This triple disc set (two CDs and one DVD) captures The Rolling Stones performing at London’s Hyde Park 44 years to the day from their famous (free) 1969 Hyde Park gig. The performances throughout are awful, with Jagger missing more notes than he hits, and the band sounding as geriatric as they look.
The session musos rescue less-performed gems like ‘Ruby Tuesday’, ‘Paint It Black’ and ‘You Can’t Always Get What You Want’, but all the classics – ‘Street Fighting Man’, ‘Sympathy For The Devil’, ‘Jumpin’ Jack Flash’, et al – sound like a club-footed mess, and the surprisingly poor quality of the audio is disgraceful: even the disco groove of ‘Miss You’ loses all its hi-hat sizzle and bass ballast in the mushy mix. This is primarily a visual spectacle, and a limber Jagger prances and preens with abandon on the DVD. GARY STEEL
Note: This mini-review was rejected by the publication that commissioned it, but I want to make one thing clear: I’m not slagging them off for doing so. This is the modern world, and magazines (more than ever) rely on advertising to survive. Had they printed this review, they may well have faced the wrath (or possibly the withdrawal of much-needed advertising) from promoters. This is the world we live in. Thank goodness for the blogosphere.