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Legendary live music show from the UK recorded from 1971 - 1987. Long list of major artists have performed on this program over the years. Cover, disc and insert in mint condition. Region 1 (USA & CANADA)
From the great to the near great to the not-so-great, from legends to obscurities, it's all here on The Old Grey Whistle Test, Vol. 2, an entertaining compilation of pop music performances from England's seminal live music TV program (well, mostly live--in some instances, the musicians are clearly miming to pre-recorded instrumental tracks). The show aired from 1971 to 1987, and the thirty complete songs occupying this lengthy (about 150 minutes) disc cover virtually every style that was in vogue during that period, along with some that weren't. When Whistle Test (so named for the notion that if a certain grey-haired doorman whistles your tune, then it's a hit) started, singer-songwriters were much in vogue, and that brigade is well represented by already-were or soon-would-be stars (Loggins & Messina, Jim Croce), others who never hit it quite that big (Joan Armatrading, Suzanne Vega), and still others whose legends have since eclipsed what they actually accomplished at the time (cf. Tim Buckley, whose "Dolphins" from '74 is a highlight). Glam rock was popular as well, so we get Roxy Music and the New York Dolls (the riotous "Jet Boy"), who bridged the gap to punk; the latter is represented by bands little known in the States, like the Adverts and the Undertones. The dubious virtues of New Wave are represented by the likes of Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark and Siouxsie and the Banshees, hard rock by Montrose (featuring a very youthful Sammy Hagar), and classic rock by the Who, Argent, and Meatloaf (whose "Paradise by the Dashboard Light," featuring singer Karla DeVito, is a sweaty, salacious, over-the-top delight). Add to that the pop-cum-soul of the Average White Band, Hall & Oates, Simply Red, and the Style Council, and you've got something for pretty much everyone. Brief artist profiles and some amusing audio commentary by a Whistle Test presenter (i.e., host) and "archivist" are among the extras. --Sam Graham
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 1 month 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 10 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
Sometimes it is hard to figure if some of the performances are lip synched, and some of them are, and I usually am turned off by that, but it's impossible not to love this. Read morePublished on March 10, 2006 by Christoph Lindner