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The Ed Sullivan Show: Rock & Roll Classics Box Set (3 DVD set)

3.7 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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For 23 years, Ed Sullivan hosted an American institution, The Ed Sullivan Show. Every Sunday at 8 o clock, America turned on their televisions to CBS to watch his live variety show, not only hoping to catch a glimpse of the established stars of popular music but also to discover new trends and up-and-coming stars. One thing that everyone could count on was you d witness legendary performances that would be riveting to watch and exhilarating to hear. This three DVD set features Ike & Tina Turner, Dusty Springfield, The Mamas & The Papas, Elvis Presley, The Beatles, Smokey Robinson and The Miracles, The Temptations, The Animals, Gladys Knight & The Pips, Janis Joplin, The Bee Gees, the Byrds, Young Rascals, James Brown and many more, all performing live on the Sullivan stage!

Episode Tracklist:
R&B Greats: 1) The Ike and Tina Turner Revue: Proud Mary, 2) Stevie Wonder: Fingertips Pt. 2, 3) James Brown: Please, Please, Please/Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, 4) The Temptations: I Can't Get Next To You
Legends Of Soul: 1) Stevie Wonder: For Once In My Life, 2) Marvin Gaye: Take This Heart Of Mine, 3) The 5th Dimension: Up, Up and Away, 4) Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: I Second That Emotion, 5) Jackie Wilson: Lonely Teardrops
Sounds Of The Cities: 1) James Brown: It's a Man's Man's Man's World, 2) Gladys Knight and The Pips: I Heard It Through The Grapevine, 3) Sam and Dave: I Thank You, 4) The Ike and Tina Turner Revue: Bold Soul Sister
First Women Of Rock: 1) Diana Ross and The Supremes: Love Child, 2) Janis Joplin: Raise Your Hand, 3) Dusty Springfield: Son Of A Preacher Man, 4) Gladys Knight and The Pips: If I Were Your Woman, 5) Janis Joplin: Maybe, 6) The Supremes: You Can't Hurry Love
Folk Rock: 1) The Band: Up On Cripple Creek, 2) The Byrds: Turn Turn Turn, 3) Creedence Clearwater Revival: Down On The Corner, 4) The Lovin' Spoonful: Daydream, 5) Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: Abraham, Martin and John
Groovy Sounds: 1) Young Rascals: Groovin', 2) The Turtles: Happy Together, 3) Young Rascals: Good Lovin', 4) Spanky and Our Gang: Sunday Will Never Be The Same, 5) The 5th Dimension: Stoned Soul Picnic, 6) Oliver: Good Morning Starshine, 7) The Beach Boys: Good Vibrations
West Coast Rock: 1) The Mamas and The Papas: California Dreaming, 2) The 5th Dimension: California Soul, 3) The Turtles: She'd Rather Be With Me, 4) Friends Of Distinction: Grazing In The Grass, 5) The Beach Boys: I Get Around
The Mamas and the Papas: 1) California Dreaming, 2) Monday, Monday, 3) Dedicated To The One I Love, 4) Creeque Alley, 5) Twelve Thirty, 6) I Call Your Name
The Bad Boys of Rock'n'Roll: 1) The Rolling Stones: Satisfaction, 2) The Animals: Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, 3) The Animals: Bring It On Home To Me, 4) James Brown: Papa's Got A Brand New Bag/I Feel Good, 5) Bo Diddley: Bo Diddley, 6) Jerry Lee Lewis: Whole Lot Of Shakin' Goin' On
Gone Too Soon: 1) Janis Joplin: Maybe, 2) Elvis Presley: Peace In The Valley, 3) Buddy Holly: Oh Boy, 4) The Mamas and The Papas: Words Of Love, 5) The Carpenters: We've Only Just Begun
Lennon and McCartney Songbook: 1) The Beatles: Ticket To Ride, 2) Peter and Gordon: I Don't Want To See You Again, 3) Bobby Rydell: World Without Love, 4) Billy J. Kramer: Bad To Me, 5) Petula Clark: Fool On The Hill 6) Smokey Robinson and The Miracles: Yesterday
Great Groups: 1) The Beatles: Help! 2) The Bee Gees Words 3) The Byrds: Mr. Tambourine Man, 4) Four Tops: It's All In The Game, 5) The Temptations: My Girl/I'm Losing You

