Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Gary Lewis the Playboys|
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
In the summer of 1964, Gary Lewis & the Playboys started their ascent to superstardom after being signed to Liberty records. In 1965, the band released the single, This Diamond Ring which climbed to the top of the pop char... more »
Give it a B+
Craig R. Dawson | Florida | 07/19/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Over-all, nicely done. Video quality is very good. Sound is OK, one simply must remember watching any act from this era in present day isn't going to live up to the original recordings. Gary hadn't reached 20 years of age when he had already recorded his seven top ten hits. He'll be 60 in July '06, yet his voice has held up quite well, i.e. He does an excellent job singing "Count Me In". No, he doesn't sound like he's 20 anymore, but still he holds his own. Song selection is what you'd expect, however, it is curious he performs a couple songs that were not hits while omitting songs that did make the Top 40 '66-'68. The most notable flaw for me was "Everybody Loves A Clown". What set that song apart was the use of a harpsichord as the lead instrument in the original recording. The keyboard player does an admirable job trying to replicate that sound but obviously it falls short and the song suffers because of it.
Throughout the video Lewis provides insightful commentary which is well done, although it would have been good if he'd spent a least a couple moments discussing the original band members (kind of a where are they now). Perhaps the nicest touch of all comes at the end of the video which has clips of Gary performing with his father. Very well done.
Basically, if you are a Gary Lewis fan, this DVD is a must have, considering, where else are you going to find this sort of thing?"
Gary Lewis a favorite from the beginning
Sleeping Lion Guy | New Jersey, United States | 10/31/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I'd always loved Gary Lewis and the Playboys songs from way back when. This video brought everything up to date for me. Though he doesn't sound like his records (understandably), it was still satisfying to see him on stage doing his songs the best way he knew how. The interview takes during the performance were also a nice touch. The behind the scenes info, especially how he got into the business and how songs came about, made the purchase worthwhile. As was mentioned, at the end credits, there's a complete clip of Jerry Lewis with his Dad, Danny, singing "Sonny Boy" together. In the separate Gary Lewis interview portion of the DVD, they show a part from the same program with Gary and his Dad performing the same song in the same way. There's also more clips of Gary as a youngster, including a part he did in his Dad's 1959 movie, Rockabye Baby, where he plays his Dad's character as a youngster and singing (I was never aware of that before). Then there's the part where he talks about taking up the drums at the age of 5, and how a friend of his Dad's showed him a thing or two.
No Gary Lewis fan should be without this one."
I love this DVD!!!
disneybuff | NYC USA | 02/15/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I just love this,
for years I wanted to see gary lewis and the playboys but had to wait until they came to my area..time passed .. and for my birthday I got tickets . I was so happy to see them live, and for those who dont get the chance ...get this DVD!!
this is the closest thing to seeing them live.. and gary lewis also being a drummer (which he doesnt do that much anymore.and didnt do it when I saw him live ) but on this dvd he gets behind the drums for a song ..happy to see he still has it.. whenever I want to see gary I put this dvd in my machine.. great stuff.."