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Blu-ray review: 'Charlie is My Darling'

The Rolling Stones are seen on the brink of international stardom.
BY GENE TRIPLETT email@opubco.com Published: November 9, 2012
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Another after-hours scene finds Jagger and a piano-playing Richards having a few drinks and trading their best Elvis Presley imitations on “Blueberry Hill,” “Are You Lonesome Tonight” and “A Teenager in Love.”

But concert footage reveals how tight the band was even early on, as it offers up note-perfect renditions of Naomi Neville's bluesy “Pain in My Heart” and Chuck Berry's rousing “Around and Around,” as well its own “Satisfaction.” One wonders if the screaming crowd could even hear how good they were.

“Onstage I suppose there's a sexual thing between the audience and the group,” a baby-faced Jagger observes in one interview.

“Charlie is My Darling” shows the band on the brink of international stardom, struggling to figure out how it all came to be and how long it might last. And it's a little haunting when Brian Jones confesses, “I've always been a little apprehensive about the future.”

As for Charlie, he sums it all up this way: “I'm happiest at home.”

— Gene Triplett


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