Saturday, June 30, 2012

A Degree Of Murder

Mord Und Totschlag {aka. A Degree Of Murder}
Directed by: Volker Schlöndorff  Producer: Rob Houwer  Music: Brian Jones
Running Time: 87 min   Color   Date: 1967

When a young woman accidentally kills her ex-lover during a fight, she decides to conceal the body. Then she becomes involved with not one but both of the men she finds to help her dispose his body at a construction site. And this is just one of her many problems!
Brian Jones scored the soundtrack and shows up in a scene

Despite its film noir trappings, director Volker Schlondorff's dispassionate thriller transcends its sub genre to become a more broad-based study of alienation and angst in West Germany during the 1960's. Clearly a product of its times, the film stars Anita Pallenberg as Marie, who shoots her ex-lover (Werner Enke) when he comes to her apartment and attempts to rape her. Brian Jones, who was dating Pallenberg at the time, makes a brief appearance in the film as well as writing and performing the bouncy score.
A Degree Of Murder was Germany's entry for the Cannes Film Festival of 1967, held April 24-May 11, 1967. Although he attended the festival, any pride in his soundtrack work was crushed by Anita's presence at the festival. Brian left the day before the festival ended, only to return to his London flat to be busted by Scotland Yard within hours for drug charges. With the loss of Anita and his impending drug trial, Brian never really got a chance to celebrate his success.
Unfortunately, an official soundtrack has never been released. Several bootlegs claiming to be the 'soundtrack' have appeared, but they are all straight dubs from the film, with dialogue present and often in terrible sound quality.
The soundtrack was recorded at IBC Studios between late 1966 and early 1967 with all music composed, arranged and produced by Brian (with Glyn Johns engineering). The soundtrack also featured session musicians Jimmy Page (guitar), Nicky Hopkins (piano), Peter Gosling (background vocals; rumoured to have played Mellotron), Kenny Jones (drums) and Mike Leander (Orchestra). Brian played all the other instruments including: sitar, organ, recorder, banjo, harpsichord, autoharp, dulcimer, clarinet, and harmonica.

KRLA Beat, April 8, 1967

Friday, June 29, 2012

Only Lovers Left Alive

Original wraparound picture by made-to-order photographer Bruce Fleming
Only Lovers Left Alive

photography: Bruce Fleming
According to Andrew Loog Oldham, the Stones' manager, at first he and the band attempted to secure the rights to Anthony Burgess's 1962 novel A Clockwork Orange, but Burgess had already sold the rights to Stanley Kubrick. Oldham and the Stones settled instead on "a second best novel", Only Lovers Left Alive. The Rolling Stones (plus Marianne Faithfull) were about to receive $1 million for making their acting debut in the movie, that would go into production at MGM´s Boreham Wood Studios in the fall of 1966. Their business manager, Allen Klein has also negotiated a $3 million recording contract with Decca for the music.
The book was originally issued in 1964 and the story is from a novel by Dave Wallis, about an imaginary takeover of England by violent and rebellious teenagers once all the adults have been killed, The Seely Street Gang, made up of a number of types of young Brits, including one Mod, struggle to survive the devastation. In the beginning they go wild, orgies of sex, wanton destruction, surging fighting with other gangs, then they face assorted hardships, widespread power outages, a new form of plague, bands of wild dogs and an unexpected pregnancy. It never materialized. Only Lovers Left Alive was forever consigned to "best films never made" lists. When you consider Stones tracks from 1966 that may have found themselves on the ‘Only Lovers Left Alive’ soundtrack if they’d ever got that far, the film would have had a great soundtrack. ‘Mothers Little Helper' and 'It's Not Easy' would fit into any number of scenes. In fact, the album Aftermath was to have been the soundtrack for the never filmed feature Back, Behind And In Front. Filming was about to start in April 1966, and though Oldham had a basic plot for the film, nothing ever happened.
Another "lost film"in this list is Maxigasm, a Carlo Ponti film scheduled, but never shot, with the Rolling Stones in North Africa, late 1968.

