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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live, The

Time Life // Unrated // October 20, 2009
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Review by Phil Bacharach | posted October 14, 2009 | E-mail the Author
The Show:

Time Life is celebrating the 25th anniversary of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with a slam-bang nine-disc collection, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live. Featuring scores -- and I do mean scores -- of music performances and speeches from a quarter-century's worth of Hall of Fame inductions, this anthology runs the gamut of stars and styles, from the mellow croon of James Taylor to the slash-and-burn of Metallica. It's exhaustive stuff, to be sure (and somewhat exhausting, perhaps) but how can any self-respecting rock 'n' roll buff not be at least partially mesmerized?

The featured acts boast many of the greatest rock 'n' rollers of all time, not particularly surprising given that the performances are from annual Hall of Fame ceremonies. The star-studded lineup includes but is hardly limited to: AC/DC, Aerosmith, Chuck Berry, Jackson Browne, Elvis Costello, Aretha Franklin, Don Henley, John Lee Hooker, Mick Jagger, Etta James, Billy Joel, Elton John, The Kinks, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Paul McCartney, John Mellencamp, Roy Orbison, Queen, Bonnie Raitt, R.E.M., Keith Richards, Robbie Robertson, Patti Smith, Bruce Springsteen, U2, The Who, Steve Winwood and ZZ Top. The wealth of talent makes for one helluva hootenanny, with the quality of performance ranging from gloriously precise to gloriously sloppy, bland to incendiary.

Just don't expect much thematic cohesion in The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live DVD set. Performances and induction speeches are presented out of chronological order, and stabs at musical continuity -- the soul/R&B of I'll Take You There, for example, or the early rock 'n' roll of Whole Lotta Shakin' -- seem half-hearted, at best. The good folks at Time Life even appear to have lost interest in designating the order of "volumes."

Still, part of the fun is combing through the multi-disc extravaganza. Highlights are plentiful. In 1993, Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder took the microphone to perform with the surviving members of the Doors, with astounding results that would have made Jim Morrison proud. Jefferson Airplane in 1996 ripped into a bracing version of "Volunteers," even without the presence of Grace Slick. Kid Rock joined Aerosmith on stage in 2001 for a hard-charging "Sweet Emotion."

U2 and Bruce Springsteen teamed up in 2005 for a soaring rendition of "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." Blues fans are certain to swoon over legends Buddy Guy, B.B. King and Eric Clapton sharing the stage for "Let Me Love You Baby." Real-life guitar heroes Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Joe Perry and Flea join Metallica for the classic "The Train Kept a-Rollin'."

Other performers who brought their A-game to the proceedings include Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello and the Attractions, John Lee Hooker, Tina Turner, Bonnie Raitt and the Staple Singers.

Lowlights: Whether Stephen Stills is playing with Crosby, Stills & Nash or Buffalo Springfield, his hippie-dippy cajoling of the audience to sing along smacks of desperation. The Pretenders are inexplicably bleeped in an otherwise solid run through their post-punk anthem, "Precious." The Who, the Band and the Byrds turn in surprisingly groggy performances. And the shows' disorganized closing jams, in which everyone on stage is deemed part of the so-called Rock Hall Jam Band, are more self-congratulatory than sizzling.

That doesn't really matter, though. The sheer scope and variety of this box set -- which is initially available exclusively through or -- are overwhelming. If you like rock or pop, chances are there will be at least a couple dozen of songs to your liking.

Now, whether rock 'n' roll is a genre that should be commemorated by old men in tuxedos at highfaluting affairs is a debate for another time.

During Cream's 1993 induction in the Hall of Fame, Clapton suggested there is something antithetical about rock 'n' roll being respectable, and I would contend the guy has a point.

