Various Artists

The Old Grey Whistle Test

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To longtime fans of the legendary BBC music series Old Grey Whistle Test, do not raise your hopes for this 2010 compilation: it does not feature live performances from the show, it rounds up 38 album cuts and hits from artists that appeared on the show during the ’70s and early ‘80s. To be sure, this includes plenty of great music from everybody from the Faces to Television, Judee Sill to Warren Zevon, so anybody looking for a far-ranging sampler of the album-rock era will find this engaging…but the album isn’t sold that way, it’s billed as The Old Grey Whistle Test, setting expectations that it contains music from the show, and anybody hoping for that will be sorely let down by this otherwise acceptable compilation.

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