Commissioned by the Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham, as a answer to The Beatles A Hard Day's Night the film unfortunately became tangled up in the legalities with Allen Klein and has rarely been seen. Director Peter Whiteheads original version ran only 35 min and in the 1980's Oldham put together a 50 minute version, but we now have a beautifully restored 65 minute version with all the live performances edited back in. Filmed over two days and in two cities - Dublin & Belfast with two concerts each night, the live footage shows the band ripping thru such songs as The Last Time, Time Is On My Side, Around & Around and others - plus Satisfaction (which was supposedly the first time it was played live). A fascinating document that shows Brian Jones as an integral, driving force in the band - although with the beginnings of the Jagger/Richard songwriting team shown here, it is sad to think what the next few years would bring. Also shown is the riots that accompanied most of their early live shows (Beatlemania had nothing on a 1965 Stones show).
There is also the usual travelogue and interview footage, but the best stuff is Keith & Mick quietly working thru Sittin on a Fence and Tell Me with Keith on acoustic guitar and then trying out The Beatles Eight Days a Week and I've Just Seen a Face while Andrew Loog Oldham and a bored looking (even more then usual) Charlie Watts watch.
Out on DVD and Blu-Ray that contain all three versions of the film, plus a big deluxe box set is also available.