Sunday, August 5, 2012
JEFFREY MORGANíS MEDIA BLACKOUT #327
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LOOK AT THAT STUPID JEFFREY
MORGAN’S MEDIA BLACKOUT #327!
Stones – 1962-2012 (50 Year Anniversary) :: “The Rolling Stones lasting twenty, thirty years—what
a stupid idea that would be.” – Lester Bangs, CREEM, December 1973
The Rolling Stones – Madison Square Garden 1972 (Idle Mind Productions) :: This ultimate expression
of obsessive fandom insanely takes silent, audience filmed, Super 8 footage of the Stones’ two MSG performances; combines
it with what looks like silent pro-shot outtakes from Robert Frank’s infamous CS Blues shoot; and then expertly
syncs it all up with a live recording of both shows. Watching a blank screen suddenly and sporadically erupt into full color,
high decibel footage of the Stones on stage in ’72 is more than an uncanny glimpse into a cinema vérité
view that, by rights, shouldn’t even exist; it’s as if Abraham Zapruder had quit his Dallas dressmaking business
and put his new found documentary skills to use by joining the Maysles Brothers. And speaking of Dallas…
The Rolling Stones – Dallas Rehearsals: June 23, 1972 (Teague
Raw) :: Sonically speaking, these two discs are recorded a little on the hot side, but who gives a hoot when they contain
over two hours of otherwise good quality soundboard stereophonics, all presented pretty much in ‘as it happens’
order. Oh, and don’t worry if the performances are a tad too laconically laid back for your liking ’cause it’s
the surprising song selection that’ll make you sit up and take notice. Y’see, of the thirty-six tracks contained
herein, only two or three of them ever saw nightly service on the ’72 tour. Instead, we’re treated to a suitably
scruffy Exile outing that contains an unexpected plethora of previously unperformed puds ranging from “Ventilator
Blues” to “Let It Loose” to “Shake Your Hips.” Bonus points for including an instrumental “Monkey
Man” with an immoral “32-20 Blues” thrown in for bad measure. It’s an alternate universe song set
that never happened—yet strangely did!
OF THE WEEK: Muddy Waters & The Rolling Stones – Checkerboard Lounge: Live Chicago
1981 (Eagle Vision) :: It may be Muddy’s show but you’d never know it after seeing how those upstart Stones
make their grand entrance. Anybody else would’ve waited backstage to be introduced by the headliner, but not these
whipper-snappers! Instead, they rudely walk in off the street, smack dab in the middle of Muddy’s set, lollygag in front
of the stage, blocking everybody’s view, until they find a few empty spots in the third row.
Then, when Muddy graciously asks them to come up and sit in, they ignore him because
they’re too busy drinking! Finally, when they do take him up on his offer, the guitarist decides to take
a short cut by walking on top of the tables to get to the stage. All this plus Ian Stewart tickling the
ivories? And Buddy Guy? And Junior Wells? You’d best believe that’s reason enough for
you to stop reading this and buy it now!
Be seeing you!