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Ed Sullivan's Rock 'N' Roll Classics

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Three-DVD set with 58 highlights from the legendary Ed Sullivan's long-running Saturday night TV show, released in November 2005. The three discs are divided into genre schools, with the first covering R&B Greats, Legends of Soul, Sounds of the Cities (more soul) and Fabulous Females; the second offers Folk Rock, Groovy Sounds (Young Rascals, Turtles, Fifth Dimension, etc.), West Coast Rock and a full segment on the Mamas & the Papas; the third presents The Bad Boys of Rock 'n' Roll (Stones, Brown, the Animals, Bo Diddley and Jerry Lee Lewis), Gone Too Soon (Elvis, Janis Joplin, the Carpenters, etc.), the Lennon & McCartney Songbook (artists covering the Beatles' catalog) and Great Groups.

This is the first of the many Sullivan video releases that includes The Band's live performance of "Up on Cripple Creek" from 1969. See page 204 in Levon's book for more about their TV appearance.

Audio and video

[Photo of The Band and Ed Sullivan
The Band shaking hands with Ed Sullivan after the 1969 show

  • Ed Sullivan introducing The Band
  • WAV file
  • Presenting The Band after the performance
  • WAV file
  • The whole performance
  • MPEG3-file
  • "Up on Cripple Creek", Ed Sullivan show, 1969
  • [QuickTime]


    Disc 1

    1. Ike and Tina Turner Revue -- "Proud Mary"
    2. Stevie Wonder -- "Fingertips"
    3. James Brown - medley: "Please, Please, Please"/"Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"
    4. Temptations -- "I Can't Get Next to You"
    5. Stevie Wonder -- "For Once in My Life"
    6. Marvin Gaye -- "Take This Heart of Mine"
    7. 5th Dimension -- "Up, Up and Away"
    8. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles -- "I Second That Emotion" Jackie Wilson -- "Lonely Teardrops"
    9. James Brown -- "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World"
    10. Gladys Knight & the Pips -- "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
    11. Sam & Dave -- "I Thank You"
    12. Ike and Tina Turner Revue -- "Bold Soul Sister"
    13. Diana Ross & the Supremes -- "Love Child"
    14. Janis Joplin -- "Raise Your Hand"
    15. Dusty Springfield -- "Son of a Preacher Man"
    16. Gladys Knight & the Pips -- "If I Were Your Woman"
    17. Supremes -- "You Can't Hurry Love"

    Disc 2

    1. The Band -- "Up on Cripple Creek"
    2. Byrds -- "Turn, Turn, Turn"
    3. Creedence Clearwater Revival -- "Down on the Corner"
    4. Lovin' Spoonful -- "Daydream"
    5. Smokey Robinson & the Miracles -- "Abraham, Martin and John"
    6. Young Rascals -- "Groovin' "
    7. Turtles -- "Happy Together"
    8. Young Rascals -- "Good Lovin' "
    9. Spanky & Our Gang -- "Sunday Will Never Be the Same"
    10. 5th Dimension -- "Stoned Soul Picnic"
    11. Oliver -- "Good Morning Starshine"
    12. Beach Boys -- "Good Vibrations"
    13. The Mamas & the Papas -- "California Dreamin' "
    14. 5th Dimension -- "California Soul"
    15. Turtles -- "She'd Rather Be with Me"
    16. Friends of Distinction -- "Grazing in the Grass"
    17. Beach Boys -- "I Get Around"
    18. The Mamas & the Papas -- "California Dreamin' " (version 2), "Monday, Monday," "Dedicated to the One I Love," "Creeque Alley," "Twelve Thirty," "I Call Your Name"

    Disc 3

    1. Rolling Stones -- "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction"
    2. Animals -- "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood"
    3. James Brown -- "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "I Feel Good"
    4. Jerry Lee Lewis -- "Whole Lotta Shakin' Going on"
    5. Bo Diddley -- "Bo Diddley"
    6. Animals -- "Bring It on Home to Me"
    7. Janis Joplin -- "Maybe"
    8. Elvis Presley -- "Peace in the Valley"
    9. Buddy Holly -- "Oh, Boy!"
    10. The Mamas & the Papas -- "Words of Love"
    11. Bobby Darin -- "Mack then Knife"
    12. Carpenters -- "We've Only Just Begun"
    13. Beatles -- "Ticket to Ride"
    14. Bobby Rydell -- "A World Without Love"
    15. Peter & Gordon -- "I Don't Want to See You Again"
    16. Billy J. Kramer with the Dakotas -- "Bad to Me"
    17. Petula Clark -- "The Fool on the Hill"
    18. Smokey Robinson and the Miracles -- "Yesterday"
    19. Beatles -- "Help!"
    20. Bee Gees -- "Words"
    21. Byrds -- "Mr. Tambourine Man"
    22. Four Tops -- "It's All in the Game"
    23. Temptations - medley: "My Girl"/"I Know I'm Losing You"
    Video stills from The Band's appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, November 2, 1969

    The Band

    Rick Danko

    Levon Helm

    Garth Hudson

    Richard Manuel

    Robbie Robertson

    (Video captures by Dag Bråthen)

    Various Artists - Ed Sullivan's Rock 'n' Roll Classics - 2005 - Ventura Distribution/Sofa Entertainment

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