The Rolling Stones - Charlie is My Darling (Album Review)

The Rolling Stones at their 1965 peak

Filmed on a two day Rolling Stones tour of Ireland in September 1965, Peter Whitehead's fifty-minute documentary garnered only limited showings before being shelved. In 2012, ABKCO returned to the source material to restore and expand the film to sixty-five minutes, releasing it as a single DVD and a five-disc box set that included the DVD, a Blu-ray, an LP and two CDs.  The second of those CDs featured thirteen live tracks from the tour's concerts, recorded at the peak of the Stones first incarnation. Those tracks are now being released as digital downloads, augmenting the meager selection of commercially released early live performances, such as 1964's T.A.M.I. Show and 1965's UK EP Got Live if You Want It.

Included among the tracks are many icons of the Stones early live set, including covers of Solomon Burke's "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love," Bo Diddley's rave-up "I'm Alright," Hank Snow's "I'm Moving On," Willie Dixon's "Little Red Rooster," Allen Toussaint's "Pain in My Heart," Bobby Troup's "Route 66," Jerry Ragovoy's "Time is on My Side," and two Jagger/Richards' originals, "Off the Hook" and "The Last Time." The latter was the Stones' first hit single of 1965, but by the time of their Irish tour, "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" (which is included on the box set's first CD) had already topped the U.S. chart and was just about to peak in the UK.

The mono recordings are surprisingly listenable, given the state of mobile recording in 1965. These tracks don't have the presence or instrumental separation of live albums made a decade later, but Jagger's vocals are seated nicely into the mix, and the guitars, bass and drums are all legible. Better yet, the screaming crowd adds electricity without often overwhelming the music. The only thing that would be better is for the live tracks from the box set's first CD to have been added here; at only 28 minutes (and as a digital collection with no physical length limitation), there's plenty of room. Stones fans will want to see the documentary, but will also need the audio tracks for more regular rocking.

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Comment by Larry Looney on February 10, 2014 at 7:37am

This era was, for me at least, the highpoint of their career.  I know that sort of statement can unleash all sorts of debate, but it's just my opinion.  I was lucky enough to see them in Fort Worth in 1965, with Patti Labelle and the Bluebelles opening (along with a band called, I think, the Ramrodders), in the round at Will Rogers Coliseum.  An armored truck backed down the aisle and the Stones jumped out the back of it onto the stage.  Fantastic show.  I was 15 at the time, living 150 miles away in Wichita Falls, TX, and my mother and I rode the bus to Fort Worth to see them.  Now that's a great mom!

Comment by kevin k on February 11, 2014 at 6:12am

 Yes a great mom and great comments. I think 69------72 were peak times. Do not get me wrong, I love BJ and I have always felt bad how the rest of the Stones treated him Look at One plus One and how bad he needed help, the Stones blew him away. Thanks for the videos.

Comment by JP Flynn on February 11, 2014 at 6:34am

Hah! I was actually at one of these shows. What I remember is non-stop screaming from the girls & hardly hearing the band, which was probably going through the house PA system & relying on their small amps. I can only remember "I'm Alright" since that riff ws so repetitive & catchy, probably it was Bill's bass being the only instrument that could carry over the bedlam. Looking forward to seeing this.


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