Elvis Presley is rock 'n' roll. He sang like a dream, he was sexy enough to send girls swooning, and he exuded enough cool not to have the boys resent him. Adults worried about his rebellious nature, but they were eventually comforted by his polite, courteous manner. Yet as perfect as Presley's 1950s rock recordings are, he excelled at so much: down-home country crooning, raucous R&B belting, enraptured Gospel singing, and classic pop balladeering. Elvis wasn't a vocal chameleon: these styles seeped out of him naturally, allowing his own personality to shine through. Despite his high level of talent and achievement in his craft, it was Elvis who made rock 'n' roll the international language of pop and inspired countless kids around the world to pick up a guitar or step up to a microphone. That said, Elvis didn't have a faultless career: he starred in plenty of bad movies, sang dozens of lame songs, got fat, and wore a kitschy white suit. But so what? He forever changed pop music, recording acres of perfect material over two short decades. Elvis (deservedly) remains the King.
Elvis Presley Concert Films
Classic Albums: Elvis Presley
Runtime: 50 min"It was like the world went from black & white to Technicolor," says Keith Richards of the emergence of Elvis Presley in the mid-'50s, and this look at the King's first official album (the legendary Sun Sessions weren't issued in album form until well after the fact) backs up that claim. The one-hour program (plus 40 minutes of bonus interview material on the program) combines performance footage (the early TV shows are not to be missed), photos, and more to limn Presley's early days, when he combined country, blues, and R&B to forge a unique, galvanizing style. Sun producer Sam Phillips, author Peter Guralnick, Presley's musicians, and others are on hand to provide insight and background. But in the end, of course, it comes down to the music--and when you're talking about the likes of "Blue Suede Shoes," "Tutti Frutti," "Money Honey," and "Heartbreak Hotel" (a single that actually wasn't on the album), "classic" hardly begins to cover it.
The Classic Broadcasts
Runtime: 1 hr 3 minThis is the definitive proof of Elvis as a live phenomenon. For these amazing shows there was no safety net, no retakes or the chance to correct a mistake. What you see here is the most honest picture of the most remarkable performer in history. From the excitement of the live broadcasts during the rock ‘n’ roll years to the sheer majesty of the King at his peak in ‘73; this is the confirmation of true greatness. Featuring highlights from: Blue Suede Shoes, Johnny B Goode, Love Me Tender, Heartbreak Hotel, Hound Dog and more...
The Final Hours
Runtime: 57 minThe death of the King of Rock n Roll shocked the world. How did this happen? The true story of Elvis Presley's last hours on Earth is told by the men who knew him best, his Memphis Mafia. Elvis' closest friends and confidants share their memories and experiences with the King and what really happened during his final hours. Including interviews with Sonny West, Billy Smith, Larry Geller, Joe Esposito, Jerry Schilling, Marty Lacker, and Lamar Fike.
Elvis Presley Top Tracks
Some Girls: Live in Texas
The Rolling Stones
Runtime: 1 hr 22 minThe Rolling Stones 1978 tour of the USA in support of that year’s “Some Girls” album is considered by fans to be one of their very best. The tour followed immediately on the release of the “Some Girls” album and by the time the band arrived in Texas in mid-July the album had hit the No.1 spot on the US charts. The tour took a “back to basics” approach, with the band and their music very much at the forefront and little or no elaborate staging. Filmed at the Will Rogers Memorial Center in Fort Worth, Texas, on 18 July 1978, this concert is typical of the tour with the Rolling Stones delivering a raw, energetic performance in front of a crowd who are clearly loving the show. Many of the tracks from “Some Girls” are included in the live set with a sprinkling of Stones classics from earlier albums. Originally shot on 16mm film, the footage has been carefully restored and the sound remixed and remastered by Bob Clearmountain from the original multitrack tapes.
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.
Legends in Concert
The Righteous Brothers
Runtime: 58 minIn this thrilling program, Bill Medley and Bobby Hatfield - those seminal figures known to the world as the Righteous Brothers - have reunited to bring back "blue-eyed soul" music. Filmed live at the Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles, this show includes all of their greatest hits: Old Time Rock & Roll, (You're My) Soul and Inspiration, Young Blood, Ebb Tide, Georgia On My Mind, Let It Be Me, Guess Who, Just Once in My Life, Rock & Roll Heaven, Brown Eyed Woman, Hold On! I'm Coming, Soul Man, Unchained Melody, Justine, Ko Ko Joe, Little Latin Lupe Lu, My Babe, You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'.