The program on each disc is as follows:

Light My Fire, Vol. 1

The emphasis here is on Sixties-era rock, with stellar performances by Jefferson Airplane, Cream, the Doors and Santana. Mick Jagger gives a warm and funny induction speech honoring the Beatles. Dhani Harrison, the son of the late George Harrison, joins Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood and Prince for a terrific version of "While My Guitar Gentle Weeps." A shambling take of the Beatles' "I Saw Her Standing There" encompasses the likes of Jagger, Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel and Ringo Starr.

Mick Jagger inducts The Beatles, 1988

"I Saw Her Standing There" -- Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen & The Rock Hall Jam Band (Paul Shaffer, Keith Richards, Ringo Starr, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, Dave Edmunds, Les Paul, Mary Wilson, etc.) in tribute to The Beatles, 1988

Cream acceptance speech, 1993

"Sunshine of Your Love" -- Cream, 1993

Bruce Springsteen inducts Roy Orbison, 1987

"Oh, Pretty Woman" -- Roy Orbison, Bruce Springsteen & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1987

Creedence Clearwater Revival acceptance speech, 1993

"Green River" -- John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen & Robbie Robertson, 1993

Eddie Vedder inducts The Doors, 1993

"Light My Fire" -- Eddie Vedder & The Doors, 1993

Tom Petty inducts Buffalo Springfield, 1997

"For What It's Worth" -- Crosby, Stills & Nash & Tom Petty, 1997

Phil Lesh and Mickey Hart induct Jefferson Airplane, 1996

"Volunteers" -- Jefferson Airplane, 1996

Santana acceptance speech, 1998

"Black Magic Woman" -- Santana with Peter Green, 1998

Crosby, Stills & Nash acceptance speech, 1997

"Teach Your Children" -- Crosby, Stills & Nash with James Taylor & Emmylou Harris, 1997

Jackson Browne acceptance speech, 2004

"Running on Empty" -- Jackson Browne

Eric Clapton inducts The Band, 1994

"The Weight" -- The Band with Eric Clapton, 1994

Bruce Springsteen acceptance speech, 1999

"The Promised Land" -- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 1999

Olivia and Dhani Harrison acceptance speech for George Harrison, 2004

"Handle with Care" -- Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood & Dhani Harrison in tribute to George Harrison, 2004

"While My Guitar Gently Weeps" -- Tom Petty, Jeff Lynne, Steve Winwood, Dhani Harrison & Prince in tribute to George Harrison, 2004

Sweet Emotion, Vol. 2

Not much musical consistency in this smorgasbord of hard rock, alternative and heavy metal. R.E.M. and Eddie Vedder sound great doing R.E.M.'s "Man on the Moon." Metallica is searing in "Master of Puppets," while Bruce Springsteen and his E Street Band bring down the house for a shimmering version of "Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out."

"Wake Up, Little Susie" -- Jackson Browne & Melissa Etheridge, 1995

The Rolling Stones acceptance speech, 1989

"(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction" -- Mick Jagger, Bruce Springsteen & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1988

"Honky Tonk Women" -- Mick Jagger, Tina Turner & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1988

"Woodstock" -- James Taylor in tribute to Joni Mitchell, 1997

James Taylor inducts Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1997

"Wooden Ships" -- Crosby, Stills & Nash, 1997

R.E.M. acceptance speech, 2007

"Man on the Moon" -- R.E.M. and Eddie Vedder, 2007

Kid Rock inducts Aerosmith, 2001

"Sweet Emotion" -- Aerosmith & Kid Rock, 2001

Keith Richards inducts ZZ Top, 2004

"La Grange" -- ZZ Top, 2004

"Tush" -- ZZ Top, 2004

AC/DC acceptance speech, 2003

"Highway to Hell" -- AC/DC, 2003

Flea inducts Metallica, 2009

"Master of Puppets" -- Metallica, 2009

Bono inducts Bruce Springsteen, 1999

"Tenth Avenue Freeze-Out" -- Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 1999

Bruce Springsteen inducts U2, 2005

"Pride (in the Name of Love)" -- U2, 2005

Neil Young inducts The Jimi Hendrix Experience, 1992

"All Along the Watchtower" -- The Rock Hall Jam Band (Paul Shaffer, Neil Young, Keith Richards, Santana, John Fogerty, etc.) in tribute to The Jimi Hendrix Experience

Start Me Up

Kind of a sonic grab bag. Billy Joel shows his witty side in paying tribute to John Mellencamp. U2 and the Boss prove a perfect fit in covering U2's "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For." It helps make up for some disappointing turns by the Who and the Byrds.

