VA - The British Invasion (The Sullivan Years) 1990 + Video online
Ed Sullivan's variety show was in its day the most popular variety show on television. Many of the world's most loved musical artists got their big break in America playing on Sullivan's show. This release compiles memorable musical moments from that show dating from the mid sixties. The Rolling Stones, The Supremes, Tom Jones, The Animals, The Mamas & the Papas, The Association, and others perform their biggest hits.
Probably the best of TVT's Sullivan series. Sullivan can actually take a good deal of the credit for breaking the British Invasion in the United States, featuring most of the top bands on his show in the mid-'60s. This compilation has 16 songs from 1964-1966 broadcasts by the Searchers, the Animals, Billy J. Kramer, Peter & Gordon, Gerry & the Pacemakers, Herman's Hermits, and Freddie & the Dreamers. Occasionally, it's obvious that they're singing to a backing track, but most of the performances are totally live and make for a pleasant listen, though they don't match or redefine the studio versions; the Animals come off the best. Presumably, material by the Beatles, Rolling Stones, and the Dave Clark Five -- all of whom played on the show several times -- was unavailable for licensing.VA The British Invasion - The Sullivan Years