Shine a Light: Original Soundtrack
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THE ROLLING STONES `Shine A Light' is the soundtrack to director MARTIN SCORSESE'S film of the same name, which documents The Rolling Stones' performances at New York's Beacon Theatre on October 29 and November 1, 2006. With special guests BUDDY GUY, White Stripes' JACK WHITE III and CHRISTINA AGUILERA joining the Stones onstage, the Oscar-winning director captures an extraordinary performance from the band.

DELUXE VERSION - 2 disc set, featuring 22 tracks with expanded packaging. Includes every track from the film, plus four bonus tracks from the shows that were not included in the film- "Paint It Black", "Little T&A", "Shine A Light" and "I'm Free"

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Customer Reviews:

  • Easily the best Stones live album in 30 years!
    It's strange that arguably the greatest live band of all time (Who and Bruce aside) havent put out a great live album since Get Yer Ya-Yas Out! almost 30 years ago...

    Just wanted to say that it is worth a buy, great song selection, and great guests (no suprise, I think Buddy Guy shine above the other two, but all three are great)

    Charlie shines on audio, but Mick shine in the film...

    See the movie! Best concert movie I have ever seen. It may not be The Last Waltz, but it is something special! Thank you Marty!

    BTW: Connection is done very well here, one of my favorite songs on the album. ...more info
  • 3 1/2 stars. Somewhere in the middle...
    I don't know exactly why I expected this album to be something special. It's just a regular live album, after all, Martin Scorsese or not, and the Stones have released a LOT of live albums, some mediocre, some good, a few of them absolutely magnificent.

    This one is basically a minor item. It's the Stones, so it's good, but it's not truly great as far as Stones albums go.
    I have every live album the Stones ever released, and to me "Get Your Ya-Yas Out" and "Stripped" are still by far the best, and "Love you Live" is the one that comes closest to matching those two. Too many of the others suffer from sloppy vocals from Mick Jagger, who can be the greatest rock n' roll singer in the world when he puts his mind to it, but he can also sound so annoyingly arrogant, like he really can't bother to put any real effort into singing the same song for the 1,000th time.

    The Stones are great, mind you. I love the Stones. Which is why I feel entitled to complain when their performance is below par.
    "Shine a Light" is not a dismal failure, far from it, but it isn't one of those live albums that makes you go "wow!" either. There are some rare performances here which are really enjoyable, like the powerful, driving rendition of "She Was Hot" on disc one, and a great "Paint it Black" on disc two. And Keith Richards gets three lead vocals, "You got the Silver", all gritty, stripped-down slide guitar blues, "Connection", a tough, hook-laden rocker, and the lightweight but fun "Little T&A".

    But if Mick Jagger is so tired of singing "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Brown Sugar", maybe he should just stop. I've heard him do so much better with those songs, which makes these half-hearted performances all the more annoying.
    Fortunately the band is exellent almost all the way through. As far as I can tell. The vocals in particular are very sharp and clear, but the guitars are a little bit murky at times, and the rhythm section is frequently just a distant thumping, which is disappointing. But again, they all play well, as far as I can tell, not least the great pianist Chuck Leavell who adds extra fire to a rollicking "All down the Line" and a rather soulful "Loving Cup". And Jagger is almost not annoying on the somewhat uncharacteristic oldie "As Tears go By".

    Oh, and fans of albums like "Some Girls" and "Black and Blue" (isn't that what it's called? I hate it, I threw it out a while back) should be thrilled to find relatively rare performances of "Some Girls" and "Faraway Eyes" on here. I've never been particularly fond of the "Some Girls" album, I think it's overrated, and I absolutely loathe Jagger's moronic faux-country slur on "Faraway Eyes", a hideous parody of a hideous 60s country & western song. Ew!

    Blues great Buddy Guy guests on "Champagne & Reefer", recorded in the late 70s by Muddy Waters, and out-sings Jagger, who can be a great, great rock n' roll singer but isn't much of a blues singer. And after a so-so "Tumbling Dice" comes a little Keith-set which, to me, is as good as anything sung by Jagger and better than most of it.

    Disc two opens with a really good, solid "Sympathy for the Devil" (well, it opens with a few words by Martin Scorsese, actually), followed by a lousy "Live with Me". The band is great, Jagger is okay, but Christina Aguilera, who can sing, and sing very well, doesn't. She yells. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah-a-yay. Shut up, will you.

