The Rolling Stones release music videos from the 60s in new 4K restoration

The Rolling Stones and ABKCO Music & Records Inc. have released two official Rolling Stones music videos performing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”.

Originally produced in 1968, the videos have now been faithfully restored to 4K resolution.

The releases include two different versions of “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (one with makeup and one without) directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg (The Rolling Stones rock and roll circus, Let It Be) and were shot in a single day at London’s Olympic Studios in the spring of 1968.

The first version, featuring a Stones without makeup, has the distinction of incorporating a completely unique version of the song (vocals and all other instruments), while the version with makeup Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Brian Jones, Bill Wyman and Charlie Watts use a new Jagger vocal cover on the single’s backing track.

“We shot the one without makeup first. They were great. While we were doing it, I felt there was an ingredient missing, although at the time I didn’t know what it was,” explains director Lindsay-Hogg, who has started filming episodes of the British music television programme. On your marks, ready? Go! where he started working with the band. “We had a little lunch break and I saw Brian Jones sitting by the makeup table and kind of playing with color – putting it on his face and then wiping it off – and I thought, ‘Huh. It’s a very interesting look. And so I said to Mick, Keith, Charlie and Bill, ‘Go over there to the makeup table and see what it feels like if you put stuff on your face – either stripes or eye makeup, or glitter all over your face, whatever hits you.'”

Lindsay-Hogg continues, “They worked with our very brilliant makeup artist Linda DeVetta and they kind of got into it. After about an hour they looked different, especially Keith and Brian. Then we found the big alien glasses. We got something much better than we could have had, left to our own devices. He crystallized what he should be. It’s one of those fortuitous moments when not all the things that could have gone wrong did.

“Director of photography Tony Richmond and I thought there was another way to light them as well, because it was kind of general performance lighting on the first one we shot at the start of the season. afternoon. In the second version, we shot them in those shadows,” he adds. “It was a lot more to do with the shadows, and Mick going in and out of the light, and all that little walking that he does in the beginning. We put this together, and it was the one they liked best because it had a slightly decadent feel to it. When I edited them and played them, they loved the videos. I would hate to think they didn’t because I kept making their videos for 15 years.

Long before the advent of MTV, music videos (then called “promos” for short) were few and far between, with very limited outlets for airing them. The most popular groups, such as the Rolling Stones, the Beatles and the Who, have made these “promos” and have done so in order to allow broadcasting in several different countries without the groups having to travel to produce in television studios where there were “genuine security concerns,” according to Lindsay-Hogg, who directed the videos for all three acts.

top popsthe above On your marks, ready? Go! United Kingdom, Party!, fuss, and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the United States were the first to disseminate such documents. The Rolling Stones, who were already international superstars by the mid-1960s, now had another tool to help push a single like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (UK No. 1, US No. 3) into the mainstream. upper echelons of the charts. .

Watch the videos below.

With makeup:

Without makeup:

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