Rolling Stones From the Vault: The Marquee Club Live in 1971 (Blu-ray) (2015)

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Music Menu Animation & Audio
Booklet-16 page colour booklet
Alternative Version-I Got The Blues: Take 1 and Take 2
Alternative Version-Bitch: Take 1 and Take 2
Bonus Track-Brown Sugar
Rating Rated E
Year Of Production 2015
Running Time 64:45
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By Bruce Gowers
Studio
Distributor

Shock Entertainment
Starring Mick Jagger
Keith Richards
Charlie Watts
Mick Taylor
Bill Wyman
Ian Stewart
Nicky Hopkins
Bobby Keys
Jim Price
Case Standard Blu-ray
RPI ? Music The Rolling Stones


Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Linear PCM 96/24 2.0 (4608Kb/s)
English DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 (6912Kb/s)
Widescreen Aspect Ratio None
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 1080i
Original Aspect Ratio 1.33:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

"(I Canít Get No) Satisfaction".

†††† The Rolling Stones have been performing for around 50 years which under any criteria is quite amazing. The disc under review is from their 1971 made for TV concert at the Marquee Club in London. This performance followed a tour of the UK and predates by a few weeks the release of their classic album Sticky Fingers. Being a small venue the crowd is also small but enthusiastic, and the stage is pretty bare apart from the Stones themselves - Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Mick Taylor and Bill Wyman. The set list is also small and very bluesy with none of the pomp that youíd expect to see at a full-blown Stones concert. Seeing them in this guise is a real treat and one which no Stones fan could do without.

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Track Listing

1. Live With Me
2. Dead Flowers
3. I Got The Blues
4. Let It Rock
5. Midnight Rambler
6. (I Cant' Get No) Satisfaction
7. B****
8. Brown Sugar

Transfer Quality

Video

†††† Video is pillar boxed widescreen to maintain the original 1.33:1 aspect. Encoding is AVC 1080i. The old adage involving purses and sowís ears is appropriate here. The footage has apparently been restored and to its credit shows no signs of film degradation which you might expect. On the other hand there is no way it could be compared to high definition despite the 1080 encoding. As long as that is understood then the viewer should have no real problems. All the artefacts associated with interlacing and old masters are evident here including posterizing, banding, colour smearing, aliasing, comet trails and on it goes. Detail is almost non-existent and bordering on VHS quality. Donít get me wrong. In no way do I think you should avoid this release because of these issues as the source is over 40 years old! I've seen much much worse than this effort.

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Audio

†††† Audio options are the default LPCM 2.0 at 4608 Kb/s and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 at around 8900 Kb/s. In contrast to the video this audio offering is very good with clean vocals and reasonable bass. Perhaps due to the high bit rates the depth of sound is a lot better than you might expect from such an old recording. I had no preference for the 2.0 or 5.1 offering although I probably listened to the front focused LPCM version more often than not. Surround effects for the 5.1 mix are limited to crowd noises. There are no clicks or pops or other signs of source degradation. Overall this is an excellent audio presentation, especially given the vintage source.

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Extras

Menu

†††† Looping video and audio.

Booklet

†††† 16 page colour booklet with concert photos, clippings, memorabilia, concert information and credits. Quite a nice effort with more interesting content than most.

Alternate Tracks (21:57)

†††† 1080i HD Video with LPCM 2.0 at 4608 Kb/s and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 at around 8900 Kb/s audio:

Bonus Track (4:07)

†††† 1080i HD Video with LPCM 2.0 at 1536 Kb/s: Brown Sugar (taken from BBC TVís Top of the Pops).

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R4 vs R1

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††††This seems identical to the Region A release.

Summary

†††† The Rolling Stones at the Marquee Club Live in 1971 is a must have for any serious Rolling Stones fan. The set list is short and bluesy with four tracks lifted from the upcoming Sticky Fingers album (Brown Sugar, B****, I Got The Blues, and Dead Flowers). The video is acceptable for its age but the audio is excellent. Highly recommended.

†††† The video quality is good given the source.

†††† The audio quality is excellent.

†††† Extras are good.

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© Mike B (read my bio)
Saturday, August 15, 2015
Review Equipment
DVDCambridge Audio 751bd, using HDMI output
DisplayPanasonic TH-58PZ850A. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL). This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt in to amplifier/receiver. Calibrated with Digital Video Essentials (PAL).
Amplificationdenon AVR-4311 pre-out to Elektra Theatron 7 channel amp
SpeakersB&W LCR600 centre and 603s3 mains, Niles in ceiling surrounds, SVS PC-Ultra Sub, Definitive Technology Supercube II Sub

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