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The Best of Soul Train (2011)

Marvin Gaye , Stevie Wonder , Not Specified  |  NR |  DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin
  • Directors: Not Specified
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 9
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Time Life Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 15, 2011
  • Run Time: 1020 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003GU01NW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #146,275 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Nine DVD box set featuring one-of-a-kind, superstar performances from the best years of this iconic TV show-- 1971 to 1979! The Soul Train franchise is one of the most beloved television shows of the past 30 years, featuring hip dances, outrageous fashions, and exciting performances from the biggest names in R&B, Soul, and Hip-Hop. Each DVD features the best moments from original Soul Train episodes, including on-air interviews with artists, the illustrious Soul Train dancers, and even classic commercials from Soul Train sponsors Ultra Sheen and Afro Sheen! The Best of Soul Train features performances from a who's-who of classic soul artists, including Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, Stevie Wonder, The O'Jays, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Barry White and many, many more! On top of that, the DVD set includes over three hours of bonus features, including exclusive interviews with Don Cornelius, Smokey Robinson, and Jody Watley, among others! Plus, get a special bonus DVD, The Soul Train Music Awards, featuring the first-ever Soul Train awards show with performances by Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, and Stevie Wonder!

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175 of 181 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars So excited!! So disappointed!! May 19, 2010
First of all, The Best of Soul Train - 9 DVD Collector's Set are not FULL EPISODES!!! When my sister and I watched the first DVD we were shocked!! The so called episodes was only 15 maybe 20 minutes. Not the full episode (45 min) we were expecting. Also, they showed so many commercials (the same ones) over and over, we got sick of them. When you first see the Afro Sheen commercial you go on a trip down memory lane. You're all smiles. But once you've seen the commercials (maybe 10 different ones all together) You see them after every act and soon tire of them. People who purchase this should know that the best of soul train (in this time life set) means, the best of soul train performances. Hey, that's not a problem, but the most disappointing thing of all was they did not show all of the soul train lines. We expected to see a soul train line per show. This was not the case. Every four shows you may see one soul train line. THAT IS NOT ENOUGH. I love Don and all of the dancers but not this collection! Sometimes at the beginning they would announce who would be on the show and only one of the groups announced would actually be on the episode. NOT ONE FULL SOUL TRAIN EPISODE OF SOUL TRAIN WAS IN THIS ENTIRE COLLECTION. SO BUYER BEWARE!! It's still nice to see the performances, but for me it wasn't worth the 150.00 bucks I paid. On a good note, it was fun watching Don and Marvin Gaye play basket ball. Don't get me wrong the collection had its moments, but not having full episodes including soul train lines was just to disappointing to me.

No Shalamar perforances! No Jodi Wotley performance! No Locketts!!!

Know that this collection focus is on the performances and the performances ONLY. Hopefully they will come out with FULL EPISODES of Soul Train and I will be there to purchase it. I wanted so much more than this collection had to offer!!! But this collection did not deliver.
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107 of 109 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hipper than hip August 31, 2010
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Soooooouuuuuullllll Train! I'm as white as they come, but I loved this show in its heyday. I was 12 when it premiered in 1970. It was a window into a culture as smooth and brash in its musicality and vernacular as it was in its dyn-o-mite dancing and day-glo fashion. Don Cornelius was the serene ruler of this kingdom, speaking in a voice both sonorous and mellifluous, wearing royal silk shirts and maroon velveteen suits, not a hair out of place in his afro crown. I tuned in both to groove to the great songs and to make myself just a bit hipper, and my own record collection, bellbottoms, wide lapels, and platform shoes were evidence of my devotion to the music and the people who produced it.

There is no way this 3-DVD set, with its wide array of stars and 50 great songs spread over five hours, could deserve less than the highest rating, even if the mastering were second rate. But the audio and video reproduction are excellent; Time-Life knows its stuff. And there are more than three hours of extras consisting primarily of lengthy retrospective interviews with such figures as the imperturbable Don Cornelius and the voluble Smokey Robinson.

