Best of 2011: Tim Livingston’s Top 5 Music DVDs

5. “Ray Charles: Live In France, 1961”
A true musical genius at his peak!

4. “The Rolling Stones: Some Girls – Live In Texas ’78”
IMO not as good of an era as last year’s release of “Ladies & Gentlemen…,” but 1978 finds the Stones responding to punk by stripping it down while touring in support of their last good album.

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3. “The Hollies: Look Through Any Window, 1963-1975”
Cool doc about one of the all-time great pop bands that is strengthened by the inclusion of over 20 songs shown in their entirety.

2. “Six Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Rolling Stones”
All of the World’s Greatest Rock & Roll Band’s performances – plus full episodes of each show featuring a plethora of guests and kitschy vintage TV commercials.

1. “The Ballad of Mott the Hoople”
An extraordinary and touching documentary that takes an in-depth look at the highs and lows of a band that DJ/A&R man/mad genius Guy Stevens put together to combines the smart lyricism of Bob Dylan and the rock & roll swagger of the Rolling Stones. The filmakers present brillant archival footage and photos – in addition to present-day interviews – that chronicle Mott the Hoople from their early days as a legendary, hard-driving, live rock & roll band to forecasting punk with their “Brain Capers” album to having their career saved by David Bowie with “All The Young Dudes” through their greatest album (1973’s “Mott”) and on to the final days with Ian Hunter suffering from exhaustion and walking away from it all right before embarking on what would have been the band’s biggest tour. All of the original members (except Pete Watts) are interviewed, and Ian is especially candid – and sometimes down-right hilarious – as he tells it like it was. Bonus footage includes extra interviews and three complete songs from their 2009 reunion shows. The story behind Guy Stevens and his days at Island/Sue Records is a fascinating tale in and of itself. Essential!!!!

By Tim Livingston, Nippertown contributor


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3 Responses to “Best of 2011: Tim Livingston’s Top 5 Music DVDs”

  1. I still listen to the “after Ian” band ‘Mott’ albums “Drive On” & “Shouting and Pointing”. Somebody has to.

  2. Fred says:

    Great, great list, though I’d add the Scorsese documentary about George Harrison.

  3. TL says:

    Andy, you are a saint amongst music fans. I am sure Buffin and Overend would thank you for that, but I find those later albums well.. just too painful.. Fred, I have heard great things about the Harrison doc, but have not seen it yet. I need to check it out. Thanks for the reminder.

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