- Actors: Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood, Bill Wyman
- Directors: Christine Strand, David Douglas, Julien Temple, Noel Archambault, Roman Kroitor
- Producers: André Picard, Martin Walters, Michael Cohl
- Format: PAL
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: Exempt
- Studio: Castle
- DVD Release Date: 20 Sept. 1999
- Run Time: 90 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B00004D0D3
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 161,127 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Rolling Stones: Live At The Max [DVD]
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The Rolling Stones live during July and August of 1990 in London, Berlin, and Turin, as their mammoth Steel Wheels tour hits Europe.
This 1991 concert film was shot in the IMAX format and was originally presented on enormous IMAX screens, with outstanding visual and audio clarity. The dimensions may have been scaled down for this DVD release, but the show is still huge in energy and talent. Filmed during a European leg of the Rolling Stones' Steel Wheels tour, this production boasts 15 songs and an extraordinary stage set with inflatable floozies (for "Honky Tonk Woman") and wild dogs (rather cleverly for "Street Fighting Man"). The Stones' set emphasises material from the late 1960s and early 70s ("Tumbling Dice", "Happy", "You Can't Always Get What You Want"), but the band's performance is so furious that the show is far from a pandering oldies act. Highlights include "Paint it Black", at once brutal and delicate, as well as a muscular "Rock and a Hard Place", a psychedelicised "2,000 Light Years from Home", and a cheeky "It's Only Rock 'n' Roll". Once kings of a gloriously sloppy sound, the Stones prove to be as effective in their artistic maturity with small, breathtaking touches as they are with chunky orchestration. Guitarists Keith Richards and Ron Wood play as if they are of one mind, Richards providing powerful leads while his partner captures some of the texture of the group's original recordings. Bassist Bill Wyman, still in the band at this phase, offers wit and an encyclopaedic grasp of rhythm & blues history, while drummer Charlie Watts adds control and swing. Mick Jagger prowls, climbs around the set, and delivers all the charismatic goods for adoring audiences, even touching the forbidden fruit again in a feverish performance of "Sympathy for the Devil". The DVD also includes a full Stones discography. --Tom Keogh, Amazon.com
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I am a Pink Floyd fan by heart but the weekend before I went to Berlin to see The Wall, I travelled to Cardiff Arms Park. Here I witnessed "THE GREATEST ROCK N ROLL BAND IN THE WORLD" prove to me that live no one but no one can match them (and I've seen Floyd three times).
Unfortunatly, the Cardiff gig was not filmed but the footage here still matches what I saw, 100% magic. The venues of these shows include London and Madrid. The stage was massive, it needed to be to contain Kieth, Mick, Ronnie and Charlie. (Bill could have stood on a soapbox for all of his movements - but that's just Bill). The lights, the dry ice and effects were superb too.
Just the year before, the excellent compilation album Hot Rocks was released which was a real greatest hits package (for a non-dedicated fan like me anyway) and Steel Wheels album also. This DVD is a filmed tour of both albums.
Most of the classics are here and some new ones (for 1990). Sad, Sad, Sad really grabbed me as I had not heard it before but Sympathy For The Devil was the track I wanted to hear and they played it and it blow me away!
Because I saw one of the shows of this tour I guess I could have some bias towards this DVD. However, let's be fair, Bridges To Babylon (1998) concert DVD is 30 minutes longer and is again so cool (even without Bill) and features a lot of the same tracks but my honest opinion is a simple one: get both.
If you are like me then you will appriciate that The Stones are not just a 60's band wheeled out every few years for an airing, but really do have a meaning in the modern music scene. Therefore, with this release the sound is top notch and the picture quality is stunning.
This is not just a captured moment of a great band but an event. It is just a pity that we cannot have cinema screens in our homes to do this IMAX film justice. However, a lot of you do have cinema sound to enhance this action packed concert.
So buy Live - At The Max; relax in your favourite chair but you will not need it for long as you will be upon your feet dancing and shaking your tail feather, baby!
Thank you for reading this review.
The Rolling Stones aren't my favourite band - dare I say it, their sheer rawness doesn't seem to translate down to CD all that well, at least for me (and they were before my musical 'time'). Maybe Live, where all that noise and energy can be focussed, I'll appreciate them a lot more. So, my quest to own one decent Stones Live DVD led me here, not too old for technical (viewing) technology to be an issue and not be too new to be costly or without reviews and recommendations from other Amazon customers.
It certainly sounds very good and with good visuals. It seems to have most of the great tracks, done Live and with Jagger playing up to both the audience and music itself in his customary manner.
What more could I want? Not a lot really, which is why it's five stars and comes recommended!
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This concert video is the best argument why stadium concerts are not made for music.