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"Hullabaloo: A 1960s Music Flashback, Vols. 5-8 (Full Screen)"

Patrick Adiarte , Suzanne Charny , Steve Binder    NR (Not Rated)   DVD
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Spanning 14 months from February 1965 to early April 1966, this second DVD compilation of the short-lived NBC pop-music series Hullabaloo is fascinating more as an ethereal glimpse of mid-'60s pop trends than a record of enduring music. The majority of these performers (Chad & Jeremy, Leslie Gore, Barry McGuire) were enjoying their relatively brief time in the spotlight, so they're little more than time-capsule curiosities to anyone born after these shows were originally broadcast. The format was so safely mainstream that one "Top Pop" medley segment features guest host Peter Noone (from Herman's Hermits) singing Bob Dylan's "Positively 4th Street," with predictably ludicrous results. But the menu of then-current chart-toppers also includes a generous sampling of the British Invasion (the Kinks, the Rolling Stones, and even Marianne Faithful, with several London-scene reports from Beatles manager Brian Epstein), and bonus track highlights include the Zombies, Junior Walker & the All-Stars, and the Supremes at the start of their meteoric rise.

Although many of these acts lip-sync to canned music (you'll notice a lot of unplugged guitars), the sound quality surpasses the video, which was mastered from salvaged black & white kinescopes (sadly, the color videos were destroyed). In addition to the hit-or-miss music menu, the Hullabaloo dancers and popular guests hosts provide a welcomed trip down memory lane, especially when David McCallum ("Ilya Kuryakin" from TV's The Man from U.N.C.L.E.) struggles through several attempts at spy-thriller sketch comedy. Hullabaloo is a refreshing reminder that television in the mid-1960s had yet to lose its innocence to the turmoil of years to come. --Jeff Shannon

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Unlike anything you'll see on television today, the vintage show Hullabaloo featured live performances from some of the most popular musical artists as well as up-and-coming stars. Airing on NBC-TV (1965-1966), the network didn't realize the value of the show and discarded most of the video masters. Fortunately, the shows have been salvaged from black-and-white kinescopes and the audio has been digitally restored so that we can savor the original performances form legendary artists including: Frankie Avalon, The Beau Brummels, Chad & Jeremy, Petula Clark, The Everly Brothers, Marianne Faithful, Freddie & The Dreamers, Annette Funicello, Dobie Gray, The Kingsman, The Kinks, Brenda Lee, The Lovin' Spoonful, The Outsiders, The Rolling Stones, Soupy Sales, The Shangri-Las, Del Shannon, Joe Tex, The Toys, We Five, The Young Rascals, The Zombies, and many more! Approximately 4 1/2 hours.

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5.0 out of 5 stars SHAKE IT UP, BABY!!! June 7 2001
By SeaWasp
Is this cozy nostalgia or just cringeworthy, pimpley-faced bollocks?? The answer lies somewhere in between. It's easy to knock this stuff because of the cheap sets, bad sound and laughable attempts to attain superstardom by some misguided background dancers who were much better off struttin' their stuff than trying to sing. But there's a whole lotta good vibes and good bands here as well. The Stones, The Remains, The Outsiders, The Kingsmen....and hacks like Noel Harrison, Tony and the Tigers (Soupy Sales' kids), the ridiculously inept Patrick Adiarte....but it's ALL GREAT FUN! And the 60s babes...no silicone and no Calista Flockhart anorexic stick-insects...REAL WOMEN, GUYS! Go-Go Chicks the way I remember 'em. Since NBC thought all of this stuff was of little use, the color videotapes of these performances were destroyed and what we have left is black and white kinescopes. But this is a real fix if you are having a 60s fit on a rainy Friday morning. At over four and a half hours of music and smiles on one DVD (7 full episodes and an hour of bonus songs)...YA CAN'T LOSE! Buy it..and dig, Baby!!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The 60s was not all Woodstock! June 9 2002
Some of this is almost too good to be true: Brian Epstein interviewing Andrew Loog Oldham, the Kinks, the Animals, the Rolling Stones, the Remains, the Zombies, the Beau Brummels, Marianne Faithfull --- it's hard to know whwre to stop! The David McCallum episode alone is worth the price.
Even the bad stuff --- Hullabaloo dancers trying to break into recording, Peter Noone singing Dylan, Frankie and Annette doing the Freddie with Freddie and the Dreamers etc. --- is charming. And kudos to the company for not doing a "highlights" package and giving us entire episodes.
If any part of your youth is in the 60s, you'll want to open a cold beer and press "play". Warning: it's insanely addictive, and you'll end up losing a few hours sleep. A real treat.
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4.0 out of 5 stars hullabaloo dvd vols. 5-8 July 20 2002
By A Customer
although the picture quality is not so good (master tapes were no longer available), the digital sound is superb. these series of hullabaloo t.v. shows are far better than the "shindig" vhs special collection series. the shows are well balanced in terms of mixture of guests, dances, songs, skits, background sets versus that of "shindig" which is inferior. the running time of almost 5 hours is worth the price of the dvd and you get to watch well-known hosts who does not only introduce guests but perform, narrates, plays skits as well. each show has a lot of prominent guests and the show is well scripted, well prepared and has a good mixture of song, dances and comedy skits. this collection is a must for the teeny boppers of the 50s and 60s.
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I was just 7 or 8 years old when NBC debuted their version of the "Shindig" series (was too young to watch). Frankly speaking, this show was slightly better because it had almost something for every taste, ranging from "middle of the road" acts to the big rock acts of the period.
Although the original video masters don't exist anymore (shame on NBC), the quality of both picture and sound is great. This was my very first DVD purchase (having just bought a DVD/VCR deck), and I'm glad it had to be a TV classic.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Defective DVDs galore for this title Jan. 30 2003
Caveat emptor with this title. I have tried FOUR separate DVD copies, all shrink-wrapped (but not factory-sealed), from two different sources, and everyone has been defective in the exact same way. It's impossible to progress beyond the main menu screen without the whole thing freezing up and random bits of sound being heard. I keep returning copies and hoping for refunds -- don't know where to lay the blame for this problem, but if I couldn't have evidence that one of these disks played as designed, I wouldn't buy it.
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