This wonderful compilation is a priceless sampler of the 1970s and a who's who of classic soul, from the Queen to the Godfather. Among others, you'll find represented Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson, Stevie Wonder, The Jackson 5, The Isley Brothers, The O'Jays, The Commodores, Sly Stone, Barry White, Bill Withers, Gladys Knight, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Curtis Mayfield and, ladies and gentlemen, Jaaaaaaaaaaaames Brown! "The Best of Soul Train" needs a star in its rating for every star on the DVDs!

One caution: some of the performers lip-sync, but that's how it was on TV back then.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Could be better but not bad July 28, 2010
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This is a good collection but i would have liked it better if it had less popular artists and more people like Johnny Nash who sings "I can see clearly now" for example. And it's true that there are too many Affro Sheen commercials but at least you can skip them with your DVD remote. I found that i liked the 6th DVD better than the rest. This collection didn't blow my mind but it's quite enjoyable nonetheless.
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22 of 24 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars NOT THE FULL EPISODES... September 17, 2010
Just featured performances from the're lucky if you run into a Soul Train line or a regular dance sequence from the show. I'd rather DVR a full episode on Centric! Very disappointed.
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31 of 36 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So Much Potential, So Much Missing September 11, 2010
Amazing that they can include so many great soul artists on this DVD set, but inexplicably FAIL to include by far the BEST live Soul Train performance ever: AL GREEN's mighty, gospel workout HERE I AM from 73! This is criminal - esp since an amazing snippet from this exact performance is featured on VH1 Classic's recent SOUL TRAIN: THE HIPPEST TRIP IN AMERICA doc that aired to promote this same DVD box set! Ironically, you'd probably do better to just DVR the VH1 doc, since it also takes time to feature what really drew fans to the show week after week for decades: THE DANCERS and the DANCE LINE! Cmon, to cut all that priceless footage out misses the entire selling point of the seminal show itself. Also, if you're just featuring performances, why not feature any artists from the 80s or 90s (I believe PRINCE appeared on the show for the firt time ever in '94 on his "Gold Experience" era?) and/or groups actually SPAWNED by Soul Train itself, i.e. no SHALAMAR? no JERMAINE STEWART? Really?! I could go on & on, as I'm a huge Soul Train fan, but, sadly, I won't be buying this.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I should have paid closer attention to the other reviews.
I mistakenly thought this set included the VH1 documentary, The Hippest Trip in America. I figured as long as it at least has that, anything else is bonus. Read more
Published 3 months ago by lbrlartist
3.0 out of 5 stars Just OK
I must not have picked the one that had the artists that thrilled me. Isley Brothers and Barry White just OK. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Melodi A Choate
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun video
I just wish I realized which performances were on here; I thought there was going to be something else but in general it's fun to watch the commercials and the interviews and of... Read more
Published 14 months ago by mom12
2.0 out of 5 stars I COULD HAVE DONE BETTER!
I received this as a Christmas present and being an expert of making mixed tapes, this DVD was atrocious! Here's how it should have been done in my opinion. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Marvin D. Martian
3.0 out of 5 stars Promised so much but delivered so little
In a nutshell, this is anything but "the best" of Soul Train.
Sure, lot's of great performances, but so many superior performances left out and replaced with mediocre,... Read more
Published 21 months ago by David Gatti
4.0 out of 5 stars Come on watch the Train!
Despite what some reviews say, this collection is highly enjoyable. There are Soul Train dance lines, commercials from back in the day, and a lot of great performances from some... Read more
Published 21 months ago by P. Esq
4.0 out of 5 stars gingerAZ
This is good soul music and dancing from the seventies, featuring different soul music stars. It is a good reminder of how soul was in the seventies.
Published on April 8, 2012 by ginger AZ
1.0 out of 5 stars A Very Big Disappointment!!
I had been eyeing this product for quite awhile after I saw the VH1 documentary. My expectations came crashing to the ground before I got halfway through the first DVD. Read more
Published on March 19, 2012 by Kenneth Jackson
5.0 out of 5 stars great entertaiment
i love don cornelius, i can't believed he dead, but he left a legacey, i order this dvd in his memory, i totaly enjoy these dvds, it comes with 3 disks with great entertaiments.... Read more
Published on February 13, 2012 by tany
3.0 out of 5 stars very disappointing
this 3 DVD set was very disappointing. i like 2 see the full show with the Dancers and the dancers dancing in a line. Read more
Published on February 10, 2012 by M .C
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