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Over forty-five years after the Beatles sparked the legendary British Invasion that forever changed the face of popular music, Voyage Digital Media Ltd in association with Reelin' In The Years Productions is proud to announce the release of the first four DVDs in the new British Invasion series. The first four titles are Dusty Springfield - Once Upon A Time 1964-1969, Small Faces - All Or Nothing 1965-1968, Gerry & The Pacemakers - Its Gonna Be All Right 1963-1965 and Herman's Hermits - Listen People 1964-1969. All four DVDs will be sold separately and as a deluxe boxset featuring a bonus fifth disc with special additional content.
Each DVD features at least 15 archival full-length television performances from the 60s, filmed at the time the songs were hits and while the artists were at the height of their careers. Interspersed between the performances, original band members and others who helped create their classic music, talk about each song and recount special moments in the history of the group. In addition, all performances have been transferred from the original master tapes and includes best-possible video and remastered audio. Each DVD also includes a 24-page booklet with insightful and informative essays by noted rock historians as well as previously unseen photos and memorabilia.
Reelin' In the Years has produced some of the most highly-regarded anthology DVD series on the market today including the four-volume, Grammy-nominated American Folk Blues Festival series, the multi-platinum selling Definitive Motown series (Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) and the award winning Jazz Icons series (generally considered the greatest jazz DVD series of all time). For the British Invasion series, no effort has been spared in giving one of the greatest periods in rock and roll the care and respect it deserves. As in all of their projects, each DVD is produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates.
Wednesday, 31st March
The British Invasion Boxset released today in the USA comes with a 5th Bonus Disc featuring an hour of unseen performances from Dusty Springfield and Herman's Hermits as well as 90 minutes of bonus interview footage with Peter Noone, Gerry Marsden, Kenney Jones, Ian McLagan and archival interviews with Dusty Springfield not seen on the other discs. If you already purchased a Boxset through our Official Store we will be happy to sell the Bonus Disc separately to you for a special price of Ł9.99. Please contact us now
Tuesday, 30th March
On February 7, 1964, the Beatles arrived in America, and everything changed. When I say everything, I don’t just mean music. The world was never the same. The societal upheaval was simply unprecedented. The new found freedom the Liverpool quartet inspired would have profound consequences, both positive and negative, for generations to come. And the Beatles were not alone. Behind them marched an army of young British musicians determined to conquer America. This movement of musical troops across our borders became known at the British Invasion. More than 45 years later, a new DVD series is set to storm these shores again with the first four DVDs in a new British Invasion series. The first four titles are: Dusty Springfield – Once Upon A Time 1964-1969 Small Faces – All Or Nothing 1965-1968 Gerry & the Pacemakers – It’s Gonna Be Alright 1963-1965 Herman’s Hermits – Listen People 1964-1969 Each DVD traces the arc of the artist’s career, using complete performance video clips, often culled from television appearances. Interspersed among the clips are contemporary interviews with people who contributed to the music, and archival interviews with artists who are no longer with us. For example, the Small Faces disc features 27 complete song performances, in chronological order, by the band. Many of the performances are completely live, or at least feature live vocals over pre-recorded tracks. To tell the band’s story, there are new interviews with surviving members Ian McLagan, Kenney Jones, and original keyboard player Jimmy Winston, and archival interviews with the late Steve Marriott and Ronnie Lane. There is no commentary or narration. The music and the interviews tell the story. Each disc also includes bonus performances, extended interviews, and a booklet with an informative essay by a leading music writer. Whether you’re going to want all the discs depends on your musical taste, but if you purchase the box set, you get a bonus disc with even more performances and interviews. I was primarily interested in the Small Faces, and Dusty Springfield discs, and neither disappointed. In fact, the Small Faces disc was something of a revelation for me. To call them a British Invasion band is not completely accurate, given that they only had one real hit in America (“Itchycoo Park”), and never toured here. No matter, the disc showcases a fantastic band as they moved from the searing r&b that characterized their early records, to the psychedelia that informed their later sound. I’ve always thought that Steve Marriott was one of the greatest vocalist that rock has ever produced, and that notion was only reinforced by watching this disc. By and large, America missed the Small Faces the first time around. This is an excellent opportunity to correct that oversight. Dusty Springfield was a pop diva before there were pop divas. She was one of the first female artists to record songs that she had written, and though her name was left off the records as a producer, there is widespread agreement that she produced her own records. There are 20 complete performances on the disc. Among them are several taken from Dusty’s appearances at the NME Poll Winners shows at Wembley Arena, and a spectacular duet with Burt Bacharach on his song “A House Is Not A Home.” Bacharach, together with background singers Madeline Bell and Simon Bell, tell Dusty’s story, and a great one it is. She was a perfectionist, in complete control of her performance and her overall career. She chose the songs she would sing, and the musicians to play them. She was also one of the first artists to speak out against apartheid by refusing to perform before segregated audiences in South Africa. For her trouble she was expelled from the country. While the Small Faces and Dusty Springfield discs are absolutely essential, there are delights to be found on the Herman’s Hermits and Gerry & the Pacemakers discs as well. Not only did both bands have some great songs, but seeing Gerry Marsden in a new interview filmed at the Cavern Club in Liverpool is pretty special, as is the presence of Bill Harry, the publisher of Mersey Beat, the magazine that chronicled the Liverpool music scene. The Hermits disc includes a complete concert filmed for Australian television in 1966, and a wonderful essay by music historian Rob Bowman in the accompanying booklet. The British Invasion series was produced by David Peck, Phil Galloway, and Tom Gullota for Reelin’ In the Years Productions. The company was also responsible for the Grammy-nominated American Folk Blues Festival series, as well as the Definitive Motown, and Jazz Icons series.
