Led by singer-songwriter Ray Davies, the Kinks recorded countless songs that have proven to be both timeless and highly influential. Their slew of early singles -- from the Hard Rock prototype "You Really Got Me" to the whimsical, lackadaisical and humorous "Sunny Afternoon" -- made them one of the most popular bands of the British Invasion. However, it was Davies' singular, distinctively noncommercial vision that made their superstardom a relatively brief part of an otherwise lengthy career. Tensions between the musicians didn't help matters, as onstage fights between Ray and his guitar-playing brother Dave were notorious. Although they ostensibly mastered the singles format, the Kinks became an album-oriented band in the truest sense: between 1968 and 1977, the band released numerous concept albums that varied wildly in quality and subject matter. The most famous, and perhaps the finest of the lot, is Lola vs. the Powerman & the Money-Go-Round, Part One (1970). The record is a cutting, acerbic look at the music industry, and the song "Lola" put the band back on top -- and what a song to do so, as it's become the most famous song in the rock 'n' roll oeuvre to deal with gender-swa... See More
The Kinks Concert Films
One For the Road
Runtime: 1 hr 10 minOn this 1980 live album, the first power chords of “The Hard Way” resume the full-on guitar pummel that first announced The Kinks with “You Really Got Me.” Their '70s hit “Catch Me Now I’m Falling” includes the riff from The Rolling Stones’ “Jumpin’ Jack Flash.” The Pretenders covered “Stop Your Sobbing”. The Jam nailed “David Watts.” “Lola” was again becoming a minor hit. As per usual, The Kinks admit what other bands won’t. They did careful overdubs on this live album to make it sound even better. While there are greatest-hits albums that collect the group’s highlights, this live set is a great reintroduction for old fans.
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The Concert In Central Park
Simon & Garfunkel
Runtime: 1 hr 27 minWhat started as a suggestion for Paul Simon to play a concert in New York's Central Park blossomed, on September 19, 1981, as a full-blown Simon and Garfunkel reunion after an 11-year hiatus, and now proves a priceless snapshot of two of America's greatest folk-rock performers. (It's also the rightful bookend to Simon and Garfunkel's acoustic Live from New York City, 1967.)
Performed with a who's-who of East Coast session aces before a record-setting crowd of half a million fans, The Concert in Central Park finds its stars just shy of their 40th birthdays and very much in their primes, their voices sweet and pure and their playing relaxed, perfectly in tune and in synch. The show features a mix of S&G and solo Simon tunes, including all the songs that appear on the CD, with the addition of a reprise of "Late in the Evening" and the first live performance of Simon's "The Late Great Johnny Ace." This is classic material from start to finish, 87 minutes of unmitigated beauty.
The Love We Make
Runtime: 1 hr 30 minThe Love We Make, a film directed by Albert Maysles and Bradley Kaplan, follows Paul McCartney as he journeys through the streets of New York City in the aftermath of the World Trade Centre’s destruction. Chronicling the planning and performance of “The Concert for New York City,” the benefit concert that took place less than six weeks after the attacks, the film also features performances and backstage moments with other performers and actors including David Bowie, Steve Buscemi, Eric Clapton, President Bill Clinton, Sheryl Crow, Leonardo DiCaprio, Harrison Ford, Mick Jagger, Jay Z, Billy Joel, Elton John, Stella McCartney and Keith Richards.
Runtime: 40 minThis Procol Harum concert features hits “Bringing Home the Bacon,” “Grand Hotel,” “Fires (Which Burnt Brightly),” “A Salty Dog,” “A Rum Tale,” “Conquistador,” “For Liquorice John,” “Power Failure,” and “A Souvenir of London.”
