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The Old Grey Whistle Test - Vol. 3 [DVD]

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  • Actors: David Bowie, Roger Daltry, Chris Rea, The Jam, Simple Minds
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 16 Feb. 2004
  • Run Time: 144 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 10 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000198ACA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,170 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Track listing:
Lindisfarne ‘Meet Me On The Corner’
David Bowie ‘Oh You Pretty Things’
Jackson Browne ‘Jamaica Say You Will’
Steppenwolf ‘Born To Be Wild’
Stealers Wheel ‘I Get By’
Roger Daltrey ‘Giving It All Away’
Humble Pie ‘Black Coffee’
Fairport Convention ‘Brilliancy Medley’
Freddie King ‘Boogie Funk’
Brinsley Schwarz ‘Surrender To The Rhythm’
Robin Trower ‘A Little Bit Of Sympathy’
Supertramp ‘Dreamer’
Johnny Winter ‘Jumping Jack Flash’
Richard and Linda Thompson ‘A Heart Needs A Home’
Janis Ian ‘At Seventeen’
Al Stewart ‘Year Of The Cat’
John Martyn & Danny Thompson ‘Couldn’t Love You More’
Chris Rea ‘Fires Of Spring’
The Jam ‘A’ Bomb In Wardour Street’
BB King ‘When It All Comes Down’/‘Hold On’
John Cooper Clarke ‘I Don’t Want to be Nice’
Joe Jackson ‘Sunday Papers’
Simple Minds ‘Chelsea Girl’
King Crimson ‘Frame By Frame’
Orange Juice ‘Rip It Up’
Howard Jones ‘No-one Is To Blame’
Sade ‘Is It A Crime’
Jesus & Mary Chain ‘In A Hole’
Lone Justice ‘Sweet, Sweet Baby (I’m Falling)’
Half Man Half Biscuit ‘All I want for Xmas
Bangles ‘Walk Like An Egyptian’

Also included – newly filmed interviews with Presenter Bob Harris, founding producer Mike Appleton and musicians Roger Daltrey, Hamish Stuart, Roddy Frame, Rick Wakeman, Bill Nelson, Kevin Ayers, Bob Geldof, Nick Lowe, Robin Trower, Edwyn Collins and Jools Holland. Plus additional interview material with: Roger Daltrey, Rick Wakeman, Edwyn Collins, and Bob Geldof on Live Aid.


Playing all 31 tracks on The Old Grey Whistle Test Volume 3 will make some viewers believe the producers are now beginning to scrape the bottom of the barrel; others will think that finally they're getting around to the good stuff. Given that the series somehow managed to take an enormous range of music on board while at the same time seeming entirely consistent (surely the secret of its success), there's evidence for both points of view. The case for the prosecution might cite Janis Ian (her melancholic self-obsession now seems indulgent to the point of prissiness), Al Stewart ("Year of the Cat" is simply a dreary song) or Orange Juice (did they ever really mean anything much to anyone?). The case for the defence, however, is pretty strong overall, with highlights such as Bowie doing "Oh You Pretty Things", Johnny Winter covering "Jumping Jack Flash" as if he was its rightful owner, and Kings BB and Freddie bringing it all back home with two excellent performances.

There's something for everyone along the way. Proggers get Discipline-era King Crimson, which saw Adrian Belew saving the band from disappearing up its own fundament; folkies get an unplugged Fairport Convention; punks get John Cooper Clarke and the Jam; somebody or other gets the Bangles. However, if there's one track that justifies the existence of this disc all by itself, it has to be "In a Hole" from the Jesus and Mary Chain, whose glorious nihilism made the Pistols seem like a folk group.

On the DVD: The Old Grey Whistle Test Volume 3 DVD is presented in old-telly 4:3 ratio and offers numerous extras, including contributor profiles and links, a commentary and an artists' gallery. --Roger Thomas

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