A collection of early performances of many of rock's greatest legends. Songs: Let's Work Together (Canned Heat), So You Wanna Be a Rock and Roll Star (The Byrds), Eight Miles High (The Byrds), Something in the Air (Thunder... more »clap Newman), Fire (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown), Nights in White Satin (The Moody Blues), Summertime Blues (Blue Cheer), Itchykoo Park (The Small Faces), Happy Jack (The Who), Hold Onto a Dream (The Nice), The Mighty Quinn (Manfred Mann), Atlantis (Donovan), Are You Ready? (Pacific Gas & Electric). 60 minutes.« less
A. Bowman | The rugged lands of Shaolin | 11/10/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"The dvd with Black Sabbath, Jethro Tull, Alice Cooper, Mountain, and so on........is called Rock Icons "Hard Rockin". Not Psychedelic High like advertised! It is a good thing I read some reviews before I ordered. Thanks, ans I hope this review is helpful to some people."
A reasonable collection of vintage performances
Michael Paulsen | Rancho Santa Margarita, CA USA | 04/07/2002
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Okay, let's get something straight ... this is a budget DVD put out by Rhino that collects some classic late 60's and early 70's performances from the Beat Club TV program (Germany). About half of these are actual live performances and the other half are the standard lip-synched performances -- basically early music videos. Why everyone is getting bent out of shape over this DVD is beyond me. There's no mention of Mountain or Black Sabbath on this disc, so enough of this "not as advertised" nonsense.Sure, some of the performances are a bit silly and somewhat poorly lip-synched at times, but guess what(?) ... they're old performances. What do you expect? Modern music videos contain plenty of lip-synching, so what's the big deal? Early 80's music videos look pretty silly by today's standards too.Anyway, this disc is reasonably priced for seeing some intriguing performances by The Who, The Moody Blues, The Crazy World of Arthur Brown, The Nice, Manfred Mann, etc. Yes, The Byrds performances are circa 1971, but that's when they performed on the show. This disc is not an attempt to cross-license multiple performances from multiple shows and collect them all. The back of the DVD clearly states that the performances come from Beat Club.Give this budget DVD a break!"
This is not good.
Purple Pie Pete | NYC, NY USA | 10/14/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"This is not what I expected.
The Byrds are not the swinging BYRDS of the 60's, but the early 70's variety. No Crosby and neither Clark in sight. Yeah, McGuinn's there,. . . . but I was expecting, well. . . . the Byrds.
After that disappointment, the other disappointments keep mounting.
Most of the tracks are lip-synched. "Itchykoo Park" is the same lip-synched version as on the Steve Marriott DVD, and it is not at all interesting, even to a rabid fan. Donovan is mouthing the words to "Atlantis," although I'd be intersted to know what lysergic reality he was contemplating when they videoed this. Just look at his eyes! Thunderclap Newman is also lip-synched. . . . poorly, with the title of the track and the record catalog number revolving around them, which make the lyrics of the song even more goofy. This has not aged well, to say the least.
The only good points I found on this are the Who doing a great, sloppy LIVE version of "Happy Jack" and Blue Cheer "lip-synching" "Summertime Blues," although, technically, I don't think you can call it that, because you never see their lips, just halos of hair.
All in all a waste of $$, which is why I am writing this for your benefit. Buyer Beware!"
"The Actual song titles that you get on "Psychedelic High" do not match the listings in the Editorial Review.Included in this Vol. are Canned Heat(Let's Work Together)The Byrds(So You Wanna Be a Rock & Roll Star/Eight Miles High)Thunderclap Newman(Something In The Air)Arthur Brown(Fire)Moody Blues(Nights In White Satin)Blue Cheer(Summertime Blues)Small Faces(Itchykoo Park)The Who(Happy Jack)The Nice(Hold Onto a Dream)Manfred Mann(Mighty Quinn)& Donovan(Atlantis).So which vol has PG&E,New Riders of The Purple Sage, Black Sabbath,Alice Cooper,Mountain,MC5,Steppenwolf,Deep Purple.......?"
Not as advertised
s d bates | solihull, west midlands United Kingdom | 09/28/2001
(1 out of 5 stars)
"ordered this dvd because black sabbath are on it but they are not !"