    The rest of disc two is like disc one, some highlights, some mediocrities. On the plus side, the band is good, as I said, and pianist Chuck Leavell is great. And there are some real highlights along the way, but "Shine a Light" is ultimately a minor pleasure with few truly magic moments. If this is your first live Stones album you may think I'm an idiot for not giving it five stars, but really...there is significantly better live Stones out there. Go get "Stripped"!...more info
  • Great Soundtrack!
    What's not to like? It's the Stones, they are classic and they still got it. Go, Grandpas, you all rock!!...more info
  • Lord bless 'em!
    All the other reviewers have hit the nail right on the head. I can't wait to hear "You Got The Silver" and "She Was Hot" live. But you know what makes this - pardon the pun - really "shine a light?" IT'S A LIVE ALBUM and IT DON'T HAVE "MISS YOU," or ANYTHING from "Bigger Bang" on it! HALLELUJAH! ...more info
  • Shine A Light: Original Soundtrack
    It's the Greatest Rock and Roll band in history. Of course it's a great albun!...more info
  • Stones rules!!!
    Honestly I didn't expect another live album from the stones. Thanks I was wrong!. The Stones really rocks on the small venues like Beacon Teathre. There are some jewels like:

    - She was Hot: first time they include it on a live album.
    - Some girls section (Faraway Eyes, Just My Imagination, Some Girls, Shatteres).
    - As Tears Go By. what a beauty!!!

    The low points to me are:

    - Little T&A. I love that song, but what a shame with this version
    - Sympathy For The Devil: I don't know but I feel something missing on it!...more info
  • Get "Butterfield Original Lost Elektra Sessions" Instead
    "Shine A Light" is a very sad testament to a once great band. Supposed to highlight their extensive back catalog, yet nothing here written since since early-mid 1980's. Highlight is "Jumpin' Jack Flash" with original organ/synthesizer part played on guitar. All down hill thereafter... Don't participate in supporting this. Your money is much better spent on the referenced Butterfield disk. ...more info
  • shine a light indeed
    Wouldn't have thought it could happen, but this is the best live Stones album since "Ya Yas".

    Mick's vocals haven't been this unaffected in years, the guitars are suitably cutting - Keith and Ron have the blend working here - the mix is hot, and the set list is more than a pleasant surprise.

    Not everything works: "As Tears Go By" is rather wooden,
    "Faraway Eyes" will never transcend the level of joke, and the band just doesn't have the soul to do soul classics justice: "Just My Imagination".

    But these are minor complaints because what does work on this album comes ripping out of the speakers with a vengeance. Check out "She Was Hot" for starters.

    We all know it can't last forever, but for old Stones fans "Shine a Light" is a gift from the rock 'n' roll gods. Rock on gentlemen. ...more info
  • Grandson's Joy
    Grandson just entered the US Air Force and isn't allowed much in the way of personal belongings. He IS allowed his treasured Stones music and was excited to receive Shine A Light from his Nana. Thanks...more info
  • Time Never Stops
    Being a Stones fan from their first American tour, and being 63 years old myself, rock 'n' roll is a young man's game! Are Mick and his mates the Glenn Miller of the 21st century....more info
  • Old and tired
    I really was looking forward to listening to this album, having spent most of my life a fan. I bought sticky fingers when it came out and pretty much everything else since. Boy was I disappointed with this one. I've seen them live, so I know the tempos are different live ... but crikey ... they rush through some of these songs as if they're late for something important. Mick's voice is poor ... really, I couldn't listen to the album all the way through and tried several times. Buy something else if you don't ave everything else yet....more info
  • THE GREATEST ROCK BAND THE WORLD WILL EVER KNOW
    O F ME ! The new Stones live album is so good I can not come up with enough superlatives to describe it. OK but Mick can: Its a Gas gas gas ? Im stumblin and I know I play a bad guitar ? Thank you Jesus, thank you Lord ? Don't you know the deuce is still wild ? May the good lord shine a light on you, make every song your favorite tune ? I see a red door... well you KNOW. Champagne and Reefer is the Blues with Buddy Guy and is MOST VERY excellent. I can not access my iTunes library because I have it all on my crap WD X drive and Amazon can not get the disc here before Monday as I missed the one day ship time. SO I am going to get it the old fashioned way. Because I MUST HAVE IT NOW. By driving to the record store. GASP ! Do we still HAVE record stores ? This disc is to the Stones what Love was to the Beatles. LTR

    Deferred Gratification SUCKS...more info
  • Has its moments, others dumb
    It is absurd to hear 60-year-old men performing "Some Girls" and "Little T&A." Their first round of kids almost are as old as they were when they wrote these songs. They know what they're doing, that's fo sho, but very little about this is truly intimate or remotely creative. I'd love to hear this lot pick up a bunch of R&B songs they'd barely played and have a go, but everything is geared to making the maximum buck so the spontaneity and creativity are histor-y. There is no comparison to "Ya Ya's," and even "Still Life" is better because at least they mattered back then and were still pushing the culture at least a little. As for "Ya Ya's," they were the culture then, the very tip of it, the best band on the orb. They may be the best band for their age right now, maybe. The whole Scorcese thing, clearly intended in part to give this some actual drama, makes it even more ridiculous. Still, I bought the tongue-shaped edition for the collection and got this version for Father's Day, so Mick as usual gets the last laugh and the last cent. Oh, and Mr. Watts is from some other universe, he truly is unbelievable and the engine of this outfit still. ...more info
  • Heartbreaker
    Haven't seen the film, and I'm sure it's good, but the recording unfortunately doesn't work in audio form -- which is a crying shame because it could have been incredibly fantastic record. The only problem is that the vocals -- while terrific by both Mick & Keith (and guests) -- completely overwhelm the instruments. When Mick is singing, it sounds like the band is a couple blocks down the street. I know nothing about how a record is made or mixed (and maybe there were limitations because this recording was meant to be a film) but it would have been great if we could hear Charlie/Ronnie/Keith and the rest of the band a lot more. The Stones are the quintessential band for cranking up the volume to get your heart poundin' like a big bass drum. This isn't the record for that but it sure could have been if produced differently....more info
  • The Best Rolling Stones Live Album Ever.
    Yes, you are reading this right.

