Eagle Rock Entertainment Announces ‘Bridges To Buenos Aires’ Release Date

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Eagle Rock Entertainment will release another concert from The Rolling Stones’ “Bridges To Babylon Tour” this fall.

Bridges To Buenos Aires is scheduled for release Nov. 8.  Originally recorded on April 8, 1998, the concert was the last of a five-show sell-out run at the River Plate Stadium in Argentina’s capital city.  The never-before-released two-hour, 22-song set features many of the band’s most beloved songs, such as ‘Honky Tonk Women,’ ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ and ‘You Got Me Rocking’ and well as some of the band’s lesser-known songs, such as ‘Little Queenie,’ ‘When The Whip Comes Down’ and ‘Sister Morphine.’  Fellow music legend Bob Dylan makes a special appearance during the band’s performance of ‘Like A Rolling Stone,’ too.

The full track listing for Bridges to Buenos Aries is noted below.

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Bridges to Bueno Aires will be available on DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CDdigital video, limited edition blue translucent 180-gram triple vinyl and digital audio.  Pre-orders for the recording are open now.  A trailer for the recording is streaming online now here.

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‘Bridges To Bremen’ Will Certainly “Connect With” Every Rolling Stones Fan

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The Rolling Stones have been in the news quite a bit lately thanks to band front man Mick Jagger’s recent health scare.  Jagger didn’t take long to recover from that scare, though, allowing the band to head back out on the road for its No Filter Tour.  While the band’s tour spans the globe, there obviously are those areas and fans who will not get the chance to catch the band in its latest outing.  For those audiences (and even for those who will get to see the band), Eagle Rock Entertainment has pulled another of the band’s archived shows from the vaults and released it for the masses in the form of Bridges to Bremen.  Released just last week, this latest addition to Eagle Rock Entertainment’s ongoing series of live Rolling Stones shows.  The concert presented in the recording was originally captured Aug. 26, 1998 in Berlin, Germany.  The concert was part of the band’s yearlong Bridges To Babylon Tour, which was in support of the band’s then new album Bridges To Babylon.  This latest addition to The Rolling Stones’ live recordings collection from Eagle Rock Entertainment is just as enjoyable for all as each of the previous recordings that Eagle Rock Entertainment has released.  That is due in part to the recording’s set list, which will be discussed shortly.  The band’s performance of said set list plays just as much a part in the concert’s enjoyment as the set list itself and will be discussed a little later.  The companion booklet featured with the recording rounds out the recording’s most important elements.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Bridges to Bremen.  All things considered, they make Bridges to Bremen a recording that will connect with The Rolling Stones’ fans everywhere.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s latest addition to its ongoing series of live Rolling Stones recordings is a presentation that will connect with fans of the veteran performers around the globe.  Yes, that awful pun was intended.  The recording’s appeal is due in part to its set list.  The 22-song set list (26 counting the four bonus songs from the band’s tour-opening shows at Chicago’s Soldier Field) gives presents a relatively wide cross section of the band’s catalog up to that point.  The set list reaches all the way back to the band’s 1966 album Aftermath and as far forward as Bridges To Babylon, with that album getting the most nods, at five songs.  Audiences also get plenty of familiar hits, such as ‘Paint It Black,’ ‘Sympathy For The Devil’ and ‘Honky Tonk Women’ and some lesser performed songs, such as ‘Memory Motel,’ ‘Out Of Control’ and ‘Out Of Control’ just to name a few songs.  Those lesser performed, deep cuts are addressed in the recording’s liner notes, which will be addressed later.  The set list is presented in the same chronological order on the recording’s two CDs as on its SD Blu-ray, so audiences get the same full show on both platforms.  What’s more, the set list’s sequence shows the band members’ attention to the impact of each song’s energy, as the energies of each song are balanced expertly from beginning to end.  The band knew where to keep the energy high, where to pull it back and where to push it right back up again throughout.  Simply put, the set list featured in this recording offers audiences plenty to appreciate in itself.  The foundation that it forms is strong, and is strengthened even more by the band’s performance thereof.

