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THE ROLLING STONES

FROM THE VAULT - THE MARQUEE - LIVE IN 1971

SHOCK ENTERTAINMENT | Release Date: June 25 2015

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Let’s face it there’s no one out there like The Stones and never is there likely to be again. After a slew of solid ‘From the Vaults’ releases comes arguably the best so far. ‘The Marquee - Live in 1971’ to many will be a few decades too distant to bring back memories but to actually see the show up close on that small stage and hear the first outings of classics like ‘Brown Sugar’, ‘Dead Flowers’ and ‘Bitch’ from the soon to be released ‘Sticky Fingers’ (the original release of which came with a real zipper on the cover art and was the first album to feature the ‘lips’ logo) is one of those moments of magic frozen in time for every rock fan to cherish.


Contextually this was a show that followed the Stones 1971 Farewell Tour of the UK – as the band left for Exile in France to avoid heavy taxes back home. It was a time of turmoil after the death of Brian Jones and the introduction of Mick Taylor, but to many  the ‘Sticky Fingers’ period and the ‘Exile in Main Street’ album that followed are the definitive period for the band creatively.


The Marquee show, short as it is (the set is only eight songs long) is both intimate and remarkable, at times you just marvel at the raw sounds of the then nine year old band at their peak. They of course look so young, but ooze cool like no band before or after. Opening with the often overlooked classic ‘Live With Me’ from ‘Let It Bleed’ their previous 1969 outing the album is all about the ‘now’ with ‘I Got the Blues’, the Chuck Berry cover ‘Let It Rock’, and the four songs from the forthcoming ‘Sticky Fingers’ very much a slice of the bands current catalogue. Only ‘Satisfaction’ looks back at all.

 

The DVD adds a number of alternative takes and the 'Top of the Pops' performance of 'Brown Sugar' from 1971.


If you want to know what Rock and Roll is all about: this is it, in spades…  

 

To win a copy of the DVD email leslie [at] therockpit.net by Friday 3rd July to go into the draw

 

by Mark Rockpit

 


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