The Old Grey Whistle Test (1971) (2001)

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The Old Grey Whistle Test was the UK's seminal live music show. When it was launched by the BBC in 1971 it was a unique platform for acts and one of the few places to see rock musicians talk!
This unique 30th Anniversary Special Edition DVD features 45 outstanding performances from the Whistle Test Archive: Alice Cooper, Elton John, Curtis Mayfield, Randy Newman, Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge, Bill Withers, Focus, Rory Gallagher, John Martyn, The Wailers, Roxy Music, The Edgar Winter Group, New York Dolls, Tim Buckley, Captain Beefheart, Little Feat, Dr Feelgood, John Lennon, The Sensational Alex Harvey Band, Lynryd Skynrd,, Emmylou Harris, Bonnie Rait, Toma Waits, Otway & Barrett, Talking Heads, XTC, Blondie, Val Doonican & Charlie McCoy, Meatloaf, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, The Police, Bruce Springsteen, Iggy Pop, Tubeway Army, The Specials, The Damned, The Ramones, PIL, The Teardrop Explodes, U2, Nine Below Zero, Japan, Robert Wyatt, REM and Simply Red.
Accompanied by six major interviews with John Lennon, Keith Richards, Robert Plant, Elton John & Bernie Taupin, Mick Jagger and Bruce Springsteen, some of these recordings have not been seen since they were first broadcast. This DVD offers a rare opportunity to enjoy them once again.
Also included are the show's key presenters - Richard Williams, Bob Harris, Annie Nightingale, Mark Ellen, David Hepworth and Andy Kershaw - who share with us their reminiscences of the show and an audio commentary by the show's founding producer, Mike Appleton, who takes us behind the scenes.

Track Listing: 1. Alice Cooper 2. Elton John 3. Curtis Mayfield 4. Randy Newman 5. Kris Kristofferson & Rita Coolidge 6. Bill Withers 7. Focus 8. Rory Gallagher 9. John Martyn 10. The Wailers 11. Roxy Music 12. The Edgar Winter Group 13. New York Dolls 14. Tim Buckley 15. Captain Beefheart 16. Little Feat 17. Dr Feelgood 18. John Lennon 19. The Sensational Alex Harvey Band 20. Lynyrd Skynyrd 21. Emmylou Harris 22. Bonnie Raitt 23. Tom Waits 24. Otway & Barrett 25. Talking Heads 26. XTC 27. Blondie 28. Val Doonican & Charlie McCoy 29. Meatloaf 30. +12 other tracks - see blurb

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Richard Williams
Annie Nightingale
Mark Ellen
David Hepworth
Andy Kershaw
Bob Harris
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Jill Sinclair
Mark Hagen
Genre Year Running Time Format Region Coding Dual
Musical 2001 236:23 (Case: 292) 576i (PAL) 1 2 3 4 5 6
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English Dolby Digital 2.0 (448Kb/s), English Audio Commentary Dolby Digital 2.0 (192Kb/s)
Menu Animation & Audio, Interviews-Cast-Show's key presenters, Interviews-Character-Interviews with 6 major stars, Audio Commentary-Michael Appleton - show's founding producer, Scene Selection Anim & Audio, On-Screen Information Track-Links to artist notes from performances
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