The latest release in the ongoing celebration of The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary is another welcome addition to the library of any fan of this legendary veteran rock act. The new DVD and Blu-ray release covers the band’s formative years during the 1960s and 70s. There are those that have criticized this new release, comparing it to the likes of The Beatles’ Anthology. But let’s be realistic, considering the price of that set and the price of the Stones’ previous box set, Charlie is my Darling, this latest release is just as good. Would it be nice to see the importance of the band throughout its care, considering that the world is celebrating its 50th anniversary? Yes, it would. And hopefully Eagle Rock will follow up this release with one that follows the second half of the band’s storied career. But in the meantime, this volume will do just fine.
Crossfire Hurricane is such an impressive work because it in fact does cover a specific portion of the band’s career. It covered the band’s career during what was one of the most turbulent times in the modern history of the world. Mick, Charlie, Keith, and the late Brian Jones are all presented here in their highs (both metaphorically and literally) and their lows. From dealing with public perception versus the perfectly proper “Fab Four” to becoming the voice of a disenchanted youth to dealing with the loss of a brother, it’s all here. Audiences see the band’s meteoric rise to fame, and hear direct from the fans and the band itself what made the band so important even in its infancy. Viewers even get to hear what the band had to say about working with one another, too, which leads to another positive in the presentation.
Audiences get so much out of the history presented behind the band in Crossfire Hurricane. Directly related to the band’s history is the video footage presented in this release. Fans that bought the recently released DVD, Blu-ray or complete box set presentation of Charlie is my Darling will recognize some of the footage included in this presentation. There is far more footage included here that wasn’t included in that presented in that set, too. Together, the final product will take fans of all ages back in time to the band’s younger days. While Mick’s look hasn’t changed much since the band’s initial performances, drummer Charlie Watts is almost unrecognizable. Parents should be warned that among the footage, there is some nudity throughout the expertly re-mastered footage. So parents who perhaps want to introduce their kids to one of rock’s greatest bands should take this into note before watching it with younger viewers in the room. That aside, it is still an impressive look back on what are some of the most important years in the history of The Rolling Stones.
If the history lesson on The Rolling Stones’ early years isn’t enough for viewers, then maybe the bonus live performances included will entertain audiences. After all, Eagle Rock continuously proves itself to be a leader among companies putting out live releases. Just as the footage compiled for the documentary will take viewers on a nostalgic trip down memory lane, so will the bonus live performances. The earliest of the performances included in this release date as far back as 1964. Considering that nearly half a century has passed since these performances were recorded, the footage has stood the test of time quite well. Both the audio and video sound quite impressive. They sound just as good as any of today’s recordings. As good as they sound and as much of a resurgence as vinyl has had today, it would be even more amazing for nostalgia’s sake to see Eagle Rock release those performances on a complete vinyl release, too.
So much more could be noted of this new release. But it goes without saying that as already noted, it is one more impressive way for fans to celebrate the career of a band that is simply put, rock royalty. Who knows, maybe Eagle Rock will even follow up this presentation with another celebration of the band’s career with a feature on the second half of the band’s career. Fans can be the first to find out when they “Like” the Eagle Rock Entertainment Facebook page at http://www.facebook.com/EagleRockEnt. The DVD and Blu-ray are both available now in stores and online and can be ordered direct via the Eagle Rock Entertainment website at http://www.eagle-rock.com.
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