- Directors: Frederic Goode
- Format: PAL
- Language: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
- Number of discs: 1
- Studio: Optimum
- DVD Release Date: 4 Jun. 2007
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000N3T2GW
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,361 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Track listing: Pre-credits: She Loves You The Beatles
Little Children - Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas Make Him Mine - Susan Maughan Juliet - The Four Pennies The House of the Rising Sun - The Animals A Little Loving - The Fourmost He's in Town - The Rockin Berries Have I the Right - The Honeycombs Rinky Dink - Sounds Incorporated World Without Love - Peter and Gordon Walk away - Matt Monroe I'm Into Something Good - Hermans Hermits Tommy Quickly and the Reno Four - Humpty Dumpty Watcha Gonna Do - Billie Davis My Babe - The Spencer Davis Group Tabacco Road - The Nashville Teens What In The World's Come Over You - The Rockin Berries For Mama - Matt Monroe Black Girl - The Four Pennies William Tell - Sounds Incorporated Google Eyes - The Nashville Teens Eyes - The Honeycombs
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood - The Animals Pop Gear - Matt Monroe
Closing credits TWIST AND SHOUT The Beatles
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Another reviewer has already told you of the songs presented here so let me just add that the colour and general picture quality is excellent. Looks nice and sharp even on a 46" HD TV. I suspect that, even though the wide screen ratio presented here is 2.35:1, it may well have been originally filmed in 1.85:1 as a couple of the drummers' heads in group shots seem slightly clipped at the top... but don't let that deter you from buying this dvd.
A very young Jimmy Saville introduces the acts and mugs his way through the proceedings. Great nostalgia.
Released under the title, "Go-Go Mania" in the U.S.,it begins with footage of the concert the Beatles gave reportedly two days before the Kennedy Assassination shook the world. They're the only group in the film who are not lip synching to their own recordings, but theirs is the sound that would provide comfort for youth in the wake of tragedy.
Disc jockey, Jimmy Savile, with his trademark cigar, Black Watch plaid jacket, rapidfire banter, and blond wig that spoofs the trend in longer hairdos for men, introduces the acts during the first half of the film.
These include Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas with their gentle, strident ballad, "Little Children", a raven-haired Susan Maughn ( pretty, but looking old enough to be a Mum to a teenager) with her bold, dynamic sounding "Make Him Mine", the Four Pennies with their sweet, genteel ballad, "Juliet", and later their more intense "Black Girl", the Animals with their surprise hit that is now a classic, "House of the Rising Sun", and later, " Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood",The Fourmost with "A Little Lovin'"--and had I not seen them perform, I would have sworn I was hearing the Beatles-so similar is their sound--the Rockin' Berries with "He's In Town", and "What in the World's Come Over You?", The Honeycombs, featuring Rock's first female drummer, Ann Margot ("Honey") Lantree with their lovely, bouncy international hit, "Have I The Right to Hold You?" and their haunting "Eyes" to which the late Dennis D'Ell gave alternately sweet, sunny, and dramatic vocals.
The strictly instrumental Sounds Incorporated play, "Rinky Dink" featuring traces of the carol, "Sleigh Ride", and they later twist and jump about to a modernized version of "The William Tell Overture", having obvious fun in the process.
Peter and Gordon present us with their light-sounding yet wistfully themed fare, "A World Without Love".
Savile then presents us with a more established presence on the British and international music scene, Matt Monro. American reviewers of this film on other sites have noted a certain incongruity in featuring him, but British music fans of the time would have been familiar with his early 1960s televison show. The charismatic elder statesman of the group, whose baritone thrilled audiences with the title song of the James Bond flick "From Russia With Love" the previous year, now enchants us with an originally Austrian tune re-titled "Walk Away". I've been curious as to whether or not the female in that segment's "disappearing girl act" was his wife, Mickey. But Matt is later on his own as he lends dramatic solemnity to an originally French tune called "For Mama". In his early thirties at the time, he looked and sounded 20 years older, but when given a phrase like "Ave Maria" to sing, one feels no surprise he did it so beautifully.
Led by a cheerful and toothy Peter Noone, Herman's Hermits stumble on to "Somethin' Good", Tommy Quickly and the Remo Four sing an odd selection about "Humpty Dumpty" and other nursery-rhyme characters that can always be played to amuse little ones. Billie Davis lends her own infantile sounding voice to "Whatcha Gonna Do When Your Baby Leaves You?", and the Spencer Davis Group sing "My Babe" in matching yellow turtlenecks. The Nashville Teens grant us a hard-rocking but alternately soulful "Tobacco Road" and later the buoyant "Google Eye", whose chorus one could find oneself singing for days afterwards, if not careful.
There are two intermittent dance numbers with rather stereotypically '60s choreography that are cheesey, but amusing.
The sets for each performance are simple, but often innovative in representing the themes of the performances.--The romantic garden with a fountain for "Juliet", blocks and balloons for "Little Children", the lighting and cafe scene for "Walk Away", the reverent stainglass window panels and candles in "For Mama",the bales of hay and representational shack in "Tobacco Road", the wired scupltures of figures with arrow-pierced apples on their heads for "The William Tell Overture", the "watermill" in "A Little Lovin'", etc.--along with the cinematography and style typical of its era.
Matt Monro returns for a third time to lend his magnetism to the closing theme song. It is then that we see the mannerisms of a musical programme host, not unlike singer Nat King Cole(whom he would replace on the Capitol Records label within a year of this film's release). Sounding a lot like Sinatra, to whom he was often compared, and also a bit like Steve Lawrence, but with British enunciation that's all his own, his baritone glides effortlessly over the bouncy rock beat that pays tribute to the success of the Mersey Sound in 1964. He is the Establishment bidding welcome to a new musical era, and doing so with relish! It has struck me that this was why his voice was used in over 40 commercials.
The concert footage of the Beatles winding up "Twist and Shout" ushers us out of this 70-minute feature.It reminds me of the type of programmes I enjoyed as a kid back in the '70s. So I feel right at home with it.
I'm glad this movie has been featured on American cable TV recently. While it is amusingly dated, it can provide a new generation with an education in a unique chapter of the modern musical era, and it's a lot of fun to watch!
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