KRLA Beat, June 4, 1966
There were persistent stories in the press in 1966 that the movie was underway, and that Nicholas Ray was attached to direct, although Ray apparently got as
far as writing a script, in the end he "was unable to find financial backing, and the Rolling Stones stars lacked confidence in Ray, and the whole matter dissolved"

NEW MUSICAL EXPRESS  September 21, 1968

Thursday, June 28, 2012

'Back In Australia'

Rolling Stones Back In Australia
Movietone/British Pathé   News-reel
Running Time: 1:20 min   B&W   Date: 1966

In this news-film for cinema, the Rolling Stones arrive in Kingsford Smith Airport, Sydney for another tour. 
Footage from the arrival and fans at the airport, also a press reception held on the airport lounge

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Vier Schlüssel

Vier Schlüssel (Four Keys)
Directed by: J
ürgen Roland
Running time: 102 min  B&W   Date: 1966

The Stones appeared in this movie at their arrival at Hamburg, Fuhlsbuettel Airport, 13th September 1965 for a German Tour
The director included in his plot, footage of the band being met by a mass gathering of fans

One of the nicest german thrillers from the 60's. It has a nice plot and features a lot of german movie and TV stars of this time like Walter Rilla, Joseph Offenbach, Günther Ungeheuer, Monika Peitsch and many others.

"Vier Schlüssel" reminds of the sixties TV series "Stahlnetz" which was made by the same director.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Charlie Is My Darling

Charlie Is My Darling {aka. Rolling With The Stones}
Directed by: Peter Whitehead   Producer: Andrew Oldham/ Peter Whitehead
Running Time: 60 min   Black & White   Date: 1965

Produced for cinema and television by Andrew Loog Oldham in January 1966 from footage of the Stones' Irish tour
in the autumn of 1965. Songs featured are 'Get Off My Cloud','Heart Of Stone','Play With Fire','Satisfaction','I'm Alright',
'The Last Time' and 'Maybe It's Because I'm A Londoner'.

Charlie Is My Darling
Withdrawn 2005 Australian DVD
Charlie is My Darling is the rarely seen documentary shot during the Stones‘ two city tour of Ireland in 1965. Conceived by their manager Andrew Oldham as something of a necessity after the massive success and impact of The Beatles‘ A Hard Day’s Night, the film was completed in 1966, but was never released - having become trapped in the unfortunate legal problems between the Stones and Allen Klein over the years. Recently released in America and other countries in DVD format, this film has been widely available over the years in awful quality, tenth generation bootleg videos!
It was given its premiere at the Mannheim Film Festival in 1966 when Joseph von Sternberg was Director of the Festival. He said  that "When all the other films at this festival are long forgotten, this film will still be watched - as a unique document of its times."
Filmed over three days in Dublin and Belfast, the film captures the Stones in all their pristine glory, soon after the release of "I Can't Get No Satisfaction".
Opening with an instrumental version of Play With Fire, a teenage fan admits she likes “the fella that plays the drums”, Charlie is My Darling has Bill Wyman debating about whether or not he should wear a tie, whilst Brian Jones seems acutely aware of his alienation from the band “Let’s face it, the future as a Rolling Stone is very uncertain. My ultimate aim in life was never to be a pop star. I enjoy it, with reservations, but I’m not really satisfied either artistically or personally”. Great performances are wrecked by fans getting on the stage and the scenes in the dressing room are highlighted by Keith playing guitar and their interviews, especially Charlie Watts confession that he’s happier at home, as he only plays drums, is not a musician and doesn’t know how to express half of what’s in his head.
On a train journey Andrew Loog Oldham picks his nose, talks about Ken Dodd, everyone sings Maybe its because I’m a Londoner followed by an "Andrew Oldham Orchestra" version of Satisfaction which plays over a montage of obsessed fans, whilst a priest worries about the levels of screaming.
In the film's final scene, a late-night post-gig moment, Mick & Keith, who are not interviewed separately like the others, finish off with a shit-faced impersonation of Elvis around the piano. “Who do you think you are?” asks Keith. “I feel like Robert Browning”, Mick jokes, all too knowingly, “I wish this was all on film, man, it’d be great”.

KRLA Beat, February 19, 1966
Though the Rolling Stones were perpetually reported to be making a full-length feature movie, nothing ever emerged
from their many false starts. "Charlie Is My Darling", on the other hand, was reported by the press during the Stones' 1965 US tour and the 1966
Pacific tour and stated that it was intended for viewing on British television and negotiations for its American airing started with US networks as well.

