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The Rolling Stones In The 1960s – The Complete Review (Chrome Dreams/MVD DVD Set)


Picture: C+     Sound: C+     Extras: C     Main Programs: B+



A while ago, Chrome Dreams and Music Video Distributors issued one of the best documentary DVDs on The Rolling Stones from their Under Review series covering the years 1962 – 1966.  We reviewed it favorably here:





Now, that impressive show is being reissued in a set that includes a second DVD with the follow-up program covering 1967 – 1969 in a set entitled The Rolling Stones In The 1960s – The Complete Review and it is as strong and maybe a little stronger than the first one.  We see the band loose Brian Jones, go psychedelic, reform as one of the strongest bands of all time and make some of the most important music of all time.  Besides some films Mick Jagger did himself experimenting with acting, the band made three in this period.


One was their Circus concert film, only just recently issued on DVD.  Another was their concert film with Jean-Luc Godard that had several titles and did not work out.  The third was Gimme Shelter (reviewed elsewhere on this site) and helped end the 1960s for good.


But the programs have interviews with music scholars, lovers and people who were there telling the story, some aspects of which you will only hear about here.  They also cover all the albums and their successes in this period with great detail.  That makes this one of the best Stones DVD sets to date.


The 1.33 X 1 image on both has letterboxed images at times, but look pretty good throughout with a generous amount of new interviews, vintage clips and the money has been put out for prime footage and classic hits.  This series always delivers.  The Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo is just fine throughout both discs, but sometimes the audio is monophonic from the vintage footage.  The 1967 – 69 disc expands on the same extras as the last volume, but adds an interview with Keith Altham on The Beggar’s Banquet Press Reception.


For more on this period, you should see the film Gimme Shelter, which Criterion has just upgraded to an exceptional Blu-ray edition.  Read more about it at this link:





-   Nicholas Sheffo


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