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Celebrate the UK's seminal live music show with this fantastic 4 DVD Set. Includes Old Grey Whistle Test Volumes 1, 2 & 3. Launched in September 1971, it hosted performances from the most legendary bands and performers.

Vol 1: Over 40 rarely seen performances are brought together in a four-hour film complete with memories of the show's former presenters: Richard Williams, Bob Harris, Annie Nightingale, David Hepworth, Mark Allen and Andy Kershaw. Also included are six major interviews: Bob Harris with John Lennon, Keith Richards, Bruce Springsteen and Robert Plant; Richard Williams with Elton John, Bernie Taupin and Mick Jagger.

Vol 2: The second volume features more seminal performances spanning the entire series, from 'Head Hands & Feet' in 1971 through to 'The Pogues' in 1986. The DVD takes us through the 70s with the likes of Roxy Music, Kevin Ayers, The Who, Bruce Johnston, Joan Armatrading, The Adverts, and into the 80s with performances from Aztec Camera, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Style Council, Suzanne Vega, Prefab Sprout and the Pet Shop Boys. The DVD includes original interviews with Kevin Ayers, Roger Daltrey, Nick Lowe, Rick Wakeman, Bill Nelson, T.V. Smith, Jools Holland and Roddy Frame. It also features newly filmed interviews with presenter Bob Harris.

Vol 3: More great performances from the 70s and 80s including David Bowie, The Jam, Sade, Andy Kershaw, Simple Minds, The Bangles, Edwyn Collins, Jools Holland.

Edited By: andywedge on Oct 18, 2010 00:35: 4
Top stuff.
Great show good memorys brilliant dvd heat added
Hubby would love this-ordered-thanks.
Good stuff.
thanks just ordered for my dad! now he can get rid of the VHS tapes he has of the shows!
Warning ... once you've got these DVDs then all the clips used in the current spate of "rock history" programs in BBC will start to become very familiar!
Thanks for the good deal also bought the Tube Vol 1 for 6.29!
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The show only really got interesting when Whispering Bob left and Anne Nightingale replaced him and the prog-rock dinosaurs that continually appeared on the show with some genuinely exciting post-punk bands.
There was plenty of good stuff before Annie Nightingale arrived - XTC, Talking Heads, PiL, Roxy Music, The Damned, Judee Sill... it wasn't all Little Feet and Lynard Skynard (spelling?) (insert name of band you don't like here) etc,. This is a real bargain - I have Vols 1 & 2 already... this is probably worth it for vol 3 alone.
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The show only really got interesting when Whispering Bob left and Anne Nightingale replaced him and the prog-rock dinosaurs that continually appeared on the show with some genuinely exciting post-punk bands.

Gosh, I've never heard this ever-so-scripted, well over-used, and quoted from ever so fashionable (but plonkers) media people at the time, statement before. :(

Edited By: spock1958 on Oct 18, 2010 15:39: correcting
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I'm pretty sure XTC, Talking Heads, PiL and The Damned all appeared on the show after Anne Nightingale arrived. Roxy Music, granted, were one of the few highlights of the show pre-1978. I'm not sure why you've included Judee Sill with the aforementioned bands. I can't think of two contrasting OGWT performances than Judee Sill's 'The Kiss' and The Damned's 'Smash It Up'.

P.S. Voted hot. This is well worth £9 of anybody's money.

Track-listing: Volume 1, Disc 1:

Alice Cooper 'Under My Wheels'
Elton John 'Tiny Dancer'
Curtis Mayfield 'We Gotta Have Peace'
Randy Newman 'Political Science'
Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge 'Help Me Make it Through the Night'
Bill Withers 'Ain't No Sunshine'
Focus 'Sylvia/Hocus Pocus'
Rory Gallagher 'Hands Off'
John Martyn 'May You Never'
The Wailers 'Stir it Up'
Roxy Music 'Do the Strand'
The Edgar Winter Group 'Frankenstein'
New York Dolls 'Jet Boy'
Tim Buckley 'Dolphins'
Captain Beefheart 'Upon the My O My'
Little Feat 'Rock 'n' Roll Doctor'
Dr Feelgood 'Roxette'
John Lennon 'Stand By Me'
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band 'Give My Compliments to the Chef'
Lynyrd Skynyrd 'Freebird'
Emmylou Harris 'Amarillo'
Bonnie Raitt 'Too Long at the Fair'
Tom Waits 'Tom Traubert's Blues'
John Otway & Wild Willy Barrett 'Really Free'

Volume 1, Disc 2:

