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The Greatest Show on Earth,
This review is from: Live Aid [DVD]  (DVD)
First, lets clear up why there are songs missing - The footage simply no longer exists. Its already been well explained but here goes:
Prior to 13 July 1985 Bob Geldof had said he did not want the concert recorded as it was to be a one off never to be repeated event. The BBC ignored him and recorded it anyway, minus most of The Who set as a power failure within the BBC trucks meant their set was only seen within Wembly. Alas along the way the Beeb deleted some of the tapes in the same way they deleted programmes like Dad's Army, Swap Shop etc.
ABC in America deleted the entire concert. The only footage from America is that recorded by MTV which is littered with commercial breaks and VJ inserts hence the reason some of the songs are missing, but at least its there.
The DVD at 10+ hours is excellent value for money and I found myself getting caught in the emotion of the day even now.
A true defining moment in our history finally available for us to relive.
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Initial post: 8 May 2011 04:39:34 BDT
i was at the concert man and what a brilliant day had by all. the best had to be good old freddie and queen. he got us all up and going. mind it was bleedin hot. thankx to the staff laying on the hoses and water for free. that is one gig i shall never forget.
Posted on 13 Dec 2011 16:46:45 GMT
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Posted on 13 Dec 2011 16:57:40 GMT
J. R. F. Prendiville says:
Well, I recorded the whole thing! But the quality is ... VHS! What more can I say? Still I am in the process of downloading it to a digital HD (yes the tapes have survived ok) and will buy the DVD for a digital version of the event. Re the Who, I have 'My generation' and Won't get fooled again" on the tape. I remember starting the recording in Manchester - then continuing it on the wirral (at my parents house) and then zapping back to finish the recording in Manchester. Happy Days.
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