    While most Rolling Stones may consider it blasphemous to name anything other than 1969's classic "Get Yer Ya-Ya's Out" as the band's definitive concert recording, this hardcore fan of TGR&RBITW honestly believes that they have outdone themselves nearly 40 years later with the soundtrack to their magnificent Martin Scorsese directed rockumentary, "Shine A Light."

    This 2 disc set captures the band at the height of their powers and proves that after 40 years, they still are better than any other band currently going. Mick, Keith Ronnie & Charlie (as well as their ace team of supporting musicians) sound tight, energized and youthful (not bad considering they're all over 60), and the setlist reflects their unbeatable musical legacy.

    The old warhorses ("Jumpin' Jack Flash," "Tumbling Dice," "Sympathy For The Devil," "Start Me Up," "Brown Sugar," "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction,") are all present, and while they've been done before, the versions done here make them sound new again, as The Rolling Stones put an extra amount of raw, unbridled passion that has defined their music for 46 years into these performances. In fact, the version of "Satisfaction" is the best version of the song I've ever heard.

    But the real highlight is the rare performances that for the most part make up the majority of the set. "Shattered," "She Was Hot," and "All Down The Line" sound fresh and furious while "Just My Imagination" and "Faraway Eyes" are soulful and invigorating. Keith's "You Got The Silver" from "Let It Bleed" makes it debut in a Stones show and is marvelous. Keith also tackles "Little T & A" and "Connection," both of which sizzle. Of the bonus numbers, which are all great and should've been in the finished film, the highlight is a magnifcent, emotional "Paint It Black," which sounds even better than it did in 1966.

    The guest spots on the album are indeed welcome and they all blend in well with the band. Jack White make a great younger counterpart to Mick on "Loving Cup," while Christina Aguilera brings down the house on "Live With Me." The best of the three, however, is Buddy Guy, who performs on the blazing "Champagne And Reefer."

    This is a wonderful companion to the film, which is excellent. And while there's some songs that should've been included ("Honkey Tonk Women," "Get Off My Cloud," Street Fighting Man," "Midnight Rambler" and the Scorsese fave "Gimme Shelter"), it's hard to find much fault with this collection....more info
  • They tried...and we got what we needed
    Very few would have imagined such a thoughtful set list. Maybe Marty hanging around with a camera crew might have inspired this list. Maybe they've been such a vital rock n roll force in the past, something kind of clicked. They put All Down the Line in along with You Got the Silver, Live With Me, Shine a light, Some Girls alongside the revitalized warhorses found on virtually all of their live lists. It certainly has something for that casual rock fan and the Stones aficianados.

    What's enjoyable this time around is Scorcese seems pretty easy to inspire a heartfelt performance and the Stones don't want to disappoint. Yes, things start off quickly, almost too quickly; four songs in and it's getting close to "vegas Medley" Mick certainly still has his chops, rhythm signatures and nuances but as with many of their subpar performances he starts running out of breath, pulling a Sinatra by ecomomizing the lyrics just to keep up. At the same time you marvel at the athleticism needed for a Stones performance and wonder if the still sleek and agile Jagger will collapse. You also yearn for them to get as slinky and heavy as they did on their best midtempo glory we got from their '69 shows. In fact they do, when Some Girls comes out as if Jagger waited thirty years to sing it again and Keef wanted to hit the chord dead solid perfect. It is a rare treat hearing these songs live, as most Stone fans know there is more to them than the 40 licks. It should hit your gut if you see the performance in theaters, and you'll think they're playing in your garage giving it one more college try.

    Like Scorcese's 'Last Waltz' we get guest performances. Your obligatory "odd" guest Aguilera appropriating her over the top delivery in "Live with Me" which is just the right song for the job. You have Jack White's Jagger swagger in 'Lovin Cup' and the show stealer, Buddy Guy, their idol, tearing it up the same way Muddy Waters and Van Morrison did with the Band over 30 years ago.

