The Rolling Stones Charlie is my Darling – Ireland 1965 Blu-ray delivers great video and superb audio in this excellent Blu-ray release
The Rolling Stones spent at least the first part of their career laboring under the rather imposing shadow of The Beatles, and a certain segment of the musical cognoscenti still relegates to Stones to “also ran” status behind the Fab Four, despite the fact that the Stones managed to outlast The Beatles by several decades and has had more or less the same level of success. The Stones did take a while to capture their first international Number One single, when “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” finally topped the charts in 1965 some three years after the group’s founding, and there’s no denying the fact that at the time, The Beatles had somehow captured a global fancy in a way that the Stones didn’t quite manage to do, despite being incredibly popular in their own right. The Beatles burst upon the movie going public about as forcefully as they had the music world when they released the ground breaking and incredibly popular A Hard Day’s Night in 1964, and one might have assumed that the Stones would have been a bankable commodity to do the same, and yet the Stones never ended up making anything other than concert films during this period (though of course Mick Jagger went on to some notable starring roles in straight films). Charlie Is My Darling might have been the Stones’ entrée into major cinematic success, even if it has little of the Richard Lester inspired madness of The Beatles’ first feature film. This is an often fascinating documentary that captures The Stones at the moment that lightning had just struck, when “I Can’t Get No Satisfaction” had been a global phenomenon and the band undertook a brief tour to Ireland. This souvenir of a bygone age, before The Stones had become The Stones is a sweet, unvarnished look at four young men who honestly weren’t sure what tomorrow might hold and how long their newfound pop superstardom would last. Ironically, they seem only too aware of The Beatles’ overwhelming success, as you’ll hear them mentioned more than once and even hear a couple of Lennon and McCartney tunes being hummed by some unlikely suspects along the way.