Flashpoint Review

artist: rolling stones date: 09/04/2006 category: compact discs
rolling stones: Flashpoint
Released: Apr 1991
Genre: Rock
Styles: Album Rock, Rock & Roll, Hard Rock, Pop/Rock
Number Of Tracks: 17
The live follow-ups and a fond look back on 25 years of decadence.
 Sound: 9
 Lyrics: 9.5
 Overall Impression: 9
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overall: 8.3
Flashpoint Reviewed by: mattfm, on september 04, 2006
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Sound: This live album is a compilation of songs from the '89-'91 Steel Wheels/Urban Jungle World tour at locations in the US and Japan. The songs are all classics from the 30 years before. The intertwined guitars of Ron Wood and Keith Richards are awesome. it's their patented ancient art of weaving that makes the unique sound. The drums seem really loud, but what can you expect, it's live. The only thing about this album is how the microphones seemed to be aimed at the crowd. They totally overshadowed the band itself. All of the songs are classics alongside some lesser known songs and studio recorded tracks. A lot of the songs are just good old rock n' roll. Some are blues, one of the tracks featuring Eric Clapton. Others inclide disco, Indian, and country. // 8

Lyrics: The lyrics are great, not much to say since it's mostly best of the Stones. One of the new tracks, Highwire, is about the Gulf War situation that was going on at the time. The lyrical themes of the song range from sex, romance, rock n' roll, Satanism, war, etc. Mick Jagger's vocal's are really, really deep compared to earlier years. I think that is because of all the cigarettes he smoked over the years. His performance was great anyway. A lot of the songs had altered lyrics, such as Brown Sugar, but that is ok. Keith Richards sang Can't Be Seen, and he did a good job. // 9

Overall Impression: You can think of this like The Who's Live at Leeds or Led Zeppelin's How the West Was Won. In my opinion, the only time live material is better than studio recordings are when you are hearing the band play in person. But for a live album, this was great. All of the songs were good, they cut short Sympathy for the Devil and Brown Sugar. All of the good songs were there, Start Me Up, Miss You, Ruby Tuesday, You Can't Always Get What You Want, Rock and A Hard Place, Paint It Black, Sympathy, Brown Sugar, Jumpin' Jack Flash, and Satisfaction. Some of the songs weren't too known, such as Factory Girl and Little Red Rooster. Eric Clapton played well on Little Red Rooster. This is a great live album, and the track listing was even better. // 8

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overall: 10
Flashpoint Reviewed by: derekwm2001, on october 08, 2004
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Sound: The Rolling Stones hit you live in this collection of tracks taken from recordings made during their Steel Wheels tour. The bluesy-rock that the Rolling Stones mastered way back in the 1970's comes back to life in Flashpoint. Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood (in my opinion, one of the greatest guitar pairings ever) are at their best on this album, jamming through the Stone's signature tracks with a percision and ease that makes you think they must have sold their soul to the devil for their fretboard-finger work. Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman(now departed from the Stones) give their sound a back-bone, producing a rythm section that other bands could only dream of reproducing. // 10

Lyrics: Flashpoint, to new and veteran fans alike, is a perfect taste of Mick Jagger at his best. The delivery of these classics, lyrically speaking, is flawless. Jagger mixes rock and blues like only he can, cruising through hits like "Miss You", "Start Me Up" and everyone's favorites, "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Satisfaction". This is Mick's most coordinated and on-target effort at a live album with the Stones, and his efforts have not been in vain. // 10

Overall Impression: Flashpoint, in my opinion is the best live album offered in the Stone's catalog. The boys really were on the ball on the tour that has been labled their "comeback". The Rolling Stones bring several classics to the table, and the album is perfectly completed by two studio tracks, "Highwire" (a very good song about the Persian Gulf crisis of the early 1990's) and "Sex Drive". Classics like "Miss You", "Start Me Up", "Sympathy For The Devil", and "Jumpin' Jack Flash" all get a harder and faster treatment, forcing you to get up off on your feet and Get your ya yas out. I give this album a perfect score, for this is the best live album I have ever purchased and I encourage fans and newcomers alike to hurry to their local record store to buy this perfect set of classics. // 10

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