Rolling Stones Fans Will Feel “Secure” In Buying The Rolling Stones’ Latest Live Recording

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Eagle Rock Entertainment has pulled another classic archived Rolling Stones concert from the vaults.  This latest live recording from what is one of the music industry’s greatest acts (not just one of rock’s greatest names) –  From The Vault: No Security San Jose 99 is another enjoyable jaunt back into the 1990s, but much later than the band’s last recording from the 90s, Live at the Tokyo Dome 1990.  That recording was released October 30, 2015.  This time, Eagle Rock is taking audiences back to the band’s 1999 performance in San Jose, California, the city that originally hosted the band way back in 1965.  The recording’s 20-song set, which is split between a DVD and CD (and on separate platform Blu-ray and CD), sets the recording’s foundation.  It will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of that set list is just as important as the set list itself, and will, in turn, be discussed a little bit later.  The recording’s production values round out its most important elements.  Each element is key in its own way to the whole of the recording.  All things considered, the noted elements make From The Vault: No Security No Security99 yet another must have live recording for any and every Rolling Stones fan.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest entry in its ongoing Rolling Stones From The Vault series is another impressive offering that any Rolling Stones devotee will feel “secure” adding to his or her music library.  Yes, that awful pun was fully intended.  It proves to be such a strong effort in part through its set list.  This extensive 20-song set list is split between the recording’s CD and its DVD/BD (depending on which platform one purchases).  The set list stands out because it doesn’t just play it safe and offer all of the same songs that have been presented in each of the band’s previous entries in the From The Vault series.  Rather, it goes off the proverbial beaten path this time and offers performances of some far lesser performed tunes including the title track from the band’s 1978 album Some Girls, the band’s take on songwriter Bobby Troup’s timeless song ‘Route 66,’ which was included in the Stones’ self-titled 1964 album, ‘Get Off My Cloud,’ which is taken from the band’s 1965 album December’s Children and so many other rarities.  Yes, there are some familiar tunes included in this set list such as ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Honky Tonk Woman,’ ‘Midnight Rambler’ and of course ‘Sympathy for the Devil,’ but by and large, this time the concert’s set list gives listeners a certain amount of variety in comparison to the set lists of the band’s previous live recordings.  It’s a nice change of pace this time out.  On top of that, the very fact that the band’s original performance presented here was split between two days, odds are that the split presented here between the recording’s CD and DVD/BD sides likely mirrors that two-day run that the band had in San Jose.  That adds even more reason to appreciate this set list and its division.  Keeping this in mind, the set list presented here creates a strong foundation for the recording, and is certainly not the only item that makes the recording worth experiencing. The band’s performance of the set list is just as important to this recording’s presentation as its set list.

