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Anonymous Says, in 1-14-2010 at 10:57:10 from     

If you grew up watching the Ed Sullivan Show like myself, I’ve been waiting for years for a compilation like this to come along. You’ll savor the remixed 5.1 sound (also includes the original unenhanced soundtrack) and also the excellent digital video transfers. You’ve never seen the video clarity and sharpness of these performances until you have viewed these DVDs.

In a rebuttal to a couple of the other reviews on this page, all of the performances are included in their entirety as they originally aired. These shows are from the original series that were aired on the VH1 cable TV network. Nothing has been cut from these shows, as far as I can tell. A couple songs were not performed in their entirety by the artists themselves, but that’s how they were originally broadcasted. For example, on disc 1, Sonny & Cher sing “I Got You Babe”, but watch Sonny Bono as he ends the song half way through (perhaps shortened to save time??; only Ed Sullivan or his producers would know why). On another song, the Mamas & the Papas sing “Monday, Monday”, and the song seems to miss the last verse or two, but the group ended the song at that point, as was broadcast. All songs are complete as the artists chose to perform them on the show.

As for the high price of the set, one must consider that for each and every song on this set, Rhino Video has to pay the producers of the program, who in turn had to pay copyright royalties to the owners of the Ed Sullivan Show; also, music royalties had to be paid for each and every song. And this adds up to be a lot when you’ve got mostly hit songs on this set. With 144 performances, you’ve got 144 different music publishing royalties and copyrights to pay. This is much different than simply releasing an entire season of a TV series (for example, a box set of “Friends”, “The Sopranos”, etc.), which is less costly to release because you don’t have so many artist royalties and music publishing songwriter’s royalties to pay as you do on the Sullivan set.
As for some artists not appearing on the set, for example, the Dave Clark Five, sometimes the owners of the Dave Clark Five’s music publishing will not grant the rights for the clip to be used, or the cost was too high, or somehow the rights to include the clip couldn’t be obtained from the copyright owners.
(A good example of this is the current DVD release of Elvis Presley’s “Aloha From Hawaii” concert whereby three songs were deleted from that edition because music publishing clearance rights were up for renewal and an agreement couldn’t be reached, so we, the public, are denied viewing these songs because of that legal technicality.)

This is a dream set that’s worth every penny for the excellent video and audio transfers to DVD and of course, all the hit songs included with complete Ed Sullivan introductions of the artists. Your eyes will pop out and you’ll think to yourself, I never knew these performances could look and sound so great! Hopefully, there will be another box set forthcoming in the future.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Anonymous Says, in 1-14-2010 at 12:41:48 from     

I Just got this Ed Sullivan collection in the mail today.. I couldn’t believe I was seeing all of this in one DVD set… Most of the popular rock acts from the 1950’s to the late 1960’s are displayed here on DVD. There are so many musical groups and songs that some of them are bound to be among your favorites of all time. Some surprises on it were the showing of what was going on in the world when certain songs were new and when they were heard on the Sullivan show..
I also liked seeing Lucille Ball (in color)(who was sitting with her Mother and her daughter Lucie in the audience), being asked to stand up when her son Desi Arnaz Jr appearing with his rock group (at the age of around 12, believe it or not)Dino, Desi, and Billy… The Elvis clips are great.. The Beatles too.. The Stones are great… The Motown stuff is the best. The Mama’s & Papa’s.. and Beach Boys are great too.
So Much to not only enjoy listening to, but also enjoy Watching…
A lot of things are filmed in Color on this collection. Though the black and white stuff is great as well..
I like it even better than I thought I would.
Nice box it comes with…
I do think they could have put more artists on here, (since the DVD’s are only about an hour long each… They could have put an extra hour of performances on each DVD(none of the following 1960’s greats are included on this 9 disk set: like the Seekers, Dusty Springfield, Nancy Sinatra, Dave Clark 5, Simon & Garfunkel, Rascals, Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass, The Turtles, The Byrds). I wish they had put these artists and more in this collection as well. This DVD collection is good, but it could have been even better.
Rating: 4 / 5

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T. Roth Says, in 1-14-2010 at 14:38:48 from     

So many DVDs, so many performances! I still haven’t checked out all of them yet. A must-have for artists, musicians, and anyone who appreciates and wants to re-live the music of the 60’s.
Rating: 5 / 5

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Julie A Ross Says, in 1-14-2010 at 17:11:23 from     

I love the Ed Sullivan Show, and these DVDs bring you the greatest rock acts of all time – all in one place! In this excellent 9-DVD package, you will find Elvis, the Beatles, the Doors, the Rolling Stones and many more. Yes, some songs repeat throughout the set, and yes, the discs are a little too short, but I’m willing to overlook that and enjoy my favorite rock acts again and again. Now it’s your turn.
Rating: 4 / 5

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Andrew Tonkin Says, in 1-14-2010 at 19:07:28 from     

Just to clear things up:

This seems to be 24 half-hour (eg 23 minute) episodes of a TV series prepared for syndication (did it ever air?), showing highlights of the Sullivan show over the years. Each episode has a flashy title sequence, with narration and footage from the period or subject covered. Very VH-1 friendly, in my estimation.

The song editing is frustrating, I admit, but skillfully done – in most cases you won’t notice the missing verse if you’re not listening carefully. And it’s understandable – given that they’re trying to squeeze all these songs in, together with intros and titles etc.

Anyway, this represents a fine value, considering that Sullivan video just never gets released to the public. I doubt Rhino would have edited it all this way given the option, but I’m sure Andrew Solt Productions got a good deal on the footage, and sold the shows to Rhino “as is,” so they couldn’t really touch them.

The mastering of these old clips is breathtaking, and the 5.1 mixes (just some reverb thrown on) keep things up to date. If your “purist” hat isn’t glued on, take it off and get ready to be entertained.

This is the kind of series that, after seeing a few minutes of it on TV, you’d be scrambling for a blank tape – and struggling (likely in vain) to get all 24 episodes. Here you get great sound and DVD-quality picture, without the hassle. And no commercials.
Rating: 5 / 5

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