Boomtown Rats - Live at Hammersmith Odeon 1978
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This show was filmed at London's Hammersmith Odeon in the summer of 1978. It includes the hit singles "Looking After No.1," "She's So Modern," "Like Clockwork" and "Rat Trap," which later that year would become the first New Wave No.1 hit, along with other Rats favorites such as "(I Never Loved) Eva Braun" and "Joey's On The Streets Again." Also included is the audience participation number "Do The Rat," which was a popular feature of early Rats gigs.
1. Blind Date
2. (I Never Loved) Eva Braun
3. Me And Howard Hughes
4. She's Gonna Do You In
5. Rat Trap
7. Joey's On The Street Again
8. She's So Modern
9. Don't Believe What You Read
10. Like Clockwork
11. Do The Rat
12. Looking After No.1
3 Audio only tracks from the show, remixed in 5.1 Surround Sound:
Living On An Island
Mary Of The Fourth Form
Top Customer Reviews
Considering that this footage is 27 years old, the picture quality is quite good. Not as good as you might get with a concert filmed in the 21st century, but certainly more than watchable. There is the occasional piece of conceptual footage dubbed over the live action, but not enough to be really annoying. The audio quality is quite good. Good enough that you might just want to listen to the audio track without watching the DVD.
The inclusion of two promo videos from one of Bob's solo albums seems to be a bit of an odd choice for a bonus, but cool to see anyway. Might have been nice if they had tacked on a couple of the videos that didn't make it to the "Someone's Looking at You" DVD like "Up All Night", "Joey's On the Street Again" or "Me & Howard Highes." But these are all minor gripes, this is certainly a DVD worth owning if you're a Rats fan or a fan of the late 70s UK music scene. A great bit of history nicely captured on this DVD.
GO BUY IT!!!!
This is a great show. The sound quality is good for such and old concert. The enthusiasm of the band comes through wonderfully. Makes me wish I had lived in England back then. The mix of tracks is a nice representation of the Rats 1st and 2nd albums. Plus, you get to hear the rare "Doing the Rat", which I have never managed to find on vinyl.
The only reason I don't give the dvd a 5 star rating is because of the extras. There are three extra audio tracks, which are accompanied by sort of artsy, slow motion, re-cut video of the concert. Why didn't we simply get to see the actual footage from these extra songs? There are also two solo, studio videos by Bob Geldoff. I think they must have been made some time after he went out on his own. I found them depressing, after seeing his younger, more energetic stage performance with the Rats.
All in all however, a very nice piece of post-punk, new wave pop.
This video is stunning. I find it such a rarity to acquire music with no expectations, and then have those (albeit limited) expectations exceeded. Bob Geldof is a top frontman, the music is infectious, the tunes engaging and remind me of the early phases of many of the great bands before their greatness. Unfortunately the Rats never went on to greatness. I see elements of the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen and even the Doors (in the way Bob stares vacantly at the audience, a la a stoned Jim Morrison).
I usually read reviews before purchasing and ignore most of the overly-enthusiastic ones. One indicator I look for is the number of reviews, but in this case the paucity of reviews should not be taken to mean a dud. It's highly entertaining.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This DVD captures the raw energy and power of Bob Geldof and The Boomtown Rats in their prime. They're seen here, a year before "I Don't Like Mondays" was released, and... Read morePublished 16 months ago by Andy
I was at this tour and remember it was a terrific show.This dvd captures the Rats magnificently .Great songs,great band.If you like the Rats...this is a must have.Published on August 11, 2008 by Colin Tenpenny
I truly enjoyed this! The Rats have always been a great favorite of mine, and it is amazing to have this released for the first time (and, no, it has never been released before . . Read morePublished on July 20, 2006 by kimberly183
perhaps this dvd is just not my cup of tea.. did not like at all.Published on September 9, 2005 by Sandra Donaghy
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