“This could be the night — the night I’ve waited for.”
David McCallum conducts and introduces various rock and folk musicians from the 1960s — including Ray Charles, Petula Clark, The Lovin’ Spoonful, Bo Diddley, Joan Baez, The Ronettes, The Byrds, Donovan, and Ike and Tina Turner — as they perform for an enthusiastic audience in Los Angeles.
Genres, Themes, Actors, and Directors:
- Concert Films
- Rock ‘n Roll
This follow-up to The T.A.M.I. Show (1964) — distributed by AIP — was yet another attempt to chronicle and cash in on popular music acts of the day. As such, it’s essentially more of the same but different performers — and, as with The T.A.M.I. Show, some acts will appeal to individual viewers more than others. It’s always wonderful to see Ray Charles, for instance — and Joan Baez sings a lovely cover of “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling”, while The Byrds perform “Turn! Turn! Turn! To Everything There is a Season” (never not a timely reminder). I wasn’t familiar with Scottish singer-songwriter Donovan, so it was interesting to hear a few of his ballads. However, this isn’t must-see viewing as a cinematic outing — only for fans of this particular musical era.
Redeeming Qualities and Moments:
- Many enjoyable musical numbers
No; this one is only must-see for fans of this era of music.