Special Features


Product Details

  • Actors: Ed Sullivan, Beatles, Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Mamas & The Papas
  • Directors: Andrew Solt
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Sofa
  • DVD Release Date: January 5, 2009
  • Run Time: 270 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000AM6P1Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #204,731 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By S. Paradoa on November 15, 2005
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Collectors will want to purchase this three disc set and combine it with Rhino's nine disc set released in Sept. 2002. Some of the performances overlap (I counted nineteen), but most are great additions. This set, with just three discs, packs over sixty performances (plus it's reasonably priced). The three discs are divided into genre schools, with the first covering R&B Greats, Legends of Soul, Sounds of the Cities (more soul) and Fabulous Females; the second offers Folk Rock, Groovy Sounds (the Rascals, Turtles, Fifth Dimension, etc.), West Coast Rock and a full segment on the Mamas & the Papas; the third presents The Bad Boys of Rock 'n' Roll (Stones, Brown, the Animals, Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis), Gone Too Soon (Elvis, Janis Joplin, the Carpenters, etc.), the Lennon & McCartney Songbook (artists covering the Beatles' catalog) and Great Groups. The two clips of the Beatles are edited and the Rascals doing "Good Lovin' " is missing the second verse. I'm still waiting for clips of Sam Cooke, the Rays, Frankie Lymon, the Everly Brothers, Chubby Checker, the Dave Clark Five, Simon & Garfunkel, Neil Diamond, the Doors doing "People Are Strange" and the Stones doing "Let's Spend the Night Together" and "Honky Tonk Women." Maybe one day those will finally be officially released on dvd.Read more ›
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I have to issue a disclaimer at the beginning of this review - I haven't viewed these particular DVD's. However, I own the previous releases and, based on the first two reviews of this new compilation, I have to keep scratching my head at how these great historic musical performances from the Ed Sullivan Show keep getting butchered for the public.

There is no greater collection of 50's and 60's rock n' roll performances than those from this historic show - period - existing in both crystal clear black-and-white and color video. Previous releases have been marred with narration by actor Jay Thomas and edited performances; this release sounds like more of the same.

Andrew Solt's marvelous book on The Ed Sullivan Show, "A Really Big Show", lists all of the performers who appeared on the program with the number of times they performed. It's amazing to me how much of this has yet to see the light of day - yet we continue to see so much of the same material re-released.

Why not issue the COMPLETE performances from these historic artists? Why preface the performances with meaningless narration - information that the buying public knows about anyway, backwards and forwards? Why not issue ALL of the performances by each artist on the same DVD, so you don't have individual songs by a particular performer on separate discs? Why keep issuing DVD sets where 50% of the performances have already been previously released?!?

If I were in charge, I'd start over and put EVERY performance by each performer (unedited) in chronological order (per performer) without narration - and let it run (eg. 'Herman's Hermits' were on the show five times; let me see all five performances on the same disc).
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More edited songs, more unnecessary dialogue and more Supremes, Mamas & Papas, edited Beatles (didn't they have their own DVDs issued?). C'mon guys where are all the classic performers we havent seen yet from the 50's and 60's? Put them out year by year or group them with some kind of consistency. James Brown is on this set several times and they used the same introduction each time! I give this 3 stars for sound and picture and finally showing some Dusty, Darin & Rascals and a full I Get Around. Could have been so much better.
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Here are a whole bunch of clips from the Ed Sullivan show, presented with narration and new graphics just like the half-hour series. As such, the narration gets old quickly. It is too bad that you can't access the songs without hearing the narration before them. One must fast-forward past it in order to get to the music clips. There is a fine cross section of acts represented here. The Beatles' "Ticket to Ride" is strangely edited, but then a number of the acts had to do shortened versions of their hits for the show when they originally appeared. The Mamas & The Papas get a segment all their own, but it's too bad that they're all lip synced, except for "Words of Love". They did give Mama Cass a live mike most of the time, and her voice is so powerful that she ended up singing over her recorded voice. Some acts did perform totally live, and naturally these clips are more satisfying. The rare Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas clip is one of the main reasons I got this set, and it does not disappoint. Kramer may not have been an electrifying stage performer, but the charm of the Lennon/McCartney tune "Bad To Me" comes across strongly. The Fifth Dimension are delightful, doing several of their hits (one of which is mis-titled on the menu page). Their stage outfits are wonderful as are their songs. The Young Rascals play totally live, and are just dynamite. Dig their handsome drummer Dino. He is amazing.
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