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Director Peter Whitehead’s rarely seen documentary of The Rolling Stones’ 1965 two-day tour of Ireland has been meticulously restored, with the sound quality of the concert sequences in particular given a pristine makeover, providing a lively insight into the youthful vigour of a band currently celebrating their 50th anniversary.
The then pioneering move of having cameras on stage places the viewer directly into the eye of the storm. Yet, it’s the scenes away from the concert halls that most effectively project the personalities of the players.
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards are a hoot when busking their way through Beatles songs in a hotel room, a stern-faced Charlie Watts (the darling of the title, naturally) tapping along with his fingers.
There’s also much fun to be had, in 2012, listening to the Stones grossly underestimating how long their careers might last.
Out on Universal/Abkco DVD 5 November