The Story of the Bee Gees
Runtime: 45 minThe Bee Gees are a music super group featuring the extraordinary talents of three brothers, Barry, Robin and Maurice Gibb. Selling over 220 million records worldwide during their career the brothers became synonymous as a pop and disco act during the late 1960s, 1970s and 1980s. This programme is packed full with memorable moments and through classic archive footage it tells their incredible story. Initially born on the Isle of Man to English parents the brothers then moved to Brisbane in Australia where they eventually went on to achieve their first chart success. Moving back to England in 1967 they went on to record some of the most recognizable songs of the era making them one of the best selling bands of all time. This programme features interviews with Barry, Robin and Maurice as well as being packed with performance footage of some of their greatest ever hits including Stayin Alive, Jive Talkin , Night Fever, How Deep is Your Love, Tragedy, You Should Be Dancing and Massachusetts amongst others. This is an incredible look at the life and times of one of the worlds first super groups, taking us on a journey from their roots to the pinnacle of their careers in the 1970s and 1980s. This is a must for all music fans!
Music In Review
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Runtime: 1 hr 4 minDrawing extensively on rare concert footage and television performances from the archives this is the definitive review of the music of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Featuring an in-depth retrospective with bassist Stu Cook and drummer Doug ‘Cosmo’ Clifford, who revisit every Clearwater album to reassess the music and its impact. Also featured are interviews with John Fogerty and the rest of the band. Features complete live performances of: Tombstone Shadow, Travelin’ Band, Green River, Midnight Special, Bad Moon Rising and more...
The Story of Rod Stewart
Runtime: 54 minRod Stewart's incredible career spans 5 decades and encompasses a string of number one albums and hit singles. With over 100 million records sold worldwide, Stewart ranks among the best selling artists of all time and with good reason. From rock to pop and heartfelt soul, Stewart is a rare genre-spanning artist, appealing to a massive global audience, with more fans today than ever before. His trademark gravely voice, instantly recognizable the world over has helped define and propel him from truly humble beginnings to worldwide superstardom. From his early days with the band Faces to the launch of his solo career and beyond Rod Stewart has worked with some of the biggest names in the industry and has become a pop legend in his own right. This is his remarkable story. Featuring music performance (both live and from pop video footage) from some of his best known songs, this inspiring tale is a must have for any Rod Stewart fan.
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.
Hard to Imagine
Runtime: 57 minJohn Winston Ono Lennon was the co-founder of the most successful and influential band of all time, an unrivaled song writer, a political activist and pacifist and a visionary. His songs took popular music to a new level, impacting modern music like no other before or since. This documentary will take you on a journey through his life told by those who knew him best, from his modest upbringing in Liverpool to his world-wide fame, his musical talent to his political activism, and from his struggles with the law to his tragic death.
Legends in Concert
Runtime: 57 minBobby Darin, was an American singer who performed in a range of music genres, including pop, rock, jazz, folk, and country.
Through the 1960s he became more active politically and worked on Robert Kennedy's presidential campaign. He was present with his campaign at the hotel in Los Angeles on the evening of his assassination. Occurring during the same year as he learned of the true nature of his birth, these events deeply affected Darin and sent him into a long period of seclusion.
Although he made a successful television comeback, his health was beginning to fail, as he had always expected, following bouts of rheumatic fever in childhood. This knowledge of his vulnerability had always spurred him on to exploit his musical talent while still young. He died at 37, following a heart operation in Los Angeles.
Black and White Night
Runtime: 1 hr 5 minIn 1987, Roy Orbison crowned his critical rehabilitation with this concert in Los Angeles, where he runs through his greatest hits with the help of some famous friends. Those joining the Big O for such classics as 'Only the Lonely', 'Crying', 'It's Over' and 'Oh, Pretty Woman' include Jackson Browne, T-Bone Burnett, Elvis Costello, k.d. lang, Bonnie Raitt, Steven Soles, J.D. Souther, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Waits and Jennifer Warnes.