The band’s performance of the concert’s set list includes not just that of the band’s main four members – Mick Jagger, Ronnie Wood, Keith Richards and Charlie Watts – but the performance of the group’s fellow performers, too.  When singer Lisa Fischer hits the high notes in ‘Gimme Shelter,’ her control of her instrument displays clearly, her talents just as clearly as her performances in past Rolling Stones live recordings.  The band’s late great saxophonist Bobby Keys is just as impressive both as a supporting musician and as he gets the spotlight in ‘Miss You.’  Mick, meanwhile, handles his role as front man with the same impressive swagger as always during the group’s performance of ‘Out Of Control.’  His connection with the audience as the song ends and the audience continues singing reminds audiences why he is among the upper echelons of the industry’s top performers.  The audience keeps singing, and he so nonchalantly encourages the crowd’s enthusiasm, in turn increasing the audience’s energy.  The very fact that he so casually looks at the stage’s video screen to find which songs the fans want to hear just before the band performs ‘Memory Motel’ adds even more to that positive image.  As Keith Richards brings up Ronnie Woods’ daughter at the end of ‘Thief in The Night,’ even he shows his own charm, adding even more to the show’s interest and enjoyment.  It’s another display of the band members’ humility in that willingness to put the spotlight on the rest of the group instead of themselves.  It’s just one more way – and hardly the last – in which the band’s performance makes this recording so enjoyable.  The rest of the recording offers just as many examples of why the group’s performance is so important to the whole of Bridges to Bremen.  While it clearly adds even more to the recording’s presentation, it still is not the last of the recording’s most important elements.  The companion booklet that is featured with the recording rounds out the recording’s most important elements.

The companion booklet that comes with Bridges to Bremen is important to note because, as with the booklets included with the band’s previous live recordings, it paints a vivid picture of the concert featured within the recording.  This time, that picture is painted by writer-broadcaster Paul Sexton, who has contributed to Billboard, Music Week and broadcasts on BBC Radio 2.  Sexton’s ruminations are an important addition to the recording because of the revelations that he makes.  He reveals in his notes, that Jagger admitted to him at one point, he was concerned about the ability of the pneumatic bridge to connect from the main stage to the secondary stage even though it allowed the band to get out with the crowd without making the band get into the crowd.  Of course it worked perfectly on the night in question in this concert.  Sexton also notes in his writings, the connection of the band in whole throughout the course of the show, the ability of the band’s fans to play a role in the concert’s set list (Mick even references the fans’ choices on stage early on in the show), the fact that the concert shown here was originally broadcast across Europe at the time and the placement of the concert in the bigger picture of the tour’s schedule.  He notes the concert was one of the band’s last in the yearlong tour.  This is important to note because as deep as the band was into its run by that point, none of the band’s members showed any wear and tear.  Every performer was at the top of his and her game.  Between these notations and plenty of others featured in the recording’s companion booklet, Sexton’s notes add their own share of engagement and entertainment to the overall presentation of Bridges To Bremen.  When all of that is considered with the band’s performance and the recording’s overall set list (bonus content included), the whole of this recording becomes yet another welcome addition to the home library of any Rolling Stones fan.

The Rolling Stones’ latest live recording Bridges To Bremen is another offering from the veteran rock band that the band’s fans around the globe will find another welcome addition to their collections of the band’s records.  That is due, as noted here, in part to the recording’s set list, which presents a relatively wide cross section of the band’s catalog at the time, reaching back in time to the band’s early days and up to its then most recent record.  The band’s performance of the set list (including the performance of the touring musicians) ensures even more, audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  The liner notes featured in the recording’s companion booklet adds even more to that engagement and entertainment.  Each noted item is important in its own way to the whole of BTB.  All things considered, they make the recording a presentation that is sure to connect with Rolling Stones fans everywhere.  Bridges to Bremen is available now.  More information on the recording is available online now along with all of The Rolling Stones’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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ABKCO To Release Archived Rolling Stones Concert

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The Rolling Stones’ fans are getting another archived show from the band this summer.

ABKCO Films and ABKCO Music & Records will release The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus June 7.  Originally recorded over the course of two days in December 1968 at the BBC Studios to promote the band’s then new album Beggar’s Banquet, the show ended up not being aired after then bassist Brian Jones left the band and later died.  The recording’s trailer is streaming now here.

Along with six vintage performances from The Rolling Stones, the recording also features performances from Taj Mahal, John Lennon, Marianne Faithful, Jethro Tull and The Who.

The performances are complimented by bonus content, such as interviews with John Lennon, Pete Townshend, and a handful of extra performances from Taj Mahal and Julius Katchen.  The full track listing for The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus is noted below along with the recording’s bonus content.

