Hullabaloo, Vols. 9-12
Back in the mid-'60s, television's Hullabaloo was a show that gave music-hungry baby boomers a rare chance to see some of their heroes in action. But it was far from perfect, as the six episodes (plus 17 bonus performances) contained on this four-and-a-half-hour disc make abundantly clear. The shows are in black and white; the quality of the images is poor, especially by today's digital standards, and the sound mixing is generally atrocious. The performances mostly consist of live vocals set to prerecorded tracks. And as for the overall tone... well, suffice to say that in 1965-66, when Hullabaloo originally aired, Hollywood and the TV industry were utterly clueless when it came to youth culture and the burgeoning rock & roll scene, resulting in a hokey quality--ridiculous sets and props, go-go dancers galore--that was laughably square then, let alone now.
Still, mixed in with the horrible Beatle medleys (the Supremes doing "I Feel Fine"? Oy!) and predictably disposable pop hits of the era (by Nancy Sinatra, Peter & Gordon, Freddie & the Dreamers, Herman's Hermits, etc.) are the Byrds, the Animals, the Hollies, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Young Rascals, and other significant mid-'60s rockers, as well as the likes of Marvin Gaye, the Everly Brothers, and the Impressions. And the beauty of selectable DVD menus is that you don't have to wade through the tripe in order to locate the several gems that can be found here. Recommended... with reservations. --Sam Graham
From the Back Cover
Relive performances from some of the greatest musical artists of the 1960s through the vintage television show Hullabaloo. The musical variety program aired for two seasons in 1965 and 1966 featuring a special guest host along with the most popular performers of the era. This digital video disc includes VHS volumes 9-12 (6 television episodes along with 17 bonus performances), each with digitally remastered audio. Performers: Simon & Garfunkel, Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs, the Young Rascals, Jeannie Sommers, the Supremes, the Byrds, Marianne Faithfull, Little Anthony & the Imperials, Lanie Kazan, the Hollies, Petula Clark, Nancy Sinatra, Bob Lind, Marvin Gaye, the Righteous Brothers, the Shangri-Las, Judy Collins, the McCoys, Freddie & the Dreamers, the Four Tops, the Lovin' Spoonful, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, the Everly Brothers, Leslie Uggams... and much more! Black and white, approx. 4-1/2 hours.
- Includes six television episodes plus 17 bonus performances
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Some purists will be disappointed by this DVD due to the picture and sound quality. Apparently NBC did not keep the color masters of these shows, so this DVD contains black and white kinescopes. A few color episode are available on the previous Hullabaloo DVDs. I'm sure MPI would've released color versions of the episodes if they still existed. Some viewers may also be upset because some episodes cut out the sponsor plugs that are shown after the theme song. The DVD booklet also lists some of the episode chapters out of order.
Despite the flaws, by all means get this DVD if you enjoy music from the 1960s. You'll have a great time watching it, even if you weren't around when the show was first on the air.
This one has: Simon and Garfunkel, Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs, the Young Rascals, Joannie Sommers, the Supremes, the Byrds, Marianne Faithfull, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Lanie Kazan, Petula Clark, Nancy Sinatra, Bob Lind, Marvin Gaye, the Righteous Brothers, the Shangri-las, Judy Collins, the McCoys, Freddie and the Dreamers, the Four Tops, the Lovin' Spoonful, The Ramsey Lewis Trio, the Everly Brothers, Leslie Uggams, the Nashville Teens, the Hollies, Barbara McNair, Peter and Gordon, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Barry McGuire, George Maharis, George Hamilton, Mel Carter, the Animals, the Gentrys, Jay and the Amercians, Paul Anka, the Beau Brummels, Johnny Rivers, the Bobby Fuller Four.
Even with lip-synched appearances, there's a massive energy flow throughout the disc that separates the rockers from the lounge lizards. Result: about half of this is essential viewing (Personal highlight: Joe and Eddie doing Dylan. Personal weird moment, but still a highlight: The Hullaballoos. Loved 'em then. Now they really look scary!)
Sixties fans, get all three Hullaballoo DVDs. Utterly fabulous.