The Old Grey Whistle Test, Vol. 2
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THAT'S how this material should be released!
In keeping with the fact that the BBC, when it caught on, ditched the former in favour of the latter - a lot of the real gems have turned up missing from these collections.
That said, they're still pretty good and have a few magnificent performances on them. In keeping with the OGWT philosophy this is mostly about the music. The chats before each are vaguely interesting but can be skipped once you've heard them once. Scene breaks separate the music from the chats in a way which music lovers love and video producers hate. Kudos.
Back to the real content. There is some good music, some disappointments, a couple of nice surprises and a couple of real gems here.
Patti Smith was disappointing, singing Because the Night like she'd been moking cigars constantly for the last 3 hours and was afraid to breathe for fear of her lungs collapsing.
Head Hands and Feet were a nice surprise with a neat bluesey opening number I'd never heard before.
Thomas Dolby provided a great performance of Hyperactive. I liked the song but never realised how richly complex it was before seeing it performed.Read more ›
I found myself seeking out and finding the albums by artists that i never had truly listened to before, like Head Hands and Feet and Tim Buckley, both of whose performances are stellar. The Jim Croce and New York Dolls clips are wonderful and if you mocked the 1980's you will find yourself pulling out your old Stlye Council and Aztec Camera records after watching their clips. Prefab Sprout were a great band. OK, so i still want to see the Runaways "School Days" on the next volume 3, but this collection is well worth having and i for one am addicted to this series.
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The songs are not as good as I hoped. Price was low. I won't listen again or buy more of this set.Published 14 days ago by Michael S.
Watched OGWT as a teen in the UK, thrilled to be able to see it in the US as an adult. Some performances better than others, but since it was almost always live (little or no lip... Read morePublished 5 months ago by manthra
Down memory lane, for people like me from america, where that music show wasn't available at the time near UK, that,s a revelationPublished 14 months ago by louie duvall
Yep! Not bad!
But better U don't see the frogs in Urs sleepy times!
Greetings from Tartu, Estonia!
"The Old Grey Whistle Test Vol 1" is the favorite music DVD in my collection. Volume II offers up more of the same type of intimate performances that this show was famous for. Read morePublished on September 13, 2008 by sundancekeed
I liked the first one better, but there's a few memorable performances on this volume. Roxy Music is fascinating to watch AND listen to. Read morePublished on March 13, 2006 by Thomas D. Stephenson
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