As far back as 1971, seeing the Rolling Stones performing in a nightclub was a rare thing. The DVD/digital recording From The Vault: The Marquee – Live In 1971 (set for release by Eagle Rock Entertainment on June 23, 2015) is a previously unreleased performance of the Stones’ 1971 concert at the Marquee in London. It was a show that was originally recorded for U.S. television, so that might explain why the concert doesn’t have that certain burst of urgency that happens when you can’t stop and do another take for the cameras.
Although the Rolling Stones were arguably at their peak during this time period, people might be surprised that this performance is not the non-stop, high-energy show that has become expected from a typical Rolling Stones concert. The musicianship is tight overall, but the band’s on-stage charisma (and the Marquee audience’s reaction) might be a bit uneven and toned-down for many fans’ taste. The crowd looks like a hand-picked “TV audience” rather than a gathering of passionate Rolling Stones fans, who would definitely be more excited to be at a rare club show such as this one.
In “Midnight Rambler,” lead singer Mick Jagger doesn’t give his usual whirling dervish rendition of the song. He’s almost low-key in what should be a tour-de-force performance of one of the Stones’ most powerful songs. On the plus side, when the Stones perform “I Got the Blues” and “Let It Rock,” it’s a great reminder of what the Rolling Stones were like in their earliest years as a blues club band. As for guitarists Keith Richards and Mick Taylor, if you’ve seen enough performances for theirs from this era, then you know they’ve played better and they’ve played worse than at this show. Charlie Watts on drums is top-notch, while bass player Bill Wyman gets the job done well enough. Backing the band at this concert are pianist Ian Stewart, keyboardist Nicky Hopkins, saxophonist Bobby Keys and Jim Price on horns.
When performing “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” the band seems almost bored with the song. The pace picks up near the end with “Bitch” and “Brown Sugar,” but with only eight songs for this concert release, the high energy seems to have left just as soon as it arrived. One can’t help but wonder if the energy level would have been different if this were a live show with no room for retakes.
Speaking of retakes, the DVD/Blu-ray has outtakes from the concert, with two different versions of “I Got the Blues” (better the second time round) and “Bitch” (done better the first time; the second version had some sound problems). Aside from a few mumbled apologies on stage for the retakes, there really isn’t anything that unique or interesting these extra tracks. However, the film quality is excellent, which is testament to how well-preserved or restored this footage was and why it’s recommended for die-hard Stones fans.
Here are the details from the press release:
The Rolling Stones
“From The Vault: The Marquee – Live In 1971”
Released June 23, 2015
• Sought-after club performance released for the first time on DVD in four formats
• Rare gig from The Rolling Stones in 1971 filmed at The Marquee Club
• A classic, must-own performance
• Part of the “From The Vault” series from The Rolling Stones archive
A sought-after, rare club performance from The Rolling Stones in 1971 filmed at London’s iconic Marquee Club will finally see the light of day, after almost two decades of being stored away in an attic. The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live in 1971 will be released on DVD in four formats and on iTunes via Eagle Rock on June 23, 2015.
This remarkable performance was filmed for US television in 1971, shortly after The Rolling Stones had completed their 1971 Farewell Tour of the UK, and a month before the release of the album Sticky Fingers. The gig marked the first time tracks “Brown Sugar,” “Dead Flowers,” “Bitch,” and the rarely performed “I Got The Blues” were showcased live; four tracks taken from the Sticky Fingers album. The line-up at this time was Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman.
The show was an intimate, rare club appearance and very little footage has been released, until now. Part of the “From The Vault” series of live concerts from the band’s archive, The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live In 1971 is a must-own DVD for any Stones fan, featuring carefully restored footage and sound mixed to perfection by Bob Clearmountain, including 5.1 surround sound on the DVD and SD Blu-ray formats.
The release of The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live In 1971 coincides with the special edition of album Sticky Fingers, and includes alternative takes of “I Got The Blues” and “Bitch,” plus a Top of the Pops performance of “Brown Sugar” from 1971.
The Rolling Stones From The Vault: The Marquee – Live In 1971 is available in four formats:
Main tracklisting & bonus features
Main tracklisting & bonus features
DVD + CD
The DVD and a single CD
DVD + LP
DVD and a single LP (main track listing only)
1. Live With Me
2. Dead Flowers
3. I Got The Blues
4. Let It Rock
5. Midnight Rambler
6. (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction
8. Brown Sugar
1. I Got The Blues – Take 1
2. I Got The Blues – Take 2
3. Bitch – Take 1
4. Bitch – take 2
5. Brown Sugar (Top Of The Pops, 1971)