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Veteran soul stylist Jerry Butler, who hosts the show, is himself a legitimate bridge between the street corner symphonies of the '50s and the more sophisticated urban pop and soul that succeeded them. Butler shepherds a lineup including current editions of the Platters, the Del-Vikings, Jimmy Beaumont and the Skyliners, the Penguins, the Cadillacs, the Moonglows, the Flamingos, and other fondly remembered groups. A competent if not exactly inspired revue band accompanies all the acts, taped performing on a set decorated with oversized portraits of '50s icons like James Dean and Marilyn Monroe, with a few vintage hot rods parked alongside to hammer home the nostalgic thrust of the night.
More impassioned doo-wop fans and rock historians, however, will be a tougher sell. If the groups indeed carry the names associated with the hits, many feature reconstituted lineups with few of the members actually heard on the original singles, a practice that can be traced back to the '60s (as with the Platters). Alternatively, more authentic lineups, like The Marcels (heard performing their galloping version of "Blue Moon" for the first time in decades), reflect their advancing years in rough vocal edges or arrangements transposed to lower keys. Given the show's inspiration (Rhino's exemplary Doo Wop Box anthologies, which unearthed both big hits and forgotten gems and placed the music and performers in a rich historical context), it would have been intriguing to provide some documentary context. --Sam Sutherland
Great performance, but the sound engineer should had done a better job mixing the background singers. They sounded very weak.Published 9 months ago by Dizzyland
I ordered these for my dad. We could sit and watch for hours. I would highly recommend these to anyone who loves this music era!Published 10 months ago by Patricia S. Franklin
There is nothing like settling in front of your TV and being brought back to a simpler more honest time of American music history. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Phoenix
There are no voices, no melodies, no cover-ups in this music like the junk that has been on the airways since the middle 1990's. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Tom Murano
South Africa is in a Region 2 DVD area.I could not play my DVD on neither my PC nor my DVD player.I am reluctant to change the regional settings on my PC.Published 17 months ago by Gary P Hendrickse
i thought it was a great show, of course some of the act's were better than other's. however it was good to listen to the songs I recall.and that is what i enjoyed the most. Read morePublished 21 months ago by peter
I grew up in the 50's. I have always love this sound. DVD played excellent. This is worth three times the cost of the dvd.Published 22 months ago by Bobby Downs
This is the real deal, you will want to put this dvd in your will . The best of the era,s groups. great picture quality, dolby 5.1 surround sound. A great price. Read morePublished 22 months ago by JOEY C.