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THE ROLLING STONES FROM THE VAULT HAMPTON COLISEUM LIVE IN 1981

 

THE ROLLING STONES

FROM THE VAULT - HAMPTON COLISEUM LIVE IN 1981

SHOCK ENTERTAINMENT

NOVEMBER 7 2014

 

 

These ‘From the Vault’ releases from the tones really are worth a look and with this and the legendary LA Forum from 1975 slated for release this month we have a couple of real classics.


As far as video and audio quality goes the Hampton show six years on from LA is a much better proposition and interestingly the tracklisting is even more diverse than you might expect: this is no Greatest Hits only show!
Opening with a radio promo featuring a naked body painted young lady talking through all the stations you can find the Stones playing. There’s also an interesting look backstage prior to the concert, where it seems hundreds of people are just hanging out doing nothing in particular.


It’s there that Wyman plays table tennis amidst the huge entourage, Richards strums away in a circle of chairs and Jagger pink-suited limbers up using what looks like a cross between extreme disco and Kung-Fu. One of the notable things after seeing the 1975 video is that Keith Richards has changed from the youthful Keith to the old Keith.


The band saunters on stage before Jagger appears moving like to worst wedding dancer arms all over the place as a low key ‘Under My Thumb’ weaves its way to full bloom. There’s a casual air to such a huge gig and Woodie fag in mouth looks like he doesn’t have a care in the world as Jagger sporting the full ‘Miami Vice’ look (three years before the TV show) takes the spotlight and does the bulk of the work, cameras trained on him the majority of the time.


Visually of course this isn’t up with modern day standards, but if you can’t get past that bootleg feel, then perhaps the ‘From the Vault’ series isn’t for you. As far as the audio goes the stereo mix is OK but the 5.1 master audio is far better making it a great live recording.


In the three years since ‘Stonesarchive.com’ has been up and running there have been some great releases of what have only previously been available on bootleg, now that these releases are getting a physical product rather than just downloads there’s a whole new world opened up for fans.


 This first physical release is a great one to start with – the first ever pay-per-view concert on American TV, Keith’s birthday and as the time of the concert ‘tattoo You’ was top of the charts shifting huge numbers – the Stones were very much at the top of the heap. Remixed by Bob Clearmountain the setlist too is excellent with the material from ‘Tattoo You’ well worth a look.  

 

You may only be qsking yourself one question by the end 'would Keith still clatter that stage invader round the head these days?'... A must for teh collection.

 

 

by Mark Rockpit

 

THE ROLLING STONES FROM THE VAULT HAMPTON COLISEUM LIVE IN 1981