Originally filmed in December 1968, "The Rock and Roll Circus" was originally intended to be released as a television special. The special was filmed over two nights and featured not only ... See full summary »
This fly-on-the-wall documentary follows the Rolling Stones on their 1972 North American Tour, their first return to the States since the tragedy at Altamont. Because of the free-form ... See full summary »
In 1972, the Stones bring their Exile on Main Street tour to Texas: 15 songs, with five from the "Exile" album. Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Mick Taylor, Charlie Watts, and Bill Wyman on a small stage with three other musicians. Until the lights come up near the end, we see the Stones against a black background. The camera stays mostly on Jagger, with a few shots of Taylor. Richards is on screen for his duets and for some guitar work on the final two songs. It's music from start to finish: hard rock ("All Down the Line"), the blues ("Love in Vain" and "Midnight Rambler"), a tribute to Chuck Berry ("Bye Bye Johnny"), and no "Satisfaction." Written by
This is my favorite Rock N Roll movie, as it is just a straight concert unlike the documentary without talking or opinions forced on the viewer. The film features the Rolling Stones live in Ft Worth Texas with two performances edited together. All other live recordings or films about the Rolling Stones take second place to this film. The primary difference other than their ages with other film is the great musicianship added by lead guitarist Mick Taylor. For once the Stones are shown with a five star guitarist in full bloom, Mick Taylor adds the musicianship to take the band to stellar levels of playing, i.e. Led Zepplin or Cream shows. Coupled with Jagger's first class stage antics and an excellent horn section, the band is highlighted in a raw format that is long gone from their highly polished and commercialized recent tours. The film is unreleased on video and DVD, but easily found via fan circles, trade shows, and down loadable bit torrents. Should appeal to masses of music fans.
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