The Old Grey Whistle Test, Vol. 1

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The Old Grey Whistle Test, Vol. 1

Tracklisting

1.Under My Wheels | Cooper, Alice | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1971 ??-??
2.Tiny Dancer | John, Elton | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1971 ??-??
3.We Gotta Have Peace | Mayfield, Curtis | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1972 ??-??
4.Political Science | Newman, Randy | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1972 ??-??
5.Ain't No Sunshine | Withers, Bill | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1972 11-21
6.Hands Off | Gallagher, Rory | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1973 ??-??
7.Stir It Up | Marley, Bob | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1973 ??-??
8.Do the Strand | Roxy Music | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1973 04-03
9.Frankenstein | Winter Group, Edgar | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1973 ??-??
10.Upon The My Oh My | Beefheart, Captain | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1974 06-18
11.Rock and Roll Doctor | Little Feat | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1975 ??-??
12.Stand By Me | Lennon, John | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1975 03-18
13.Free Bird | Lynyrd Skynyrd | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1976 08-21
14.Amarillo | Harris, Emmylou | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1976 02-10
15.Too Long at the Fair | Raitt, Bonnie | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1976 ??-??
16.Tom Traubert's Blues | Waits, Tom | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1977 05-03
17.Psycho Killer | Talking Heads | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1978 01-31
19.I'm Always Touched By Your Presence Dear | Blondie | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1978 ??-??
20.American Girl | Petty, Tom | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1978 06-26
21.I Can't Stand Losing You | Police | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1978 10-02
22.Rosalita | Springsteen, Bruce | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1978 07-08
23.I'm Bored | Pop, Iggy | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1979 04-22
24.A Message to You, Rudy | Specials | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1979 10-02
25.Smash It Up | Damned | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1979 ??-??
26.I Just Can't Be Happy Today | Damned | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1979 ??-??
27.Rock And Roll High School | Ramones | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1980 01-15
28.I Will Follow | U2 | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1981 02-28
29.Moon River | R.E.M. | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1984 11-20
30.Pretty Persuasion | R.E.M. | Old Grey Whistle Test | 1984 11-20

Notes

        Actors: Bob Harris, Anne Nightingale, Steve Howe, Jon Anderson, Rick Wakeman
        Producers: Michael Appleton
        Format: Closed-captioned, Color, DVD, NTSC
        Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
        Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
        Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
        Number of discs: 1
        Rating: NR (Not Rated)
        Studio: BBC Video
        DVD Release Date: September 16, 2003
        Run Time: 190 minutes

Special Features
        28 performances
        Interview with John Lennon, Elton John, Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, and Bruce Springsteen
        Commentary by producer Mike Appleton
        Gallery

For better and for worse, The Old Grey Whistle Test was probably the most resolutely serious music program ever broadcast on television. During its 16-year run it showcased only the most earnest exponents of whichever musical style was currently popular, and given that the program's heyday coincided with the early '70s, some of the footage included here (e.g., the prog noodlings of the Edgar Winter Group) will provide humor as exquisite as only unintentional comedy can. However, the good stuff collected here is very good, both in terms of performance (Tom Petty snarling "American Girl", a pre-irony U2 whooping up "I Will Follow") and historical interest, notably a shockingly youthful Elton John crooning "Tiny Dancer." The 180-minute DVD offers remarkably pristine picture and extraordinarily vivid sound, regardless of vintage. However, the menu won't allow direct access to the individual songs other than through the artist gallery (and there is a "Random play" option), and the track listing itself is unhelpfully hidden in the packaging. --Andrew Mueller and Mark Walker

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