The performance put on by Mick Jagger and company in this latest archived recording from The Rolling Stones will keep audiences just as engaged as the set list itself.  This is exemplified at least in part in the band’s performance of ‘Saint of Me,’  This performance features not only Jagger and company, but all of the familiar backing musicians, too right down to the backing vocalists.  What’s really great in the group’s collective performance here is that no one really has to do much other than just play the song to so effectively keep audiences entertained and engaged.  The energy in Jagger’s vocal delivery, both as he stands before the audience, playing his guitar and as he makes his way across the stage, delivers such energy in itself.  Meanwhile the backing vocalists add their own power to the performance as they sway and sing.  Even Jagger’s band mates, Ron Wood and Keith Richards don’t have to do much to make their performances enjoyable as they make their way through the song.  The same can be said of drummer Charlie Watts as he keeps time through it all.  It’s amazing to see someone of his age (at that time) still able to do what he does with so much energy.  It’s a testament, perhaps, to just good, clean living.  What’s more, the fact that the song was the seventh of the set’s 20 total songs, yet the band still had so much in them collectively, says plenty in itself.  One of the most interesting moments of the band’s performance comes early on – just before the band launches into ‘You Got Me Rocking’ – as Jagger apologizes to the audiences for what he called “a change of plans.”  He notes something about something happening to him at some point.  It seems to hint that maybe the concert was split into two nights because something happened to him physically in the first night, leading to a cancellation and re-scheduling for a second night.  Again, it’s such a brief moment, but does a lot to explain why the concert is spread across two nights.  Even more notable is Jagger’s sincerity in his apology to the audience.  One can tell that he really appreciated the audience coming back for a second night with the band.  It shows a real appreciation for the fans, and is just one more way in which the performance stands out here, even as brief as it is.  The band’s performance of the decidedly reserved ‘I Got The Blues’ is another wonderful example of the importance of the band’s performance overall in this recording.  Considering all of the energy that is exuded throughout the course of the concert, this rare moment is a huge departure for the band.  The whole band (including the backing musicians) fully embraces the song’s emotion from start to end.  Jagger’s vocal delivery is a clear example of that embrace.  There is such a pained sound in his delivery as he sings, and the depth of emotion in the song’s instrumental portion on every part, adds its own depth with all of the crescendos, decrescendos and dynamics in general.  It makes this song another of the concert’s most standout moments and key moments that shows the importance of the band’s performance of the show’s set list.  When these moments are taken into consideration along with the rest of the performance – including especially the powerhouse performance of ‘Paint It Black’ — the whole of the performance makes the concert just as fun to take in at home as it must have been at its original recording.  When this is considered along with the show’s set list the whole of those two elements does more than enough to make this recording a welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s home music and video library.  It still is not the last of the recording’s most important elements to discuss.  The concert’s production values round out its most important elements.

In considering the fact that the concert presented in San Jose ’99 was recorded in 1999, right at the turn of the century, the major advancements in recording technology that are available today were not available at that time, including high-definition and 4K.  Despite that, the audio and video mix exhibited here are surprisingly positive.  The video isn’t the crystal clear of so many of today’s concerts, but it still is clear enough in its own right.  The sound meanwhile is just as impressive as is in any live recording that has been released since.  The vocals and music are expertly balanced throughout the show.  As has been noted so many times before, this is key because – believe it or not – it has and does happen where concert audio has been anything but expertly mixed.  Luckily such instance has always been extremely rare for Eagle Rock Entertainment live recordings.  This recording is no exception to that rule either.  Simply put, the audio and video mix are top-notch again, giving audiences an experience that is just as enjoyable at home as it was in its original presentation, if not better.  In other words, it gives audiences the best seat in the house and then some.  That is especially the case when this element is considered along with the recording’s set list and the band’s performance thereof.  It makes both elements that much more worth experiencing.  That being the case, the recording in whole proves to be a recording that is not only a great Rolling Stones live experience, but one that every Rolling Stones fan will want to own.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest addition to its Rolling Stones From The Vault series, No Security — San Jose ’99 is a welcome addition to any Rolling Stones fan’s home music and video library.  That is due in no small part to a set list that stands out distinctly from the set lists in the series’ previous entries.  While there are some familiar tunes included here, the roughly two-hour, 20-song set list is made up largely of songs not presented in the series’ previous offerings.  The band’s performance of that set list is everything that audiences have come to expect of Mick Jagger and company.  Much the same can be said of the recording’s production values.  Once again, the production values give home viewers the best seat in the house.  Each element is critical in its own right to the whole of this recording.  All things considered, they make No Security — San Jose ’99 one of this year’s top new live recordings, one of the year’s top new live CDs and live DVDs/BDs.  It will be available next Friday, July 13.  It can be pre-ordered on DVD/CD, Blu-ray/CD, 3LP and digital video now.

More information on From The Vault: No SecuritySan Jose 99 is available online along with all of The Rolling Stones’ latest news and more at:

 

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Eagle Rock Entertainment Continuing Its Rolling Stones ‘From The Vault’ Series With Another New Recording

Courtesy: Eagle Rock Entertainment

Eagle Rock is pulling another Rolling Stones concert from its vaults.

