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THE BYRDS The Lost Broadcasts DVD

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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Import, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Ais
  • DVD Release Date: June 28, 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004U6YMMW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #222,701 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Chappie on October 29, 2011
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1971 German TV takes with psychedelic background for hard-core fans. There are only 4 full songs (Chestnut Mare, Mr. Tambourine Man, Black Mountain Rag, and So You Want to Be a Rock 'n' Roll Star) with multiple versions that account for 8 tracks (2 each for Chestnut Mare and Rock 'n' Roll Star and 3 for Black Mt Rag). An additional track is the instrumental portion of Eight Miles High without verses. The recording and video quality is good, but the 60s background and camera effects are annoying. The gem is an acoustic duet of Mr Tambourine Man by Roger McGuinn and Clarence White that is closer to Dylan's version than the Byrd's single. Black Mt Rag stands out, of course, for Clarence's playing. The Eight Miles High instrumental is pointless - much of it is a bass solo. McGuinn is hoarse on both versions of Rock 'n' Roll Star. Chestnut Mare is ok.

I rate this 2 stars for the average viewer who will be disappointed. The Mr. Tambourine Man performance deserves 5 stars.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Steve Ramm TOP 100 REVIEWER on February 12, 2012
This brief (37-minute) DVD consists of the "rehearsal footage" from the Beat Club TV show produced by German TV in 1971. Hence, the reason they are listed as "lost". They are basically test shots to try different psychedelic backgrounds using a "blue screen".

The lineup at this point included McGuinn, Clarence White, Gene Parsons and Skip Battin - with their tour manager Jimmi Seiter on percussion.

The DVD starts off with two versions of "Chestnut Mare" with McGuinn a bit hoarse in voice. I couldn't see much difference in performance on this song. These are followed by the longest piece - the instrument part of "Eight Miles High" - which goes on for over 13 minutes! There is a long bass solo by Battin jamming with Seiter. Frankly, I enjoyed this but it's more like one of those extended instrumental on a Grateful Dead song.

Next up is a nice ACOUSTIC version of "Mr. Tambourine Man". This is followed by three variations on the traditional "Black Mountain Rag", including guitars and banjos. There are a few "goof ups" here but the instrumental is short so the repeat not very annoying (to me at least - I love the song). Closing out the DVD are two versions of "So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Star", each differentiated by the variation on psychedelic background graphics.

No, this is not the best Byrds video out there - and I did get annoyed by those backgrounds, but it's great to know that at least these videos are available for the die hard fan who wants to see the band of that period in various instrumentation and with the long "Eight Miles High" jam. More a curiosity though.

Other titles in the "Lost Broadcasts" are being released this year and I'm curious to see them.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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