Get it for GROUCHO!
Tom Tuerff | That there Phoenix place | 08/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"As a nerdy 12-year-old in 1969 who spent too much time listening to music (a habit I hold to this day), I absolutely LOVED this show. However, thinking back, I really didn't appreciate what was going on here; mixing different styles of music to make everybody happy--if you don't like rock, hang on a minute, here comes Buck Owens! Don't like country? Here's some soul music, etc. While both of these volumes are worth having, Volume 2 takes the cake simply because some of the show lineups are positively bizarre--no more so than the last show, which the cast and crew KNEW would be the last show. Host and comedian David Steinberg had become a good friend of Groucho Marx and invited him to be on the show. Great move. Still "with it" at age 74, Steinberg's interview with Groucho in the middle of the show is positively classic. His genuine compliments and good-natured kidding of singer John Sebastian, who is clearly in awe of Groucho, are positively touching.At the end of the show, Steinberg brings Groucho back and Groucho pretty much takes over; so much so that Steinberg finally stops him in mid-"shtick" and says, "Uh, Groucho, I have to go home!"Musically, this disc has some neat stuff. Pete Seeger leading a group of kids singing "Bring 'em Home" still gets you going, and you want to go start a war just so that you can send boys over there and bring 'em back.Janis Joplin's "Try" is great, too, shot in the same studio as the Seeger bit (it appears this show was shot in various locations depending on the audience needed to make the act work.)It would have been nice if they could have licensed the use of the Beatles' video "The Ballad of John and Yoko" (Music Scene was the only show that dared to show this video in '69, albeit with the "Christ" bleeped out), but alas, it's not here.Interesting to see Lily Tomlin in her pre-Laugh-In days, and it's easy to see why she jumped ship before the show was finished.The MOST interesting thing about these DVDS are the trailers that sold this show. They featured some of the comedians that showed up on the program along with comedians (including Howard Hesseman under a different name) and a band that didn't--The Rolling Stones. Obviously, the Stones were supposed to play a much bigger part in what this show was supposed to be, and somewhere between preview and premiere, that all fell through. Whether you really need more than one version of "Take a Letter Maria" is totally up to you, but otherwise this is a great collection. Get both volumes and enjoy!"
Video Content OK. Audio is ONE channel ONLY.
Eduardo Ojeda | McAllen, TX United States | 07/04/2001
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I purchased Music Scene - Best of 1969-1970 (Vol. 1) DVD and decided to go for number 2.Number 2 has excellent video but ONLY ONE audio channel.Vol 1 has, at least, 2 channels and I do not know how vol 2 comes with ONLY one audio channel (which is the center channel, by the way).If you are looking for video and the images, its OK. If you are looking for the audio, be ready to listen to ONE channel only.Ed."
What a memory trip.
C. Barker | Houston | 07/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I just watched "MUSIC SCENE"-Best of 1969-1970 Vol. 2. I didn't know what to expect in the title of this DVD, I haven't heard of this show before now, so I didn't go out and buy it like I did hullaballoo when it came out on DVD. I like Classic Rock, I was too young to experience most of it in my early life, being 2 years old when this show started, but this DVD Video brings it to life. I loved Pete Seeger's Anti-War song, I have neve heard it before, but loved it. Watching most of the kids on this show clapping and singing with a lot of urgency, made me see how scary it must have been to have to worry about the draft. It was great to see these artists (some being the first time for me), who sang these classic songs from over 30 years ago. I liked Neil Diamond singing "both sides now", I've never heard a guy sing it before... Take a letter Maria, is a classic, and great to see RB Greaves sing it. Cass Elliot is great on it too. So much music on this DVD. The clothes people used to wear at this time on this DVD, make the Brady Bunch clothing look tame... :) haha I can't wait to get Volume 1."
An amusing blast into the past
PATRICK J. MCKENNA | St.Marys, GA United States | 11/24/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)
"If the DVD was in stereo, I would have given a higher score.
Although this program might be laughable by todays standards, Music Scene provides a glimpse into what we used to enjoy watching on TV on Monday evenings (if we stayed home). Some of the biggest hitmakers (along with some of the biggest names names in show business) were featured.
(The styles worn were pretty wild too!)"