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A Bigger (and Bigger) Bang: Rolling Stones Deliver Limited “Brussels” Boxes and Vinyl “Some Girls” Concert, Release Vintage Documentary [UPDATED WITH TRACK LISTING]

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If you feel like you’ve been caught in a crossfire hurricane…you’re not alone.

A rolling stone gathers no moss, and neither do The Rolling Stones.  After making headlines throughout 2012 for not celebrating their 50th anniversary with a massive tour, retrospective box set or something of the sort, the World’s Greatest Rock and Roll Band can’t seem to keep out of the headlines lately with a bevy of upcoming projects, including rumored performances in New York and London, two distinct documentaries, another repackaging of 2011’s Live in Texas: On Tour 1978, and three limited edition vinyl box sets of live “official bootleg” The Brussels Affair that makes the phrase “super deluxe edition” seem woefully inadequate.

Crossfire Hurricane is the title of the documentary coming from director Brett Morgen (The Kid Stays in the Picture).  With a limited theatrical release planned as well as airings on HBO and the BBC, Crossfire Hurricane promises to trace the Stones’ “nearly mythical journey from outsiders to rock and roll royalty, according to the director.  But it’s not the only documentary on the band’s radar.  Charlie Is My Darling – Ireland 1965 premieres at the New York Film Festival on September 29, and arrives on DVD and Blu-ray on November 6 in standard editions and…a super deluxe box set!

Charlie is My Darling was the very first documentary to chronicle the Rolling Stones, long before they achieved mythic status.  It was filmed on a brief tour of Ireland in the aftermath of breakthrough single “(I Can’t Get No Satisfaction)” hitting No. 1.  Though it featured professionally filmed concert performances as well as behind-the-scenes segments of the group on the road, Charlie has only trickled out in brief segments over the years, some not properly synched.  Directed by Peter Whitehead (Tonite Let’s All Make Love in London) and produced by the legendary impresario (and the Stones’ manager from 1963 to 1967) Andrew Loog Oldham, the movie includes “candid, off-the-cuff interviews…juxtaposed with revealing, comical scenes of the band goofing on one another as well as unsuspecting outsiders,” according to ABKCO.  It “offers an unmatched look inside the day-to-day life of the Stones.”

Released by ABKCO Films, the new Charlie is My Darling adds previously unseen footage by director Mick Gochanour and producer Robin Klein, the Grammy-Award winning team that brought the classic The Rolling Stones Rock and Roll Circus film to the screen in 1996.  Following the premiere at the New York Film Festival on September 29 and an encore screening on October 3 at the Walter Reade Theatre, the documentary will be broadcast on television and issued on DVD, BD and a special DVD/BD super deluxe box.  The latter will include the film on both DVD and BD, plus two CDs (Live in England 1965 and the film soundtrack) and a vinyl LP.  You can pre-order all versions here!

After the jump: the Rolling Stones revisit The Brussels Affair, but it’s not what you might be expecting!  Plus: the complete track listing to the Charlie is My Darling box set!

The Stones may have wanted to “paint it black,” but they’re seeing green with three limited edition box sets based around last year’s initial release of the digital Stones Archive: The Brussels Affair. The epic October 1973 concert recorded at the Forest National in Belgium had circulated for years on bootleg before the Stones afforded it a commercial release from the original multi-track masters recorded by Andy Johns on the Rolling Stones Mobile Studio of the two Brussels performances only. (Bootlegs had substituted songs from other venues.)  Bob Clearmountain created for the final mix. Highlights of its fifteen tracks include an 11-minute version of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want,” a 13-minute “Midnight Rambler” and a closing take on “Street Fighting Man.” Along the way you’ll also hear “Angie,” “Brown Sugar,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” “Tumbling Dice” and “Gimme Shelter.”

Since the initial Archive releases were announced, fans have clamored for physical editions.  The band has responded, but not with the expected CD editions, or even standard vinyl or a high-definition format.  Instead, it will arrive in vinyl-only Collector’s, Platinum and Art Editions, limited to 1,727, 173 and 73 copies, respectively.  All three versions are due for release on November 16, and all three will contain:

  • the concert on 180-gram vinyl LPs,
  • a book written by Nick Kent and hand-signed by Mick Jagger,
  • another book of rare concert photos,
  • a lithograph; and
  • a watch with the Stones’ famous “Tongue and Lips” logo.

The Platinum Edition adds Jagger’s signature on the lithograph, too, and the ultra-rare Art Edition includes a silver gelatin print signed by tour photographer Michael Putland.

How much filthy lucre will it cost you to take one of these sets home?  The “comparably-fewer-frills” Collector’s Edition will set you back $750.00.  The Platinum Edition retails for $1,250.00 and the Art Edition for $1,500.00.  For those interested, all three can be purchased right here at the Rolling Stones’ official online store.

Lastly (for now!), Eagle Rock Entertainment joins once more with the band for the vinyl debut of Some Girls: Live in Texas ’78, filmed on July 18, 1978 at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas.  This concert film was originally released in 2011 in a variety of formats:  DVD, DVD/CD, Blu-ray, and Blu-ray/CD.  (Whew!)  Now, vinyl can be added to the list.  Two 180g vinyl records will contain the concert’s audio, and the set also comes with the CD (of the same content) and the DVD of the performance. It’s packaged in a three-panel gatefold, and is due on September 11 stateside.  This might be a reasonable option for those who didn’t pick up one of the other versions last year, or for those who’d like a new addition to a Stones vinyl library.

