Review: The Rolling Stones – Hyde Park Live 1969 DVD (Eagle Rock / Universal Music Canada)

Rolling StonesThe newest release from the Rolling Stones archives is a 1969 concert in London’s Hyde Park, the same location where the group also filmed their excellent 2013 concert Sweet Summer Sun. A combination of factors made this particular show unique: Guitarist Brian Jones passed away just days prior to their performance, but the show, their first live performance in over two years, also marked the live debut of guitarist Mick Taylor. Originally filmed for a television special, Hyde Park Live 1969 features some cool behind-the-scenes footage to complement their performances of “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Midnight Rambler,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and “Sympathy For The Devil,” the latter of which saw the Stones joined by a supplemental group of percussionists. Somewhat curiously, the DVD booklet lists a number of other songs performed by the band that day, but not subsequently featured on the film. Even though this release doesn’t pack quite the same punch as some of the others in the Stones’ archival DVD series, it is still a great snapshot in time of one of the world’s best rock and roll bands.