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ARCHIVE REVIEW OF THE ROLLING STONES 'VIDEO REWIND'

Stars Bill Wyman, Keith Richards, Mick Jagger & Anita Morris
Bass guitar maestro Bill Wyman, with his signature deadpan charm, plays a security guard at a museum containing artifacts from rock n' roll history...

Among these are Mick Jagger in drag, locked inside dusty displayed glass, reanimating and thereafter, he and Bill watch various Stones videos on a computer monitor and even a freezer door ("She's So Cold"). What's really fun is seeing both Bill and Mick act, both doing a surprisingly decent job. Some of the videos are "dated" just the way they should be. Not a bunch of flashy images, we have actual stories being told and/or the band performing their groovy tunes outright: the musicians are cool and lanky while that flamboyant lead singer steals the show. Slight drawbacks include videos for "Angie" and "It's Only Rock N' Roll." The famous ballad has the band doing an acoustic sit-down while the latter involves them dressed like sailors, about to drown in slowly rising washing machine suds.

Mick Jagger checking out some archive footage
Both 70's videos go on too long and aren't that entertaining, although it's always nice seeing their former guitar-ringer Mick Taylor, while some latter classics are much more fun to watch...

Done Waiting on a Friend
Like the "Tattoo You" ballad "Waiting on a Friend", where Mick and Keith hang out in New York City, first seated on the steps of the Led Zeppelin Physical Graffiti building, 98 St. Marks Place, and then, after strolling down the urban boulevard, meeting up with the other band members in a dive bar. While "Miss You," with music from the album and Mick's voice performed for the video, and "Emotional Rescue," filmed in funky blue inferred, are edited down but still seem complete.

VideoScore: ****
This was really a promotional piece for the Stone's then-new 1983 album "Undercover" and includes exploitation style Film Noir inspired videos for "Too Much Blood" and "Undercover (of the Night)," both creatively shot yet trying too hard to push the envelope.

Keith part of the Noir Exploitation Video for Undercover
At this point the band were struggling with both middle age and frustration amongst Jagger and Richards, heading for an inevitable (yet ultimately short-lived) creative divorce. Although the lightweight rocker "She Was Hot," more befitting to the band's Chuck Berry inspired origin, provides the best of the "Undercover" songs and video, involving the band coming unglued in the presence of red-headed siren Anita Morris, co-star of the following year's RUTHLESS PEOPLE, a comedy film that Jagger would provide a forgettable New Wave title track for, and sporadic excerpts of concert footage and interviews are thrown in for good measure, making this a pleasurably dusty gem for rabid Stone fanatics only.
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