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  • Directors: Leslie Woodhead, Jo Durden-Smith
  • Producers: Leslie Woodhead, Jo Durden-Smith
  • Format: Colour, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Granada Media
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Mar. 2001
  • Run Time: 53 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (26 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005955K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 64,421 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


A documentary record of the free Rolling Stones concert which took place in Hyde Park on 5th July 1969, two days after the death of guitarist Brian Jones. Includes interview footage and a number of classic performances.

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Jervis VINE VOICE on 1 April 2007
Format: DVD
'The Stones In The Park' film from 1969 has always been a firm favourite of mine despite the less than thrilling reviews it has received by the critics over the years. It's only really when compared with the 'Gimmie Shelter' soundtrack and the unreleased 'Ladies And Gentlemen ....' film that its shortcomings for me become most obvious. The Stones at this point had just recruited new member Mick Taylor who was making his debut with the band.

Generally, the band sound a little out of tune on a number of songs as they were perhaps a little rusty not having toured for for a while in addition to having their newest member making his first appearance. Actually Mick Taylor plays just fine for the most part.

While the Stones are not quite in their prime they do sound quite raw which seems an awful long way from their more polished and easily digestable sound of today. It's that raw energy that, for me, made the Stones special and it's also that reason why the Hyde Park show is infinitely superior to any concert footage released in later years.The eight songs which make up this film including 'Midnight Rambler', 'Satisfaction', 'I'm Free' and 'Sympathy For The Devil' are all highly enjoyable despite the fact that they would all improve no end by the time of the Stones U.S. tour towards the end of the year.

As any keen Stones fan knows the Hyde Park show was also turned into a tribute to Brian Jones who had died just two days earlier. Mick's reading from Shelley sounds rather quaint these days as does most of the rest of their performance (including Mick's dress). There was an aura and an authenticity about the Stones (and music in general those days) which was forever lost once corporate commercialism came into play in the eighties and consumerism became paramount.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By posh cameron out on 14 Sept. 2009
Format: DVD
I had this on VHS for years and years.
Its a favourite.While undoubtedly rusty,the stones exude an effortless hippy-cool and the music is raw and groovy.Often hilarious in places because it seems Jagger is almost doing an impression of someone doing an impression of him!!
I think the film gives a hint of just how enormous the Stones were at this point in their career,and this film is infinitely more watchable than the later stuff,when frankly,they'd all but lost it i feel.
Look out for the awesome Johnny Winter cover 'I'm Hers and She's Mine' that opens the gig to an accompaniement of half-dead butterflies being released to 500,000 punters.Really groovy stuff!
Song highlights?....erm..'Satisfaction','I'm Free' and 'Jumpin Jack Flash'.But also an interesting historical document regarding the Hippies and British Hells Angels.(Jagger would go on to make the fatal mistake of assuming that the American Angels would do a similar job of marshalling the infamous Altamont gig in California later in 1969,but thats another story on the 'Gimme Shelter DVD')
What the Stones MUST do is release 'Ladies And Gentlemen-The Rolling Stones' film of their 72 american tour!!Other than that,this DVD is as good as it gets for live stones on DVD.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Daniel R. Caruncho on 7 Jun. 2010
Format: DVD
The '69 Hyde Park concert is historic for several reasons: it was the first one after Brian Jones death and the debut of Mick Taylor with the Stones, and over 250.000 fans assisted (some sources even talk about 500.000). However, it wasn't a good show: the band didn't play well, the guitars were out of tune and most songs were still taking shape. The Stones hadn't played live for years, so the gig was a warm-up for the tour that was about to come (and excellently documented in The Rolling Stones - Gimme Shelter [DVD] [1970]).

The original set list of the Stones show was as follows:
1-Eulogy for Brian Jones (a Shelley poem read by Mick Jagger, in his infamous Marianne Faithfull dress)
2-I'm Yours, She's Mine (a raw rendition of the Johnny Winter number)
3- Jumpin Jack Flash
4- No Expectations
5- Mercy, Mercy
6- Stray Cat Blues
7- I'm Free
8- Down Home Girl
9- Love in Vain
10- Loving Cup (debut of a song that wouldn't be officially released until 1972)
11- Midnight Rambler
12- Satisfaction
13- Honky Tonk Woman
14- Street Fighting Man
15- Sympathy for the Devil (the highlight of the show)

The concert was filmed by Granada Television and shown in British television, and that footage is what you can find in this DVD. The film skips some songs and doesn't follows a chronological order. It includes the eulogy, 'Midnight Rambler', 'Satisfaction', 'I'm Free', 'I'm Yours', 'JJF', 'HTW', 'Love in Vain' and 'SFTD', and bits of an interview with Jagger.

The image is quite poor, very grainy, and there isn't any extra stuff worth of mention. For die hard fans only.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful By D. C. Hociota on 15 Jun. 2002
Format: DVD
July 5-th 1969 history on the strings was made when the Rolling Stones performed a free concert in Hyde Park in front of half a million people. This concert criminally ignored on DVD since now is featured here, alas in a not so happy technical presentation. Provided with a mono soundtrack and with somehow bluish pictures, still this remains quite a feast for the fans. As Mick said at one moment " A concert is not just to hear the music as it really is that's for the studio to do..." those expected crystal clear strains and video sharp like pictures should search elsewhere. There are eight live songs: Midnight Rambler, Satisfaction, I'm Free, I'm Yours She's Mine, Jumping Jack Flash, Honky Tonk Woman, Love in Vain and Sympathy for the Devil. Although not all are at 451 Fahrenheit (Satisfaction is sadly one of the letdowns) still image and music combined are worth the money and the forbidden fruit Sympathy.... is sang with the help of an African band in an unforgettable Voodoo like ceremony. Hells Angels are also seen there but they are more like Mengele's Angels judging from their SS uniforms and insignias. In total opposition with their Californian cousins at Altamont Concert (a few months later) they were harmful here, their age and fashion style reminding more of the lost children of Mad Max III movie than Easy Rider.
Another surprise is Paul McCartney seen in the crowd for a couple of seconds during end credits. In all not being an ordinary concert but " In Memoriam " one (Brian Jones being found dead two days before, in his swimming pool) this DVD will revive history for those not so fortunate to live it then.
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