By Gregory AdamsBetween 1964 and 1969, the Rolling Stones stopped by the iconic Ed Sullivan Show six times, and now all of those performances are being collected in a new deluxe DVD package. In total, 17 performances will be featured on Six Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Rolling Stones, which comes out November 1 through Universal Music Enterprises/Sofa Entertainment. An abridged version titled Four Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Rolling Stones comes out October 4.
"The best Rolling Stones TV performances are on these shows," Sofa Entertainment founder Andrew Solt told Billboard.
Solt also researched the band's visual history while making a documentary on the band's first 25 years. "On the concert films and on other shows you don't get the same production values, and here the sound is as good as the visuals... Groups knew they would appear in front of 35 million people so they rehearsed and made sure they would look good before going on. Knowing they were playing live on TV made them do their best."
The first time the Stones played the variety show was October 25, 1964, when they delivered "Time Is on My Side." They followed up that appearance in May 2, 1965, to perform "The Last Time," "Little Red Rooster," "Everybody Needs Somebody to Love" and, over the end credits, "2120 South Michigan Avenue."
Starting in 1966, the Stones' Sullivan stopovers were broadcast in colour. Those appearances were originally broadcast on February 13, 1966 ("(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," "As Tears Go By," "19th Nervous Breakdown"); September 11,1966 ("Paint It, Black," "Lady Jane," "Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing in the Shadows?"); January 15, 1967 ("Ruby Tuesday" and a reworded "Let's Spend the Night Together" titled "Let's Spend Some Time Together"); November 23, 1969 ("Gimme Shelter," "Love in Vain" and "Honky Tonk Woman"). The abridged version features the shows from 1965 to 1967.
The Rolling Stones last appearance on the program in 1969 was their first without founding guitarist Brian Jones, who had died a few months earlier. He was replaced by six-stringer Mick Taylor.
On top of the Stones' songs, the full episodes of the Sullivan show are presented on the disc, with other featured acts including Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Tom Jones and Petula Clark, Phyllis Diller, Rodney Dangerfield and the Muppets.
Bonus features include a 24-page booklet featuring rare "Ed Sullivan Show" documents, photos, TV production files, liner notes by Greil Marcus, and a replica ticket to a 1966 show starring the Rolling Stones.