Track Listing:
Andrew Oldham Orchestra:
Play With Fire/ Heart Of Stone/ Satisfaction
The Rolling Stones: 
Play With Fire/ Heart Of Stone/ I´m Goin´Home (studio versions)
Backstage Jam/ Get Off Of My Cloud Riffs/ Salty Dog (Adelphi Theatre, Dublin, September 3, 1965)
The Last Time (Lip-synched performance of official version with over-dubbed audience backing) 
I’m Alright (lip-synched performance of EP version with vocal over-dubs)
Maybe It’s Because I’m A Londoner (the boys sing on the train to Belfast, September 4, 1965)

Monday, June 25, 2012

'Mögen Sie's heiß?'

Rolling Stones Receive Award On The Thames
(aka. Rolling Stones Get Award)
Movietone/British Pathé   News-reel
Running Time: 4:07 min   B&W   Date: 1965

In this unissued British Pathé news-reel, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Brian Jones are going aboard the river bus "Kingwood" at Charing Cross Pier and moving along the River Thames. The Rolling Stones are presented with Radio Luxembourg Award, the Getaway Trophy, by singer Anita Harris. An edited version with dubbed sound was shown in cinemas. Date on original record: 15/07/1965

There´s also two Movietone news-reel for cinema, about the UK Wembley pop shows, starring various artists, including the Stones;
"Wembley Gathering Of The Groups", April 1964 with "I´m Alright" and "With It At Wembley", NME show, April 1965
with "The Last Time" (part only)

Mögen Sie's heiß?
‘Deutsche Wochenschau’   News-reel
Running Time: 2:13 min   B&W   Date: 1965

German newscast for cinemas with footage from the audience and the Stones, performing
(part only) and "Around And Around" (part only) at Muenster, September 11, 1965. 

'The Stones Roll In'

The Stones Roll In (aka. Stones Roll Down Under)
Movietone/British Pathé   News-reel
Running Time: 1:20+ min   B&W   Date: 1965

Another news-film for cinema, includes footage of the police trying to control the Australian fans gathered at Mascot Airport for the arrival of the Rolling Stones, and part of the press conference in Sydney, January 21, 1965. Also includes a performance of "Not Fade Away" (part only) at Manufacturer´s Auditorium, Sydney, January 21, 1st show

Sunday, June 24, 2012

The T.A.M.I. Show

The T.A.M.I. Show {aka. Gather No Moss}
American International Pictures
Directed by: Steve Binder   Executive Producer: Bill Sargent
Musical Director: Phil Spector   Arranger: Jack Nitzsche
Running Time: 110 min   Black & White   Date: 1964

Starring: Jan and Dean {hosts},Chuck Berry, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Leslie Gore, The Barbarians, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Supremes, Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas,Marvin Gaye, The Beach Boys, The Rolling Stones, James Brown and His Fabulous Flames,The Wrecking Crew {house band}, Darlene Love, The T.A.M.I. Show dancers

The Teenage American Music International (T.A.M.I.) awards show was produced by Bill Sargent under the musical direction of Phil Spector and took pace over two days, October 28 and 29, at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Through their acquaintance with Phil Spector, the Stones got a chance to be on a show with some of their beloved idols and get to a wider audience in US.
In addition to the five songs included here, the Stones rehearsed Not Fade AwayTell Me and 2120 South Michigan Avenue for the show, although those three numbers were not included in the film.
Though these concerts were performed in front of a live audience, this film was the planned end product. The "T.A.M.I. Show" was later released under other titles, such as "Gather No Moss", "Teenage Command Performance" and "That was Rock" (actually this one combines the "T.A.M.I." with its sequel "The Big TNT Show" from 1965). The film was shown unedited and in its entirety on cable television in Canada in 1984 (20th anniversary of its release), on the First Choice Network. An authorized DVD was released in March 2010, though bootlegs have abounded in any format.

