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R&B Jukebox + Live At The Rock N Roll Palace Volumes Two & Three + Martha Reeves + Bobby Vee + Mary Wells (1980s/Quantum Leap)


Picture: C Sound: C Extras: C- Concert/Compilation: C/D/C-/C-/C



Following up two titles from the same series and 1980s broadcasts, which covered The Platters & The Coasters and Live At The Rock N Roll Palace Volume One, we have received the next two volumes plus an R&B variant with no indication of follow-up and separate volumes on Martha Reeves, Bobby Vee and Mary Wells. Again we get poor footage that looks like it barely survived coming from tapings of the same 1950s jukebox-styled stage all this material was performed on.


On the follow-up Palace volumes, a format of eight acts having two songs a piece is here including a rough Tommy Sands, forgettable Diamonds, mixed Platters, Buddy Holly-less Crickets, OK Ace Cannon, Johnny Tillotson and Bobby Vee, who has his own so-so disc to himself including the two songs here. The third Palace volume includes The Coasters, an off Lou Christie, Bobby Vee again, Joey Dee, Johnny Tillotson again, Platters again and a still surprisingly in tact Bryan Hyland.


The R&B Jukebox includes that bad version of The Dixie Cups with only one of the three original members (which might explain The Pointer Sister knock-off outfits), Coasters, Shirelles in decent form, Sam Moore in good form, Angels in odd form, Crystals in so-so form, latter-day Platters, Contours, Mary Wells and Martha Reeves. The last two ladies get their own discs, with Reeves not having a good night, but Wells offering some of the few performances worth checking out.


All three of the solo discs had to be padded out with more overlapping repeats of other performances, showing that the label is stretching out things a good bit here. Unfortunately, it makes you want to get other materials, especially the original hits, from the original artists.


The 1.33 X 1 image is in color, but is incredibly soft and looks like second or third generation NTSC or PAL analog video with a harsh look all around. The Dolby Digital 2.0 is barely stereo, compressed and somewhat distorted throughout. Extras include previews for other Quantum Leap titles and text on the acts.



- Nicholas Sheffo


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