Wednesday, 8 September 2010

Singing For Mr Ed

Mark Altrogge, like many other, found the Beatles appearance on the Ed Sullivan Show life changing. Now those of us who weren't born then (or just watching whatever was on the other channel) can see what we missed, complete with it's cheesy surroundings.

Associated Press reports that

a reissued DVD about the Beatles' initial appearances on "The Ed Sullivan Show" is like cracking open a time capsule.

Almost as interesting as the band making its musical introduction to America in 1964 is the context in which it is placed. The DVD presents the programs exactly as they appeared that night — complete with hapless magicians or comedians, commercials that would shame "Mad Men" and illustrations of how the pace of television has changed.

The DVD, The 4 Complete Ed Sullivan Shows Starring the Beatles, is similar to one made available previously, but with punched-up video and sound quality.

"It's like they were in color and everybody else was in black and white," said Andrew Solt, CEO of SOFA Entertainment. Watching the magician with the hard luck of following the Beatles to the stage that first night is painful. Fred Kaps' show biz career never really recovered from that moment, Solt said. It seemed his routine would never end.

Twenty songs in all are performed, including three versions of "I Want to Hold Your Hand."

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