What’s next for The Glimmer Twins and their illustrious company?  Watch this space.  In the meantime, you’ll find pre-order links for the various editions of Charlie Is My Darling and the vinyl/DVD/CD set of Some Girls: Live in Texas ’78, just below.

The Rolling Stones, Some Girls: Live in Texas ’78 (Vinyl/CD/DVD set)

The Rolling Stones, Charlie is My Darling (DVD)

The Rolling Stones, Charlie is My Darling (BD)

The Rolling Stones, Charlie is My Darling (DVD/BD Super Deluxe Box Set)

The Rolling Stones, Charlie is My Darling (Super Deluxe Box Set) (ABKCO, 2012)

Box set contains Director’s and Producer’s Cuts of the film on DVD and BD plus:

The Original Soundtrack (CD):

  1. Play With Fire – The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra
  2. Heart Of Stone – The Rolling Stones
  3. Who Do You Like In The Group? – Peter Whitehead and Fans
  4. The Last Time (Live) – The Rolling Stones
  5. Time Is On My Side (Live) – The Rolling Stones
  6. I´m Alright (Live) – The Rolling Stones
  7. The Next House We´ll Turn The Screaming Down – Andrew Loog Oldham and Priest
  8. Theme For A Rolling Stone – The Andrew Oldham Orchestra
  9. Nice Tea – The Rolling Stones and Andrew Loog Oldham
  10. Maybe It´s Because I´m A Londoner – ALO Productions
  11. Play With Fire – The Rolling Stones
  12. Tell Me – Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and Andrew Oldham
  13. Heart Of Stone – The Andrew Oldham Orchestra
  14. Are You Going To The Show Tonight? – Peter Whitehead and Fans
  15. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Live) – The Rolling Stones
  16. Pain In My Heart (Live) – The Rolling Stones
  17. Blue Turns To Grey – The Andrew Oldham Orchestra
  18. Subconsciously Supernatural – Mick Jagger and Andrew Oldham
  19. (I Can´t Get No) Satisfaction – The Andrew Oldham Orchestra
  20. The Moon In June – Mick Jagger
  21. (I Can´t Get No) Satisfaction (Live) – The Rolling Stones
  22. Going Home – The Rolling Stones

Live in England 1965 (CD)

  1. Show Intro
  2. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
  3. Pain In My Heart
  4. Down The Road Apiece
  5. Time Is On My Side
  6. I’m Alright
  7. Off The Hook
  8. Charlie’s Intro to Little Red Rooster
  9. Little Red Rooster
  10. Route 66
  11. I’m Moving On
  12. The Last Time
  13. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love (Finale)

Live In England 1965 (10” Vinyl)

Side 1

  1. We Want The Stones
  2. Everybody Needs Somebody To Love
  3. Pain In My Heart
  4. Down The Road Apiece
  5. Time Is On My Side
  6. I’m Alright
  7. Off The Hook

Side 2

  1. Charlie’s Intro to Little Red Rooster
  2. Little Red Rooster
  3. Route 66
  4. I’m Moving On
  5. The Last Time

Written by Joe Marchese

September 27, 2012 at 13:38

11 Responses

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  1. Love The Stones, but I’ll have to pass on these; they’re just too high-priced.

    The term ‘manufactured obsolescence’ comes into the picture here.

    If these weren’t either of the above, I’d be more interested.

    Bill Janowski

    August 31, 2012 at 12:36

  2. ‘Some Girls Live’ might not be a bad bet, IF it’s not too expensive .

    Bill Janowski

    August 31, 2012 at 12:48

  3. So they’re pretty much releasing every Stones-related film except the one everyone wants. (Where are they holding the yearly screenings, anyway? And what happens when Robert Frank dies? He’s almost 90… anyone bothering to preserve/restore it?)


    August 31, 2012 at 15:30

  4. So… those concert release downloads are only lossy mp3 in the U.S., and then when they finally release them in a physical format there’s no CD (which, y’know, most of us would be able to actually use), but instead some bullshit limited “collector’s edition” releases at insane prices. On vinyl.

    F*ck the Stones.


    August 31, 2012 at 16:52

  5. Words fail me….

    Simon Franklin

    August 31, 2012 at 18:50

  6. What Shaun says!

    Martin Kasdan Jr

    September 1, 2012 at 00:46

  7. Relax. These are not for casual–or even most rabid Stones fans. These high-priced deluxe editions are souvenirs -party favors–for the Stones fellow jet-set of globe-trotting millionaires and tax exiles. They don’t contain anything essential. Besides most of this stuff–and a lot more like it–will become available in the months ahead as they kick into overdrive the celebration of their 50th anniversary, which most Stones scholars consider to be 2013 anyway.


    September 1, 2012 at 15:17

  8. So the Stones need to ‘cash-grab’ their buddies with these ‘party favors’?!? Ridiculous. LOL!!

    Bill janowski

    September 28, 2012 at 12:21

  9. The prices for the Brussels Affair sets are completely out of touch. I don’t begrudge those who can afford to buy any of these, but for Stones and their management are insulting most fans. At least until they prove otherwise and release more affordable versions (and perhaps something on CD, too).

    Ed Silverman

    October 6, 2012 at 12:54

  10. If what JoeF said actually happens, there’s really no need to get any of their expensive ‘party favors’…I’d wait.

    Bill Janowski

    October 6, 2012 at 13:59

  11. How many Charlie is my Darling (super deluxe box set) s are being produced?

    Richard Iozia

    November 16, 2012 at 09:38

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