Picks and Pans Review: Music on Video

updated 04/03/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

originally published 04/03/1989 AT 01:00 AM EDT

>THE LAWRENCE WELK SHOW: CARNIVAL! You Anthrax fans just skip to the next review. But Welk partisans, who kept his show on TV for 27 years, were probably counting out uh-one, uh-two as they read this 94-minute tape's title. It includes two shows, one with a carnival theme from 1981 and one on a fashion theme from 1971. Never a hotbed of innovation, Welk's band by '81 was fossilizing. The livelier '71 show has a happily corny Bobby Burgess-Cissy King dance to "Top Hat, White Tie and Tails." These shows lack such favorites as the Lennon Sisters and Larry Hooper, but they're elsewhere in this 15-tape series. Anyhow, it's the familial feel that counts. Welk always had a bandful of veterans; Dick Dale, Bob Lido and Joe Feeney are among the comfortingly familiar faces on this tape. And how many musicians can say, as Welk does in the carnival show, "Thank you, nice audience"? (Baker & Taylor, $29.95)

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