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Let It Rock: Volume 1 [DVD] [2002]

Motorhead , The Doobie Brothers    Exempt   DVD


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A fascinating though often unintentionally hilarious miscellany of guitar-based music from the late 1960s to the early 80s, Let It Rock consists of performances--most live, some mimed--lifted apparently randomly from the archives of German TV.

The common factor throughout seems to be a predilection for excessive facial hair (Joan Jett and Heart excepted). Otherwise the selection is entirely haphazard: the ordering is certainly not chronological, as neither the programme nor the minimal booklet notes mention broadcast dates of any kind. This is a shame, because there are some genuinely rare performances here: Yes playing "Yours Is No Disgrace" live in the studio (spoiled by silly psychedelic effects) and the Doobie Brothers' "China Grove", for example, as well as little-known tracks from Spooky Tooth ("That Was Only Yesterday"), The Grease Band ("Wild Side of Life"), Stone the Crows ("Danger Zone") and Man ("Daughter of the Fireplace").

Elsewhere, more silly camera effects detract from Free's "All Right Now" and Deep Purple's vintage "Highway Star" (the latter mimed, not live), among others. There is much that raises a chuckle, too: mad flautists in Family's "The Weaver's Answer" and (naturally) Jethro Tull's "The Witches Promise" (great song, silly video), the off-Broadway camp of Meatloaf's "You Took the Words Right Out of My Mouth" and the extraordinarily shambolic Ginger Baker's Air Force.

On the DVD: Let It Rock may lack any kind of documentation or context for the music, but at least the sound is excellently remixed Dolby 5.1 or DTS. --Mark Walker

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Compilation featuring various slices of musical fury from some the heaviest dudes in the rock 'n' roll pantheon. Includes Motorhead, Alice Cooper, Free, and, oh yes, Meatloaf.


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Amazon.com: 3.6 out of 5 stars  8 reviews
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best 70's Live performances 15 Feb 2012
By spoonman - Published on Amazon.com
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This DVD is the best quality sounding and edited performances of the Musikladen/Beat Club. Of the 22 tracks 15 or are Live performances by the bands in their prime-early 70's. The highlight of the DVD for me was the Yes performance-Just this unedited raw performance alone is worth owning this DVD. The live performances on the DVD are as follows: Free, Deep Purple, Mountain, Alice Cooper, Motorhead, Family, Ginger Bakers Airforce, The Doobie Brothers, BTO, Stone Crows, Deep Purple, The Grease Band, Man and Yes.
Live performances by Free, Deep Purple, Nazareth, Doobie Brothers and Bachman Turner Overdrive are repeated from the Best of Beat Club 1&2/Musiklanden DVD's with much better sound and editing. All are complete as was possible from the original shows and much better sound quality.
The disappointing portion of this DVD was the Lip Synched performances by some of the biggest bands of the era. The lip synched performances are as follows Meat Loaf, Steppenwolf, The Who, Jethro Tull, Spooky Tooth?, Heart, Joan Jett. Even though the bands are lip synching, just seeing them for posterity sake was somewhat enjoyable.
I would highly recommend this DVD for any classic rock fan who is looking for raw live perfomances from bands in their prime.
29 of 35 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome!!! 13 Mar 2004
By Johny Bottom - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Great songs by great bands....
Watch Ian Gillian totally screw up Highway Star. He wasn't lip-syncing this one. He starts screaming about Steve McQueen and Mighty Mouse before the chorus!
Ann Wilson was in top form in this awesome performance of Barracuda. She missed a few mouth cues though. Looks like Howard Leese needed a little more practice at this point to synchronize his guitar tricks with the playback.
Joan Jett looks hot as usual. As do the original Blackhearts look like nerds.
Born to Be Wild Rocked!!!!!
Stone the Crows? Who is this band and why does that woman frighten me so much??
Throw in some Alice Cooper and Motorhead along with the rest of the 22 vids and you got perfect TV watching for your next Headbangers Ball party!
17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good times with good and old bands 17 Dec 2003
By Roque A. Testai - Published on Amazon.com
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Excellent collection and some remarkable performances of icone bands : Jethro Tull - Ian's famous kilt; Purple - powerful Gillan; Motorhead - pure Motorhead!;Good surprises: Free, Family, Man and the grand finale with the superb Yes!
Great gift for a dear friend or to yourself!
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally awesome for classic rock fans -- a must have video collection on one DVD. 4 Nov 2009
By A. A. D. - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This DVD has video footage from great classic rock groups, and some of the footage was never aired or otherwise made available in the U.S. Great DVD!
3.0 out of 5 stars Okay Product 2 Oct 2013
By Faithful Amazon Customer - Published on Amazon.com
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This concert DVD wasn't exactly what I had hoped for. I bought it as a gift for my husband who loves Rock and Roll. The quality of some of the recordings was odd. Just not what we were looking for - we fast forwarded through a lot of the songs.
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