The Rolling Stones [DVD]

by: Rolling Stones

The absence of an officially sanctioned, thorough compilation of Rolling Stones' videos from the '60s leaves the path clear -- and the demand -- for bootleg DVDs such as this compilation of mid-'60s clips from the British Ready Steady Go! and Top of the Pops programs and simply titled The Rolling Stones. The image transfer is not stellar, though it's usually not bad, and it's certainly better than those seen on many other releases by the Anonymous Film Archive label. Most of the clips are wholly or partially lip-synced; some of the clips are incomplete, and the whole thing's less than an hour long. And guess what? It's still better than nothing. And it's still fairly fun to watch, particularly the Ready Steady Go! segments, which are in better shape (though in black-and-white) than the other sections of the DVD. It's unfortunate that the portion from 1966 on which they do "Paint It Black" and the obscure LP cut "I Am Waiting" seems to be mimed, with the exception of Jagger's lead vocals. But on the other hand, clips from 1965 see them doing wholly live versions of "That's How Strong My Love Is" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" that differ notably from the studio recordings. Also here is their infamous mime to Sonny & Cher's "I Got You Babe" (with manager Andrew Loog Oldham and Ready Steady Go! host Cathy McGowan taking part too), which is as corny as it is outrageous. The Top of the Pops segments, all mimed, are less spectacular, though at least they present some different songs than the Ready Steady Go! ones, including "Get Off of My Cloud" and "Let's Spend the Night Together." As a bonus, there's also the Stones' strange promotional film for the "We Love You" single -- it's a send-up of the legal trials Mick Jagger and Keith Richards were suffering in mid-'67 -- and it includes Marianne Faithfull, though unfortunately, the clip cuts off before its end. ~ Richie Unterberger

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