Rant ‘N’ Roll: Visual + Vinyl + Blues Mike Greenblatt December 10, 2014 Columns Beautifully packaged, Eagle Rock Entertainment’s new live series of Rolling Stones concerts, From The Vault, starts with Hampton Coliseum Live In 1981 and L.A. Forum Live In 1975 (both restored and remixed by Bob Clearmountain). Each show is two and a half hours and consumers get their choice of vinyl (three discs) or CD (two discs) along with the concert DVD. (Both releases are also available digitally. The ’81 show can be bought separately as a Standard-Definition Blu-ray.) In 1975, upon the break-up of The Faces, singer Rod Stewart went solo and guitarist Ron Wood joined the Rolling Stones. (Drummer Kenney Jones would replace Keith Moon in The Who three years later.) For Wood’s first Stones tour, the band made its tour announcement by performing “Brown Sugar” on a flatbed truck in midtown Manhattan. After a couple of fully attended dress rehearsals in Louisiana, the 44-date tour revved up on June 3 and ended on July 13 with five nights at the L.A. Forum, one of which, July 12, was filmed. Keyboardist Billy Preston [1946-2006] is a joy throughout and gets a two-song spot where his infectious brand of gospel-soul even gets Mick back out on stage to boogie down hard in doing a priceless impromptu dance routine with Preston. In 1981, no one grossed more than the Stones did while touring in support of Tattoo You. The 50 dates took in a record $50 million, from Philadelphia in September to Hampton, Virginia, in December. The next-to-last show, on Keith’s December 18 38th birthday, was filmed. It was also the first rock concert to be broadcast on television as a pay-per-view event. 1975 Setlist 1) Introduction 2) Honky Tonk Women 3) All Down The Line 4) If You Can’t Rock Me/Get Off Of My Cloud 5) Star Star 6) Gimme Shelter 7) Ain’t Too Proud To Beg 8 ) You Gotta Move 9) You Can’t Always Get What You Want 10) Happy 11) Tumbling Dice 12) It’s Only Rock’n’Roll 13) Band Intros 14) Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker) 15) Fingerprint File 16) Angie 17) Wild Horses 18) That’s Life (Billy Preston) 19) Outta Space (Billy Preston) 20) Brown Sugar 21) Midnight Rambler 22) Rip This Joint 23) Street Fighting Man 24) Jumpin’ Jack Flash 25) Sympathy For The Devil 1981 Setlist 1) Under My Thumb 2) When The Whip Comes Down 3) Let’s Spend The Night Together 4) Shattered 5) Neighbors 6) Black Limousine 7) Just My Imagination 8 ) Twenty Flight Rock 9) Going To A Go Go 10) Let Me Go 11) Time Is On My Side 12) Beast Of Burden 13) Waiting On A Friend 14) Let It Bleed 15) You Can’t Always Get What You Want 16) Band Introductions 17) Happy Birthday Keith 18) Little T&A 19) Tumbling Dice 20) She’s So Cold 21) Hang Fire 22) Miss You 23) Honky Tonk Women 24) Brown Sugar 25) Start Me Up 26) Jumping Jack Flash 27) (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction * Hard Luck Child: A Tribute To Skip James (Stony Plain) is Rory Block’s fifth installment of her “Mentor Series,” rural blues played in a time-honored tradition. Previous legends whom she has honored include Mississippi John Hurt [1892-1966], Reverend Gary Davis [1896-1972], Mississippi Fred McDowell [1904-1972] and Son House [1902-1988]. Nine Skip James originals—including “I’m So Glad” that Cream famously popularized on its 1966 debut—are interpreted by this exquisitely talented guitar-slinging, soul-singing 65-year-old blues-woman from Princeton, NJ. The set opens with her own “Nehemiah James” to set the scene on exactly who this dude was. Block ultimately reaches the deep dark underbelly of this mysterious legend, successfully mixing the sacred with the profane to ferret out—and stunningly bring to life—the dichotomy of one of America’s greatest blues legends. Leave a Reply Cancel ReplyYour email address will not be published.CommentName* Email* Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.