The Rolling Stones: The Stones In The Park [DVD]
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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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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.Read more ›
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.
The sound is mono, which might bother some of you newfangled types, but it's fine with me. In _According to the Stones_ Keith Richards states that in terms of sound, this was one of their most abysmal shows ever. Which is a totally different issue than how well they're playing, mind you, but be aware that the sound on this dvd is pretty ... hm, authentic-sounding, shall we say. The groovy 60s-style camera "effects" get a little embarrassing a few times, and the camera's fixation with Mick Jagger is unfortunate - hello, there's a whole band at work up there, could we have some footage of them too please?!
But all in all it's a warm, charming and fascinating document of a very English afternoon that the Stones' free concert provided the excuse for, and of the Stones' gallant way of honouring Brian Jones.
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Yes, it's great that this DVD is available to all the Rolling Stones fans out there and the price is certainly reasonable. My main 'beef' with it though is the fact that despite the packaging boasting about how the picture has been 'remastered' the quality (and I've watched this on several systems) is very poor - grainy; washed out...it's just drab. Actually, the same applies to the sound quality.
Secondly, there are no extras whatsoever which, I assume, relates to the bargain price but it would have been nice to contain at least something. Finally, this only contains about 70% of the actual set-list that the Stones played at Hyde Park. Some great songs are missing but, fortunately, what they've kept here is gold - especially 'Honky Tonk Woman' and 'I'm Free'. For the price and entertainment value I'd recommend this very, very highly for Stones fans but it's just a bit of a shoddy package all-round.
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Had this on VHS and vaguely remember seeing it on tv.My how outdoor concerts have changed since those heady days! Read morePublished 20 months ago by nigel barton