The Rolling Stones and ABKCO Music & Records Inc. two official music videos of the Rolling Stones performing “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” have been released.
The videos, originally created in 1968, have now been faithfully restored in 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 filmed during one day at Olympic Studios in London in the spring of ’68.
The first version, with 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 uses a fresh Jagger vocal taking over the backing track from the single.
“We shot this one without makeup first. They were wonderful. As we were doing it, I felt there was an ingredient missing, although at that point I didn’t know what it was,” says director Lindsay-Hogg, who started out filming episodes of the British music TV show. Ready Steady Go! where he started working with the band. “We had a little lunch break and I saw Brian Jones sitting by the makeup table playing with the colors—putting it on his face and then wiping it off—and I thought, ‘Huh. This is a really interesting look.” And so I said to Mick and Keith and Charlie and Bill, ‘Just go over there to the makeup table and see what it’s like if you put some stuff on your face—whether it’s stripes or eye makeup or full-face glitter, whatever. What do you like. you.'”
Lindsay-Hogg continues: “They worked with our very glamorous make-up artist Linda DeVetta and that’s how they got into it. After about an hour they looked different, especially Keith and Brian. Then we found the big, space alien glasses. We got something much better than we could have had, left to our own devices. He crystallized what he had to. It’s one of those serene moments where all the things that could have gone wrong didn’t.
“The cinematographer, Tony Richmond, and I thought there’s another way to light them as well, because it was kind of general performance lighting on the first one we shot in the early afternoon. In the second version, we shot them in those shadows,” he adds. “It had a lot more to do with the shadows, Mick going in and out of the light, and that little walk he does at the beginning. We put it together and that’s what they liked best because it had a slightly decadent feel to it. When I edited and played them, they loved the videos. I’d hate to think they didn’t because then I continued to make 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 to show them. The most popular bands, such as the Rolling Stones, The Beatles and The Who, did these “promos” and did so with the intention of allowing broadcast to many different countries without the bands having to travel to appear in television studios where there were “genuine security issues,” according to Lindsay-Hogg, who directed videos for all three acts.
Top of the Popsthe aforementioned Ready Steady Go! in the UK, Spree!, Rumpus, and The Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour in the US were early participants in the transmission of such materials. The Rolling Stones, already international superstars by the mid-1960s, now had another tool to help promote a single like “Jumpin’ Jack Flash” (UK No. 1, US No. 3 ) in the upper echelons of the charts.
Watch the videos below.