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The Rolling Stones: Bridges To Babylon Tour [VHS]


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  • Actors: Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Ron Wood, Keith Richards, Bobby Keys
  • Directors: Bruce Gowers
  • Producers: Danny O'Bryen, Jackie Kain, John Diaz, Linda J. Kanner, Michael Cohl
  • Format: VHS
  • Language: English
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Ilc
  • VHS Release Date: 18 Feb 2002
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CWS8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 359,897 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Perennial rockers the Stones continue to teach all the young pop pups a trick or two. Here they provide 'Satisfaction' for their loyal fans as they jump around the stage like Jack Flash himself performing a mix of old hits and numbers from their 'Bridges to Babylon' album.

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Like any good brand, the Rolling Stones know to preserve the formula even when updating the package, and this long-form concert video underscores that market strategy. As with each of their tours since the early 1980s, the quartet, augmented by a discreet auxiliary of backup musicians, gives the fans new eye-candy while dishing up a familiar set list spiked with Mick Jagger's lip-smacking vocals and Keith Richards's signature guitar riffs. The visual twists are at once spectacular and conservative: a cyclopean main stage design with massive pillars (presumably the Babylonian connection), a vast oval video screen (shades of Big Brother) and a hydraulic bridge enabling a mid-concert sortie into the audience, with the Stones playing a more stripped-down, intimate set on a small satellite stage.

That huge physical setting doubtless made the live shows eye-filling rock spectacles, but the video crew necessarily accepts the limitations of the small screen, focusing more on close-ups of the band, rapid cuts, and racing, hand-held tracking shots to convey excitement while keeping the viewer close to the action. The evening's repertoire sticks to the band's most familiar hits, and if the Glimmer Twins occasionally slip their masks to let the routine show, the real wonder is how effectively they keep the playing focused. During the first half of the program, the band's newest songs (especially "Saint of Me" and "Out of Control") elicit conspicuously higher energy from the band, if not the audience. But just as the show seems doomed to a certain anomie, the escape onto the smaller, no-frills stage pumps up players and crowd alike, particularly when they launch into "Like a Rolling Stone", a cover that winds up sounding like a great idea too long deferred. --Sam Sutherland

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By clio on 12 Jan 2004
Format: DVD
The Stones are brilliant (even though they aren't really getting *all* the way down through most of it) but I'm frustrated by the filming, which seems pretty clueless as to who/what's worth focussing on. The eye candy gets a woeful overdose of attention - I found I was even closing my eyes at times in order to concentrate on the music, which kind of defeats the purpose of a DVD, doesn't it. Okay okay, Mick sure is something, but I want to see a *lot* more than just the front man.
Apart from that, and apart from the fact that the sound gets weirdly uneven in the last quarter of the disk, it's a fine show, and I'm glad to have it, but there have been much better-done Stones concert films before and since.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Mr. N. Matera on 3 Dec 2002
Format: DVD
Whoever says that the Stones in their Bridges to Babylon are tyred and trite must be suffering from personal problems, are not real music lovers and they're certainly not Stones fans. This concert recorded in St.Louis Missouri, during their 1998 Bridges to Babylon Tour is a masterpiece of technical ability, professionalism and raw rock music at its best. From the moment the star bursts out of the Oval screen with the opening chords of Satisfaction, you know that you're in for an entertating two hours of the highest magnitude. Even the new tracks from the same titled albums sound terrific, from Flip the Switch, a song that is a challenge and an affront to impending death, to Out of Control a fantastic and energetic anthem that shows Mick Jagger as a master of the harmonica and Ronnie Wood as the REAL stones guitarist that he is. For those of you who still argue that Mick Taylor was a better guitarist than Ronnie Wood, I beg you to listen carefully to what Ronnie has added to The Stones music. Sheer quality and drive. Saints of Me, will most certainly be the main track at my funeral, great lyrics, great song...electrifying performance. I could go on detailing every tracks on the DVD, but it would take too many superlatives and too much space to do justice to all of them. The highpoint of the concert is most certainly the masterstroke of having a small stage set up in the middle of the concert arena. This is where the Stones make their true statement of intent. Their absolute love and dedication to Rock 'n' roll. The ability to recreate the excitement of a small club in a huge arena with the focus 100% on the music. This is borne out in the upcoming 40 licks tour when the Stones will be playing small theatres for that more intimate and upfront experience somewhat lacking in big stadiums.Read more ›
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Howki on 4 Oct 2001
Format: DVD
Compared to other live-recordings this DVD clearily lacks good surround sound. Yes, it is in Dolby Digital 5.1, but all you are getting from your back-speakers is the audience roaring. Turining your amplifier to Stereo makes it actually sound better... So if you after the ultimate Stones Sound Experience... this is not it!
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 6 Nov 2003
Format: DVD
AS a die-hard Stones fan (even though just 14 years old) I recently went to Twickenham to see them in concert and trust me, they are amazing, they truly lived up to there title as 'the greatest rock n' roll band in the world'.
Ofcourse, not everyone gets to see them live (I was very lucky) so to get the nearest experience to it possible Buy this DVD.
With fantastic camera work, stunning visuals and amazing sound this is ,in my opinion, the greatest live music DVD ever released. Jagger's vocals are excellent, Keith's just as cool as ever (if not cooler) and his playing is superb. Ronnie gives his usual energetic performance and Charlie (whilst still managing to keep a straight face) never misses a beat.
They play all their classics, 'Gimme Shelter' 'Brown Sugar' 'Honky Tonk Women' etc. and they are joined by Dave Matthews for an astounding version of 'Wild Horses'.
They also play some songs from the 'Bridges to Babylon' album including 'Saint of Me' and a larger than life version of 'Out of Control'. Keith does a fantastic version of 'I wanna hold you' from the 'Undercover' album.
The Stones give an umbelievably energetic and exciting performance for their ever increasing age (they were just the same when i saw them on the licks tour), in my opinion they get more and more cool as they get older.
With the best ever live recording of 'Satisfaction' to open up with,
just sit back, turn up the volume and let
the Rolling Stones rock your world!
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By Ms. M. Bakalarz on 25 Jun 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I love this band to the bits so I love this dvd too.I watch it almost every day now.The only one thing I miss is the lack of extras but the gig itself is worth watching.
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By Bryan-Robert Baxter on 1 May 2013
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
bought this for my dad cause he was at the gig and only had it on vhs he was very pleased and said was brill so am happy am in the good books for a change :)
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Brilliant, classic tour footage with the definitive live version of Sympathy for the Devil. Nothing before or since comes close to the quality of this recording. Video is a bit ropey but I didn't buy it to watch I bought it to rip the HD Audio and encode it lossless.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By farndell@supanet.com on 16 Nov 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A wonderful record on film of the best rock band to ever exist. The concert was all the years of countless hits coupled with the expertise of the best live performers on the circiut. A must for any Stones fan.
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