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus (4K FILM)

THE FILM

Song For Jeffrey – Jethro Tull

A Quick One While He’s Away – The Who

Ain’t That A Lot Of Love – Taj Mahal

Something Better – Marianne Faithfull

Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac

Whole Lotta Yoko – Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis, and The Dirty Mac

Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones

Parachute Woman – The Rolling Stones

No Expectations – The Rolling Stones

You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones

Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones

Salt Of The Earth – The Rolling Stones

 

EXTRAS

Widescreen Feature, Aspect Ratio: 16:9 (65 min)

Pete Townshend Interview, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (18 min)

The Dirty Mac:

‘Yer Blues’ Tk2 Quad Split, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (5:43)

Taj Mahal:

-Checkin’ Up On My Baby, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (5:37)

-Leaving Trunk, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (6:20)

-Corinna, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (3:49)

Julius Katchen:

de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (6:30)

-Mozart: Sonata In C Major-1st MovementAspect Ratio: 4×3 (2:27)

Mick & The Tiger/ Luna & The Tiger, Ratio: 4×3 (1:35) 

Bill Wyman & The Clowns, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (2:00)

Lennon, Jagger, & Yoko backstage, Aspect Ratio: 4×3 (45sec)

 

FILM COMMENTARY TRACKS:

Life Under The Big Top (Artists) Featuring: Mick Jagger, Ian Anderson, Taj Mahal, Yoko Ono, Bill Wyman, Keith Richards (65 min)

Framing The Show (Director & Cinematographer) Featuring: Michael Lindsay HoggTony Richmond (65 min)

Musings (artists, writer, fan who was there) Featuring: Marianne FaithfullDavid DaltonDavid Stark (50 min)

 

The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus Expanded Audio Edition

1. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Rock And Roll Circus – Mick Jagger

2. Entry Of The Gladiators – Circus Band


3. Mick Jagger’s Introduction Of Jethro Tull – Mick Jagger


4. Song For Jeffrey – Jethro Tull

5. Keith Richards’ Introduction Of The Who – Keith Richards

6. A Quick One While He’s Away – The Who


7. Over The Waves – Circus Band


8. Ain’t That A Lot Of Love – Taj Mahal

9. Charlie Watts’ Introduction Of Marianne Faithfull – Charlie Watts

10. Something Better – Marianne Faithfull


11. Mick Jagger’s and John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Dirty Mac

12. Yer Blues – The Dirty Mac

13. Whole Lotta Yoko – Yoko Ono & Ivry Gitlis with The Dirty Mac

14. John Lennon’s Introduction Of The Rolling Stones + Jumpin’ Jack Flash – The Rolling Stones


15. Parachute Woman – The Rolling Stones


16. No Expectations – The Rolling Stones


17. You Can’t Always Get What You Want – The Rolling Stones


18. Sympathy for the Devil – The Rolling Stones


19. Salt Of The Earth – The Rolling Stones

BONUS TRACKS

20. Checkin’ Up On My Baby – Taj Mahal

21. Leaving Trunk – Taj Mahal


22. Corinna – Taj Mahal


23. Revolution (rehearsal) – The Dirty Mac

24. Warmup Jam – The Dirty Mac

25. Yer Blues (take 2) – The Dirty Mac


26. Brian Jones’ Introduction of Julius Katchen – Brian Jones

27. de Falla: Ritual Fire Dance – Julius Katchen


28. Mozart: Sonata In C Major-1st Movement – Julius Katchen 

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The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus will be available on digital download and limited deluxe edition Blu-ray/DVD/2CD.  The soundtrack will be available on 3LP vinyl set, CD and digital platforms.  The deluxe edition release of the film features a 44-page book that includes David Dalton’s original 1969 Rolling Stones essay and photographs by Michael Randolph.

Pre-orders for The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus are open now. An unboxing video for the set is streaming online here.

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The Rolling Stones To Release Another Archived Live Show This Summer

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The Rolling Stones has been in the headlines a lot lately because of front man Mick Jagger’s recent health complications.  On the heels of the good news of Jagger’s recovery comes some more good news, this time about a new live Rolling Stones recording.

