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Watch Restored Promotional Film For The Rolling Stones’ ‘Child Of The Moon’

The clip, again directed by Michael Lindsay-Hogg, is the latest in ABKCO’s series of restored Stones videos.

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Rolling Stones - Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images
Rolling Stones - Photo: Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images

The promotional film for the Rolling Stones’ 1968 track “Child Of The Moon” has been newly restored in 4K resolution. The clip, again directed by the group’s frequent collaborator of the time, Michael Lindsay-Hogg, is the latest in ABKCO’s series of restored clips from the band’s 1960s era.

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“Child Of The Moon” is perhaps one of the lesser-known songs in the Stones’ canon, largely since it was the non-album B-side of their May 1968 smash “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” It was recorded at Olympic Studios with producer Jimmy Miller that March, as sessions began for what became the classic Beggars Banquet LP. Miller’s voice is heard at the beginning of the track, which was sufficiently rated by the band to earn its own promotional video, recently described by Mojo as “an early semi-narrative work” by British director Lindsay-Hogg. The visually striking clip was filmed, in monochrome, in the Surrey countryside.

The Rolling Stones - Child Of The Moon (Official Music Video) [4K]

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“‘Child Of The Moon’ plays like a British sci-fi/horror short,” wrote the magazine, “seemingly referencing Italian giallo, Village Of The Damned and J. Lee Thompson’s 1966 pagan horror (and Wicker Man forerunner) Eye Of The Devil. The film possesses the dusk-light glow of a peaking acid trip, magic-hour euphoria tinged with a chilly unease, yet also tunes into the darker subtext of the Stones’ occult dalliances.”

The song featured keyboards by Stones alumnus Nicky Hopkins, with the saxophone played by Brian Jones. It went on to be included in the More Hot Rocks (Big Hits & Fazed Cookies) compilation in 1972. Allmusic’s review notes that it “was indicative of their slide toward a slightly more laid-back, funkier rock sound than they’d pursued on their more pop- and psychedelic-influenced 1966-1967 releases.” The Elsewhere website describes the song as a “droning little gem” and “certainly the last gasp of [the Stones] in psychedelic mode.”

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2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Eddie Texas

    May 6, 2023 at 1:08 am

    Why don’t you just say the stones try to rip off Rain by the Beatles. Just one of a dozen times

  2. James

    May 8, 2023 at 3:44 pm

    Because it doesn’t sound anything like “Rain” by the Beatles.
    “Child of the Moon” was always a great Stones tune. Great era.

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