Today marks the 47th anniversary of the Rolling Stones’ debut performance on “The Ed Sullivan Show.” They played “Time Is On my Side” and a cover of Chuck Berry’s “Around and Around.”
The Stones appeared on “The Ed Sullivan Show” six times between 1964-1969, and it’s marvelous to see the growth of the band over the course of those five short years.
On Tuesday, November 1, the deluxe version of “The Ed Sullivan Show Starring the Rolling
Stones” will be released in a 2-DVD set, featuring all six of the Stones’ appearances. And not just the Stones, either, but rather six full episodes, so you get to see the Stones in context to the popular culture spinning around them.
Filmed over the course of four shows in Texas on their ’72 “Exile on Main Street” tour amd originally released theatrically in ’74, “Ladies and Gentlemen, the Rolling Stones” offers solid proof that at one time the Stones were the “World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band”.
Spliced together to represent one show (obvious by the constant sudden costume changes), this concert flick finds the boys in top form right from the start blasting a tight, gritty, rough ‘n’ tumble set of material mostly drawn from what’s arguably their most prolific period (“Let it Bleed”, “Sticky Fingers” and “Exile…”), and they look, sound and feel like a band determined to stake their claim.
Every bit the swaggering, pirate-cool personified, Keith Richards is totally into the music, locking in with Charlie Watts, sharing the mic and spotlight with Mick Jagger on “Dead Flowers” and “Happy” and generally anchoring the whole thang with his trademark chops.
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