    Not many will be disappointed. There will be the occasional regret. I, for one, would have loved to see them bring in a guest guitar hero to jam with them on "Time Waits For No One". I'm sure if it was in Marty's sonar, he would have chomped at the bit to get them to do it. The other regret being the amount of times you go whoa, slow down, don't race, keep it tight, keep it funky, slinky, heavy. Make it dirty; make it just right. Even when drug addled depraved fans were getting clobbered, stabbed, drowned and run over at Altamont, the groove was still deep. The Stones were still a monster. Now at times they come close to it and that extra dash of heavyness makes this gig worth the revisit that Get Yer Ya Yas still gets. ...more info
  • Another Live One???
    The Stones have got to hold some kind of record for most live CD's ever released. We need another live Stones disc like Keith needs to fall out of a coconut tree again. Enough already!...more info
  • Possibly, the best (official) Rolling Stones Live Album
    Over the past 40 years, the Stones have released many live recordings. Unfortunately, they hardly ever were able to capture the excitement of a Rolling Stones show. That's where bootlegs came in. "Get Yer Ya Ya's out" was a pretty good collection of a 1969 Stones concert, but the bootleg "Live'r Than you'll ever be" truly captured the rough performance of the Stones at the time.

    Following their masterpiece "Exile on Main Street", the Stones embarked on a fantastic US-Tour. Their sound was dark and (in parts) sloppy, but no official document was released. The excellent "Philadelphia Special" bootleg is a good substitute for anybody, who didn't get to see the Stones back then. Their next official Live release was 'Love you Live', a patch work of their 1976 Tour. The only interesting material on this double album, came from their Paris show (side 3 of the record).
    Again, bootlegs like 'Hot August Night' captured the now slower, funkyer Stones sound much better.

    In 1978 the Stones released 'Some Girls', which was followed by a fantastic tour, which featured a shorter live set,. Again, no official live album was released, but the excellent 'King Biscuit Flower Hour' captures the dirty sound of a 1978 Stones show in all its glory.

    The next official live release was 'Still Life' of their '81 American tour. Again, being a single album, it only captures a small part of the Stones supporting their excellent "Tattoo You" album. Generally, they played most of their songs twice as fast on this tour, and the bootleg 'Hampton 1981' captures a complete show in brilliant sound quality.

    After releasing one more decent album ('Undercover'), the Stones' studio work kind of went down hill. There were a couple of additional live recordings in the 90's and in the new millennium ('No Security' which showcases a very polished live sound, but again, a very standard set list - or 'Live Licks', which features edited versions of live recordings), but by now, the Stones released complete concerts on DVDs, so there is no need to buy any of these abbreviated concert documents.

    The best live recording from their 90's period is, again, a bootleg called 'Atlantic City 1991'. 3 CDs full of clean, powerful stones material. The outstanding track here is `Salt of the Earth', featuring Axl Rose.

    Which finally gets me to this new live double CD : "Shine a Light". Finally, the Rolling Stones ditched their standards in the set list (how many live versions of 'Honky Tonk Woman' do I really need) and they also realized, that none of their studio work after 'Undercover' can compare to the quality of their late 60's, throughout the 70's and early 80's material. They heavily showcase the "Some Girls" album here (now with a politically correct version of the title track) and of course, there are several gems from "Exile on Main St." as well.

    They slow down most of their songs a bit, but the sound is dirty, just the way we love it. Keith is in excellent form (both, guitar and singing) and Mick is still one of the most charismatic lead singers and his vocals are still brilliant and cocky at the same time.

    Definitely buy the double CD. To summarize you will get :
    An excellent set list, brilliant live sound, and an overall outstanding performance. Thank you Mick, Ronnie, Charlie and Keith, for giving us finally a Rolling Stones worthy, official live release.
    ...more info
  • The Boys Show How It's Done Yet Again!!
    Wow. Although I saw the Stones 4 times during the Bigger Bang tour (including the Atlantic City show!) and felt they were superb, I was a little apprehensive about this new live soundtrack. Would it be just another live rendering of their greatest tunes yet again...?

    The answer is a resounding NO!! These guys have captured, yet again, just what the spirit and excitement of rock 'n roll is all about. Certainly the unusual set list is a big factor here (Loving Cup, Some Girls and She Was Hot for starters!).

    But it's the sheer zeal and love for playing this music, along with the excellence of Mick's singing and the band's playing that comes through song after song. It IS the best live Stones album since Ya-Ya's.

    Utimately the CD just reminds me all over again why I've been such a huge Stones fan all my life. I hope this CD puts the band straight back up to #1 on the charts...they deserve it! Rock on guys. ...more info
  • Stones rules!!!
    Honestly I didn't expect another live album from the stones. Thanks I was wrong!. The Stones really rocks on the small venues like Beacon Teathre. There are some jewels like:

    - She was Hot: first time they include it on a live album.
    - Some girls section (Faraway Eyes, Just My Imagination, Some Girls, Shatteres).
    - As Tears Go By. what a beauty!!!