Jerry Lee Lewis and Friends
Jerry Lee Lewis
Runtime: 1 hrJerry Lee Lewis is one of the founding fathers of Rock n Roll. He was one of the original Sun Records quartet along with Elvis Presley, Carl Perkins and Johnny Cash who between them defined the music of a generation. His recording career has stretched from the mid-50s to the present day and his unique style of piano playing has influenced scores of musicians over the years.This concert, recorded at Londons Hammersmith Apollo in 1989, features the killer in performances of his classic tracks such as Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On, What Id Say, High School Confidential and Great Balls Of Fire all delivered in his own inimitable fashion.Joining him on stage are a great list of guests including Van Morrison, Dave Edmunds, John Lodge, Brian May, Stuart Adamson and Dave Davies.
The Everly Brothers
Runtime: 1 hr 15 minWhen asked recently for the most memorable moment of his career, Phil Everly replied “the Albert Hall reunion”. It was September 1983, and ten years on from one of the most acrimonious splits in popular music history, when the Everly Brothers, Don and Phil, took to the stage at London’s Royal Albert Hall. The Everlys had dominated the charts in the late fifties and early to mid sixties. Their close harmony singing, acoustic guitars and brilliant songwriting had become instantly recognisable and inspired millions of fans worldwide. On an emotional night in London, the reunion was a success and led to the renewal of their partnership and many more years of success, which continue to this day. Bonus Features: “Rock ‘n’ Roll Odyssey” – this documentary, made at the same time as the Albert Hall reunion, tells the complete story of the Everly Brothers up to that point in time. Don and Phil tell their story with additional contributions from Linda Ronstadt, Chet Atkins and many more.
Keep on Rockin'
Runtime: 28 minLittle Richard was one of the first great wildmen of rock, with his sky-high pompadour, manic scream and frantically rockin' tunes like "Tutti Frutti" and "Keep A' Knockin'." Keep On Rockin' captures the self-proclaimed "quasar of rock" in fine and unfettered form in this 1969 date at a Toronto festiva
The Show Goes On: Live At The Royal Albert Hall
Runtime: 1 hr 54 minNeil Sedaka is one of the most successful songwriters and performers of all time with a career stretching from the fifties to the present day. This concert, filmed in the grandeur of Londons Royal Albert Hall, shows Neil Sedaka entrancing his audience with his characteristic humour and charm while turning in great performances of his best loved hits, introducing new songs and showcasing his talents as a classical pianist.
Runtime: 56 minA visual and cultural history of the Beatles. Packed with dozens of never before seen film clips, ultra rare photographs and exclusive interviews, John, Paul, George and Ringo come alive in this intelligent, compelling, inside glimpse into the inner-circle of the greatest music group ever. Included in this all-star production are not only the Beatles themselves, but other well known insiders like Lennon Intimates; Frederic Seaman and Yoko Ono. Also lending their exclusive insights are former Beatle Pete Best, The Maharishi and Eric Clapton. Also included is, Beatlemania!, a rare newsreel documenting the Beatles arrival in London after their triumphant U.S. tour. For the casual fan, committed Beatlemaniac or serious student of pop culture, this program is a magical mystery tour of sights and sounds of an era whose incredible force is still being felt today. This program contains no music by the Beatles and is not an authorized product by their firm Apple Corp Ltd. or any of their associated companies or concerns. All interviews and archival material have been processed using the latest digital technology to insure optimal reproduction.
75th Birthday Concert
Runtime: 2 hr 18 minOn 14th October 1940, a star was born. 75 years to the day the birthday boy performed a very special concert at the iconic Royal Albert Hall to celebrate this momentous occasion.
This amazing live performance will allow you to relive this spectacular night over and over again and enjoy Cliff doing what he loves best, performing his many, many hits and favourite classics spanning his amazing career in front of his incredible fans. Get ready to share your own congratulations with Sir Cliff Richard as he entertains you (along with some Very Special Guests) on this truly unique evening.
At The Royal Festival
Runtime: 51 min‘At The Royal Festival Hall’ was filmed at London’s famous venue on November 16, 1970.The concert was introduced by HSH Princess Grace of Monaco, the former Grace Kelly, who had co-starred with Sinatra in the film “High Society”. The setlist includes a superb rendition of George Harrison’s classic love song “Something” alongside classic songs such as “Pennies From Heaven,” “I’ve Got You Under My Skin,” “My Kind Of Town” and “My Way.”