In the early '70s, rock & roll experienced a revival of sorts in the U.S. due to the success of such movies as American Graffiti and the popular TV show Happy Days. But the revival first reached a feverish pitch in the U.K., where in August of 1972, a sterling cast of early rock & roll trailblazers united for a concert at the mammoth Wembley Stadium. The 84-minute-long London Rock & Roll Show captures the highlights from that day, as such big-name artists as Bo Diddley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, Chuck Berry, and Bill Halley & the Comets rocked out in front of thousands of dancing admirers (many of whom dressed in a retro '50s style). You can't go wrong with solid versions of Bo Diddley's "Roadrunner," Jerry Lee Lewis' "Whole Lotta Shakin'," Bill Haley's "Rock Around the Clock," Little Richard's "Tutti Frutti," and Chuck Berry's "Little Queenie," which is mixed with interview snippets with Mick Jagger recalling his early rock & roll memories, as well as an inadvertently hilarious short performance from Screaming Lord Sutch, which takes on Spinal Tap-ish proportions (dressed as a ghoul with dry ice blowing in the breeze during their mid-afternoon set in the bright sun, the crowd shows their appreciation by sitting down throughout). Nevertheless, London Rock & Roll Show is a must-have for fans of '50s rock.
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AllMusic Review by Greg Prato