Four Flicks Review

artist: rolling stones date: 08/09/2006 category: dvd
rolling stones: Four Flicks
Release Date: November 11, 2003
This 4 DVD box set showcases the ambitious concept of the "Licks" 2002/2003 world tour. Three dramatically different shows -- on three different stages, with three different productions and three different set lists.
 Sound: 8
 Content: 9.5
 Production Quality: 8.5
 Overall Impression: 8.5
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overall: 9.5
Four Flicks Reviewed by: mccabe24, on november 25, 2005
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Sound: The biggest rock band of all time hits the stage and Keith Richards launches into the opening riff of 'Brown Sugar' (disc 3). Keith Richard's tone is, and always will be, one of the sweetest sounds man has ever heard! Every sone that The Stones play pumps energy into the crowd! You see clips of the crowd and every one of them is singing along and loving it. // 10

Content: The Stones played all of there classics, the DVD has a Select-a-Stone option which allows you to just watch one musician, there are never before recorded tracks an Angus and Malcom Young of AC/DC were special guests! So why don't I have complete 'Satisfaction' with the content? Because another special guest was Sheryl Crow! But in the end, the goods outnumbered the bads 25:1. // 9

Production Quality: Though it is better then most other live concert DVDs, it still has some parts where the sound is kind of messed up. I love the way the camera crew captured the audience for some scenes. It really made you feel like you were right there with The Stones. There weren't too many crowd shots though, just enough to make it feel like you were at the concert. // 9

Overall Impression: When you watch this DVD and see ove 60,000 screaming fans, you feel that you are right there. Front row at a stones show (to maximize this effect, make sure the volume is cranked up). If I lost it, I would buy it again (but I suggest making extra copies of each DVD because a 4 DVD box set isn't cheap to replace). Now excuse me. I'm going to go and watch 'Jumpin' Jack Flash'. // 10

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overall: 7.8
Four Flicks Reviewed by: move_on_up, on august 09, 2006
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Sound: I was very disapointed with the sound of the band. Although the central idea of doing 3 kinds of venue (theatre, arena and stadium) is a great one, I would never see the stones as a stadium band. Mick Jagger shows why he is one of the best frontmen in the world and Charlie Watts is a wonderful drummer, keeping the show on the rails. However, I was not impressed with the playing of Keith Richards or Ronnie Wood. The stones have lacked a lead guitarist for many years and this shows in nearly every song as Richards and Wood slop over the rythm section. You can't fault the riffs the pair have given the world but on this DVD their on-stage playing lacks spark. The DVD boasts 'premiere live versions' of some songs but the musicians are way past their prime, and have unfortunatley turned into a parody of themselves. // 6

Content: Content on the DVD is fabulous. Aside from there being 3 gigs to watch there is also a documentary on how the tour was conveived and executed. It shows just how much Jagger has shaped the image of the band and keeps control of the business side of things. There is an option to 'select a stone' and watch just one band member and on certain tracks there is a commentary from the band. Fantastic content for a serious stones fan. // 10

Production Quality: Overall the gigs are beautifully shot, with the club gig in Paris being my favourite as I think the band suit that kind of environment. There are a couple of sound issues at certain points in the staduim gig but not enough to spoil the music. The camera does cut to members of the audience but as it seems most of the audience are twenty-something blonde and beautiful women it does feel a little staged. // 8

Overall Impression: Unfortunatley there is no footage of the stones at their early '70s peak available on DVD so this collection is recomended for serious stones fans. However, the band as a whole is past it's prime and the performances fall flat aside from Jagger himself. The best thing about the DVD are the extras, very good value for money. What annoys me the most is that the 'forty licks' tour was essentially just a greatest hits tour and for a band which had such a creative spark that is a complete travesty. // 7

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