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Come on..... the Pay per view (Hampton Roads, Virginia was better than Hal Ashby's disjointed, none smooth - flowing effort).
Mick's "singing" in LSTNT is more akin to taking a dump - just oofing. His singing in Gimme Shelter was excellent.
It's difficult to rate separately the film and the performance. As a film in itself, I always found Shelter a bore. All those interviews remind me of that old Woody Allen movie Take the money and Run. But it is the only way to see some decent footage of that great tour.
L&G is great because the band is great. But the images don't add to the music. If SAL is Jagger-centric, what about L&G? Is there anybody else in the band?
LSTNT is the first film that actually works by itself. The images are great. They follow the rhythm of the music. Add that the 81 tour was a fantastic one, and that's it. I agree that it would have been better to have a shorter set list but unedited songs, rather than the opposite. True that any non-fan wouldn't notice the difference, but who else would want to see LSTNT if not a diehard fan?
Let's not forget Charlie Is My Darling - I really like the live footage in that film - so basic and naive but somehow the performances are still great and just look how young the audience is - most under 20 I would say
CB is awful but it, just like all of the others, does have some interesting things in it.
Gimme Shelter, Ladies and Gentleman, the video release of Vodoo Lounge, video release of BTB, Shine A Light, Four Flicks and Bang are ALL better than LSTNT!!