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Soul to Soul (DVD + CD)

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Product Description

On March 6, 1971, some of the greatest artists in popular music history traveled from the United States to Ghana, West Africa, to take part in a 14-hour musical celebration, Soul To Soul. Over 100,000 enthusiastic locals gathered for this unique cultural exchange between two continents. This award-winning film combines classic concert performances with scenes documenting the artists getting in touch with their roots as they return to the cultural motherland. SOUL TO SOUL chronicles this historic event and is considered by many to be one of the greatest music films of all time. Now available for the first time on DVD, this 2-disc set features the 95-minute, full-length feature film, newly remastered and restored from the original 35mm negative by the Grammy Foundation. The second disc features a remastered and expanded original soundtrack (also making its debut on CD), including performances not featured in the film.

Explosive performances by Ike & Tina Turner, Wilson Pickett, Santana, the Staple Singers, and others power Soul to Soul, the filmed documentary of a 1971 concert by American artists in Accra, Ghana. There's some great music here, with versions of "Land of 1000 Dances" (Pickett), "When Will We Be Paid" (the Staples), and "The Price You Gotta Pay to Be Free" (jazzmen Les McCann and Eddie Harris, who also feature the amazing African musician Amoah Azangeo) that are as good or better than anything found on other concert films from the period, including Wattstax and Woodstock. But witnessing this predominantly black group of Americans as they respond to being in Africa for the first time is fascinating and moving as well (check out the uncontained emotion of Ike Turner, just one of the nine folks who supplied voice-over commentary for the DVD, to see just how profound an experience it was), to say nothing of the sometimes bemused, often ecstatic response of the African audience. 5.1 surround notwithstanding, the sound can be a little dodgy, but the remastered, restored film, which includes plenty of non-concert documentary footage (including a trip to a seaside "castle" from which slaves were shipped across the Atlantic) looks good, and what's on the film looks first rate. --Sam Graham

Special Features

  • Four commentary tracks including Mavis Staples, Les McCann, Ike Turner, Michael Shrieve, and others
  • Bonus performance of Ike and Tina Turner's "I've Been Loving You Too Long"
  • 24-page booklet with newly discovered photos
  • Includes expanded soundtrack CD

Product Details

  • Actors: Willie Bobo, Roberta Flack, Eddie Harris, The Ikettes, Les McCann
  • Directors: Denis Sanders
  • Producers: Richard Bock, Tom Mosk
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Original recording remastered, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: German, English, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Rhino
  • DVD Release Date: August 24, 2004
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0002KP4HW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #124,126 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Soul to Soul (DVD + CD)" on IMDb

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Jerimiah Martinez on November 10, 2004
Format: DVD
I have to say this was a great show to watch; The intro was a great attention getter. I mean, if you're an Ike & Tina fan, like I am, then you got to get this video/DVD. Watching Tina & the Ikettes dancing from this 1971 film makes it clear to me where a lot of today's artisit get the desire to dance in front audiences, at least got it indirectly. Hip shaken and everything--did TV even show those kind of moves back then? Well with the exception of James Brown of course. And as most Ike & Tina fans know, there isn't that much legit footage of their performances. So this is worth getting for Ike & Tina viewing only. I was kind of disappointed that Santana wasn't shown much; although their performance of Black Magic Women was great. THe guiter sounds and intensity, it was great. I liked watching the energy of the Voices of East Harlem. I never even heard of them before watching the DVD. The young singer on that DVD was like another MIchael Jackson of that day. This kid was even doing the moon walk way before Michael. For the DVD, the commetary was good. You get to hear Ike Turner speaking w/ Les McCann about where his ideas fit in for his reveue, interesting. One thing to note, is that the Guanians (?) new who Wilson Pickett was; it's like they only came to see him, and no one else. The last performance of the film shows Picket singing land Of 1000 dances--wow! I mean the audiance went crazy. Watching them dance gets you energized. They start flying over the stage--mosh pit, I think. It's like everything done today by muscians really isn't something just invented, it's been around for years. You can also tell by the African dancers. Man, they really had it--I mean it's just soul, and they show it.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Kevin Killian HALL OF FAME on September 3, 2004
Format: DVD
When this film came out back in the 1970s, Roberta Flack was proud and happy to appear in it. She was the undisputed star of the film, taking away even from the grdaneur of Tina Turner. I wonder why she has now refused to let her performance be shown on the DVD version. She can still be glimpsed from above and below on several occasions, and she stil looks glamorous. Maybe it has something to do with her recent weight loss campaign, but I miss her and her astonishing voice, which could bring the African birds right out of the trees.

There are still some amazing moments of culture shock in the film, which has never looked better by the way. Some of the US musicians and their R&B seem like they are hurting the ears of the Ghanaians, and yet at other times all, audience and performers, are in the right groove. Check out the incredible JOLINKOMO by the Voices of East Harlem for example. Tina and Ike sizzle their way through I SMELL TROUBLE. And Santana turns in an inspired JUNGLE STRUT, with the real life jungle wafting its scents from not too far away. Eddie Harris and Company also do HERJORLER and it sounds like liquid magic.

God bless the enterpreneurs who delivered this package back from Movie Heaven. And it's a great bargain with the CD thrown in!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Gaylen Halbert on December 28, 2004
Format: DVD
I still have the soundtrack LP I purchased more than 30 years ago. I did not see the original film. The DVD release is an absolute joy. It is as much an educational documentary as it is a profound musical experience. Yes, I am disappointed the Roberta Flack performances were deleted, but the balance of what is provided is thoroughly satisfying.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Andre M. on August 30, 2004
Format: DVD
Basically, some of the popular American Soul acts of 1971 entertain their distant cousins in Ghana during their independence anniversary celebration.

And celebration it is! The sadly underrated Voices of East Harlem perform their rousing "Shaker Life." Pre-teen marvel Kevin Griffin carries on like little Stevie Wonder directing a choir. Near the end of this tune, his sister Gerri is overcome with emotion, gives the Black fist, the crowd roars it's approval, and Gerri does a trancelike spin before departing the stage-what a moment! Hopefully, this will encourage the release of more VOEH Cds.

Ike and Tina Turner do an excellent version of River Deep Mountain High. Check out the Ikette's choreography doung this one. Unfortunately, there is an ouutake on the bonus feautre where Tina and Ike do some nasty simulation on Otis Redding's "I've Been Loving You Too Long." Shocking then and tasteless now, this leaves a bad aftertaste with what we now know of Tina's "relationship" with Ike, and Tina's admission in her bio that she was forced to perform this trashy routine.

The Staple Singers tour the slave dungeons of Ghana and do a moving "When Will We Get Paid," which one can now picture as an anthem for the reparations movement.

Wilson Pickett was the favorite of the Ghanians, and he does a rousing "Land of 1000 dances." While this song is always fun on its own, it adds special meaning as some African dancers join him on the stage for a rousing and unforgettable conclusion.

Since classic soul performances are so hard to find on legitimate non-bootleg American DVDs, this is a welcome addition to the collection of fans of the classic Soul era.
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