"Won't Get Fooled Again" -- The Who & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1990

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers acceptance speech, 2002

"American Girl" -- Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, 2002

Kid Rock inducts Lynyrd Skynyrd, 2006

"Sweet Home Alabama" -- Lynyrd Skynyrd with Kid Rock, 2006

The Righteous Brothers acceptance speech, 2003

"You've Lost that Lovin' Feelin'" -- The Righteous Brothers, 2003

The Byrds acceptance speech, 1991

"Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is a Season)" -- The Byrds with Don Henley & Jackson Browne, 1991

The Mamas and the Papas acceptance speech, 1998

"California Dreamin'" -- The Mamas and the Papas, 1998

"Born Under a Bad Sign" -- Cream, 1993

Traffic acceptance speech, 2004

"Dear Mr. Fantasy" -- Traffic, 2004

Fleetwood Mac acceptance speech, 1998

"Say You Love Me" -- Fleetwood Mac, 1998

Dave Grohl & Taylor Hawkins induct Queen, 2001

"Tie Your Mother Down" -- Queen with Dave Grohl & Taylor Hawkins, 2001

Ray Charles inducts Billy Joel, 1999

"Only the Good Die Young" -- Billy Joel, 1999

The Rolling Stones acceptance speech, 1989

"Start Me Up" -- Mick Jagger & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1989

Billy Joel inducts John Mellencamp, 2008

"Pink Houses" -- John Mellencamp, 2008

U2 acceptance speech, 2005

"I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" -- U2 with Bruce Springsteen, 2005

Feelin' Alright, Vol. 4

Rock 'n' roll pioneers are showcased in this volume featuring the likes of Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Chubby Checker and Bo Diddley. Tina Turner is in fine voice doing "River Deep--Mountain High" alongside an impromptu band that includes Paul Simon, Little Richard and Stevie Wonder. Eric Clapton and Robbie Robertson serve up a slice of blues manna in "Farther on Up the Road."

Bill Graham at first Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, 1986

"Roll Over Beethoven" -- Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1986

"Tutti Frutti" -- Little Richard, 1986

Bo Diddley acceptance speech, 1987

"Bo Diddley" -- Bo Diddley (duh!) with Eric Clapton & Robbie Robertson, 1987

Eric Clapton acceptance speech, 2000

"Farther on Up the Road" -- Eric Clapton with Robbie Robertson, 2000

Little Richard inducts Otis Redding, 1989

"(Sittin' on) The Dock of the Bay" -- Little Richard in tribute to Otis Redding, 1989

Tina Turner inducts Phil Spector, 1989

"River Deep -- Mountain High" -- Tina Turner with the Rock Hall Jam Band, 1989

Etta James acceptance speech, 1993

"At Last" -- Etta James, 1993

"Shout" -- The Isley Brothers & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1992

"The Twist" -- Chubby Checker & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1986

Keith Richards inducts The Ronettes, 2007

"Be My Baby" -- The Ronettes, 2007

"I Can't Turn You Loose" -- Little Richard, Mick Jagger & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1989

Tom Hanks inducts The Dave Clark Five, 2005

"Glad All Over" -- Joan Jett, John Mellencamp, John Fogerty & Billy Joel in tribute to The Dave Clark Five, 2005

Little Steven Van Zandt inducts The Rascals, 1997

"People Got to Be Free" -- The Rascals, 1997

Traffic acceptance speech, 2004

"Feelin' Alright" -- Dave Mason & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 2004

"How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You" -- James Taylor & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 2006

