Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
Actors: The Animals, The Byrds, Herman's Hermits, The Kinks, The Lovin' Spoonful
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Join us as we showcase some of the biggest names in music on Sixties Rock. Exciting archival Sixties performances from rock's cream of the crop of rock are included on this dynamic compilation and feature such seminal arti... more »
John Sayers | The center | 08/22/2004
(1 out of 5 stars)
"What a disappointment. I was hoping for some new vintage versions of these songs. Nearly all of these great clips are culled from the "Hullabaloo" dvds released by MPI a few years ago and are still in print. The picture quality and sound seem to be identical on both. This is more like a sampler disc for the Hullabaloo series if you ask me. Nice low price, though...."
Poor Sound/Production Kills
billymac72 | Chicago, IL United States | 01/23/2007
(3 out of 5 stars)
"As another reviewer noted, this appears to mostly be footage culled from Hullaballoo, which only ran from 1965-1966, but featured just about every great artist from the day. All are in black & white (save one), most are lip synched (with a few exceptions), and the sound is quite awful. Granted, one cannot expect the sound to be up to modern standards, but whomever mixed this (if any mixing was done whatsoever) really botched it. First off, it is so overmodulated that the viewer will be treated to a scratchy static over the entire top end should you decide to run it through a surround system. I would further make the argument that for the lip synched tunes, the original stereo recording could have easily been used as substitute (as was done for a lot of great footage on the last Mamas & Papas DVD, "California Dreaming," as well as the vast majority of "Beat Club" footage on DVD). An engineer worth his weight could have used the original audience elements to create a combined mix. Secondly, the sound level is not only extremely low, but is wildly inconsistent from clip to clip, as well as during single perfomances. I criticize this because I know it's a production mistake; I have several of these clips on oher DVDs, but with no such flaw. My guess is that archive footage of these appearances was simply slapped on a dvd master without any notion regarding remastering of sound. Lastly, each clip begins and ends with a little video textbox at the bottom to identify the artist, song and DVD title. A "Sixties Rock" watermark also appears ocassionally, but this is much less intrusive. Thanks, but the track listing on the back of the box is sufficient. In the final analysis, it's clear that Hullaballoo, Hollywood a Go-Go, American Bandstand, Where the Action Is, Shindig and other 1960s music shows deserve much better treatment on DVD than we've previously seen. Shout Factory, where are you!?
Still, there are some great moments to be had. Amongst them:
1. The Animals - It's My Life. This is a classic clip of the band apparently performing live with authority and accuracy. Is it sexist to have go-go dancers? I certainly don't think so. Is is sexist to have go-go dancers' heads mounted all over the walls of a hunting lodge set as so many trophies? Yeah, probably.
2. The Byrds - The Times They Are a Changing. If it weren't for Bob Dylan, then....well, you've heard all that stuff before. This color clip spotlights the Byrds in all their granny-glasses glory. In this case, the dancers/models have switched the table on the boys. The wilderness set presents go-go ladies in hunting gear, wielding shotguns aimed in the direction of our peaceful Byrds. What was it with this show and hunting, anyway?
Shalizeh | California United States | 05/22/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)
"I ordered this DVD by the great title Sixties Rock by Various Artists. First let me tell you it is a complete disaster the quality and sound are horrible. The only song worth the $9.99 is California Dreamin by The Mammas and The Pappas other than that I'll tell you do not waste your money :("
What a great DVD!
E. Griffith | Houston, Texas | 08/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I is wonderful to be able to watch a DVD instead of just listening to a CD. We were singing along and enjoying every minute. Thanks for the memories. It made us smile and have fun."