Its hats-off to Captain & Tennille for this classy, sophisticated, slick and sexy musical, Songbook.
The duo broke their variety show precedent on this, their last TV special from 1979. In fact, there are no comedy sketchesits all about the music. Special guests include Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King and Glen Campbell featured in major segments, paying homage to pop, jazz, blues and country music. The torch-song medley featuring Toni and Ella and the blues jam with The Captain and B.B. are popular music moments not to be missed!
Songs include Love Me Like a Baby, Good Enough, The Good Songs, Never Make Your Move Too Soon, Dream and more!
1979 marked the last Captain and Tennille
television special and this final show is all about music. Lacking the customary comic sketches between musical numbers, this episode is simply packed with excellent music from Daryl Dragon and Toni Tennille as well as iconic guest stars Ella Fitzgerald, B.B. King, and Glen Campbell. The staging and photography are hi-tech for the time and the mood far more sultry and sexy than ever before. Ella Fitzgerald's performance of "Mr. Paganini" is worth the entire price of the DVD all by itself and her collaboration with Toni on the "Torch Song Medley" is well worth repeated viewings. Daryl and Toni show their classical roots with a four-hand piano version of Clementi's "Sonatina Opus 36, No. 4 and their combined versatility as performers, composers, and arrangers with a variety of pieces like the country "Love Me Like a Baby," emotion-filled "The Good Songs," and the beautiful Johnny Mercer ballad "Dream." B.B. King and Daryl join forces in a nightclub scene that has both men collaborating instrumentally and vocally for a smooth and bluesy "I've Got Some Help I Don't Need". Glen Campbell performs his then-new hit "I'm Gonna Love You" and he and Toni collaborate on Toni's original "Feel like a Man." Sound options include stereo, the original mono, digital 5.0 surround, and optional 2007 commentary by Toni Tennille and Daryl Dragon. The Songbook
is 50-minutes of stellar performances by an amazing group of musical artists that's just as powerful today as it was in 1979. --Tami Horiuchi