Three Other Dinosaur Discoveries

Three Other Dinosaur Discoveries

Rolling Stones

Stones in Exile (Eagle)

What the 2-CD reissue of magnum opus Exile on Main St. lacked in audio revelations is made up for in unseen visuals grooving this hourlong documentary. Thirty minutes of extended interview nuggets: eight minutes with head man Keith Richards, Bill Wyman's enduring pride ("no one could touch us onstage, no one"), poor ravaged Anita Pallen­berg's clear-eyed recollections, and Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts agreeing that the Stones finished only nine songs in nine months of exile in the south of France.
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Three Other Dinosaur Discoveries

U2

360 Degrees at the Rose Bowl (Universal)

Irish peacekeeping force redeems its stillborn No Line on the Horizon with this two-saucer Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the group's stage space needle a cross between H.G. Wells' War of the Worlds and Pink Floyd's The Wall. As disembodied as the two-hour Universal Studios ride becomes, U2 fires on all boosters ("The Unforgettable Fire"). Unfairly excised "Breathe" on a second disc of extras and time lapse from Berlin, plus Barcelona excerpts could have stayed in the hangar.
**

Three Other Dinosaur Discoveries

Rush

Beyond the Lighted Stage (Zoë)

Too many documentaries, let alone music histories, inform us there's a tale that needs telling. Some stories, like this 107-minute romantic comedy adventure for instance, bubble up from the wellspring of natural phenomenon. A second disc of extras, starring a pair of 1974 rave-ups with original drummer John Rutsey and an uncut performance of "La Villa Strangiato" from the film, matches up a trio of hobbies – golf (Alex Lifeson), baseball (Geddy Lee's Shoeless Joe Jackson bat), and road rage (Neil Peart).
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