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8 hours of Soul Train - are you ready for the hippest trip in America? Great collection of performances including those we lost too early: Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendergrass, Michael Jackson and those who faded away: Sly Stone. Don Cornelius had a great idea and created a great show. The performers could either lip sync or perform live. In the bonus features Don Cornelius talks about people calling it the black ABC (American Bandstand) but Cornelius says it wasn't a copy and it's blackness made the show different. I was thinking to myself why did I watch it? Recognized all the performances on Discs 1 & 2. For me (white suburban pre-teen) I loved the music and the soul train gang (dancers.) Always looked like everyone was having fun and looking cool & hip. Think I enjoyed it the show because it was different. By disc 3 I did not recognize any episodes except the J5 (Jackson 5) episode (I'm about Michael Jackson's age) and all the kids my age loved him and the J5; I think because they were kids like us. Good fun, good music and lots of Afro Sheen!
"It's all gonna be a stone gas." Great DVD set featuring highlights of the long-running show host by Don Cornelius. The amount of talent that passed through was astounding: James Brown, Jackson 5, Aretha, Stevie Wonder, Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Curtis Mayfield, Sly & the Family Stone, Gladys Knight. It's also a trip for the fashion and the dancing. Presented by Afro Sheen. Also see the accompanying book by Questlove. "Peace, love, and soul."
It does not get any better then this. It has Barry White, The o jays, Sly and the family stone, Aretha Franklin. If you do not appreciate the fine music and dancing I do worry for your "soul"
Very well done movie. A pleasure to watch. I would recommend this movie for all to see. No fast forwarding on this one. A++ DVD
Brought to you by "Afro-Sheen" hair products and cosmetics, TV's Soul Train (which ran for 35 years, 1971-2006) showcased the top, black, musical talents of the day in the categories of R&B, Funk, Soul, Hip-Hop, Jazz.
These 3 discs of Soul Train covered the show's Disco Decade (the 1970s) where ridiculous flared-bottom pants, platformed shoes, and monstrous afro-hairdos were all the rage.
With the exception of but a few, I found a lot of the performances given by these artists to be fairly bland and uninspired.
One of the highlights of Soul Train was a 14 year-old, pre-cosmetic surgery, Michael Jackson (with the Jackson 5), energetically performing "I Want You Back" on the 1972 show.
One of the most disappointing omissions from these discs was David Bowie's performance in 1975 of "Golden Years". Bowie was the very first white artist (making him one of the few) to ever appear on Soul Train and, in my opinion, not including his number in this "Best Of" collection was a real let-down.
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