The band announced Friday, that it will release Bridges To Bremen on June 21 via Eagle Rock Entertainment.  Originally recorded September 2, 1998 in Bremen, Germany during the final leg of the band’s year-long Bridges To Babylon tour (which ran from 1997-1998), the recording is set for release on DVD/2CD, Blu-ray/2CD, three-disc vinyl and digital audio. A grand total of 40,000 people attended the more than two-and-a-half-hour concert.

Pre-orders for the recording are open now. A trailer for the recording is streaming now here.

The 22-song set opens with the band’s timeless hit song, ‘(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction’ before moving into ‘Let’s Spend The Night Together.’  The show also features songs, such as ‘Memory Motel,’ ‘Thief in the Night’ and ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.’  The show’s full set list is noted below.

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Bridges To Babylon was released September 29, 1997 through Virgin Records.  The album was certified platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America, peaking at #3.

Along with the main show, Bridges to Bremen will also feature four extra performances that were recorded during the band’s performances at Chicago’s Soldier Field from the same tour.  The band opened its Bridges To Babylon tour in Chicago with two shows on September 23 and 25, 1997.

Courtesy: Interscope Records

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s release of Bridges To Bremen will come a little more than two months after the release of the band’s latest compilation, Honk.  The three-disc collection is set for release April 19 through Interscope Records.

It reaches back to 1971 and all the way up to the band’s 2016 compilation Blue & Lonesome.  The third disc, which is included only in the compilation’s deluxe edition, features 10 live tracks recorded throughout the band’s life.

More information on Bridges To Bremen is available online now along with all of The Rolling Stones’ latest news and more at:

 

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Viking Metallers Amon Amarth Are Victorious In Phil’s Picks 2018 Top 10 New Live DVDs & Blu-rays List

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As the final few days of 2018 wind down, there is still some work to be done by critics putting in their year-ender lists.  That includes this critic.

This critic’s most recent year-ender focused on the year’s top new live CDs.  In a gradual transition to movies and television, there is still one more music list to present — the year’s top new live DVDs/BDs.  As has been noted previously, there are some live recordings that translate in  relatively acceptable fashion, but there are also others that can and should only be experienced with the full audio-visual experience.

Keeping this in mind, it is only fair to examine the year’s best new live DVDs and Blu-rays.  Topping this year’s list is Amon Amarth’s The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm.  There is nothing negative to say about this presentation.  The extensive documentary outlines the band’s career from the band’s own mouths, showing the group as a hard-working, blue-collar outfit that has earned its place in the metal and music communities.  The equally expansive two-night, 30-song set pulls from almost every one of the band’s albums.  The performance is great, as are the production values.

Second Place in this year’s list of the year’s best new live DVDs/BDs goes to Devin Townsend Project’s Ocean Machine Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv.  This performance features Townsend performing Ocean Machine live in its entirety along with an equally extensive by-request set.  That combination makes for a great set list.  As with Amon Amarth’s live recording, the group’s performance ensures audiences’ maintained engagement and entertainment, even at home.  The same can be said of the production values.  The whole makes the recording yet another that is best experienced with the full audio-visual presentation versus just the audio alone.

Third Place in this year’s list of the top new live DVDs and Blu-rays goes to The Rolling Stones’ San Jose, California ’99 show from Eagle Rock Entertainment.  The recording is everything that audiences have come to expect from one of the elite of the elite acts in the music industry today.  The extensive 20-song set list doesn’t play it safe, instead giving audiences material that is less common in the band’s previous live recordings from Eagle Rock Entertainment.  The group’s performance (including that of the touring musicians) couples with the production values to make the performance yet another must have for any true fan of The Rolling Stones.

Also featured in this year’s list are the new live recordings from Anthrax, The Robert Glasper Experiment and Opeth, just to name a few more acts.  As always, the first 10 titles in the last are the best, while the next five are honorable mention titles.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 New Live DVDs & Blu-rays.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW LIVE DVDS & BLU-RAYS

  1. Amon Amarth — The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm
  2. Devin Townsend Project — Ocean Machine Live at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv
  3. The Rolling Stones — No Security: San Jose ’99
  4. The Rolling Stones — Voodoo Lounge Uncut
  5. Accept — Symphonic Terror
  6. Opeth — Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks
  7. Anthrax — Kings Among Scotland
  8. The Sound of Music Live
  9. Steven Wilson — Home Invasion Live at the Royal Albert Theatre
  10. Norah Jones — Live at Ronnie Scott’s
  11. Tommy Shaw & The Contemporary Youth Orchestra — Sing For The Day!
  12. The Moody Blues — Days of Future Passed Live
  13. Overkill — Live in Overhausen
  14. Robet Glasper Experiment — Live
  15. Lacuna Coil — The 119 Show Live in London

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Eagle Rock’s Mingus Montreux Show Shines In Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top New Live CDs List

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Going to live shows is neither easy nor inexpensive nowadays.  Between the collective cost of tickets — which is itself oftentimes bank-breaking — transportation, food, potential lodging and souvenirs, and of course planning around work and family schedules, getting out to live shows is not easy for anyone.