Friday, 15th January
British Invasion Series gets US Release Date
The Invasion Arrives March 23, 2010
Over forty-five years after the Beatles sparked the legendary 'British Invasion' that forever changed the face of popular music, Reelin' In The Years Productions, in association with Voyage Digital Media, is proud to announce the release of the initial four DVDs in the new British Invasion series. The four titles are Dusty Springfield - Once Upon A Time 1964-1969, Small Faces - All Or Nothing 1965-1968, Gerry & The Pacemakers - It's Gonna Be All Right 1963-1965 and Herman's Hermits - Listen People 1964-1969. Distributed by Naxos of America Inc., all four DVDs will be available separately and as a deluxe boxset featuring a bonus fifth disc with over 2 hours of additional content. Produced by Reelin' In The Years Productions, each DVD features complete 1960's television performances filmed at the time the songs were hits and while the artists were at the height of their careers. Interspersed between the performances, original band members and others who helped create their classic music, talk about each song and recount special moments in the history of the group. In addition, all performances have been transferred from the original master tapes and include best-possible video and remastered audio. Each DVD also includes a 24-page booklet with insights and essays by noted rock historians as well as previously unseen photos and memorabilia. The series, originally released only in the UK in September of 2009, has received both commercial success and critical acclaim, with four-star reviews and inclusion in many year-end “Best Of 2009" lists in the British music press.rnrnReelin' In the Years is the San Diego-based company that has produced some of the most highly-regarded anthology DVD series including the four-volume, GRAMMY-nominated American Folk Blues Festival series, the multi-platinum selling Definitive Motown series (Temptations, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles) and the award winning Jazz Icons series. As in all of their projects, each DVD is produced with the full support and cooperation of the artists or their estates.
Thursday, 10th December
Small Faces 'All Or Nothing 1965-68' has been named the 8th best music DVD of 2009 in Classic Rock Magazine!
Thursday, 8th October
Do you live in/near Bath? Win tickets to see Gerry & The Pacemakers on their Back To The Cavern tour on November 13 with The Bath Chronicle!
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Thursday, 1st October
The current issue of Mojo Magazine has 4* reviews of both the Dusty Springfield and Small Faces DVDs! Buy your copy today
Monday, 28th September
Legendary 70s rockers The Faces are set to re-unite for a one off show without frontman Rod Stewart in London on October 25th - Ronnie Wood, Ian McLagan & Kenney Jones, with Bill Wyman on bass and two guest singers will perform at the fundraiser for the Performing Right Society's Music Members' Benevolent Fund at London's Royal Albert Hall. More info and tickets available at Helping The Heart of Music Make sure you let us know if you're going along!
Monday, 14th September
We are delighted to announce all four DVDs in the series charted in the UK Music DVD Charts this week, with Small Faces and Dusty Springfield entering the Top 10! (Small Faces #8, Dusty Springfield #9). Thank you to everyone who bought a copy, we hope you enjoy watching the DVDs as much as we enjoyed makign them. If you have any comments / reviews of the DVDs you'd like to send us please visit our British Invasion Facebook page.
Monday, 7th September
DVDs Released! We are delighted that the day has finally come for you to be able to own the iconic British Invasion Series on DVD, available from all good stores now! We’d love to hear your thoughts on the series, leave a message on our Facebook or email us
Sunday, 6th September
Please visit our downloads page where you will be able to see and use our exclusive widget containing video content and music from the series on your own websites! Also available for download are desktop wallpapers. Download them now!
Wednesday, 2nd September
Last night our friends at Metropolis Studios hosted a very special launch party for the British Invasion DVD Series. Key members of the press, music industry and fans of the artists featured in the series were treated to a special screening of clips from each DVD plus a unique performance from the legendary Gerry Marsden who also hosted a Q&A and met everyone afterwards. Please visit our Facebook page for photos! Also Gerry signed some DVDs for us, head over to the store where you will be able to pre-order your signed copy now!
Thursday, 27th August
Please visit the British Invasion Facebook page to view photos from yesterday’s very special Gerry & The Pacemakers screening at the Hard Days Night Hotel in Liverpool. Over 120 people attended, our thanks go to Gerry Marsden, Spencer Leigh from Radio Merseyside for hosting the evening so spectacularly and to the Hard Days Night Hotel for making the screening possible.
Thursday, 20th August
Gerry Marsden will be attending a special one-off screening of 'It's Gonna Be All Right 1963-1965' on Wednesday 26th August 2009 at Liverpool's Hard Days Night Hotel on North John Street. For your chance to win tickets to attend please subscribe to the mailing list which will keep you updated with the British Invasion Series. The 10 lucky winners will be chosen at random at noon on Monday 24th August and notified by email. The prize guarantees entry to the screening only, travel not included. Good luck!