Performances selected from the BBC’s 30th Anniversary Old Grey Whistle Test compilation are being released on DVD in America. The first of the series, which features U2 among others, is available today.
The Old Grey Whistle Test was the U.K.’s first live music show. It ran from 1971 to 1987 and got it’s name from a phrase used by doormen working in music publishing houses in London’s Denmark Street, a.k.a ‘Tin Pan Alley’: “When they got the first pressing of a record they would play it to people they called the old greys. The ones they could remember and could whistle having heard it just once or twice had passed the old grey whistle test.” (more about the show)
U2 (playing I Will Follow), R.E.M., John Lennon, Mick Jagger, Bob Marley, The Ramones and others all feature on the first of this series of DVDs.
Warner Brothers have made various streams available.
In total, the DVD includes more than three hours of music and interviews with 28 songs by 28 different acts. Bonus feature include rare interviews with Mick Jagger, Robert Plant, John Lennon among others, a pictures gallery and producer commentary with beind the scenes stories.