Stones In Exile [DVD]  [NTSC]
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In the spring of 1971 the Rolling Stones departed the UK to take up residence in France as tax exiles. Keith Richards settled at a villa called Nellcôte in Villefranche-sur-Mer and this became the venue for the recording of much of the band s masterpiece Exile On Main Street . Stones In Exile tells the story in the band s own words and through extensive archive footage of their time away from England and the creation of this extraordinary double album, which many regard as the Rolling Stones finest achievement.
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The bonus features (which weren't part of the BBC1 broadcast) include a great sequence of Mick and Charlie returning to Mick's old house Stargroves and to Olympic Studios in London and there are face to face interviews with each of the Stones talking in more depth about the recording of the album and what was going on around them at the time. There are also interviews with Rolling Stones fans including Martin Scorsese, Jack White, Don Was, Benicio Del Toro & Sheryl Crow among various others.
If you like the Stones, you'll love this DVD.
Even at the reduced price i paid for it from amazon, i believe this could have been so much better than what you get. There's no mistaking the value for money, with 40 or so minutes of additional footage which wasnt in the televised version. However, there is an unmistakable whiff of "padding out" and the great gods themselves being a little careful even after all these years of being a little too open about some of the other things that went down during that period. As a result, it seems to be a little bit of a whitewash/ clean up, which is a bit of a disappointment.
Still, you get a fair number of contributions from everyone involved, including anita pallenberg and bobby keys. The funniest stuff, is via people like bill wyman on the extras interviews, which really seal the deal and make up for the more clinical, overpolished feel of the main documentary.
Overall, it's enjoyable, but not as deep and dirty as the album itself sounds, even to this day.
There is a slickness, and an artiness within the way this documentary is directed, with its storytelling being overlayed with relevant photo's, and related video's, overlaying interviews by the members of the group and fans etc. which is informative to a degree, but the film fails to linger on what anyone has to say for very long. In a sense, style seems to dictate this documentary more than substance, although of course this film does touch on the basics, relating to the Stones becoming tax exiles and relocating to the south of France and recording in the basement of Keith's house, etc. The general mood of the times, and the almost communal living is also well explained, with interviews with the band themselves, as well as those associated with the group at the time, like Anita Pallenberg. The problem i have a little though is the fact that many of the guest interviewers who weren't around the Stones in this period tend to be geared up very much to talking about the myth surrounding the recording of the album, and the aura which has grown around this period in more recent decades, far more than any facts.Read more ›
Another sense you get in the scenes from the Villa in France with kids around and common eating and general bohemian lifestyle is that it is a bygone era. The reason for much of the creativity at that time and during the late sixties was the laxation of rules and norms that you were light years away from the nine to five mind frame. McCartney also points at this concerning Sgt Pepper and the White Album, that they had 24 hour access to the recording studio, that they could make small Xmas discs for fans that were released in Fan Club mags and music mags like NME. Incidentally the Stones gave out one of these floppy 45 a plastic disc thin as paper that you played like a normal 45 (sometimes at 33.1/3 RPM) in NME called Exile on Main Street that had a sampler of many of the tracks plus a song that was not on the album, “Exile on Main- street is a strange street to walk down…..”. This song is on the DVD at the end.
If you get the chance to see the documentary called “Muscle Shoals” that is worth checking out. Here the Stones recorded some of Sticky Fingers and Keef says that if it was not for the fact he could not get into the States at the time because of drug busts “Exile” would probably have been recorded at Shoals.
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wonderful one based on the making of the stones greatest album ever "EXILE ON MAIN STREET"Published 8 months ago by Mr Paul Grey
love the album so decided to buy the blu ray I found it very interesting & informativePublished 8 months ago by Amazon Customer
Brilliant footage of the Stones in this rocky situation. I wanted to buy this for a long time and I'm really glad I did, very insightful and informative. Read morePublished 11 months ago by sjneal
I saw this on BBC a couple of years ago and wanted to see it again on BluRay a great insight into the workings of a bandPublished on 23 July 2014 by N Paul England