Live and Wild in Preston
Runtime: 49 minThe Troggs have a 36 year history and at a concert in Preston in the UK during spring 2002 they played to a sell out audience and in return performed a "Global Jukebox" of the majority of their worldwide hits. Wet Wet Wet covered their "Love Is All Around", taking it to number 1 in the UK charts for 15 weeks. Despite that success the band are wary of committing themselves to recording any new material and are even limiting the number of concert appearances they make in future. Reg said "I don't really enjoy too much touring so we are stopping doing long tours in the future". This film is a succinct collection of songs that provides a neat reminder of the very large part The Troggs played in developing the classic sixties sound.
Live at the Royal Albert Hall
Runtime: 2 hr 6 minCream's short original existence from 1966 to 1968 belies their status as one of the most influential rock bands of all time. They released four studio albums that were hugely successful around the world and had a number of hit singles on both sides of the Atlantic. In May 2005 Cream reunited for a sequence of concerts over four nights at London's Royal Albert Hall. Filmed in high definition, this concert features tracks filmed across the four shows including many of their best loved songs. Despite a gap of nearly 40 years the band quickly reignited the chemistry that had contributed so much to their legendary status and delivered four magnificent concerts that delighted the fans who had snapped up the tickets.
Down The Tracks - The Music That Influenced Bob Dylan
Runtime: 1 hr 35 minThis fascinating documentary tells the story of the music and artists that have influenced Bob Dylan throughout his career. Although his reputation as a songwriter stands supreme, Dylan has often covered tracks from vintage blues, folk and country performers or incorporated elements from them into his own material. "Down the Tracks" explores the lives and work of many of these artists and how Dylan interacted with them through archive performance and interview footage alongside new interviews and documentary material.
Classic Albums: The Band
Runtime: 59 minComprised of Rick Danko, Levon Helm, Garth Hudson, Richard Manuel and Robbie Robertson, The Band's self-titled sophomore effort spent 24 weeks in the Billboard Top 40. The album was released at a time when the US album charts were taken over by the psychedelic rock movement, and despite this, the album had the aforementioned chart success and would go on to sell over one million copies. This edition of the "Classic Albums" series focuses on The Band's follow-up to "MUSIC FROM BIG PINK". Featuring classics such as "Up On Cripple Creek", "The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down", and "Rag Mama Rag", the story of the album is told through interviews with surviving members of The Band, fellow musicians Eric Clapton, Don Was, and George Harrison, and vintage footage. The Band is a classic album!
The Story of The Rolling Stones
The Rolling Stones
Runtime: 53 minThe Rolling Stones are one of the greatest and most influential rock bands of our time having sold in excess of 200 million records worldwide. This fascinating programme tells the story of the early days of the band and how they became The Rolling Stones we know today. Jagger and Richards were childhood friends becoming reacquainted in 1960 at Dartford Railway Station due to their love of music. Later meeting Brian Jones who in 1962 went on to form The Rolling Stones. The story of the early Stones is very much a tale of how Brian Jones forged the band with Mick Jagger and Keith Richards and became a key catalyst in the creation of their early sound. But whether it was the pressures of early fame or through his addiction to drugs his role in the band became untenable. Even though he is credited as originally forming the band he was eventually over shadowed by Jagger and Richard and his role gradually diminished until in June 1969 he was asked to leave. Less than a month later and under questionable circumstances he was found dead in his own swimming pool believed to have taken his own life. Using performance footage and rare interviews footage with Brian Jones, Mick Jagger, Charlie Watts, Keith Richards and Bill Wyman as well as The Stones Manager (1962/67) Tony Calder and Brain Jones former partner Pat Andrews this in depth programme provides a fascinating insight into the original formation of this incredible super group during their first decade. The programme concludes at the staged event in Hype Park 5th July 1969 which became recognised as a memorial concert to Brian Jones. This DVD is a must for all music and Rolling Stones fans.