From The Vault: No Security — San Jose 1999 is scheduled to be released July 13 in stores and online.  It will be released on DVD, Blu-ray, DVD+2CD combo pack, 3LP and digital platforms.  Pre-orders are open now.

Originally recorded during the final leg of The Rolling Stones’ American tour from 1999, the concert saw the band play to a crowd of an estimated 33,000 people over the course of two nights.  It was not the band’s first time playing in San Jose.  The city first hosted The Rolling Stones in 1965.

The recording’s 20-song set includes hits from the band’s earliest days, going all the way back to 1965 and at the time as recent as 1997’s Bridges To Babylon.  It includes hit singles such as ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash,’ ‘Out Of Control,’ ‘Saint Of Me,’ ‘Honky Tonk Woman,’ ‘Midnight Rambler’ and more.  The recording’s full track listing is noted below.

Track listing:

1. Jumpin’ Jack Flash
2. Bitch
3. You Got Me Rocking
4. Respectable
5. Honky Tonk Woman
6. I Got The Blues
7. Saint Of Me
8. Some Girls
9. Paint It Black
10. You Got The Silver
11. Before They Make Me Run
12. Out Of Control
13. Route 66
14. Get Off Of My Cloud
15. Midnight Rambler
16. Tumbling Dice
17. It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll (But I Like It)
18. Start Me Up
19. Brown Sugar
20. Sympathy For The Devil

Audiences can view a trailer for the recording online now here.

More information on From The Vault: No Security — San Jose 1999 is available online now along with all of The Rolling Stones’ latest news and more at:

 

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/RollingStones

 

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Website: http://www.eagle-rock.com

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Twitter: http://twitter.com/EagleRockNews

 

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Sherman’s Studio’ “Concert” Is A Performance Of A Lifetime

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This year was another strong one for live recordings.  Between recordings released in bundles and those released either as standalone CDs or DVDs/BDs, the recordings that serve audiences who might have otherwise not been able to take in a live show, proved on both fronts to be largely solid offerings.  Given, there were some disappointments including Jane’s Addiction’s latest live recording Alive at Twenty-Five and the archived Les Paul tribute concert Live From Universal Studios Hollywood.  For the most part though, this year’s field of new live recordings — both on CD and DVD/BD — has proven to be quite impressive as has already been noted in the previous live recordings lists.  Keeping that in mind, it is only fair, having noted the best live CDs and best new live DVDs and Blu-rays to present one list of the year’s best new overall live recordings.

This year’s best overall live recordings pull from both audio and audio-visual fields, proving that recordings can be enjoyable in both arenas.  Topping this year’s list of best live overall recordings is PBS’ in studio “concert” from Richard Sherman, one half of the famed Sherman Brothers creative team, Songs of A Lifetime.  Slipknot’s new live recording Day of the Gusano is on this list, too thanks to the combined impact of its CD and Blu-ray presentation.  Of course while Alter Bridge, Jon Cleary and Experience Hendrix, LLC all released new recordings that were CD only, they deserve their own spot on the overall list.  Eagles of Death Metal’s new live recording Live at the Olympia Paris also deserves to be on that list along with The Rolling Stones’ new From The Vault offering Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015 — again because of the overall impact of its audio and audio/visual sides.  It’s just one more on that list.

As with every previous list, this entry offers this critic’s 10 best new titles in the category along with five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Enough rambling.  Without any further ado, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live Recordings.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE RECORDINGS

  1. Richard ShermanSongs of a Lifetime
  2. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  3. Mumford & Sons — Live in South Africa
  4. Between The Buried & Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  5. Jon Cleary — Live at Chickie Wah Wah
  6. Curtis Knight presents Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 1965 & 1966
  7. Eagles of Death Metal — Live at Olympia Paris
  8. The Rolling Stones — From The VaultSticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  9. Foghat — Live at the Belly Up
  10. Black Sabbath — The End
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  13. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years — Live at Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  14. The Who — Tommy Live at Royal Albert Hall
  15. The Dead Daisies — Live & Louder

That’s it finally for the live recordings categories.  Up next will be the year’s top new albums overall.  It’s going to be an interesting list, needless to say as it may well change before it even gets posted up in the next day or so, so stay tuned!  Also on the way is a handful of lists for the year’s new DVD and Blu-ray titles including box sets for families and for grown-ups as well as family DVDs and Blu-rays.  Stay tuned!

