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Saturday Night Live - 25 Years of Music

3.6 out of 5 stars 53 customer reviews

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An incredible seven hours' worth of live musical performances by the biggest forces in late 20th-century pop music. Includes tunes by Mick Jagger, Aretha Franklin, Sting, Paul McCartney, Queen, Neil Young, Madonna, Simon and Garfunkel and far too many more to list here. 5 DVDs. 1975-2000/color/7 hrs/NR/fullscreen.

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Product Details

  • Actors: Don Pardo, Lenny Pickett, Darrell Hammond, Kenan Thompson, Seth Meyers
  • Writers: Lorne Michaels
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: December 11, 2003
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (53 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000A1HQC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,193 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Saturday Night Live - 25 Years of Music" on IMDb

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Contents:
Volume 1
Billy Joel Only The Good Die Young 1978, Ray Charles What'd I Say 1975, Carly Simon You're So Vain 1976, Grateful Dead Casey Jones 1978, Simon & Garfunkel The Boxer 1975, Joe Cocker Feelin Alright 1975, Elvis Costello Less Than Zero / Radio Radio 1977, Blues Brothers Soul Man 1978, Patti Smith Gloria 1976, Mick Jagger & Peter Tosh Don't Look Back 1978, The Band The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down 1976
Plus Sketches starring John Belushi, Steve Martin, Jane Curtin, Laine Newman, Gilda Radner, Chevy Chase, Paul Simon, Bill Murray, Andy Kaufman, Lorne Michaels, Dan Aykroyd and Mick Jagger
Volume 2
Tina Turner Better Be Good to Me 1985, James Brown I Got You 1980, Queen Crazy Little Thing Called Love 1982, Randy Newman I Love L.A. 1983, The Go Go's We Got the Beat 1981, Rick James Super Freak 1981, Talking Heads Take Me To The River 1979, Spinal Tap Big Bottom 1984, John Mellencamp Pink Houses 1983, Duran Duran Hungry Like The Wolf 1983
Plus Sketches starring Martin Short, Eddie Murphy, Billy Crystal, Ringo Starr, Stevie Wonder, Joe Piscopo and Rich Hall
Volume 3
The Bangles Hazy Shade of Winter 1988, Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers Free Falin' 1989, Paul Simon Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes 1986, Neil Young Rockin' in the Free World 1989, Roy Orbison O Pretty Woman 1987, Pretenders Don't Get Me Wrong 1986, Fine Young Cannibals She Drives Me Crazy 1989, Sting We'll Be Together 1987, Elvis Costello Veronica 1989
Plus Sketches starring Mike Myers, Dana Carvey, Aerosmith, Chris Farley, Patrick Swayze, Jon Lovitz, Harry Hall, Mick Jagger, Phil Hartman, Michael Myers, Chris Rock, Sting, Valerie Bertinelli & Eddie Van Halen
Volume 4
R.E.M.
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This set is drawn from the same series that aired on Vh1 a few years ago, but with one big difference- the songs are complete, and the sketches are too! Some of my favorites are here, including Elvis Costello's "Radio Radio", Neil Young's "Rockin' in the Free World" among others. My only complaint is that this set makes me want more!
Some of my favorites not on this set, that would make a great followup volume include:
George Harrison and Paul Simon from 1976 "Homeward Bound" and "Here comes the Sun"
Eric Idle's parody of "Here comes the sun"
The original Rutles clips
Tom Petty "I need to know"
The Specials "Gangster"
Rolling Stones from 1978 "Shattered" and the rest
Guido Sarducci's interview w/Paul and Linda McCartney
Linda Ronstadt and Phoebe Snow "It's in his kiss" (with Gilda and Laraine on backing vocals I think)
Simon and Garfunkel and James Taylor "Cathy's Clown"
The sketch with Matthew Broderick about Albert Goldman getting kicked out of the Beatles.
Blondie "Dreaming"
Squeeze "Pulling Mussels from a shell"
Frank Zappa "I'm the Slime"
Bob Dylan "When You gonna wake up"
The Clash "Should I stay or should I go?"
and many more....
are you listening Lorne?
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The quality of this 5 dvd set is very good and there are some excellent performances as one would expect when buying this type of compilation. However there are some very noteable omissions that deserve to be here, considering that rare footage such as Sinead O'Connor ripping up the Popes's picture did make the grade.

Some noteables missing;

George Harrison / Paul Simon singing Here Comes The Sun, Homeward Bound

The Clash: Should I Stay Or Should I Go

The Stones: Beast of Burden, Shattered

Blondie: Dreaming

Tom Petty: I Need To Know.

James Taylor, Bob Dylan, Devo, the list of omissions is very long and although I know that you can't satisfy everyone, I am willing to bet that a superior followup to this DVD could be made from only the omissions. Had the producers lightened up on the sketches and devoted that space to additional music, this set would have been worth the money.

Let's hope that somewhere down the line, they realize how much stuff is still in the vault and they decide to make a true compilation.
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I received this dvd set as a gift and was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. The music is wonderful, the picture quality, the sound, really everything is great. It is a 5-dvd set, each dvd depicting a five year time span. And how could they market this as an SNL product without any comedy? After every two or three musical performances, the SNL people picked out a sketch that is musically oriented and of around the same time period as when the music was played. The dvd also has some of the cast announce which performance is coming up next or what they thought about the sketch that had just been on. Truly a great compilation, showcasing the best of SNL music of the past 25 years. A must have for the truest of fans.
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There's no way that I couldn't have NOT purchased this set for my collection (does that make any sense? read it again) but there were some really glaring omissions that were a little irritating and made me think, "Are they doing this for the sole reason that they want to sell me another installment?" Answer: probably yes.
For example, we have the skit of Lorne Michaels offering three thousand dollars to the Beatles, and we have the scene of him explaining to George Harrison, on a subsequent guest spot, that the offer was for "all four" of them-- but no song performance by George. Why omit a four minute--maximum--performance by one of the best known musicians of the twentieth century after you have already taken the trouble to introduce him into the mix?
Also, we have the commercial parody with Stevie Wonder selling cameras, but no song performance.
I think that they would have done a lot better to do the following: put more care into selecting a comprehensive set of appearances from each era, and then sell each era as a separate set. I would gladly have paid this amount four times for a really good set of four five-year time spans, and then been able to avoid the crappy comedy and mediocre pop music from the last five years covered in this set.
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