"Beck's Bolero" -- Jeff Beck & Jimmy Page, 2009

"Sweet Little Rock and Roller" -- Kid Rock & The Rock Hall Jam Band

"Johnny B. Goode" -- Chucky Berry with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 1995

Whole Lotta Shakin', Vol. 5

With an emphasis on rock 'n' roll from the Fifties and Sixties, this volume is among the most solid in the collection. John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt share the stage for a raw, sexy version of Hooker's blues classic, "I'm in the Mood." If that wasn't enough, B.B. King and Eric Clapton join Buddy Guy for a rousing take on "Let Me Love You Baby." Still, nothing can top the dazzling lineup of Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, Joe Perry, Ron Wood, Flea and Metallica conjuring up rock heaven in "The Train Kept a-Rollin'."

Quincy Jones inducts Ray Charles, 1986

"What'd I Say?" - Billy Joel & The Rock Hall Jam Band (Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Bonnie Raitt, Dion, Robbie Robertson, Paul Shaffer, etc.) in tribute to Ray Charles, 1989

Johnny Cash acceptance speech, 1992

"Big River" - Johnny Cash & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1992

"Stand by Me" - Ben E. King & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1992

Hank Williams Jr. inducts Jerry Lee Lewis, 1986

"Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On" - Jerry Lee Lewis, 1986

Bonnie Raitt inducts Ruth Brown, 1993

"Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean" - Ruth Brown with Bonnie Raitt, 1993

John Lee Hooker acceptance speech, 1991

"I'm in the Mood" - John Lee Hooker with Bonnie Raitt, 1991

Buddy Guy acceptance speech, 2005

"Let Me Love You Baby" - Buddy Guy with B.B. King & Eric Clapton, 2005

"Runaway" - Billy Joel with Bonnie Raitt in tribute to Del Shannon, 1999

Sam Phillips inducts Carl Perkins, 1987

"Blue Suede Shoes" - Paul McCartney & The Rock Hall Jam Band in tribute to Carl Perkins, 1999

Bruce Springsteen inducts Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1993

"Born on the Bayou" - John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen & Robbie Robertson, 1993

The Doors acceptance speech, 1993

"Break on Through" - Eddie Vedder & The Doors, 1993

"Backstreets" - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 1999

Jimmy Page inducts Jeff Beck, 2009

"The Train Kept a-Rollin'" - Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Joe Perry, Flea & Metallica

Come Together

A more contemporary vibe marks this collection of performances and speeches. Paul McCartney and Yoko Ono hug on the occasion of John Lennon's induction into the Hall. Bruce Springsteen inducts Jackson Browne and admits his envy at Browne's success with women. The surviving members of Creedence Clearwater Revival don't do much to hide their dislike of one another during their 1993 induction. Elvis Costello and the Attractions give a blistering rendition of Nick Lowe's "(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding." The misguided pairing of Axl Rose and Bruce Springsteen doesn't do the Fab Four any favors in "Come Together."

Eddie Vedder inducts The Ramones, 2002

"Blitzkrieg Bop" -- Green Day in tribute to The Ramones, 2006

Blondie acceptance speech, 2006

"Call Me" - Blondie, 2006

Elvis Costello acceptance speech, 2003

"(What's So Funny 'Bout) Peace, Love and Understanding" - Elvis Costello and the Attractions, 2003

Paul McCartney inducts John Lennon, 2004

"Come Together" - Bruce Springsteen and Axl Rose in tribute to John Lennon, 2004

"Roadhouse Blues" - Eddie Vedder & The Doors, 1994

Bruce Springsteen inducts Creedence Clearwater Revival, 1993

"Who'll Stop the Rain?" - John Fogerty, Bruce Springsteen & Robbie Robertson, 1993

