4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
You can't please all the people all of the time.,
By A Customer
This review is from: The Old Grey Whistle Test 2 [DVD]  (DVD)
I think the trouble with the whistle test production team is that they're far too nice and want to please all the people all of the time.
from what I remember of the programme itself it was always pretty eclectic but there was always something on worth watching. The same can be said these compilations from the vaults of Auntie Beeb.
I bought the first (double) disc with fond memories of some classic performances of the 70's and while there were some included there seemed to be better ones left out.
So on to the second helping. Again, there are one or two reasonable appearances but nothing to drool over, and it seems to concentrate far too heavily on the latter part of the 70's and the mundane 80's. although having said that the highlight for me is Thomas Dolby's "Hyperactive" a mixture of "live" and computer based music fronted by the man himself and a manic pixie punk backing singer who steals the show (anyone know who she is?).
There are some others like Prefab Sprout (80's again? what am I griping about?), Hall & Oates and Roy Harper and it's good to see Annie Nightingale in her prime. But it's still missing the classic cuts. Where are the Steely Dans and the Eagles? - maybe next time.