Rolling Stones – Live At The Marquee Club (Devil Productions DPDVD-03)

Live At The Marquee Club (Devil Productions DPDVD-03)

Film Version:  Slate, Live With Me, Dead Flowers, I Got The Blues, Let It Rock, Midnight Rambler, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Bitch, Brown Sugar.  Un-edit version:  Slate, Live With Me, Dead Flowers, I Got The Blues (Take #1), I Got The Blues (Take #2), Let It Rock, Midnight Rambler, (I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction, Bitch (Take #1), Brown Sugar, Bitch (Take #2)

The Rolling Stones’ Farewell Tour in the spring of 1971 was filled with activity.  The played seventeen shows around England in only ten days with one, the March 13th show at Leeds being professionally recorded, edited, and broadcast on the BBC.  They played two show at the Marquee in London with the later show being videotaped for a television special.  Finally they taped an appearance for “Top  Of The Pops” for BBC television where they sang “Bitch,” “Brown Sugar,” and “Wild Horses.”  April saw the release of both Sticky Fingers and the 7″ release of “Brown Sugar,” “Bitch” and “Let It Rock” from the Leeds broadcast.

The Marquee video tape has been released on audio such as The Lost Marquee Tapes 1971 (VGP-030) and the video before on Marquee/Montreux Rumble (4 Reel), The Rolling Stones at the MarqueeThe Rolling Stones UK Tour 1971 – The Marquee Club Rehearsals and Ladies ‘N’ Gentlemen The Rolling Stones (Shot Gun Entertainment).  The Devil Productions version contains both the excellent quality video broadcast and an “unedited” version.  The latter is in fair to good color quality with a time code at the bottom of the screen and an unused introduction.  

Assuming they played a full set at the Marquee that night, this contains only eight songs and left out “Jumping Jack Flash,” “Stray Cat Blues,” “Love In Vain,” “Honky Tonk Women,” “Little Queenie,” and “Street Fighting Man.”  It could be they played a truncated set with several takes of each song as revealed on the Vinyl Gang audio.  And futhermore “I Got The Blues” may have been a replacement for “Love In Vain” given how similar they sound.

The video begins with the Rolling Stones’ tongue logo and “Ladies And Gentlemen:  The Rolling Stones” being thrown at the screen.  “Live With Me,” the first song on the broadcast, showcases Jagger’s little baseball cap and the quick editing between him, Charlie, Bobby Keyes on saxophone and Keith during the fast paced number.  Two new songs from Sticky Fingers follow, “Dead Flowers” and “I Got The Blues.”  The former had been part of the live act since the European tour the previous year, and the latter song receives its live debut.  It would not be performed again until the March 29th, 1999 show in Hartford during the No Security tour.  The song deals with a touchy subject matter personal to Jagger which might be why it wasn’t played regularly, but its juxtaposition in the set, after “Dead Flowers,” is very revealing.

A full version of “Midnight Rambler” and with the close ups on Jagger and Richards individually and together reveal a fascinating insight into their interaction during this violent song.  The energy they create, which can fill an arena on good nights, comes through clearly in the small club setting and through the television.  “(I Can’t Get N0) Satisfaction” is played in the same pop arrangement used in the Leeds broadcast and was thankfully never resurrected after this era.  The ending of the song has lots of fast cuts to try to inject some excitement.  Jagger’s intro to “Bitch” is cut “…staring Harold Penitent Jr.  Bitch!”  A blistering version of “Bitch” follows and “Brown Sugar,” with credits rolling, close the broadcast.

The unedited version is in worse quality being several generations away from the master.  The first take of “I Got The Blues” breaks down in the middle because Richards misses his cue.  “Wait a minute.  We’ll do it one more time” Jagger says.  The second take is better and is used for the broadcast and as good as it is the first take is much better.  Mick gives a mesmerizing performance which is captured in glorious close ups.  The first take of “Bitch” falls apart early on and the play it again.  After “Brown Sugar” they decide to play it again and the second take was used for the telecast.  Live At The Marquee Club is a great document from a poorly documented era.  Devil Productions present it in the best possible sound quality and is essential viewing. 

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