    The low points to me are:

    - Little T&A. I love that song, but what a shame with this version
    - Sympathy For The Devil: I don't know but I feel something missing on it!...more info
  • Reasons to...or not to...buy this CD
    PROS - Straight to the point:
    Very simple. If you are any kind of Stones fan you will know that NEVER ONCE released live...and great...versions (if we're excluding soundboard bootlegs and radio broadcasts, but not legit live DVD releases) of unlikely songs ALONE are WELL worth the full price (especially when you can get the deluxe 2 CD version...22 tracks of music...for only $13.99 at BestBuy):

    'She Was Hot'
    'Loving Cup' (marred by White's vocal, otherwise great)
    'As Tears Go By'
    'Undercover of the Night' *
    'Some Girls'
    'Faraway Eyes'
    'Champagne and Reefer'
    'You Got the Silver' (worth the price of the CD by itself)

    CONS - Too strong a word:
    All the rest (including 'Connection', which is rendered more energetically by the Winos on 1988's Hollywood Bowl live CD) have all made appearances elsewhere and...in every case except maybe 'Just My Imagination'...in superior performance. That is not to say they aren't good here, and certainly not that they aren't worth hearing/having, just that they are better elsewhere.

    Jagger once asked (in a 1968 interview) why anyone would bother listening to the Stones do 'I'm a King Bee' when you can hear Slim Harpo doing it. Similarly...and worst on this CD for me...why would anyone listen to this version of JJ Flash when the 'Get Yer Ya Yas'... hell even the 'Flashpoint'...versions exist?). Tumbling Dice, Sympathy, Start Me Up, Brown Sugar and Satisfaction have been so regularly included that they are positively mind numbing for the fan. But a new or casual Stones fan will associate their first experience of those warhorses with the last tour, making the CD a more appealing 'souvenir' to them than the (to them) treasured obscurities like 'She Was Hot' and 'You Got the Silver' etc.. Fair enough.

    The only innumerably recycled tune (4 times now, NOT including DVDs) that I never get bored of is 'Live with Me', but Jagger's cunning alignment of his aging corporation with the most popular current artists (Guns and Roses in '89, Dave Matthews in '97, Amy Winehouse in '07 etc.) by sharing a stage with them does not excuse the silly wailing that Aguilera ruins this classic riff song with. Fortunately that practice has also brought the likes of Hound Dog Taylor, Robert Cray, Eric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Taj Mahal on to the Stone's stage, them on to the stage of their own heroes Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry, and even half the Stones in to a hyper-blues studio session with Howling Wolf back in the early seventies.

    CONCLUSION?
    Despite all this it's as well worth buying as any other live Stones album except 'Ya Yas', and more than most...especially at $13.99. If you do not own the more expensive 'Four Flicks' or 'Biggest Bang' live DVD sets (as good sound as any CD) then 'Shine a Light' is all the more a NO BRAINER, and check out the 'Live Licks' 2 CD as well (underrated / tons of rarities/first time releases).

    Again I would have forked out the full $21.99 only for the live version of 'You Got the Silver'...or any two of the other beautifully rendered gems listed above.

    * TIP: you can pick up 'Undercover of the Night' from the first of the two Beacon Theatre performances that this CD came from, which was excluded from even the deluxe CD, on ITunes. ...more info
  • Shine a Light is Pretty Dim
    Die hard fans of the Stones will be disappointed with this CD. It is comprised of clips of weathered looking Stones interspersed with some abbreviated interviews. The overall affect was was boring. The only redeeming points were the duet with Christina Aguilera and Bill Clinton introducing and hugging the band members. Mick never looked so bad, but he can still move.
    If there was a point that Sorcese was trying to make, I missed it.
    I'm sorry I bought into all the presale hype. It wasn't worth it for me....more info
  • Energetic
    If you've been following the Rolling Stones career like I have, you will enjoy this smokin' DVD. Mick and Keith are at their best and guest appearances spice it up a bit more. There's one Richards spotlight solo that is dramatically filmed and shows off Scorcese's genius.

