audio and video go a long way towards making Some Girls Live in Texas ’78 enjoyable for any Rolling Stones fan. They’re just part of the overall experience, though. The set list has its own hand in the success of this release. Presented here are standout performance of hits including: ‘Star Star’, ‘Honky Tonk Women’, ‘Beast of Burden’, ‘Brown Sugar’, and ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.’ Long time audiences that haven’t gotten to see last year’s DVD and BD release of this show will be taken aback by the band’s you and energy here. There’s hardly a wrinkle to be seen on any of the band members. Though, Mick Jagger has that signature swagger that has made him such a rock icon throughout the Stones’ career together. And the guitar solos courtesy of Keith Richards and Ron Wood will get even the newest Stones’ fans moving in their own living rooms, bedrooms, etc. Drummer Charlie Watts keeps the whole band together behind his kit, adding his own flair where necessary, too. The band’s performance and the equally impressive recording come together to make a release that is a fitting addition to any Stones’ fan’s celebration of the band’s anniversary. Some Girls Live in Texas ’78 is available now in stores and online. It can be ordered online at http://www.eagle-rock.com.
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