Those barriers make the availability of live recordings something critical for audiences everywhere, regardless of genre.  To that end, live CDs deserve their own consideration just as much as studio recordings, each year.  Keeping that in mind, Phil’s Picks has developed once again a list of the year’s Top 10 new live CDs.

This year has been an interesting one for live CDs.  Some notable live CDs were featured as part of bigger bundles (E.G. The Rolling Stones’ San Jose ’99 and Voodoo Lounge ’94 shows) while others, such as Alice Cooper’s A Paranormal Night @ The Olympia Paris and Marty Friedman’s One Bad M.F. Live were standalone offerings.

Some were standout offerings for all of the best reasons.  Others had some problems to note.  Keeping all of this in mind, this year’s crop of live CDs deserves just as much attention as the vast sea of studio recordings released throughout the year.

Topping this year’s list is yet another live CD from the people at Eagle Rock Entertainment in the form of Charles Mingus’ classic 1975 Montreux Jazz Festival show.  This recording presents Mingus at one of his finest moments, and why his live performances were — and still are today — such powerful presentations.

Coming in second in this year’s list is the new Jimi Hendrix live CD, Live at the Hollywood Bowl.  This CD was released as part of the bigger Electric Ladyland box set, and stands out so strongly because of its set list, Hendrix and company’s performance and the production values.

Third place in this year’s list of the year’s best new live CDs goes to veteran viking metal outfit Amon Amarth.  The 30-song set list spans two nights and quite an expansive portion of the band’s catalog.  That set list is directly mirrored on its DVD and BD presentation, and sounds just as good.  Though because of the intensity of the show, it is still better appreciated being seen and heard and not just heard.  That’s not to say the CD presentation is bad, but audiences will agree that hearing it makes for far more appreciation for the concerts’ DVD and BD presentations.

Also featured in this year’s list of top new live CDs are those noted new offerings from Marty Friedman, Alice Cooper and The Rolling Stones alongside new offerings from Opeth, Devin Townsend and John 5 to name just a few more titles.  As always, this critic’s list features 10 of the year’s top new offerings plus five honorable mentions, which follow, for a total count of 15.  Without any further ado, here is Phil’s Picks’ 2018 Top 10 new Live CDs.

PHIL’S PICKS 2018 TOP 10 NEW LIVE CDs

  1. Charles Mingus — Live at Montreux 1975
  2. Jimi Hendrix — Live at the Hollywood BowlAug. 14, 1968
  3. Amon Amarth — The Pursuit of Vikings25 Years in the Eye of the Storm
  4. Devin Townsend Project — Ocean MachineLive at the Ancient Roman Theatre Plovdiv
  5. Opeth — Garden of the TitansLive at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
  6. The Rolling Stones — No SecuritySan Jose ’99
  7. The Rolling Stones — Voodoo Lounge Uncut
  8. John Mclaughlin & The 4th Dimension and Jimmy Herring & The Invisible Whip — Live in San Francisco
  9. Marty Friedman — One Bad M.F. Live
  10. Accept — Symphonic TerrorLive at Wacken 2017
  11. Alice Cooper — A Paranormal Night at The Olympia Paris
  12. Fates Warning — Live Over Europe
  13. Ritchie Blackmore’s Rainbow — Memories in Rock II
  14. John 5 and The Creatures — It’s Alive
  15. Overkill — Live in Overhausen

‘Voodoo Lounge Uncut’ Re-Issue Is Another Success For Eagle Rock, The Rolling Stones

