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Casey Kasem's Rock n' Roll Goldmine Boxed Set

3.4 out of 5 stars 8 customer reviews

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For more than 30 years, Casey Kasem has been counting down the hits. Now, Casey reaches into the archives to bring you rare and exciting performances from music's legendary artists.

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Calling it a "goldmine" is a stretch, but there are certainly some gems to be found among the five discs contained in host Casey Kasem's celebration of the popular-music explosion of the 1960s (the five programs themselves were compiled in 1987). There isn't a whole lot of music--each disc has less than a dozen full clips (The San Francisco Sound has just six), the longest clocks in at under 50 minutes, and there's no bonus material. Nor is the quality uniformly high, in terms of both performance (all too frequently lip-synced) and audiovisual elements. Still, there is a greatness here, including fascinating (and often rare, as advertised) live performances by Traffic and the Kinks, both on The British Invasion; Jimi Hendrix, the Doors, and the Who (The Sixties); Van Morrison (The San Francisco Sound), and others. The Soul Years is the best of the lot, with fantastic clips of James Brown, Aretha Franklin, and Otis Redding, while at the other end of the spectrum is Elvis: The Echo Will Never Die, which adds little of interest to the Presley legacy. As for Kasem, well, he's always been a bit on the square, smarmy side, but while he often fails to mention the date or origin of a particular clip, he does supply some context, social, musical, and political. In the end, Casey Kasem's Rock n' Roll Goldmine Boxed Set is unlikely to change the world. But at its price, it's a pretty good buy. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • Includes: The Sixties, The Soul Years, The San Francisco Sound, The British Invasion, and Elvis: The Echo Will Never Die

Product Details

  • Actors: Casey Kasem, Elvis Presley, The Yardbirds, Jimi Hendrix, Ike & Tina Turner
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Standing Room Only
  • DVD Release Date: April 27, 2004
  • Run Time: 217 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001I54NO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #274,601 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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This is a disappointing set as a lot of the film clips are poor quality. There are some good ones,like a color film clip where the Who perform live,but the many poor quality ones spoil it.
For example,there is a poor live performance by Cream which has terrible sound and poor picture quality. There is a James Brown clip(filmed in B&W)where he is obviously miming on his own. Compare this to the Ed Sullivan DVDs where James Brown performs live with a huge band backing him and you can see that this is a very average collection of DVDs. I would recommend either the Ed Sullivan,Music Scene or Hullabaloo Music DVDs as they are much better quality than this mediocre set.
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40 or so minutes per disk of footage mainly taken from German TV. Experimental camera techniques have not dated well. Content is widely available elsewhere at much better value for your money, compilation probably put together by an accountant.
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I'm not going to leave a long-winded review like some others have done. But i do have to say that this DVD set is definitely worth the money. You get a whole lot of music that's for sure. Some of these clips are very rare and hard to find elsewhere. Also, there is a great mix of genres of music and different artists, more than enough to keep you entertained. Bottom line; you get five DVDs, packed with some of the greatest artists of our time, and all for about $50.00. You can't beat that with a stick. BUY IT!
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By A Customer on May 13, 2004
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If you like lipsinking you will like this set. There are some live performances but most are TV show performances with lipsinking. I was disappointed.
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