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PBS’ Richard Sherman Studio “Concert” Hits All The Right Notes For Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Live DVDs/BDs List

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Experiencing a live performance by one’s favorite acts is a special experience.  The sights and sounds — from the performance itself to the enjoyment and excitement experienced alongside other fans — come together to make the live experience something almost as magical as it is memorable.  Of course it’s not always that easy to have that experience because of work, family or maybe other items.  Enter the live DVD and Blu-ray.  These recordings are pivotal for audiences the world over because people don’t always get to see their favorite acts.  They also often prove to give audiences an experience that is at least slightly different from that offered in their CD counterparts.  Keeping that in mind, it is fully justifiable for critics to present lists of the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays as well as live CDs.  That is exactly what this critic is doing here.

This year, as with so many years past, Eagle Rock Entertainment has proven to have the majority of the year’s top new live DVDs and Blu-rays, once again proving why it is the leader in live recordings.  Of course it is not the only label represented in this critic’s list this year.  Live recordings from The Winery Dogs, The Dead Daisies, and even famed songwriter Richard Sherman (one half of the famed Sherman Brothers creative team) are all on the list, too alongside new material from Between The Buried and Me and Michael Schenker.  Those noted recordings are all from other labels.  In other words, this year saw a healthy range of new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  With that in mind, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Live DVDs and Blu-rays.  As always, the list includes this critic’s Top 10 choices as well as five additional honorable mention titles, for a total of 15 titles.  Let’s go!

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS/BDs

  1. Richard ShermanSongs of a Lifetime
  2. Tedeschi Trucks Band — Live From The Fox Oakland
  3. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  4. Mumford & Sons — Live From South Africa
  5. Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic
  6. Black Sabbath — The End
  7. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  8. The Rolling Stones — Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015
  9. The Who — Tommy Live at the Royal Albert Hall
  10. The Winery Dogs — Dog YearsLive in Santiago and Beyond 2013 – 2016
  11. Eagles of Death Metal — I Love You All The Time — Live at the Olympia Paris
  12. Sting — Live at the Olympia Paris
  13. Spock’s Beard — Snow Live
  14. The Dead Daisies — Live & Louder
  15. Michael Schenker — Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo International Forum Hall

That’s all for this list and still not all for the live recordings.  Still to consider is the whole of the combo packs and the standalone recordings.  In other words, there is still a list of the year’s top new live recordings overall to consider.  Also still on the way are the year’s top new albums as well as a handful of DVD and Blu-ray lists.  As many as possible will be covered before the year lets out, so stay tuned for all of that.

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Rare Hendrix Archived Live Recording Takes Top Honors On Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 Live CDs List

Courtesy: Dagger Records/Experience Hendrix, LLC

Experiencing live concert events is not an easy thing in this day and age.  Between the collective costs of attending (I.E. pricey tickets, gas, souvenirs, possible lodging, food & drink, etc.), perhaps the general lack of time to attend depending on circumstances, or maybe the very fact that audiences’ favorite acts didn’t include certain cities on their tours, there is a lot that plays into the inability to attend live events.  Keeping this in mind, not all hope is lost, thanks to all of the live recordings released each year by so many acts.  Some are released as full bundle packages while others are released just as DVDs or Blu-rays.  Some are even released solely on CD.  Regardless of the platforms, the availability of so many live recordings is unquestionably important for audiences.  Staying on that topic, the live CDs made available are worth noting in their own right.  That is the the case regardless of whether or not said CDs are bundled with DVD or Blu-ray counterparts.  That is because, again, even if the CDs come alongside a live audio visual component, that audio only component can and does oftentimes, translate differently than DVD and Blu-ray recordings.  Keeping this in mind, Phil’s Picks is offering a list of the year’s top new live CDs.

