The Rolling Stones

Marquee/Montreux Rumble

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While the sleeve looks almost professional enough to pass for an official release, it's certainly highly uncertain that this DVD is authorized, especially as there's a fat time-code-sized black bar sitting near the bottom of the screen throughout much of it. Nonetheless, this does present a good amount of footage that fans of the early-'70s incarnation of the Rolling Stones will enjoy. First up are a few rehearsal clips filmed in Montreux by German TV on May 21, 1972, including a couple run-throughs of "Tumbling Dice," "Shake Your Hips," and some bluesy jamming. Mick Jagger's vocals aren't miked high enough, but otherwise these are enjoyably relaxed performances in which the band seem to playing for themselves, rather than for the cameras. The core of the disc is a performance filmed for television shot at the Marquee Club in London on March 26, 1971 (and, unfortunately, with that black rectangular bar near the bottom of the screen at all times). Though this eight-song set has the Mick Taylor lineup of the Stones running through much of their better-known late-'60s/early-'70s material (as well as "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"), it's not the most overwhelming concert footage of the band, in part because everyone save Jagger is pretty stationary. Useful extras include their 1971 Top of the Pops spot for "Brown Sugar," a promo film of "Loving Cup" filmed during the Montreux rehearsals, and quite a bit of (although hardly fascinating) interview material with Jagger and Bill Wyman that aired on The Dick Cavett Show in August 1972, as well as July 1972 New York performances of "Brown Sugar" and "Street Fighting Man" that aired on the same program. All interesting stuff, though all of it would look better if it was given the higher-quality transfers typical of authorized releases.