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Old Grey Whistle Test - Vol. 1

Old Grey Whistle Test - Vol. 1 - 2001 - (2 Dvd) - Serie: Old Grey Whistle Test

Simply Red, U2, R.E.M.... - Old Grey Whistle Test - Vol. 1 - 2001
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Technical info

  • Regions: 2
  • Disc number: 2
  • Release year: 2001
  • Runtime: 300 Minutes
  • Edition: (2 Dvd)
  • Audience Rating: 15 And Over
  • Package: Dvd Case
  • Screen ratios: Fullscreen (4:3)
  • Support: DVD: Single side, double layer
  • Colour: Colour
  • Compilation: Yes
  • Concert: Yes
  • Video: No
  • Documentary: Yes
  • Former rent: No
  • Used: No

Audio tracks

  • English - Dolby Digital
For better and for worse, The Old Grey Whistle Test was probably the most resolutely serious music programme ever broadcast on television. During its 16-year run it showcased only the most earnest exponents of whichever musical style was currently popular, and given that the programme's heyday coincided with the early 70s, some of the footage included here will provide mirth as exquisite as only unintentional comedy can. The absurd prog noodlings of The Edgar Winter Group and the belief-beggaringly awful Focus now seem as unfathomable in retrospect as trench warfare or child labour. However, the good stuff collected here is very good, both in terms of performance (Tom Petty snarling "American Girl", a pre-irony U2 whooping up "I Will Follow") and historical interest, notably a shockingly youthful Elton John crooning "Tiny Dancer" and reminding us, in the process, of a time when he was regarded as a cool and hip singer-songwriter, rather than understudy to the Queen Mother. --Andrew Mueller On the DVD: Wonderful performances all captured in remarkably pristine picture and extraordinarily vivid sound, regardless of vintage (it doesn't even crackle during "Hocus Pocus"!). However, the menu is pretty clunky and won't allow direct access to the individual songs (other than selecting the "Random play" option). Instead, you can only jump into the programme year by year, not song by song. The track listing itself is unhelpfully hidden behind the discs in the gatefold packaging.



  1. Under My Wheels
  2. Tiny Dancer
  3. We Gotta Have Peace
  4. Political Science
  5. Help Me Make It Through The Night
  6. Ain'T No Sunshine
  7. Sylvia
  8. Hocus Pocus
  9. Hands Off'
  10. May You Never
  11. Stir It Up
  12. Do The Strand
  13. Frankenstein
  14. Jet Boy
  15. Dolphins
  16. Upon The My O My
  17. Rock 'N' Roll Doctor
  18. Roxette
  19. Stand By Me
  20. Give My Compliments To The Chef
  21. Freebird
  22. Amarillo
  23. Too Long At The Fair
  24. Tom Traubert's Blues
  25. Really Free
  26. Psycho Killer
  27. Statue Of Liberty
  28. (I'M Always Touched By Your) Presence Dear
  29. Stone Fox Chase
  30. Paradise By The Dashboard Light
  31. American Girl
  32. Can'T Stand Losing You
  33. Rosalita
  34. I'M Bored
  35. Are Friends Electric?
  36. Message To You Rudi
  37. Smash It Up
  38. I Just Can'T Be Happy Today
  39. Rock 'N' Roll High School
  40. Careering
  41. Reward
  42. I Will Follow
  43. Stone Fox Chase
  44. Ghosts
  45. Shipbuilding
  46. Moon River
  47. Pretty Persuasion
  48. Holding Back The Years


  • Direct Scene Access
  • Interactive Menu


  • Six Interviews
  • Artists's Gallery
  • Ogwt Museum
  • Audio Commentary By The Producer Of The Entire Programme
  • Random Selection

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