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Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary 3 DVD Set

On 14 May 1988 the Atlantic Records label held its 40th Anniversary Celebration by staging a non-stop concert lasting almost 13 hours[1] at Madison Square Garden, New York. The event was dubbed "It's Only Rock And Roll". This 5.5 hour concert comes on 3 DVDs. Some of the artist listed below may have not made the televised version but you still get a great concert.

Only artists who had released material on the Atlantic label in the United States performed, with the artists spanning the 40 years of the company's existence. Lavern Baker and Ruth Brown were the longest tenured Atlantic acts to perform, while Debbie Gibson was the most recent Atlantic signing to make an appearance at the event.

Some Atlantic signings, who had either officially split up or who had not performed together for a number of years, re-formed especially to perform at the concert. These artists included The Rascals, Iron Butterfly, and the former members of Led Zeppelin. Other notable performers included Yes, Genesis, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Keith Emerson and Carl Palmer (representing Emerson, Lake & Palmer), Foreigner, Paul Rodgers, Bob Geldof, Booker T. Jones, Wilson Pickett, The Coasters, The Spinners, Peabo Bryson, The Blues Brothers (featuring Dan Aykroyd and Sam Moore), Roberta Flack, The Manhattan Transfer, Bee Gees, Ben E. King and Vanilla Fudge.[1]
There had been plans to close the performance with a greatest hits all-star jam, but this idea was shelved.[2] Instead, the former members of Led Zeppelin performed as the last act.

The concert was broadcast live in the USA on FM radio and HBO television, commentary for the latter being provided backstage by comedian Robert Townsend. HBO commenced its live broadcast a few hours into the event and interspersed footage of the concert which had been taped earlier by the network. In so doing, some of the artists' sets were edited or omitted.

Performances
Marv Albert
Introduction
The Coasters
"That Is Rock-N-Roll"
Phil Collins
"In the Air Tonight"
Phil Collins
Introduction of Lavern Baker
Lavern Baker
"Jim Dandy"
"Saved"
Roberta Flack
Introduction of Foreigner
Foreigner
"Hot Blooded"
"Juke Box Hero"
"Urgent"
"I Want To Know What Love Is"
Stephen Stills
Introduction of Ben E. King
Ben E. King
"Spanish Harlem"
"There Goes My Baby"
"Save the Last Dance for Me"
Roberta Flack
"Killing Me Softly with His Song"
Roberta Flack and Peabo Bryson
"The Closer I Get to You"
Michael Douglas
Introduction of Crosby, Stills & Nash
Crosby, Stills & Nash
"Wooden Ships"
"Our House"
"Suite: Judy Blues Eyes"
Bee Gees
"To Love Somebody"
"Lonely Days"
"Jive Talkin'"
3 (as Emerson & Palmer with Robert Berry on bass)
"America (including Rondo, Tocata, Tank)"
Yes
"I've Seen All Good People"
"Hold On"
"Owner of a Lonely Heart"
"Perpetual Change"
"Roundabout"
Dan Aykroyd and Bill Murray
Introduction of The Rascals
The Rascals
"Good Lovin'"
"Groovin'"
"People Got to Be Free"
Vanilla Fudge
"You Keep Me Hangin' On"
"Take Me for a Little While"
Average White Band
"Pick Up the Pieces"
Ruth Brown
"Teardrops From My Eyes"
Lisa Bonet
Introduction of Debbie Gibson
Debbie Gibson
"Staying Together"
"Foolish Beat"
"Out of the Blue"
"Happy Birthday"
Phil Collins
Introduction of Robert Plant
Robert Plant
"Heaven Knows"
"Ship of Fools"
"Tall Cool One"
The Manhattan Transfer
"Mack the Knife"
"Birdland"
The Spinners
"Mighty Love"
"Could It Be I'm Falling in Love"
Dan Aykroyd
Introduction of Steve Cropper and Duck Dunn
The MG's
"Last Night"
Steve Cropper
Introduction of Carla Thomas
Carla Thomas and the MG's
"Gee Whiz"
Steve Cropper
Introduction of Paul Rodgers
Paul Rodgers and the MG's
"(Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay"
Steve Cropper
Introduction of Miki Howard
Miki Howard and the MG's
"Try a Little Tenderness"
Carla Thomas and the MG's
"I'm a Lover"
Dan Aykroyd (as Elwood Blues), Sam Moore and the MG's
"Everybody Needs Somebody To Love"
"Soul Man"
"Been Lovin' You (That Little Bit Too Long)"
Dan Aykroyd (as Elwood Blues), Sam Moore, Phil Collins, and the MG's
"You Don't Know Like I Know"
"Knock on Wood"
Roberta Flack
Introduction of Bob Geldof
Bob Geldof
"You Can't Be Too Strong"
Wilson Pickett and the MG's
"In the Midnight Hour"
Wilson Pickett, Dan Aykroyd (as Elwood Blues) and the MG's
"Land Of 1000 Dances"
Mike Green[disambiguation needed] Presentation to Ahmet Ertegun Ahmet Ertegun
Introduction of Genesis
Genesis
"Turn It on Again" medley
Paul Schaffer
Introduction of Rufus Thomas
Rufus Thomas
"Walking the Dog"
Robert Townsend, Phil Collins, and Ahmet Ertegun
Introduction of the former members of Led Zeppelin
Former members of Led Zeppelin
"Kashmir"
"Heartbreaker"
"Whole Lotta Love"
"Misty Mountain Hop"
"Stairway to Heaven"