Cream acceptance speech, 1993

"Crossroads" - Cream, 1993

Bruce Springsteen inducts Jackson Browne, 2004

"The Pretender" - Jackson Browne, 2004

Patti Smith acceptance speech, 2007

"Because the Night" -- Patti Smith, 2007

"People Have the Power" -- Patti Smith, 2007

"Be-Bop-a-Lula" -- Jonny Lang & Jeff Beck, 1998

Jeff Beck inducts Rod Stewart, 1994

"People Get Ready" -- Jeff Beck in tribute to Rod Stewart, 1994

Message of Love

Melissa Etheridge delivers a soulful acoustic cover of Janis Joplin's "Piece of My Heart." James Taylor proves he can still hit the emotional buttons with "Fire and Rain." Lynyrd Skynyrd proves it doesn't get the joke and launches into "Free Bird." The Pretenders get time for three songs, but Chrissie Hynde's f-bomb in "Precious" is censored and she substitutes a Stevie Nicks reference for Brigitte Bardot in "Message of Love." I respectfully disapprove.

Bono inducts The Who, 1990

"Substitute" - The Who & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1990
"Pinball Wizard" - The Who & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1990

Melissa Etheridge inducts Janis Joplin, 1985

"Piece of My Heart" - Melissa Etheridge in tribute to Janis Joplin, 1985

Paul McCartney inducts James Taylor, 2000

"Fire and Rain" - James Taylor, 2000

The Bee Gees acceptance speech, 1997

"Massachusetts / You Should Be Dancing" - The Bee Gees, 1997

John Mellencamp acceptance speech, 2008

"Small Town" - John Mellencamp, 2008

Bonnie Raitt acceptance speech, 2000

"Thing Called Love" - Bonnie Raitt with Melissa Etheridge & Bruce Hornsby, 2000

Neil Young inducts The Pretenders, 2005

"Message of Love" - The Pretenders, 2005

"My City Was Gone" - The Pretenders, 2005

"Precious" - The Pretenders, 2005

Black Sabbath acceptance speech, 2006

"Iron Man" - Metallica in tribute to Black Sabbath, 2008

Lynyrd Skynyrd acceptance speech, 2008

"Free Bird" - Lynyrd Skynyrd, 2008

I'll Take You There

Emphasizing soul and R&B, this anthology captures performances by such greats as Aretha Franklin, Al Green, Isaac Hayes and Parliament-Funkadelic. Percy Sledge does a commanding "When a Man Loves a Woman" (a song you just know he's sick to death of singing), while Franklin and Green are spellbinding. Mary J. Blige stumbles over her induction of Solomon Burke. He deserved better.

Rod Stewart inducts Percy Sledge, 2005

"When a Man Loves a Woman" -- Percy Sledge, 2005

Justin Timberlake inducts The O'Jays, 2005

"Love Train" - The O'Jays, 2005

Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff acceptance speech, 2008

"Only the Strong Survive" - Jerry Butler in tribute to Gamble & Huff, 2008

Mary J. Blige inducts Solomon Burke, 2001

"Cry to Me" - Solomon Burke, 2001

Fred Schneider and Kate Pierson induct Martha and the Vandellas, 1995

"Dancing in the Street" - Martha and the Vandellas, 1995

Stevie Wonder inducts The Four Tops, 1990

"I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)" - The Four Tops & The Rock Hall Jam Band, 1990

Booker T. and the MG's acceptance speech, 1992

"Green Onions" - Booker T. and the MG's & The Rock Hall Jam, 1992

Isaac Hayes acceptance speech, 2002

"Theme from 'Shaft'" - Isaac Hayes, 2002

The Staple Singers acceptance speech, 1999

"I'll Take You There" - The Staple Singers, 1999

Ahmet Ertegun acceptance speech, 1987

"Don't Play that Song (You Lied)" - Aretha Franklin in tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, 2007

"I Never Loved a Man (the Way I Love You)" - Aretha Franklin in tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, 2007

Al Green acceptance speech, 1995

"Take Me to the River" - Al Green, 1995

Prince inducts Parliament-Funkadelic, 1997

"Tear the Roof off the Sucker (Give Up the Funk)" - Parliament-Funkadelic, 1997

"In the Midnight Hour" - Wilson Pickett with Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, 1999

The Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Vol. 9

Highlights from the 1995 Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that commemorated the facility's opening in Cleveland, Ohio.

