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In every way with Some Girls Live In Texas  ’78 The Rolling Stones with dynamics, showmanship and just pure rock n’ roll heart pretty well show there was no punk, garage, or rock band that could beat them at the game they invented on this night.

With this release due out on Monday Nov 21 you may want your mom to marry a Rolling Stone after you watch this blistering set.

Filmed at the Will Rogers Auditorium in Forth Worth Texas in front of 3000 people The Stones billed under the name The London Green Shoed Cowboys  took a stripped down set up and galvanized the crowd and indeed themselves into a sweat dripping performance.

It has to be said for a lot of younger readers checking this review if you don’t enjoy The Stones in their 12 piece gargantuam form of the last 20 years you defintely have to check out this deluxe blu-ray/cd release.

Although the band offers up no nonsense versions of Chuck Berry’s Let It Rock, Exile on Main Street’s All Down The Line and Honky Tonk Women this show moves into high gear with Star Star “I ain’t Mad at you for giving head to Steve McQueen” through stunning Jagger vocals on When The Whip Comes Down, Beast of Burden and a very hip Miss You.

Ronnie Wood’s guitar work cuts, pushes and breathes fire into Keith Richards’ spanked up guitar riffs and the band sounds reborn with Wood on board. A fired up Charlie Watts and the ever impressive round sound of Bill Wyman’s bass playing (with two fingers bandaged together) under the great new 2011 mix by Bob Clearmountain are a total joy.

If you look and listen you can catch the pounding 88’s from Ian Stewart and all encompassing organ/keyboard work of Ian McLagan for my money one of the coolest players on the planet.

The band reaches peak altitude on the tracks  Respectable, Jaggers’ hip hop influence vocals on Shattered, a fun Far Away Eyes with Doug Kershaw and one of their best versions of Love In Vain that I have heard since the Mick Taylor era.

Indeed I’m not saying there is not any missed notes or off the mic vocals here, but this is a show with an incredible attitude and feel.

The set continues with Happy, Brown Sugar, Jumpin Jack Flash, Tumbling Dice and Sweet Little Sixteen (killer version) but it’s the 8 or 9 track middle of  this dvd that  is bonafide rock n’ roll.

Bonus material is a 2011 interview with Mick Jagger where he is  forthcoming, talkative, friendly and by no means aloof. Basically the kind of interview any journalist including myself would love to conduct with Jagger in this mood.

You also get the three Saturday Night Live performances, 17 track CD, some fun with Dan Ackroyd and Jagger, an ABC 20/20 interview and bonus memorabillia with the cool booklet

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November 2011