Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Brit Rock Invasion

The Ed Sullivan show offers a Box Set that highlights Rock & Roll Classics recorded during the 23 years when the show dominated late night television. During the PBS donation event last night, supporters were gifted this box set as a Thank You for contributing to the station. Classic highlights were played to peak consumer interest, including the infamous debut of The Beatles singing “I Want to Hold Your Hand” and other gems from the whole Brit Rock Invasion.

Two clips caught me off guard, in a good kind of way. The first is the Rolling Stones. I understand why girls were swooning over this performance, crying to get just a glimpse of Mick Jagger. He’s charismatic and delivers on stage. The video below showcases the Stones performing Satisfaction. My favorite part is at second 34 when Jagger shoots a look back to the band of “yeah, we’re actually here and we’re actually doing this” followed by a smirk back to the mic. Melt my heart.

The second clip is The Animals performing House of the Rising Sun. It might be the posh, trimmed suits or the dark, mysterious locks, but something about this performance is fascinating. Eric Burdon has such powerful, soulful notes but is such a young, innocent looking boy-man. Truth be told, if it were 1964 this LP wouldn’t leave my Crosley.

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