    I gave it four stars because I would have liked to see more vintage footage. Jagger prances around like he's twenty again, a real showman. I was exhausted when it was all over....more info
  • Still The Greatest Rock n' Roll Band In The World
    Well, after an uncertain start to their Fall 2006 leg of the 'A Bigger Bang Tour', the band started to come together. Keith seemed to shake off the lingering effects of his 'coconut tree fall' earlier in the year. Woodie stayed sober and Mick and Charlie beat off colds. By the time they hit the Beacon for the Scorcese movie, they were ready to play at the top of their game. And that's what the listener gets here--the Rolling Stones playing damn near as well as ever. The song list, even if suggested by the movie, is fantastic and even the so-called 'warhorses' sound sweet with the superb sound and mix. The audio here is the best of all their (too?) many live albums. Of particular note--the guitars are cranked and gnarly in the mix. Mick's vocals are unusually well enunciated in spots and properly slurred in unexpected others and his ad libs are nice. Even Keith's vocals are spot on with his three (nice picks) tunes. Not a document of superb musicianship (although Watts is excellent throughout), but a high-energy, loose band of veteran rockers peaking past predictions!
    Highlight--'Champagne And Reefer' with Buddy Guy joining in...smokin'!!...more info
  • my appetite was satisfied!
    Well all I can say is that the boy's have done it again. I went to see the movie with much anticipation. I went alone due to broken promises from the guy's. So There I was (sad to say) the only one in the theatre in a suburb of New York City. And the show was unbelievable on the screen. But to now have the soundtrack deluxe cd has completed the scene for me. This cd is an awesome display of the old aged rockers at their best. I used to say the cd STRIPPED was the best live performance , but I can say now that this cd SHINE A LIGHT has surpassed my thoughts and puts a great smile on my face. I must say I was never anticipating a disappointment. At times some shows I have seen I wanted a little more from Ronnie or KEITH. But the both showed me they care and brought it home in this production of shine a light. Ronnie was awesome and he Litterally blew me away on YOU GOT THE SILVER. Mick was the showman he is and never disappoints. And Keith was a pleasure. Charlie blows me away everytime. and buy the disc it rocks. ...more info
  • Best Stones Cd I've Heard In Awhile...
    Great selection of songs, they almost sound new to me. Keef doing a few of his songs and still remembering the words, another bonus. Never been a real BIG Stones fan, but I got to say this CD had me rockin'. A Stones CD hasn't been able to do that since the 80's. Recommended....more info
  • Great Stones CD (and film)
    This CD is Stones' excitement all the way. They mix it up, produce the new with the old--entertain and energize. ...more info
  • Make it stop--
    Well, another live album and with it comes more dissapoinment. I had such high hopes for this cd when I saw the track listing and thought, wow, this might actualy be good. But the sad truth is, it's not good and here's why--
    Keith Richards has never been what you would call a great "lead" guitarist and that is painfully obvious on this disc. Every solo sounds like the one before it. It's embarassing. You would think after 50 plus years of playing guitar, you would actually get better, not worse. Yeah sure, "You Got the Silver" is fine, but the playing is all Ronnie, and it's just ok. It's Keith's vocal style that makes it worth hearing.

    Speaking of Ronnie, why doesn't he play more lead guitar, and when he does, why can't it be better. Have both these guy's stopped caring? "It's good to see ya', it's good to see anybody" blah, blah, blah. The term "going through the motions" comes to mind while listening to this cd, Mick sounds pretty good, so does Charlie but some of the songs I looked forward to hearing just aren't that good. "Far Away Eye's" has lost it's country feel-- it's more like a polka. "Sympathy for the Devil"-- ugh, enough with this song already. The biggest crime of all is having to listen to the hack Jack White butcher what could have been a true gem in "Loving Cup".

    I know people will read this and call me all sorts of names, and question whether I'm really a fan. I am a fan, I love these guy's but this disc is not very good. Keith and Ronnie both sound terrible and if this soundtrack was supposed to get me to go see "Shine a Light", it failed. Do yourself a favor, put down the Rolling Stones Kool-Aid for an hour or so, put on this disc and listen, really listen. You'll hear what I'm talking about, you may not want to, but you'll hear it....more info
  • Longtime Fan
    This is the best live material I have heard from the band since Get Yer Ya Yas Out!...more info
  • Has its moments, others dumb
    It is absurd to hear 60-year-old men performing "Some Girls" and "Little T&A." Their first round of kids almost are as old as they were when they wrote these songs. They know what they're doing, that's fo sho, but very little about this is truly intimate or remotely creative. I'd love to hear this lot pick up a bunch of R&B songs they'd barely played and have a go, but everything is geared to making the maximum buck so the spontaneity and creativity are histor-y. There is no comparison to "Ya Ya's," and even "Still Life" is better because at least they mattered back then and were still pushing the culture at least a little. As for "Ya Ya's," they were the culture then, the very tip of it, the best band on the orb. They may be the best band for their age right now, maybe. The whole Scorcese thing, clearly intended in part to give this some actual drama, makes it even more ridiculous. Still, I bought the tongue-shaped edition for the collection and got this version for Father's Day, so Mick as usual gets the last laugh and the last cent. Oh, and Mr. Watts is from some other universe, he truly is unbelievable and the engine of this outfit still. ...more info
  • Old and tired
    I really was looking forward to listening to this album, having spent most of my life a fan. I bought sticky fingers when it came out and pretty much everything else since. Boy was I disappointed with this one. I've seen them live, so I know the tempos are different live ... but crikey ... they rush through some of these songs as if they're late for something important. Mick's voice is poor ... really, I couldn't listen to the album all the way through and tried several times. Buy something else if you don't ave everything else yet....more info
  • PROBABLY THE LAST STONES LIVE ALBUM
    You'll still wish you were there. It's nice to know the band cares about some of these tracks-- although on 'Some Girls', Jagger leaves out the most risque line. It'd be good to know why. Have they decided it's too offensive, or do they just think it's stupid? The playing's inspired, but occasionally sloppy and out of tune--cases in point being the ragged 'All Down The Line', and the wayward horns on 'Loving Cup'. Keith's backing vocals are more off than ever before but the crowd loves it. He can barely sing 'Connection' but the crowd loves that too. Those who want a clean live recording with overdubs should go elsewhere. But of course, fans will need to buy this, and will probably love it. Until they unleash some quality archive material this is probably going to be the last Stones live album... ever! ...more info
  • The light shines thru
    There's very little here that hasn't been heard before, live or otherwise, and yet this recording has captured the magic of the Rolling Stones with a vibrant freshness that's a lot of fun to listen to. This recording will be in my music rotation for a while.