Included in this year’s list are standalone CD recordings and CDs included as part of bundles.  The titles featured in this year’s list include live recordings from Curtis Knight, Jon Cleary, Alter Bridge, The Dead Daisies and many others.  Simply put, they run the gamut from one genre to another across the musical universe.  Topping this year’s list is Dagger Records and Experience Hendrix, LLC’s new Jimi Hendrix recording Curtis Knight featuring Jimi Hendrix Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966.  This live recording features performances by Hendrix well before he became an international superstar — performances that showed his talent even then.  Also included in this year’s list are recordings from Foghat, Alter Bridge, Armored Saint and others.  As is the case with every Phil’s Picks year-ender, this list features the top 10 best new titles plus five additional honorable mention titles for a total of 15 titles.  Staying on that note, here for your consideration is Phil’s Picks 2017 Top 10 New Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Curtis Knight feat. Jimi Hendrix — Live at George’s Club 20 1965 & 1966
  2. Alter Bridge — Live at The 02 & Rarities
  3. Jon Cleary — Live at the Chickie Wah Wah
  4. Foghat — Live at The Belly Up
  5. Between The Buried and Me — Coma Ecliptic Live
  6. Armored Saint — Carpe Noctum
  7. Slipknot — Day of the Gusano
  8. Black Sabbath — The End
  9. The Rolling Stones — Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015
  10. The Who — Live at the Isle of Wight 2014
  11. Jeff Beck — Live at the Hollywood Bowl
  12. The Winery Dogs — Dog Years Live in Santiago & Beyond 2013 – 2016
  13. Def Leppard — …And There Will Be A Next Time
  14. Joe Bonamassa — Live at Carnegie Hall
  15. Fates Warning — Awaken The Guardian Live

That’s it for this list, but not for the live recordings lists.  Still on tap in this category is the year’s top new live DVDs and BDs as well as the year’s top new live recordings overall.  Before getting there though, there is at least one last list in the form of the year’s top new albums overall.  That one’s coming soon, so stay tuned.

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Ala.Ni’s Debut LP Proves To Be A Solid Offering On Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Jazz & Blues Albums List

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2017 has been a good year fans of jazz and the blues.  From more established acts such as Diana Krall, Charlie Watts, Trombone Shorty and Diana Panton to new yet equally promising acts such as Ala.Ni, Nova Collective and others, both genres, which despite their musical differences are still related to one another, have turned out a mass of enjoyable (and in some cases surprisingly) impressive albums.  Ala.Ni’s debut album You & I is one of those surprising releases.  It also tops this critic’s list of the year’s top new Jazz & Blues albums.  Also on this year’s list is Argentine musician Fer Isella’s latest LP The Art of The Possible, new offerings from Putumayo and Music Action Ensemble’s new album Foundation among others.

This year was not an easy one to choose top records.  Charlie Watts, who is known just as much for his jazz work as for his work with his band mates in The Rolling Stones, released quite the impressive new offering this year in Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band. Taj Mahal and Keb Mo partnered for the simply titled TajMo.  Even veteran blues man John Mayall is still going strong.  He released his new album Talk About That this year, too.  Back on the jazz side, Charles Lloyd and his new group of fellow musicians released their own standout offering in the form of Passin’ Thru.  Even here, there is so much to say.  Simply put, coming up with a final list for this year’s new jazz and blues albums was not easy because of the level of talent exhibited across the board.  So no dishonor was meant to any act on this year’s list.   

As is the case with each Phil’s Picks list, this list features the Top 10 Albums on the list and five additional honorable mention titles.  Enough rambling.  Without any further ado, here for you is Phil’s Picks’ 2017 Top 10 New Jazz & Blues Albums.