Look Through Any Window (Part 1)
Runtime: 1 hr 24 minThe Hollies were one of the most successful British groups of the sixties and early seventies and have continued to perform up to the present day. Look Through Any Window tells the story of their peak years from 1963 to 1975 when the band clocked up 27 UK Top 40 singles, 17 of which were Top 10s. They were also part of the British Invasion led by the Beatles that stormed the US charts in the sixties and scored hit singles in many other countries around the world.
Live at the Isle of Wight 1970
Runtime: 1 hr 25 minIn 1970, 600,000 people came to the Isle of Wight to attend a music festival. At 2 a.m. August 30th, The Who appeared and gave one of the most memorable performances of their career. 'I Can't Explain', 'Magic Bus', 'My Generation' and many more classic hits.
Odyssey & Oracle: 40th Anniversary Concert
Runtime: 1 hr 49 minThis film contains the complete Odessey & Oracle album, with all 12 tracks lovingly re-created by the original four members of The Zombies: Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Chris White and Hugh Grundy, during an historic 40th Anniversary reunion concert at the Shepherds Bush Empire, London, in March 2008. It also contains everything else performed the same evening by The Zombies Touring Band comprised of Rod Argent, Colin Blunstone, Jim Rodford (ex-Argent), Steve Rodford and Keith Airey, and augmented by a string quintet. Songs include music made famous by The Zombies and Argent, plus selections from Colin Blunstones solo albums. Dedicated to the much missed Zombies fifth member: Paul Atkinson 1946 - 2004.
Living In The Material World
Runtime: 3 hr 29 minDirected by Martin Scorsese, George Harrison – Living in the Material World is a stunning double-feature-length film tribute to one of music’s greatest icons. Using unseen photos and footage, Academy Award®-winning director Martin Scorsese traces the life of George Harrison in a personal film, weaving together performance footage, home movies, rare archival materials and interviews with his family and friends including Eric Clapton, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, George Martin, Paul McCartney, Yoko Ono, Tom Petty, Phil Spector, Ringo Starr and Jackie Stewart. As his friend John Lennon once said: “George himself is no mystery. But the mystery inside George is immense. It’s watching him uncover it all little by little that’s so damn interesting.” ‘An epic, fitting tribute to the complexity and genius of the man himself.’ MOJO ‘Spectacularly good...’ THE WORD
Doin' It Again
The Beach Boys
Runtime: 55 minThe Beach Boys are America's most successful band. With 56 U.S. Top 100 hits, 36 Top Ten Hits, and 4 Number One singles, their impression on American pop culture is rivaled only by the band that considered them to be their sole competition, The Beatles. To mark the group’s 50th anniversary, Brian Wilson, Mike Love, Al Jardine, Bruce Johnston, and David Marks gathered in 2012 for an emotional reunion to record their first album of new material in 20 years, to kick off a worldwide tour, and to reflect on their remarkable history.
Up Close and Personal
Runtime: 1 hr 2 minSome forty years after his tragic death, this superb retrospective gives you the opportunity to discover the real Marc Bolan through the memories of those who lived and worked with him. This film review draws on the recollections of T.Rex insiders, such as Bill Legend, the only surviving member of the classic early seventies line up and a team of rock journalists. Also featured is superb archive footage of T.Rex in performance.
Composing the Beatles Songbook
Runtime: 1 hr 19 minThis independent documentary film reviews the partnership, music and impact of Lennon and McCartney as composers. From the day they met in 1957 until the release of the Rubber Soul album at the end of 1965, the film dissects and contrasts, reassesses and ultimately provides one of the finest films made about the band during this period. Drawing on rare footage, classic performances and penetrating revelations from friends of the pair, Beatles academics and musicologists, this program discovers the true story of how those classic songs were written. It features contributions from; friends Barry Miles, Klaus Voorman and Maureen Cleaves; musicians Alan Moore and Chris Ingham; journalists Robert Christgau [Village Voice] and Anthony De Curtis [Rolling Stone]; authors Johnny Rogan, Pete Doggett, Steve Turner and Nigel Williamson and broadcaster Paul Gambaccini.