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Gene Vincent - At 'Town Hall Party'
Umbrella Entertainment/AV Channel . R4 . B&W . 48 mins . E . PAL


Gene Vincent was born in 1935. By the early 1950s he was working under two great handicaps - he was in constant pain following a 1955 motorcycle accident, and he worked continually under the shadow of The Great Fried Donut, Elvis Presley.

He created one great hit which has given him rock immortality, Be-Bop-a-Lula, which became the rockabilly anthem.

This DVD gives us highlights from five performances at the live-to-air concert show 'Town Hall Party', recorded between October 1958 and November 1959.


I've always admired Gene Vincent's work. But not even I could sit through this DVD.

We have to take a Kinescope recording with a lot of goodwill and flexibility. But compared to the Eddie Cochran DVD in the same series, which was recorded under the same conditions, this is frightful. The image is poor but viewable, but the audio is thin and edgy and totally unpleasant. It's a great shame - these are obviously historic performances.

The booklet is a multi-page comprehensive souvenir-style presentation.

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  •   And I quote...
    "Historical performances by the rockabilly idol Gene Vincent, but marred by thin and edgy audio which moves from bad to totally intolerable."
    - Anthony Clarke
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