PHIL’S PICKS 2017 TOP 10 NEW JAZZ & BLUES ALBUMS

  1. Ala.Ni — You & I
  2. Jazzmeia Horn — A Social Call
  3. Diana Panton — Solstice/Equinox
  4. Charlie Watts — Charlie Watts Meets The Danish Radio Big Band
  5. Taj Mahal & Keb Mo — TajMo
  6. Charles Lloyd New Quartet — Passin’ Thru
  7. Diana Krall — Turn Up The Quiet
  8. Charnett Moffett — Music From Our Soul
  9. Fer Isella — The Art of the Possible
  10. Kenny Wayne Shepherd Band — Lay It On Down
  11. Courtney Pine — Black Notes From The Deep
  12. Trombone Shorty — Parking Lot Symphony
  13. Music Action Ensemble — Foundation
  14. John Mayall — Talk About That
  15. Jimmy Greene — FlowersBeautiful Life, Vol. 2

Again, this was NOT an easy list to assemble.  This critic still feels rough coming to terms with the list.  That is because so many great jazz and blues records were released this year including new material from Elvin Bishop and so many others.  Even with that in mind, the list noted here is this critic’s final choice for this year’s top new jazz and blues albums.  Now with this list completed, there is still plenty more to go including the year’s top new Rap/Hip-hop albums, reggae albums, rock and hard rock albums as well as the year’s top albums overall.  There are also a bunch of categories for DVDs and Blu-rays including box sets for families and for older audiences, new live DVDs and Blu-rays, etc.  So stay tuned!

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‘Sticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015’ Is Sure To “Stick” In Any Rock Aficionado’s Music Library

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Eagle Rock Entertainment opened its “vaults” again this past September and pulled another archived concert from The Rolling Stones for audiences. The concert in question is the band’s landmark performance of its seminal 1971 album Sticky Fingers at the Fonda Theatre. Originally recorded May 20, 2015, this concert marked the first time that the band had performed the album live in its entirety. Needless to say, the concert, held in what feels like such an intimate setting, is a memorable experience. That is especially the case with its recent home release considering how much extra audiences get with the concert’s home release. That will be discussed shortly. The band’s performance of its set strengthens the recording’s presentation even more. The liner notes that come with the recording put the finishing touch to its presentation. Each noted element plays its own important part to the recording’s presentation. All things considered, they make this recording another gem from the band’s (and Eagle Rock’s) vaults.

The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers Live at the Fonda Theatre 2015 is yet another welcome gem from the band’s vaults and those of Eagle Rock Entertainment, who included this concert as part of its ongoing “From The Vault” Rolling Stones concert series. The series has already seen the release of at least five previous live recordings — L.A. Forum 1975, London Marquee Club 1971, Hampton Coliseum 1981, Leeds Roundhay Park 1982 and Tokyo Dome 1990. This sixth addition to the series offers just as much to appreciate as its predecessors beginning with its very presentation. The concert, as its title implies, features the band performing Sticky Fingers in its entirety live for the first time. That in itself is enough reason for the band’s most devout fans to add this recording to their collections. Of course it is only one part of what makes the presentation so enjoyable. Along with the album’s full live presentation, audiences also get performances of two other Stones’ fan favorites, ‘Start Me Up’ and ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’ alongside takes of B.B. King’s ‘Rock Me Baby’ and Otis Redding’s ‘Can’t Turn You Loose’ (which was made famous by Universal Pictures’ hit 1980 movie The Blues Brothers). In all, audiences get here a 16-song, 79-minute set that is certainly one of its most memorable. It should be noted that while Sticky Fingers is presented in whole here, the album is not presented in the same chronological order as the album itself. Nor are the set’s orders on its Blu-ray/DVD and CD platform. Why this is the case is anyone’s guess. Regardless, audiences still get the same concert on each platform. That being the case, the set list alone does plenty to make this concert a joy. It is only one part of the recording’s presentation that is to be noted. The one-on-on interviews that are interwoven into the concert are just as worth noting as the set.

