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At Town Hall Party

4.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Eddie Cochran
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Live, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Pickwick
  • DVD Release Date: July 27, 2010
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000UQKOK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,864 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Anthony L. Wilkinson on February 2, 2003
Format: DVD
The Town Hall Party TV Shows 1959'
Introduction (Jay Stewart)/Instrumental (Dick D'Agostin & The Swingers) /Introduction (Dick D'Agostin)/C'mon Everybody/Have I Told You Lately That I Love You/Don't Blame It On Me/Summertime Blues/Interview (Johnny Bond)/Introduction (Jay Stewart)/Night Walk (Dick D'Agostin & The Swingers) /Introduction (Dick D'Agostin)/School Day/ Be Honest with Me/Money Honey/C'mon Everybody
Approximate Viewing Time: 30 Minutes
Well after over a few years in the making, to use movie speak, the long promised footage of Eddie Cochran backed by Dick D'Agostin & The Swingers recorded live at The Town Hall Party on 07 February 1959 is finally available for all to savour, drool over, enjoy and perhaps regret that Eddie is no longer with us to realise the esteem in which he is held. I am aware of many hurdles that have been placed in the way of Rockstar/Bear Family Records in trying to release this video and our thanks has to go to all concerned that we are able to hold the finished product in our grubby mitts.
The footage is in monochrome but that only adds to the atmosphere that oozes from the screen, for sure this is the real thing. Genuine fifties live rock `n' roll from one of it's leading exponents ably backed by Connie `Guybo' Smith and Dick D'Agostin & The Swingers. The show is split into two shows, both initially introduced by a cool looking Jay Stewart and on each occasion this is followed by an instrumental from Dick D'Agostin & The Swingers. The first has no known title but the second is the tight raspy sax lead menacing `Night Walk'.
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First, I must be honest. This DVD is expensive and the performance is not very long (maybe 30 minutes). However, if you want to answer for yourself the question of what the true king of the rockabilly cats was like in concert (sorry Elvis, you never wrote a song), this is the only DVD that will do it. An interesting note is that this Town Hall Party show occured on the actual day of Buddy Holly's funeral. Cochran had performed on the same bill with Buddy Holly and the Crickets and was reported to have spent some quality time with Holly, so you can't help but wonder what his thoughts were on that day. There is no mention of Buddy Holly at all, so that question isn't answered. As for Eddie's performance, Cochran comes off as incredibly mature, well spoken and professional. It's very hard to believe he is in his early twenties. The words that best describe Cochran are "smooth, polished and confident" without being cocky. You almost feel that he would be more at home in Vegas performing for adults than he would for teenagers. If you've seen the Gene Vincent performances on Town Hall Party you will wonder how Gene and Eddie could have performed so often on the same shows in England. Cochran's voice and stage presence are so much more professional than Vincent's that they really aren't well matched. Vincent seemed like an amateur in comparison to Cochran. The one disappointment here is that Cochran doesn't play many leads on the guitar. In fact, he lets his back up band rock out more than he does (saxophone lead on a Cochran song!).Read more ›
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I have been looking for any footage of Eddie playing. I was so happy when I found this. I picked it up just after it came out. It is great quality for the time. I am so glad I bought this DVD. I love seeing that beautiful Gretsch. Eddie's stage presence isn't as wild as I have heard and read it to be, but still, it's Eddie.
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It's great to see this classic late fifties rock n' roller perform most (but not all) of his hits "live" in front of a real audience.
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