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The Rolling Stones

Bridges To Buenos Aires BluRay

Review by Gary Hill

In terms of the type of rock music The Rolling Stones do, they really are the kings of the genre. I'm not talking in terms of success (although they certainly win on that level, too), but in terms of quality of material and the ability to entertain. That's particularly proven in the live performance. I've had the opportunity to see them in concert once, and it was that show that really made a fan out of me. For those who can't get to see them, live videos do a pretty good job of bringing that experience home.

This particular show from 1998 is captured here in fine fashion. One thing about The Stones, when they do videos, you know the quality is going to be great. The performance is on fire, too. For me this set-list is a big plus. They do two of my favorite cuts ("Gimme Shelter" and "Sister Morphine") and both performances are among the best I've heard of the songs. I love how "Sister Morphine" starts with just Mick Jagger on acoustic guitar.

I think it's a real tribute to the fact that the Stones are out there to really put on a great show that "newcomers" like bassist Darryl Jones and vocalist Lisa Fischer get plenty of the limelight. Bob Dylan shows up as a guest for a rendition of "Like a Rolling Stone." That part of the show might be the low-point, though. The band seem on it, but Dylan doesn't seem to really have rehearsed and Jagger seems to have to pull it all together when it goes astray at points. It does lend a bit of a spontaneous vibe, which is why I don't think I'd call it a low point, but it doesn't go as well as you would expect.

This set comes with the Blu-Ray along with a double CD set of the show. It's so hard to pick a favorite Stones show, but this tour was a particularly strong one, and this show was on fire.

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