Mixed Media Gift Guide

Various Artists
The Best of Hullabaloo Collection

Fans of ’60s music television will be glad to know that dvd compilations of clips from the Hullabaloo NBC television series are back in print, clocking in at one hour each over four separate discs. Although televised for less than two years, the weekly show was one of the key programs to feature pop music with such acts as Dionne Warwick, Marianne Faithfull, The Supremes, The Animals, Dusty Springfield, The Hollies, The Ronettes and The Four Tops.

Eagles | History of the Eagles: The Story of An American Band

The Eagles’ Their Greatest Hits (1971-1975) is the biggest selling album of all time (occasionally alternating with Michael Jackson’s Thriller). Through the years, the group has broken up, changed personnel and delighted legions of fans while simultaneously having a rocky relationship with the press. This authorized two-disc documentary does not delve deeply into any of these issues but it is highly entertaining and does reflect what an impressive group The Eagles were. There is much about their excesses, but maybe not really enough about what a truly great live group they were in the ’70s. A bonus disc from a stop on the Hotel California tour in 1977 features the group at its zenith.

Graham Parker & The Rumour | This Is Live
(Shout Factory)

During the initial blast of punk and new wave in the mid- to late-’70s, there were few groups as good as Graham Parker & The Rumour. Although the group was neatly pegged as one of the angry young groups of punk, it was a classic English rock and soul band that would have sounded right at any time in music history. This concert, Filmed at the Belasco Theater in 2012, to be used as part of Judd Apatow’s movie This is 40, proves that time has not slowed the group down. Parker and the five original members are reunited after the frontman’s solo stint that started in 1980 and sound as vital as ever.

Bryan Ferry
Live In Lyon
(Eagle Rock Entertainment)

Bryan Ferry has had a long, successful solo career even while his legendary Roxy Music was still recording albums. This new concert dvd, filmed in France, is a glorious evening of music with Ferry performing solo songs, well-chosen covers and a healthy dose of Roxy gems. With support from the likes of Andy Newmark, Neil Hubbard and others, Ferry croons his way through an evening of timeless music done with style and force. The bonus feature on the making of his Olympia album is the icing on the cake.

Various Artists
12 12 12: The Concert for Sandy Relief

The wounds of the devastating hurricane were still very raw when this show happened. Still, the benefit was a way to celebrate the people and musicians of the New York metro area. While hometown favorites Billy Joel and Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band just about steal the show, Paul McCartney, The Who, Roger Waters and Eric Clapton spearhead a British contingent that also includes Chris Martin of Coldplay performing solo. The highlight of this dvd might be The Rolling Stones, whose two songs are simply not enough.