    I know many will think, sheesh another live Stones CD so what.... but give it a listen and then decide. This release is filled with subtle surprises, sounds great, and showcases the boys at the top of their game....more info
  • The Rolling Stones still rock!
    Surprise, surprise! Mick, Keith and the gang, now in their 60's, can still rock the house. I have every other Rolling Stones live recording and I would rate this one second behind the classic Get Yer Ya Ya's Out. Song selection is excellent, a great mix of standards and deeper album cuts. The guests, Buddy Guy, Jack White and Christina Aguilera add nice texture to the songs they contribute on. Bottom line, though, the Stones put on a great show. Sound quality is great, you can hear every riff distinctly and the band is very tight. Unlike some of the Stones' other live albums, there is not a laid back, going through the motions vibe - the band attacks these songs, the rockers stomp and the ballads groove. Stones fans will love this album and newcomers to the band will want to hear more....more info
  • One word: "KEEF"
    I agree with many of the reviews here...the presence of so many tracks that have never appeared on a Stones live album is the main attraction.

    But the unquestionable sweet spot is Keith Richards on "You Got The Silver." Pure, utter MAGIC. Classic track that's stood the test of time and may even be stronger in 2008.

    Not to mention Buddy Guy sitting in on Muddy Waters' "Champagne and Reefer." Any chance to hear Buddy is a cause for celebration.

    It's a much stronger live album than Live Licks (topless cover)...and that's not saying a lot, because that album is one of the weakest of all Stones live albums...but Scorsese has charmed a "Stones Lovers" concert from the band. Yes, many of the expected tracks are here, although I would have loved another chance to hear Lisa Fischer wail on "Gimme Shelter"...but that's a minor detail.

    Mick may walk through some of his performances and side-step the high notes of yore, but the Stones are still the Stones, and it's only rock & roll, and I STILL like it....more info
  • their best live album
    This cd is great. I listened to it back to back. WOW. The inclusion of the Some Girls stuff abd Exile stuff is great. For all you turkeys who gave it only a couple of stars you are coocoo.You think you know so much about the Stones you all are idiots. Every song is great especially the one that have not been recorded live before.D. Ballus from Washington. you are an idiot....more info
  • A little disapointed
    Is a great record ! No Rolling Stones record could be different! However, I felt a little disapointed when I listen to it because it lacks the force that we normally expect to hear on a live rolling stones record. Mick Jagger voice is very weak, probably because of age, probably it was not his best moment, I can't tell. And the rest of the band also in my opinion sound weak. But if you are a RS fan, you should have it !...more info
  • 3 1/2 stars. Somewhere in the middle...
    I don't know exactly why I expected this album to be something special. It's just a regular live album, after all, Martin Scorsese or not, and the Stones have released a LOT of live albums, some mediocre, some good, a few of them absolutely magnificent.

    This one is basically a minor item. It's the Stones, so it's good, but it's not truly great as far as Stones albums go.
    I have every live album the Stones ever released, and to me "Get Your Ya-Yas Out" and "Stripped" are still by far the best, and "Love you Live" is the one that comes closest to matching those two. Too many of the others suffer from sloppy vocals from Mick Jagger, who can be the greatest rock n' roll singer in the world when he puts his mind to it, but he can also sound so annoyingly arrogant, like he really can't bother to put any real effort into singing the same song for the 1,000th time.

    The Stones are great, mind you. I love the Stones. Which is why I feel entitled to complain when their performance is below par.
    "Shine a Light" is not a dismal failure, far from it, but it isn't one of those live albums that makes you go "wow!" either. There are some rare performances here which are really enjoyable, like the powerful, driving rendition of "She Was Hot" on disc one, and a great "Paint it Black" on disc two. And Keith Richards gets three lead vocals, "You got the Silver", all gritty, stripped-down slide guitar blues, "Connection", a tough, hook-laden rocker, and the lightweight but fun "Little T&A".

