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Rock N Roll's Greatest Teen Idols
Rock N Roll's Greatest Teen Idols
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
NR     2007     2hr 0min

The era of Teel Idols began in the late 1950s with the explosive combination of the birth of Rock and Roll and television. A crop of smooth crooners and raunchy rockers drove teens wild with their angst ridden songs. The...  more »


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Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Pop, Rock & Roll, Documentary
Studio: Mvd Visual
Format: DVD - Color - Closed-captioned
DVD Release Date: 04/03/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 2hr 0min
Screens: Color
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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A RARE chance to see some late 50s, early 60s rockers!
Steven I. Ramm | Phila, PA USA | 04/04/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've been watching a series of DVDs produced in the UK by Quantum Leap - and distributed in US by MVD which consist of live performances recorded in the late 1980s (?) at the Lil' Darlin nightclub in Orlando. Some - like Mary Wells and the Shirelles - have been pretty good. The backing band did a nice job of recreating. The DVDs are usually short and have other acts filling in.

This volume is the BEST of the lot. It not only has the most performances - over 75 minutes! - but the most obscure artists. These are guys I haven't seen perform since - in most cases - the EARLY 60s!

Here are just some:

Ray Peteresen
Buddy Knox
Jack Scott
Tommy Sands (a BLONDE!)
Lenny Welch
Joey Dee
Troy Shondell!
Frankie Ford
Tommy Roe

They supplement these Lil' Darlin performances with footage from the 50s film "Rock Pretty Baby" with Frankie Lymon

And then as a bonus they list "Paul Anka - Lonely Boy" which is the fascinating 25 minute documentary made by the CBC in about 1957! The complete film is here!

This one is really interesting. I knew many of these artists when I was doing Record Hops in Trenton in 1960-62 and it's amazing to see them recorded more than 20 years later (and watching them nearly 40 years after their hits).

Quirky but definitely a must for those who remember late-50s, early-60s rock and roll!

Steve Ramm "Anything Phonographic"
A Not So Great collection of early teen idol performances
Chris B. | 07/14/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"If you are expecting a vintage collection of original 50s and 60s teen idol performances as I was, then avoid this DVD. Most of the content is poorly shot in the late 80s at a live club performance featuring a collection of aging 'idols' singing well past their primes. A few vintage clips from the early rock movie 'Rock Rock Rock', the best featuring Frankie Lymon and the Teenagers, provides some redemption, as does a longer early retrospective of Paul Anka. For those who enjoy listening to inferior performances by once great recording stars, this collection is for you. Avoid disappointment and seek out other collections containing the vintage material we all love.
Rock & roll teen idols
Yvon Olivier | 05/14/2007
(2 out of 5 stars)

"A bit of this , a bit of that, quality not so good, songs are great but some of them are not even complete, you can see the cut when they change songs, like the Buddy Knox second song is not complete, a couple of other also,"