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Eagle Rock Entertainment and The Rolling Stones have been quite busy in recent years, releasing a variety of live recordings from the veteran rock band.  The two sides together, have released no fewer than 10 live recordings from the band’s years on the road.  Late last month, the two sides partnered to release yet another live recording, this time from the band’s 1994 North American tour in support of its then brand new album Voodoo Lounge.  The second new live recording from the two sides so far this year, – the first was the band’s recording No Security: San Jose ’99Voodoo Lounge Uncut is yet another wonderful addition to the collection of any Rolling Stones fan and rock music lover in general.  This is proven in part through the concert’s set list (and the band’s performance thereof), which will be discussed shortly.  The concert’s production is also important to note in examining the recording, and will be addressed a little later.  The companion booklet that is included with the recording rounds out the set’s most important elements, and will also be discussed later.  Each item noted here is important in its own way to the whole of Voodoo Lounge Uncut.  All things considered, they make Voodoo Lounge Uncut yet another must have for any fan of The Rolling Stones fan.

Eagle Rock Entertainment’s recent re-issue of The Rolling Stones’ Voodoo Lounge, aptly titled Voodoo Lounge Uncut, is a welcome new pressing of the recording, which was previously released in edited fashion on laser disc, DVD and VHS.  That is due in no small part to the concert’s set list.  The extensive 27-song set list is the complete presentation of the band’s classic concert, performed at Joe Robbie Stadium in Miami, Florida.  As is noted on the rear of the set’s packaging and in its companion booklet (again, that booklet will be discussed later), this release marks the first time that the expansive set list has been presented in whole.  The concert’s previous pressings featured significantly shortened set lists, which removed a total of 10 songs from the recordings.  In other words, audiences get in this set, the band’s entire show for the first time ever.  While not necessarily career-spanning, the set list featured here still pulls from a respectable portion of The Rolling Stones’ catalog.  Specifically speaking, it pulls from no less than a dozen of the band’s releases, including the band’s 1964 U.S. debut record The Rolling Stones (England’s Newest Hit Makers), its then latest album Voodoo Lounge and other albums, such as 12 X 5, Out Of Our Heads and Exile on Main StreetExile on Main Street is the most heavily represented of the albums featured in the set list, with four nods.  The bonus five-song set, which was recorded at Giants Stadium in New Jersey as part of the Voodoo Lounge tour, features two more songs from that album, bringing the total count there to six songs. Voodoo Lounge got a grand total of five nods between the two sets while Let It Bleed was represented by three songs.  The numbers vary from here, but simply put, the band reaches well back into its back catalog for this show, which is well-deserving of applause.

While the set list itself does a respectable job of representing The Rolling Stones’ catalog, it is just one part of the set list that deserves to be noted.  The set list’s actual order is just as important to the concert experience here as the set list itself.  Audiences will note that the set’s first seven songs are high-energy pieces.  From there, the band slows things down gradually, starting with ‘Beast of Burden.’  The band goes from there, to a short acoustic set that helps relax the concert’s mood.  The band’s performances of ‘It’s All Over Now’ and ‘Who Do You Love?’ – which features the one and only Bo Diddley joining the band for the performance – gradually pick up the concert’s set list again.  The show’s energy gradually increases more and more from there until guitarist Keith Richards takes the lead with performances of ‘Before They Make Me Run’ and ‘The Worst.’  That pullback is only brief, as things gradually pick back up again starting with the laid back vibe of ‘Sympathy for the Devil.’  Each song from there sees the show’s energy rise yet again right to the bombastic finale of ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash.’  Simply put, the energy in the show’s set shows that a lot of thought and time was put into its sequencing.  The band wanted to make sure that audiences got the most bang for their buck, and it goes without saying that they got that and more, over the course of more than two-and-a-half hours.

While the expansive set list featured in Voodoo Lounge Uncut gives audiences to enjoy and appreciate from this recording, it is only one part of what makes the recording so enjoyable.  The band’s performance – including that of the touring musicians – builds on the foundation formed through the set list to make the recording even more enjoyable.  Front man Mick Jagger has all of the swagger in his performance here that he has had at every other moment in his career while drummer Charlie Watts’ time keeping is just as solid as ever.  Guitarists Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood show throughout the course of the show that, like Jagger, they can still hold their own easily against their younger counterparts, working through every single riff and every single song with ease.  At the same time, the pair’s smiles and swagger as they make their way across the stage from song to song exude their own share of energy on which audiences will feed. Touring bassist Darryl Jones, who according to the recording’s notes joined the band for the first time in the Voodoo Lounge tour, adds his own interest as he shares some light-hearted moments with his fellow musicians as do touring vocalists Lisa Fischer and Bernard Fowler.  Horn players Kent Smith, Bobby Keys, Andy Snitzer and Michael Davis join with keyboardist Chuck Leavell to give each song even more energy thanks to the energy that they put into each performance.  Between their performances and those of the rest of the group, the whole of the musicians’ performances proves just as entertaining as any other performance that The Rolling Stones has presented to audiences in its previous live recordings because of the energy and effort put into entertaining the group’s audiences.  When the collective’s performance is considered along with the set recording’s featured set list the two related items come together to give audiences quite a bit to appreciate in this set.  They are only a portion of what makes Voodoo Lounge Uncut so enjoyable, too.  The concert’s production is just as important to examine as the show’s set and the band’s performance thereof.

