The Rolling Stones

Touring History, Vol. 5: Rare Video 1964-1968 [DVD]

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This bootleg DVD compilation of performance clips from the Rolling Stones' career might not be complete or technically top-notch. But there's a lot of material -- almost two hours' worth -- and of the numerous unauthorized vintage Stones compilations, it's one of the better ones, if frustratingly imperfect. It includes some of their most significant early television appearances, such as their early-1964 live presentation of "I Wanna Be Your Man" and "You Better Move On," which seems to be the earliest footage of the band that's circulated; their infamous 1964 appearance on Dean Martin's variety show; their exciting spot at the 1964 NME Pollwinners' Concert; and their 1965 Shindig "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," their first live performance of that classic. Less excitingly, there are also numerous less compelling mid-'60s clips that were mimed to records; promo films for "We Love You," "2000 Light Years Away," "Jumpin' Jack Flash," and "Child of the Moon"; and their portion of The Rolling Stones Rock'n'Roll Circus, which, while good, is easily available on official DVD. While the overall quality's decent, there are also the usual not-quite-impeccable transfers common to bootleg product, as well as some clipped beginnings and endings. As entertaining as it is, it emphasizes the need for a legitimate disc, or discs, that would anthologize this material with the technological quality it deserves. There is one brief but amusing clip that will probably never show up on anything official, though: a 1964 cereal commercial for which the Stones provided the jingle (which is surprisingly bluesy and rowdy).