The T.A.M.I. Show programme, ticket and one-sided, promo 7" single AIP 6418 (45 RPM),
with four advertisements for the American International Pictures rock and roll concert film

Track Listing:
Jan And Dean: (Here They Come) From All Over The World
Chuck Berry: Johnny B. Goode/ Maybellene
Gerry And The Pacemakers: Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying/ It’s Gonna Be Alright
Chuck Berry: Sweet Little Sixteen
Gerry And The Pacemakers: How Do You Do It?
Chuck Berry: Nadine
Gerry And The Pacemakers: Like It
Smokey Robinson & The Miracles: That’s What Love Is Made Of/ You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me/ Mickey’s Monkey
Marvin Gaye: Stubborn Kind Of Fellow/ Pride And Joy/ Can I Get A Witness/ Hitch Hike
Lesley Gore: Maybe I Know/ You Don’t Own Me/ You Didn’t Look Around/ Hey Now/ It’s My Party/ Judy’s Turn To Cry
Jan & Dean: The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena)/ Sidewalk Surfin
The Beach Boys: Surfin’ U.S.A./ I Get Around/ Surfer Girl/ Dance, Dance, Dance
Billy J. Kramer And The Dakotas: Little Children/ Bad To Me/ I’ll Keep You Satisfied/ From A Window
The Supremes: When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes/ Run, Run, Run/ Baby Love/ Where Did Our Love Go
The Barbarians: Hey Little Bird
James Brown and The Flames: Out Of Sight/ Prisoner Of Love/ Please, Please, Please/ Night Train
The Rolling Stones: Around And Around/ Off The Hook/ Time Is On My Side/ It’s All Over Now/ I’m Alright

The finale of The T.A.M.I. Show is an orchestra and playback jam entitled "Get Together", featuring all cast members while the credits roll.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

'Gather Moss'

Gather Moss
Pathé News   News-reel
Running Time: 05:50 min   Technicolor   Date: October 1964

The Rolling Stones are the newest big act in England and Pathé News did coverage a concert by the band during their 1964 UK Tour. The filming was done September 21 at ABC Cinema, Hull. Include some shots of the Stones being interviewed and photographed as they clown around for the camera. Nice scenes from fans outside the cinema, before the concert.
Various good shots of the Rolling Stones playing 'Around and Around'

Pathé Newsreels were produced from 1910 until the 1970s. The newsreels were shown in cinemas covering news, entertainment, sport, culture and women’s issues through programmes including the Pathétone Weekly, the Pathé Pictorial, the Gazette and Eve’s Film ReviewBritish Pathé eventually stopped producing the cinema newsreel in 1970 as they could no longer compete with television, however, the library lived on. Over its 80 year lifetime, it accumulated over 3500 hours of filmed history, 90,000 news items and 12 million stills. On British Pathé Newsreel Archive page you´ll find not only this precious document in nice color definition, but also outtakes and offcuts from this performance. More Stones newsreels are available such as their arrival at Sydney airport in 1965 (named "The Stones Roll In") and again in 1966, Mick Jagger press conference after Rolling Stones appeal in 1967, the Stones at Hyde Park 1969, and some nice unused material from July 1965 where the Stones receive an award, going abord a river bus in the Thames, and unissued extracts (sound included) from the Saville Theatre concert in December 1969,
including "Jumping Jack Flash", "Carol" (incomplete), and "Satisfaction".

Friday, June 22, 2012

'Pretty Thing'

Pretty Thing 
Directed by: Giorgio Gomelsky
Running Time: 20 min   Black & White  Date: 1963

Shot by Giorgio Gomelsky in April 1963 in 35mm black and white film this documentary featuring the club
scene and the Rolling Stones was aimed at records companies and the press attention in order to promote the band.

Giorgio Golmesky had much of the responsibility in managing and promoting the Rolling Stones in the early days, when he booked them to Sunday evenings at the Station Hotel in Richmond, at what came to be called the Crawdaddy Club, taken from the Stones 20min rave-up version of Bo Diddley´s CrawdadHe announced to the press that he would make a short promotional doc-style film of the rising popularity of R`n´B in the UK and the Rolling Stones. He took the Rolling Stones in April into the RG Jones recording studio, two songs were recorded, Pretty Thing and I´m Allright with extra footage shot in the club. The film starts with Stu´s transit van arriving at the Station Hotel and the band´s gear being unloaded, the crowd gathered inside and the band performing the pre-recorded songs. The 7 minutes documentary, originally supposed to be 20 minutes in length, was never completed, due to the Stones signing with Andrew Oldham. No complete copy known resulted.

One of the earliest UK coverage of the Stones in RECORD MIRROR, May 11th 1963, written by Norman Jopling,
who gave them some early publicity, unusual for a band that had not yet released a record
It makes a reference to the 20 minute film of the sextet in action, produced by their then-manager Giorgio Gomelsky