"R.O.C.K. in the U.S.A." -- John Mellencamp

"It's My Life" - Eric Burdon & Bon Jovi

"(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman" - Aretha Franklin

"Sweet Jane" - Lou Reed & Soul Asylum

"Midnight Rider" - The Allman Brothers Band with Sheryl Crow

"All Day and All of the Night" - The Kinks

"The Battle of Evermore" - Ann and Nancy Wilson

"Fortunate Son" -- John Fogerty with Booker T. and the MG's

"I Got You (I Feel Good)" - James Brown

"Tired of Being Alone" - Al Green

"A Change Is Gonna Come" - Al Green

The DVDs

All nine DVDs are in separate plastic keepcases and housed in a study cardboard slipcover.

The Video:

Picture quality is all over the map, from shoddy, washed-out video to stellar images of sharp detail and lines. Essentially, everything from the 1980s and early '90s is dicey, with ghosting, pixilation and grain occasionally evident. The 1987 clip of Bruce Springsteen inducting Roy Orbison is particularly rough-going. But the good news is that the vast bulk of material is in great shape, with no serious discernible flaws.

The Audio:

Each volume boasts 2.0 Dolby Digital Stereo or 5.1 Surround. Both are crisp and lively, but the latter is the obvious way to go. Audio is of the utmost importance in a package like this, and the production delivers with clear, rich and immersive sound.


All but one disc contains hours of bonus material. The chief extras are full induction and acceptance speeches, as well as copious amounts of rehearsal and backstage footage. Viewers can select "play all" or view each clip separately. In addition, all nine DVDs feature succinct and interesting liner notes.

Light My Fire, Vol. 1

Induction speeches with a total running time just north of an hour include Paul McCartney inducting John Lennon (1994), Bruce Springsteen inducting Jackson Browne (2004), Elton John inducting The Beach Boys (1988), Rolling Stone's Jann Wenner inducting The Sex Pistols (2006) and Pete Townshend inducting The Rolling Stones (1989).

Backstage and rehearsal footage (total running time 33:50) includes John Fogerty, Robbie Robertson and Bruce Springsteen rehearsal (1993); Cream rehearsal (1993); Phil Lesh, Mickey Hart, Paul Kantner, Jack Cassidy and Jorma Kaukonen backstage (1996); Crosby, Stills & Nash rehearsal (1997); and The Band and Eric Clapton rehearsal (1994).

Sweet Emotion, Vol. 2

Induction speeches (trt 1:15:20) include Mick Jagger inducting The Beatles (1988), Flea inducting Metallica (2009), Keith Richards inducting Leo Fender (1992), James Taylor inducting Crosby, Stills & Nash (1997), Paul McCartney inducting James Taylor (2000) and Billy Joel inducting The Righteous Brothers (2003).

Backstage and rehearsal footage, with an aggregate length just past 20 minutes, includes James Taylor rehearsal (1997) and Metallica rehearsal (2009).

Start Me Up

Speeches (trt:15:40) include: Jakub Dylan inducting Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers (2002), Lou Reed inducting Dion (1989), Dave Matthews inducting Traffic (2004), Ray Charles inducting Billy Joel (1999), Billy Joel inducting John Mellencamp (2008), Kid Rock inducting Lynyrd Skynyrd (2006) and Tom Petty and Jeff Lynne inducting George Harrison (2004).

Backstage and rehearsal footage (trt 12:15) includes backstage (2003), backstage (2004) and Lynyrd Skynyrd and Kid Rock rehearsal (2006).

Feelin' Alright, Vol. 4

Induction speeches (trt 1:09:46) feature Tom Hanks inducting The Dave Clark Five (2008), Robbie Robertson inducting Eric Clapton (2000), U2 inducting The Who (1990), Keith Richards inducting ZZ Top (2004), Led Zeppelin induction (2005) and The Rascals induction (1997).