There are those who have criticized this recording because it weaves the band’s one-on-one interviews, arguing that they take away from the concert’s continuity. That could not be farther from the truth. If anything, they add to that fluidity. Audiences gain quite a bit of insight through the interviews, including the realization that front man Mick Jagger being “uptight” about so many of Sticky Fingers‘ songs being so slow and brooding while guitarist Ron Wood welcomes that vibe. Ironically, Wood also jokes about his nervousness about putting forth the best possible content for audiences, saying he gets nervous about “every riff…every solo.” There’s even a discussion on who modeled for famed artist Andy Warhol *yes, that Andy Warhol) as he developed the album’s cover art. The discussion on ‘I Got The Blues’ that is certain to get audiences talking plenty themselves as each of the band’s members discuss the song’s extremely slow tempo. Wood says of its tempo that it is “a lesson in control” while drummer Charlie Watts said the tempo is “a bugger to hold down.” Lead guitarist Keith Richards said of the song’s tempo that it is “a charm,” adding he especially appreciated the song’s horn part. There is also a slight tribute to the band’s former saxophone player Bobby Keys, who passed away in 2014 in the interviews. These are just some examples of the insight offered through the concert’s companion interviews. In all honesty, one struggles to see how the interviews would come across in their own standalone presentation. Considering this, the interviews work much better in conjunction with the concert than so many would have people believe. Keeping all of this in mind, the concert presented here and its companion interviews go a long way toward making the recording in whole so enjoyable. They are collectively only one part of what makes the recording’s presentation so enjoyable. The band’s performance throughout the concert adds even more to that presentation.

The band’s performance throughout the course of its concert adds just as much to its presentation as the show’s set list and the band’s interviews. From start to finish, Jagger’s trademark charisma and swagger is on full display. He works the crowd nonstop like a ringmaster. This is especially notable as the band works its way through ‘Brown Sugar.’ Watts meanwhile solidly keeps the band in time with his work behind the kit. Bassist Darryl Jones continues to deliver a solid low-end while working expertly alongside Watts to keep each song moving. Sax player Karl Denson puts on his own inspiring performance as he blasts out his solo on ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking.’ He just lets his part flow so naturally there. On the exact opposite end, his flute part in ‘Moonlight Mile’ is just as impressive in its subtlety. Richards puts on his own show, keeping audiences entertained with his own guitar work, too. Between their performances and those of the other performers, the whole of the group puts on a show that home viewers will enjoy just as much as those who were in attendance at the concert’s recording. Keeping this in mind, the group’s performance is still not the last of the recording’s most important elements. The liner notes crafted in the recording put the final touch on its presentation.

The recording’s liner notes, crafted by Richard Havers, offer plenty of insight in their own right to the concert. Havers notes in his notes the importance of Sticky Fingers to The Rolling Stones’ history alongside a near song-by song summary of the show’s set list with history behind the songs. He spends ample time discussing ‘Sister Morphine, which because of its history, led it to become one of the band’s most rarely performed songs in a live setting. There is even a discussion on Bobby Key’s place in rock history and the band’s own history in Havers’ notes. Havers states in his notes that Denson expertly recreates Keys’ original sax line from ‘Can’t You Hear Me Knocking’ on his own performance in the song. Between these and so many other discussions included throughout the recording’s companion booklet, the insight offered throughout does more than enough to make them critical in their own right to the recording’s whole. When that importance is considered along with the importance of the band’s performance, the concert’s set list and its companion band interviews, the whole of the noted elements makes Sticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015 a work that Rolling Stones fans and rock fans alike will appreciate.

The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015, which is also the latest addition to Eagle Rock’s ongoing “From The Vault” live recording series, is yet another shining gem from that series that will shine just as brightly in any Rolling Stones’ collection. The same can be said of its place in rock aficionados’ collections. The combination of its set list and its bonus one-on-one interviews about each song with the band’s members joins with the band’s performance of said songs to offer audiences a truly memorable performance. The liner notes included in the recording’s companion booklet add their own touch to the whole of the recording’s presentation. Each element is important in its own right, as has been noted already. All things considered, they make Sticky Fingers Live at The Fonda Theatre 2015 a recording that is certain to “stick” in audiences’ music libraries for a long time. More information on this recording is available along with all of the band’s latest news and more at:

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