    But if Mick Jagger is so tired of singing "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Brown Sugar", maybe he should just stop. I've heard him do so much better with those songs, which makes these half-hearted performances all the more annoying.
    Fortunately the band is exellent almost all the way through. As far as I can tell. The vocals in particular are very sharp and clear, but the guitars are a little bit murky at times, and the rhythm section is frequently just a distant thumping, which is disappointing. But again, they all play well, as far as I can tell, not least the great pianist Chuck Leavell who adds extra fire to a rollicking "All down the Line" and a rather soulful "Loving Cup". And Jagger is almost not annoying on the somewhat uncharacteristic oldie "As Tears go By".

    Oh, and fans of albums like "Some Girls" and "Black and Blue" (isn't that what it's called? I hate it, I threw it out a while back) should be thrilled to find relatively rare performances of "Some Girls" and "Faraway Eyes" on here. I've never been particularly fond of the "Some Girls" album, I think it's overrated, and I absolutely loathe Jagger's moronic faux-country slur on "Faraway Eyes", a hideous parody of a hideous 60s country & western song. Ew!

    Blues great Buddy Guy guests on "Champagne & Reefer", recorded in the late 70s by Muddy Waters, and out-sings Jagger, who can be a great, great rock n' roll singer but isn't much of a blues singer. And after a so-so "Tumbling Dice" comes a little Keith-set which, to me, is as good as anything sung by Jagger and better than most of it.

    Disc two opens with a really good, solid "Sympathy for the Devil" (well, it opens with a few words by Martin Scorsese, actually), followed by a lousy "Live with Me". The band is great, Jagger is okay, but Christina Aguilera, who can sing, and sing very well, doesn't. She yells. Yeah, yeah, yeah. Yeah, yeah-a-yay. Shut up, will you.

    The rest of disc two is like disc one, some highlights, some mediocrities. On the plus side, the band is good, as I said, and pianist Chuck Leavell is great. And there are some real highlights along the way, but "Shine a Light" is ultimately a minor pleasure with few truly magic moments. If this is your first live Stones album you may think I'm an idiot for not giving it five stars, but really...there is significantly better live Stones out there. Go get "Stripped"!...more info
  • The Stones are STILL the Stones...
    I had an original idea! Lets's judge the music for the music. If anyone can give me a list of contemparary bands that match this amazing live performance, please come forward with your list. Even if you do, you will probably end up including The Allmans, Skynyrd, Petty, and others from an earlier era. Rock and Roll will die. When people forget Led Zep, The Stones, The Who and numerous others. The template is out there, follow it or get out of the way!...more info
  • Has its moments
    The Stones continue the pattern of a studio CD followed by a live CD with Shine A Light. This one is a little different that there is a Martin Scorcese film that goes with it. (Or does the CD go with the film?) I'm not only a Stones fan; I'm a collector. So I buy every CD they put in the racks.

    I'm beginning to feel used.

    Here's an interesting observation on the CD. It doesn't include any songs from the previous studio CD, A Bigger Bang. In fact, this CD does not include any Rolling Stones song released in the past 20 years. And only 3 of the songs were released in the 1980s. Most were released in the 1970s, with the Some Girls album contributing four songs.

    Is it any wonder I feel cheated?

    So what makes this different than any of the four other live CDs I've had to buy in the past two decades? The band's style of playing has remained virtually unchanged. If you put all the live CDs in your iPod and hit 'shuffle' they would sound as if they were all recorded during the same tour.

    So why do I keep buying this stuff?

    There is some good stuff here. There are songs that have never appeared on a live CD, like She Was Hot and Shine A Light. There is a great version of Loving Cup, an obscure track from Exile on Main St., that features Jack White of the White Stripes. Buddy Guy joins in on Champagne and Reefer, a late-model Muddy Waters tune.

    And there are the songs that long time fans call "the warhorses" that are performed and nearly every concert, like Satisfaction, Jumping Jack Flash, Start Me Up, and Brown Sugar. I guess there has to be something for the tourists.

    I haven't seen the film yet, but I probably will at some point. The clips I've seen look very good and I look forward to seeing it. Maybe it will help me appreciate this CD a little more.

    Because the music itself is pedestrian. Or maybe I'm just tired of hearing Jumping Jack Flash played live for the nth time. At times the band sounds like they're just going through the motions, even on a song like She Was Hot that the band rarely performs.

    There is one line in Some Girls that made me smile. On the Some Girls album, the line goes, "Some girls give me children that I never asked them for." On this CD, he sings, "Some girls give me children and I only had sex with her once!" That must be what he told Jerry before she kicked him out.

    Yeah, I've bought into "the machine" (another fond term used by hardcore fans). And I'll buy the next CD too. I guess I still listen for those magic moments that do come, but are now fewer and farther between.

    The truth is, the Stones haven't really lost a step. Some fantastic performances have been recorded and are available (if you know where to look, wink, wink) from every decade of the band's history. Check out the intensity of the Saitama, Japan show that's included on the Biggest Bang DVD. Seek out the entire show (if you know where to look, nudge, nudge). The Stones can still bring it, when they want. But as another reviewer has noted, sometimes they're on and sometimes they're off.

    They're mostly off on Shine A Light. And it had so much potential......more info