- Audio CD (June 14, 2011)
- Anniversary ed. edition
- Number of Discs: 3
- Format: Import
- Label: Warner Bros UK
- ASIN: B004S3AU0K
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #526,209 in CDs & Vinyl (See Top 100 in CDs & Vinyl)
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UK three CD set celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the late, great TV series that showcased many classic and up-and-coming artists. The first two discs include Classic Rock acts from the OGWT era including the likes of Elton John, Eric Clapton, Pink Floyd and Free as well as a number of American New Wave artists such as Blondie, the Ramones and Talking Heads. The third disc features tracks recorded live on the show and will cover the shows entire 16 years and as such will have a more diverse feel with artists from Meatloaf and John Lennon to the Specials and Public Image. Warner.
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Bands on the first two discs include LED ZEPPELIN-"Trampled Under Foot", THE WHO-"Baba O'Riley", FREE-"My Brother Jake", THIN LIZZY-"Whiskey In The Jar", Rod Stewart-"The Killing Of Georgie (Pt 1 &Pt 2)", David Bowie-"OH! You Pretty Thing", ROXY MUSIC-"Do The Strand", STEALERS WHEEL-"Stuck In The Middle With You", FOCUS-"Hocus Pocus", ZZ TOP-"Cheap Sunglasses", THE ALLMAN BROTHERS BAND-"Jessica", THE CARS-"Just What I Needed", Bob Dylan-"Hurricane", LYNRD SKYNRD-"Freebird", AMERICA-"Ventura Highway", CHICAGO-"25 Or 6 To 4", Robert Plant-"Burning Down One Side", YES-"Owner Of A Lonely Heart", and several others.
The live disc has tracks by John Lennon-"Stand By Me", ALICE COOPER-"Under My Wheels", MAGAZINE-"Give Me Everything", AZTEC CAMERA-"Walk Out To Winter", Tom Waits-"Small Change", SAD CAFE-"Hungry Eyes", Joan Armatrading-"Love & Affection", Janis Ian-"Stars", Robert Wyatt-"Shipbuilding", Ralph McTell-"Sweet Mystery", LITTLE FEAT-"Rock & Roll Doctor", ATLANTA RHYTHM SECTION-"So Into You", Iggy Pop-"I Wanna Be Your Dog", RAMONES-"Rock & Roll High School/Rock & Roll Radio", and a few others.
Frankly, I think they missed the boat releasing two discs of studio recordings we all know. In my opinion the three discs should contain live tracks from throughout the show's history-in all genres, and then release packages showing the specific genres of music. But it 's still interesting to hear what artists were on the show during this time period-even though they're represented by studio tracks-that's cheating a bit. But the disc of live performances is well worth owning, both for those who remember the show and for those who might have forgotten some of the great music from the era.
Some reviewers have commented on the fact that only CD 3 contains material actually from OGWT. IMHO, this CD is the weakest in the collection, with little of interest and somehow I can't see people who enjoy the material on CD 1 and 2 enjoying CD3.
All in all, I think this collection is just about worth buying for this price.