The Rolling Stones have been making music together for well over half a century. Over the course of the band members’ now fifty-two years together, they have released some twenty-two albums and seemingly just as many greatest hits compilations. The band has also released its own share of live recordings along the way, too. The most recent of those live recordings is 2013’s Sweet Summer Sun: Hyde Park Live. That recording is one of the band’s best live recordings to date if not the best to date. That recording was released by Eagle Rock Entertainment, the same company responsible for the release of the band’s archived 1981 Chicago show Live at the Checkerboard Lounge in 2012 and a handful of other recordings that followed. 2014 has been no different for Stones fans as Eagle Rock released two more archived live concerts from the band early this month. One of those recordings takes audiences back to the band’s 1981 performance at Virginia’s Hampton Coliseum. The second takes audiences even farther back, going all the way back to 1975 and the band’s performance that year at the famed Forum in Los Angeles. There is just as much to enjoy about the Stones’ 1981 show in Hampton, Virginia as there is about its companion concert from the band’s ’81 show in Virginia. The most obvious of the show’s positives is its set list. Many of the songs that are presented in this show are also presented in the band’s ’81 show. The difference between the two shows’ set lists is that there is far less of the slower stuff in this show than in its companion recording. Another great reason to check this concert is the band’s stage presence and its overall stage show. And last but hardly least of all worth noting is the show’s collective production values (I.E. audio and video mix). Taking into account the recording technology of the day, the audio quality is rather impressive. And the video mix isn’t that bad, either. It does serve to show how much recording tech has advanced since this concert’s recording. That is not to take away from the importance of the recording’s companion booklet, either. Even the companion booklet serves its own purpose in the concert’s overall presentation. All things considered, From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: L.A. Forum Live in 1975 proves to be one more reason that The Rolling Stones is considered to still be one of rock’s elite acts and why Eagle Rock Entertainment remains the leader in live recordings to this day.
The members of The Rolling Stones have been making music together for well over half a century. While so many other bands have gone by the wayside in that time, Mick Jagger and company have remained one of rock’s elite acts. Eagle Rock Entertainment has more than proven why in recent years why exactly The Rolling Stones is still one of the music world’s top acts with each one of its archived Stones concerts. From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: L.A. Forum Live in 1975 is no exception to that standard established by Eagle Rock so many years ago. The most obvious way that it shows this is through the concert’s set list. The band was not touring in support of any new release at the time of this performance. As audiences will learn in the recording’s companion booklet, the band was roughly a year removed from the release of its most recent release at the time, It’s Only Rock and Roll (1974). That album was the band’s fourteenth (yes, fourteenth) U.S. release and twelfth for the band’s fans in the U.K. That was over the course of eleven years since the release of the band’s delf-titled U.K. debut and U.S. debut England’s Newest Hit Makers. That means that even without a “new” album to tour behind, Mick and company still had more than their share of material with which to entertain audiences. And they did just that, pulling from that album and going even farther back in the band’s catalogue all the way back to the band’s earliest days. It would be interesting to see if there is a band out there today that has as much material under its collective belt today. Most of today’s music acts regardless of genre only have on average three albums to their names after ten years. So that’s really saying something in the case of this recording and for the band’s creativity. In all, the set list for this show totals twenty-six songs and well over two and a half hours. That is a lot of music and a lot of enjoyment for Rolling Stones fan of any age. It’s just one of so many ways in which this recording proves to be another welcome addition to said fans’ personal collections. The band’s stage presence throughout the course of those nearly three hours is another way in which it proves this argument.
The band’s stage presence over the course of its nearly three hour performance at the Forum is definitely worth noting. The companion booklet that comes with the concert notes that this concert was not the first for the band that night. It was the fourth of five shows in a row at the Forum that the band held between July 9th and July 13th. One would think that having performed three shows before this one and having one more to go, the band’s members would have been exhausted and perhaps saving their energy. But that certainly isn’t the case here. Jagger and his band mates kept the energy high and in turn, the audience in house fully engaged from start to finish. Adding to the interest of the band’s stage presence is the fact that these shows marked part of the band’s first tour with then new guitarist Ronnie Wood. The cemistry between Wood and the rest of the band was quite obvious throughout the course of the show. It definitely went a long way toward making the show more enjoyable both for the band and the audience in attendance that night. It does just as much for audiences that purchase this recording today and watch it themselves. Audiences will especially understand this when they purchase the concert’s DVD recording. In seeing that energy and chemistry, audiences will agree that the band’s stage presence throughout the course of its nearly three-hour show is one more way in which it proves to be another welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s personal collection.
The set list and the stage presence of The Rolling Stones throughout the course of From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: L.A. Forum Live in 1975 both serve as prime examples of why every Rolling Stones fan will enjoy this recording. One more important factorto consider in the recording’s overall presentation is its production values (I.E. audio and video mix). Nearly four decades have passed since this performance was first recorded. It goes without saying that since that time, recording technology has evolved by leaps and bounds. Even with the tech available at the time of the concert’s recording, it still looks and sounds relatively good. The sound quality is especially impressive considering the size of The Forum within its walls. The shots that made up the concert do an impressive job in their own right showing just how expansive The Forum’s inner workings were at the time. That vastness coupled with the band’s stage set explain by themselves why so few of the shots were taken up close but rather from a distance. Even being taken from a distance, the shots in question still give audiences a clear view of the band when not recorded from the stage. The combination of the audio and video together make the overall viewing experience even more worth it for fans regardless of their age.
The production values presented in From The Vault—The Rolling Stones: L.A. Forum Live in 1975 alongside the recording’s set list and the band’s stage presence collectively make the recording more than worth the watch regardless of audiences’ ages. As much of a role as they play, one would be remiss to note the recording’s companion booklet as an important factor to the whole experience. The companion booklet that comes with the cocnert’s DVD presentation offers audiences a thorough look at the concert from start to finish, much as with the band’s other archived live performance from 1981 at Virginia’s Hampton Coliseum. It even goes into detail on the band’s backing musicians instead of just the band itself. As if this isn’t enough the companion booklet includes an equally thorough summary on the evening’s concert once again written up by Richard Havers. Havers composed the liner notes for the band’s other From The Vault concert from 1981. This in-depth look at this concert plays directly into the aforementioned factors to make it just as important to the whole as them. Together with those aspects, it completes the experience and proves ultimately again why The Rolling Stones is one of rock’s elite acts. Having so much content and such a quality overall experience, it also shows once more why Eagle Rock Entertainment is the leader in live recordings.
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