The criticisms of this video are certainly appropriate, as the cinematography is, on the whole, pretty dire, Ian's voice is consistently the same monotonous tone, you can barely see the band members on stage due to the lack of lighting, and the actual sound recording on the tape isn't exactly wondrous. However, this is all irrelevant, as The Stone Roses sway gloriously from one song to the next, allowing the listener to get caught up in the chiming wall of sound. This is exactly what made The Stone Roses such a legendary band, the stunning ability to, despite obvious imperfections as listed above, be able to still come out on top, to allow a listener to get caught up in the moment and simply not care about the problems that they can see before them. From my own personal point of view, I was too young to ever see the band live when they were in their prime, and this video allows me to now watch one of the greatest bands of all time perform their songs on stage.
It's a glorious video, and all Stone Roses fans simply MUST own it. The gentle rumbling intro to "I Wanna Be Adored", the thrilling instrumental at the finale of "Waterfall", the chilling guitar solos on "Made Of Stone" and "Where Angels Play", the way Reni thrashes his drum kit to shreds on "She Bangs The Drums" and "I Am The Resurrection", it's all here in one hour of sheer, musical brilliance. An essential purchase.