Carl Perkins' Finest Hour...One of the Greatest Rock n' Roll
Cory B. | Arizona | 03/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've had the original VHS version of this classic rockabilly special for years, and it still remains my favorite concert video ever. It's great to finally have this available on DVD with sound and picture quality that equals the VHS version. This is a must-have for anybody who loves Roy Orbison's "Black and White Night", Chuck Berry's "Hail Hail Rock n' Roll", or just good-time rock n' roll at its best!
The legendary Carl Perkins is one of the often overlooked singer-songwriter-guitar players of early rock n' roll who had one big hit in the 1950's before a car crash stopped the momentum of his career right as it was taking off. He never achieved the popularity or recognition that his peers Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, and Elvis achieved. Recorded in London in October 1985, this priceless performance clearly shows he was in the same talent league as his better-known contemporaries. Perkins' country-rock vocal delivery and trademark rockabilly guitar licks are more potent here at age 54 than they were in his younger days.
Few concert videos capture the sheer joy of playing music on stage like this show does. When I saw this for the first time over ten years ago, I was blown away by the joy and spirit of the music that literally jumps off the screen until you find yourself watching it over and over. The music here, wonderfully directed by Dave Edmunds, is quite simply some of the greatest real deal rock n' roll ever performed on one stage. The musicians did a great job of recreating Perkins' classic songs in their original arrangements while making them rock like never before. When all is said and done, this masterpiece should be hailed as one of the greatest rock n' roll shows ever captured on film!
You can't help but like Carl Perkins after watching this show. The real beauty of this concert is the almost magical effect that Carl's presence had on all his famous guests. George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Ringo Starr, Dave Edmunds, and Roseanne Cash deliver some of the best performances of their careers as Perkins' music and enthusiasm brings out the best in everybody on the stage! George and Ringo have never sounded better, and seem more inspired here than they were with the Beatles. Ringo's drumming is rock steady, and Harrison shines like never before as he shows just how well he could play rockabilly guitar.
Eric Clapton's segment is dynamite as we watch him unleash some of the hottest guitar solos he has ever played. Clapton TEARS IT UP with a scorching, jaw-dropping solo during "Mean Woman Blues", and Carl's amazed reaction to Eric is priceless! Watch closely for a great moment during "Matchbox" when Carl suddenly jumps back in disbelief while watching Eric rip into his first solo. I love it!
This show is pure joy from start to finish, but the best is saved for last with a truly FANTASTIC performance of "Blue Suede Shoes" that is nothing more than rock n' roll at its joyful best! Anybody who still associates this song with Elvis needs to hear Perkins tear into it with his heart and soul in this performance. It is worth the price of the DVD alone to see Carl and his friends rock their hearts out with the audience dancing all over the place. George Harrison is so caught up in the music that he suddenly leads the band into a rousing encore of the song. Dave Edmunds sums up the electricity of the moment as he turns to Carl and shouts "ROCK IT MAN!"
The most touching moment comes after the show has ended when Perkins, unaware that the cameras are still taping, is moved to tears of joy while giving a heartfelt thank you to everyone there. The warmth and sincerity of the man is truly admirable as he showers every guest with kind words of praise throughout the show.
The music world lost a fine musician and human being when Carl Perkins passed away in 1998. This unforgettable show will stand as a great tribute to his spirit, music, influence, and talent. If pure rock n' roll is your thing, get your hands on this DVD and turn it up! "
S J Buck | Kent, UK | 08/18/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is one of the best music specials ever made. I remember watching on TV when it was first shown and recorded and watched it over and over and over. Below are the tracks and featured artists:
Boppin' the Blues (Carl Perkins) Put Your Cat Clothes On (Perkins) Honey Don't (Ringo Starr) Matchbox (Eric Clapton) Mean Woman Blues (Eric Clapton) Turn Around (Carl Perkins) Going to Jackson (Rosanne Cash) What Kind of Girl (Cash) Everybody's Trying To Be My Baby (George Harrison) Your True Love (Perkins/Harrison/Edmunds) The World Is Waiting for the Sunrise (Perkins) Medley: (All) Thats Alright Mama Blue Moon of Kentucky Night Train to Memphis Glad all Over (All) Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On (All) Gone All Down The Line (All) Blue Suede Shoes (All) & Encore
To pick highlights is very difficult because its all great. But for me the rare appearance of George Harrison is an absolute treat. Eric Clapton plays some truly blistering guitar solos, that put all the other guitar players into the shade, and Carl Perkins admits as much himself.
However it is Carl Perkins who is the star of the show and its great to see him in prime form. My only reservation is the picture quality which is OK but could be a lot better.
If you like 50's Rock 'n' Roll and a hint of country than this is an absolutely essential purchase. "
Rock Your Blue Suede Shoes Or Your Beatle Boots Off
BeatleBangs1964 | United States | 02/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As an inveterate, avid, intense Beatle fan, I was thoroughly delighted with this dvd! Hats off to Carl Perkins not only for being a driving force during the inception of Rock & Roll, but for influencing George Harrison! George Harrison ROCKED! He tore the place up with his guitar playing! If you think he sounded phenomenal on this dvd, be sure to listen to "Beatles Live at the BBC" and George's guitar playing sets the place on fire! Check him out on "Youngblood!"
Although the transfer ain't great, the music and the artists are. Ringo keeps a steady beat and his former bandmate, the nonpareil George Harrison will have you rockin' your blue suede shoes or your Beatle boots off! His revival of his 1965 cover of "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby" brought many smiles to many faces. Gear up that 1963 Ford Falcon and take a trip to 1965 with George!
If you love Rock & Roll, the Blues and some EXCEPTIONAL guitar playing, this is the dvd for you. It is just plain fun and you will find yourself singing along with it and don't be surprised if you find you've started dancing!"
Loads of fun!
John E. Weber | Topeka, KS | 05/25/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Very nice look back to the 80's with some of the best English artists of the 60's and 70's playing along with one of the seminal American rock icons, Carl Perkins. Loads of fun to watch, well executed and produced with nice sound. It's a recording of a TV special, better than most I've seen. Don't want to miss this if you're a fan of early rock, rockabilly, Eric Clapton(man,can he make his guitar sing!) or George Harrison. Ringo has a minor role, as well."
Really rockin here.
chuck white | Lufkin, Tx | 05/22/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I love this concert, Carl Perkins really brings down the house with some really good rock songs. Of course it doesn't hurt to have some really great rockin friends. Ringo, George, Eric, Dave Edmunds, & company are really havin a good time here. This kinda reminds me of the rockin of Status Quo."