Shine a Light: Original Soundtrack
Performer: The Rolling Stones
Artist: Jack White III; Buddy Guy; Christina Aguilera
Engineer: Bob Clearmountain...
Producer: The Glimmer Twins; Bob Clearmountain...
Distributor: Universal Distribution
Notes: The Rolling Stones: Mick Jagger (vocals, guitar, harmonica); Keith Richards, Ron Wood (vocals, guitar); Charlie Watts (drums). Personnel: Jack White , Buddy Guy (vocals, guitar); Christina Aguilera (vocals); Michael Davis (trombone). Additional personnel: Lisa Fischer, Blondie Chaplin, Bernard Fowler (vocals); Tim Ries (saxophone, keyboards); Bobby Keys (saxophone); Kent Smith (trumpet); Chuck Leavell (keyboards); Darryl Jones (bass guitar). Audio Mixer: Bob Clearmountain. Recording information: Beacon Theatre, NY (11/01/2006). Photographers: Jake Cohl; Kevin Mazur; Brigitte Lacombe. Several things are clear from watching Martin Scorsese's concert movie SHINE A LIGHT. One is that the Rolling Stones are old. Another is that they're still able to play with a tightness and vigor that stands up to the music being made by most current 20-something outfits. That energy crackles through the 16 tracks on the SHINE A LIGHT soundtrack, the film's sonic counterpart, which captures the Stones at New York City's Beacon Theater in 2006 in surprisingly stripped-down, feral form. There's nothing flashy or pretentious about the Stones' performance, which helps highlight their unmistakably natural, time-tested ease playing with each other. Even dusty classics like "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Brown Sugar" come off with flair, and lesser-played gems like "Faraway Eyes" and "You Got the Silver" are a welcome treat. The guests-the White Stripes' Jack White on "Loving Cup," Buddy Guy on the Muddy Waters' classic "Champagne and Reefer," and Christina Aguilera on a fiery version of "Live With Me"-enliven the band, and provide some of the album's best moments. Given the amount of live Stones' material available, and the band's already towering legend, the necessity of such a set may be debatable, but it's hard not to hear this for what it is: a good rock show from a band that knows its stuff.
Rolling Stone (p.56) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "It documents the Stones on a historic roll, reveling in their mastery...When the Stones lock into classics like 'Brown Sugar' and 'Satisfaction,' it's gravy." Uncut (p.102) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "The Stones are at their best on the spoof country of 'Faraway Eyes'; and Richards' attack on 'You Got The Silver', with Ronnie Wood picking holes in an acoustic slide guitar." Q (Magazine) (p.132) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "A word of praise...for Richards, whose warmed-brandy vocals are a treat on the rarely heard 'You Got The Silver'..." Mojo (Publisher) (p.103) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "[A]s feisty good-time rock goes, the Stones get good and gone and it's worth every penny for the duet with Buddy Guy on Muddy Waters' 'Champagne And Reefer' alone."
Originally part of the early 1960s British blues/R&B scene, the Rolling Stones rapidly ascended the heights of fame with a perfect combination of hit singles and media-grabbing scandals. By the '70s, Keith Richards had become a bona fide guitar hero, and Mick Jagger an unlikely sex symbol. The world became the Stones' stage, and their music continued to walk the line between blues, rock, and whatever lay around the next corner, be it reggae, funk, or disco. Despite the ravages of changing fashion, solo albums, and plain old age, the Stones persevered through the decades to become a venerable institution, refusing to relinquish their title as "The World's Greatest Rock & Roll Band."
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