Talking Heads 'Psycho Killer'
XTC 'Statue of Liberty'
Blondie '(I'm Always Touched by Your) Presence Dear'
Val Doonican & Charlie McCoy 'Stone Fox Chase'
Meatloaf 'Paradise by the Dashboard Light'
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers 'American Girl'
The Police 'Can't Stand Losing You'
Bruce Springsteen 'Rosalita'
Iggy Pop 'I'm Bored'
Tubeway Army 'Are Friends Electric'
The Specials 'Message to You Rudi'
The Damned 'Smash It Up/I Just Can't Be Happy Today'
The Ramones 'Rock 'n' Roll High School'
PIL 'Careering'
The Teardrop Explodes 'Reward'
U2 'I Will Follow'
Nine Below Zero 'Stone Fox Chase'
Japan 'Ghosts'
Robert Wyatt 'Shipbuilding'
REM 'Moon River/Pretty Persuasion'
Simply Red 'Holding Back the Years'

Volume 2:

Heads Hands & Feet 'Warming up the Band'
Kevin Ayers 'May I'
Roxy Music 'Ladytron'
Loggins & Messina 'House at Pooh Corner'
The Who 'Relay'
Judee Sill 'The Kiss'
Argent 'God Gave Rock n Roll to You'
Humble Pie 'Black Coffee'
Average White Band 'Put it Where you Want it'
Montrose 'Bad Motor Scooter'
Bruce Johnston 'Disney Girls'
Be Bop Deluxe 'Made in Heaven'
Nils Lofgren 'Going Back'
Daryl Hall & John Oates 'She's Gone'
Joan Armatrading 'Love & Affection'
Roy Harper 'One of Those Days in England'
The Adverts 'Bored Teenagers'
Patti Smith 'Because the Night'
Siouxsie & the Banshees 'Metal Postcard'
Gary Moore & Phil Lynott 'Don't Believe a Word'
Undertones 'Jimmy Jimmy'
Squeeze 'Slap and Tickle'
OMD 'Dancing'
Stanley Clarke/George Duke Project 'Schooldays'
Tom Verlaine 'Days on the Mountain Part 1'
Aztec Camera 'Walk Out to Winter'
Thomas Dolby 'Hyperactive'
Style Council 'Walls Come Tumbling Down'
Suzanne Vega 'Marlene On the Wall'
John Walters, John Peel, Ro Newton, Andy Kershaw Skiffle jam
Prefab Sprout 'When Love Breaks Down'
Pet Shop Boys 'Opportunities'
Pogues 'Dirty Old Town'

Volume 3:

Lindisfarne 'Meet Me On The Corner’
David Bowie 'Oh You Pretty Things’
Jackson Browne 'Jamaica Say You Will’
Steppenwolf 'Born To Be Wild’
Stealers Wheel 'I Get By’
Roger Daltrey 'Giving It All Away’
Humble Pie 'Black Coffee’
Fairport Convention 'Brilliancy Medley’
Freddie King 'Boogie Funk’
Brinsley Schwarz 'Surrender To The Rhythm’
Robin Trower 'A Little Bit Of Sympathy’
Supertramp 'Dreamer’
Johnny Winter 'Jumping Jack Flash’
Richard and Linda Thompson 'A Heart Needs A Home’
Janis Ian 'At Seventeen’
Al Stewart 'Year Of The Cat’
John Martyn & Danny Thompson 'Couldn’t Love You More’
Chris Rea 'Fires Of Spring’
The Jam ’A Bomb In Wardour Street’
BB King 'When It All Comes Down’/'Hold On’
John Cooper Clarke 'I Don’t Want to be Nice’
Joe Jackson 'Sunday Papers’
Simple Minds 'Chelsea Girl’
King Crimson 'Frame By Frame’
Orange Juice 'Rip It Up’
Howard Jones 'No-one Is To Blame’
Sade 'Is It A Crime’
Jesus & Mary Chain 'In A Hole’
Lone Justice 'Sweet, Sweet Baby (I’m Falling)’
Half Man Half Biscuit 'All I want for Xmas Is A Dukla Prague Away Kit'
Bangles 'Walk Like An Egyptian’

Edited By: DMcG1873 on Oct 18, 2010 16:43: Added track listing
As Bob Would Say mmmmmmmmmmm Nice !!!!
Great find. Oh the memories (if only I could remember!). Heat added
I'm not sure why you've included Judee Sill with the aforementioned bands. I can't think of two contrasting OGWT performances than Judee Sill's 'The Kiss' and The Damned's 'Smash It Up'.

Both entirely different but both entirely brilliant. The Kiss is one of the most beautifully moving songs ever committed to record (despite the religious overtones). By the same measure Smash It Up is probably one of the most excitiing.

Thanks for the tracklisting. 8)
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@ sharkalos
I've just ordered mine, looking forwarded to watching them !
Thanks for the headsup.

ps - I also ordered the TOTP 40th anniversay DVD
does this have footage of "whispering" bob being beaten up by sid vicious?
Heat and ordered
humble pie and jackson browne performances are amazing imho

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