The production involved with this recording is important to examine because of its general effect for home viewers.  It is noted in the recording’s companion booklet that this recording was originally presented on pay-per-view in its very first presentation almost 25 years ago.  Taking in the recording here, the production is impressive.  Given there are some shots that are perhaps a little too short, leading to some feelings of dizziness.  Those shots are not enough to make the concert unwatchable, though.  The aerial shots at the concert’s end and the overhead shots from the crane cams give viewers a full sense of just how many people attended the concert.  The various angles from the stage and the crowd do just as much to keep audiences engaged and entertained as they make audiences feel as if they are right there with the rest of the audience.  At times, those behind the cameras even take viewers into the crowd, giving audiences a glimpse into what the audience saw and heard.  On yet another level, the timing of many of the shots even timed almost perfectly with the songs themselves, adding even more impact to each performance, and in turn ensuring even more, audiences’ engagement and entertainment.  Adding even more interest is the attention given to the concert’s audio mix.  The Joe Robbie stadium is a massively open venue, as any National Football League fan knows.  That means that a lot of work had to have been done and time taken to balance every single line.  That work and attention clearly paid off, as did the work and time put in by those who edited down the concert for its presentation here.  No one line overpowers that other at any point throughout the show.  Kudos are in order for all involved, considering this.  This positive joins with the positives in the show’s set and the band’s performance to strengthen the recording’s presentation even more.  It is still not the last of the recording’s most important elements.  The companion booklet, which has previously been noted rounds out the set’s most important items.

The recording’s companion booklet is important in part because of its liner notes.  Composed by Paul Sexton, the liner notes point out that the Voodoo Lounge tour marked the first time that Darryl Jones joined The Rolling Stones as the band’s bassist.  This is important to note because as previously noted, this concert took place almost 25 years ago.  That is a long time for him to have been with the band.  Sexton’s liner notes also point out Jagger’s interest in artist Santiago Calatrava played a part in the look of the set for the band’s show.  As if these notes are not enough, Sexton also highlights thoughts from Sheryl Crow, who joins the band on-stage for one of the show’s three guest appearances.  He quotes Crow as saying how frightened she was to perform with the band because of her respect for the band.  There is even mention of Richard’s time in the limelight and much more.  Between all of that extra and the items noted here, Sexton’s liner notes give audiences a solid, clear introduction to this concert, setting the scene for the performance quite well.  It offers its own enlightenment and entertainment for audiences.  When this positive is considered along with the positives exhibited in the recording’s set list, the band’s performance thereof and the recording’s production, the whole of the recording proves to be yet another standout live offering from The Rolling Stones and Eagle Rock Entertainment.  It continues that positive tradition that was started so long ago from the two sides, ensuring once again that audiences and Rolling Stones fans alike will have plenty to appreciate from beginning to end.

Eagle Rock Entertainment and The Rolling Stones’ latest live recording Voodoo Lounge Uncut is another successful live offering from the two sides in what is a long-running partnership between the two groups.  It is an offering that fans of The Rolling Stones will enjoy just as much as rock fans in general.  This is proven in part through the recording’s extensive 27-song (technically 32-song) set that lifts from a healthy section of the band’s catalog.  The band’s performance of said set list builds on the foundation formed via that list as does the show’s production.  The companion booklet that comes with the recording puts the finishing touch to its presentation, cementing its positive presentation.  Each element is important in its own way to the whole of Voodoo Lounge Uncut.  All things considered, they make this recording yet another wonderful addition to the collection of any Rolling Stones fan.  More information on Voodoo Lounge Uncut is available online now along with all of the Rolling Stones’ latest news and more at:

 

 

 

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