Backstage and rehearsal footage includes backstage (1994) and The Rascals rehearsal (1997). Total running time is 12 minutes, 54 seconds.

Whole Lotta Shakin', Vol. 5

Induction speeches include Bono inducting Bruce Springsteen (1999), David Byrne inducting David Bowie (1996), Melissa Etheridge inducting Bonnie Raitt (2000), Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield inducting Black Sabbath (2006) and The Edge inducting The Clash (2003). Total running time is approximately 77 minutes.

Backstage and rehearsal footage (trt 26:17) features Jerry Lee Lewis and Bruce Springsteen in rehearsal at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995); Jeff Beck, Jimmy Page, Ron Wood, Joe Perry, Flea and Metallica rehearsal (2009) and The Doors and Eddie Vedder in rehearsal (1993).

Come Together

Speeches (trt 1:39:07) feature Blondie acceptance speech (2006), The Edge inducting The Yardbirds (1992), Bono inducting Bob Marley (1994), Steven Tyler inducting AC/DC (2003), John Mellencamp inducting The Lovin' Spoonful (2000), The Grateful Dead induction (1994), Jefferson Airplane acceptance speech (1996), Axl Rose inducting Elton John (1994) and Bruce Springsteen inducting U2 (2005).

Backstage and rehearsal footage (trt 13:17) includes Elton John, Bernie Taupin and Axl Rose backstage (1994) and Blondie rehearsal (2006).

Message of Love

Induction speeches (trt 1:03:39) spotlight John Fogerty inducting The Ventures (3008), Sheryl Crow inducting Fleetwood Mac (1998), Elton John inducting Elvis Costello and The Attractions (2003), Keith Richards inducting Chuck Berry (1986), Neil Young inducting Mo Ostin (2003) and Little Richard inducting the Isley Brothers (1992).

Backstage and rehearsal footage includes Lynyrd Skynyrd rehearsal (2006), the Bee Gees rehearsal (1997) and Metallica rehearsal (2006). Aggregate running time is 34 minutes, 33 seconds.

I'll Take You There

Induction speeches (trt 1:12:38) boast Ronnie Wood inducting Bobby Womack (2009), Paul Simon inducting Stevie Wonder (1989), George Clinton inducting Sly and the Family Stone (1993), Mariah Carey inducting Gladys Knight and the Pips (1996), k.d. lang inducting Etta James, 1993, Smokey Robinson inducting Little Anthony and the Imperials (2009), Jerry Butler inducting Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff (2008), Billy Joel inducting Sam and Dave (1992), Bonnie Raitt inducting Charles Brown (1999), Ray Charles inducting Nat King Cole (2000) and Steve Winwood inducting James Brown (1986).

Backstage and rehearsal footage (trt 20:43) has Parliament-Funkadelic backstage (1997); Bobby Womack, Robbie Robertson and Paul Shaffer backstage (1995); rehearsal of Solomon Burke talking about Wilson Pickett (2006); James Brown and director Joel Gallen backstage at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995); and Al Green, Robbie Robertson and Aretha Franklin in rehearsal at the Concert for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (1995).

Final Thoughts:

Rock 'n' roll fanatics will find lots to love in this nine-disc celebration of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Time Life has crammed it all in here, from the early-day pioneers to the more cutting-edge of contemporary acts. While there are some notable omissions -- Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Bob Marley, The Clash, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Jackie Wilson, Van Morrison and Miles Davis are but a few of the no-mentions here - why quibble? This is about as inclusive as it gets.

But is The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Live DVD box set worth the hefty $120 price tag? (a $40 three-DVD version is also available). That's what separates the diehard from the fair-weather fan. But (with apologies to Led Zeppelin and AC/DC) if it's been a long time since you rock and rolled, well, prepare to be saluted. This is a keeper.

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