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The Four Tops

Four Tops  |  NR |  DVD
2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Four Tops
  • Format: Multiple Formats, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: White Star
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2004
  • Run Time: 45 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00019G8EC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,292 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

Relive their classic 1970 performance as they were joined by the best studio musicians in France and America to perform some of their most memorable songs.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars an unexpected treasure July 4, 2004
Format:DVD
Another in Kultur's growing line of pop music documents. I popped this one in my player and sat down, thinking it was gonna be another of those 'greatest hits in concert' videos that are a dime a dozen for popular artists like the Four Tops, and, frankly, tend to be just processed tripe for the Philistine masses. This ain't that, so prepare to be disappointed if that's what you're looking for. As this one started playing, I was pleasantly surprised to find that it's not just another slick production piece, but instead is a behind the scenes look at a vocal group at the top of their game. Filmed on a soundstage near Paris without an audience, we see here Levi Stubbs, Obie Benson, Duke Fakir, and Lawrence Payton rehearsing ten songs, along with a backing group of French session musicians and a handful of American players. The songs are some of the ones that made the Four Tops great, and a few more that you might not expect in a compilation like this. A brief introduction from the narrator as we see the artists filing into the studio and getting ready for the session. Then it's right into the songs, and fine ones they are. The production values of the video are good, and the dolby stereo sound is adequate. This was filmed in 1970, but it looks and sounds great more than three decades later, running about 45 minutes or so. If you're a fan of the Four Tops, you definitely need to see this. If you've got only a casual interest in pop music, this is not as essential, but definitely worth your time and attention. I recommend it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Behind the scenes rehearsal April 10, 2004
Format:DVD
OK - this is not a performance by The Four Tops, but it shows the viewer/concert goer all that is/was involved with touring. This was produced before The Pieces of the Puzzle were formed and who now accompany the Four Tops on tour. And while the camera work is not the greatest, it is good being that it is over 30 years old. The songs being performed include more than just the hits The Tops had up to that time. The person who attends a live concert probably does not even think about what is involved and the rehearsals the artists have to do before a performance when the musicians are local talent and do not travel with the artist(s). This is just a hint at that.
As a long time (39 years) Four Tops fan, I would recommend this video to anyone hungry for footage of The Four Tops, and it is sure to become a collector's item.
Can we get some more stuff like this as well as concert performances????
Margie
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Collectors DVD! December 28, 2004
Format:DVD
I love the Four Tops, so seeing this DVD for sale was a dream. It is the funniest behind the scenes look at a Motown group the public has been allowed to see. The Four Tops are the goofiest group of men I've seen and I loved watching them perform. They perform some of their hits like "Reach Out, I'll Be There" and "Shake Me, Wake Me." They also perform other songs like "Little Green Apples" and "Mack the Knife." I think they do this very very well. Overall, a very interesting look at a legendary group. No, this is not their greatest hits DVD compilation or a concert, but it's a good behind-the-scenes look at the group.
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6 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected ! April 17, 2004
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Very bad sound and video quality! Don't buy this dvd !
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The review of this DVD previously left by 'fernadoo' will probably give you the most accurate depiction of what this film is. If there was a little more product description initially, then buyers may have a better idea what to expect, and could make their decision to purchase it accordingly.
It is not a concert, first of all, if that is what you may be expecting. It is a rare, 'behind-the-scenes' 1970's color film of the Original 4 Tops preparing/rehearsing for a show in Europe. What you see is the 4 Tops on a soundstage environment, running through their material with the musicians who will be performing with them.
For those who don't know, the 4 Tops and many other, similar bands often travel with their own rhythm section & conductor, and augment their line-up with horn players & other necessary musicians who reside in, or near, the town they will be performing in. These 'extra' musicians are often referred by the local Musician's Union, and in the case of a band of the 4 Tops' caliber, you can pretty much expect the best - the average person may not realize that these 'extra' musicians don't travel full-time with the band.
In this film, you will see complete performances of some of their songs, but, the audience is not yet present. The band still sounds great, though, and considering that this is actually a documentary rather than a concert, the quality is surprisingly good.
The only negative aspect I saw was that a little bit of the footage is out-of-sync with the music.
Like many other buyers of this DVD, I didn't know what to expect, either; I thought it was going to be the b&w European footage that you occasionally see in documentaries of the band.
But, if you love the 4 Tops, and realize how rare it is to see them in this environment, I don't think you'll be disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Four tops October 18, 2012
By Jim
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Very disappointed with this disk. I was hoping to get a few minutes of their performances, but it was more about back stage images , and those were quiet poor. Pass on this disk.
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3 of 5 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars not what I expected April 2, 2004
Format:DVD
Being a huge 4 tops fan I pre-ordered this a few weeks ago. It isn't what I expected. I thought it was concert footage like their 40 year anniversary DVD, but instead it is footage of what appears to be rehearsals for a tv performance. The video is choppy and the cameraman, yes one camera, probably an old 16mm movie camera, is constantly moving around. Sometimes you find yourself looking at the back of their heads. It does contain a lead by both Lawrence and Duke, which is nice. This appears to be the making of the making of a 4 tops tv appearance.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars I learned a valuable lesson
The Four Tops
I wish I had read these reviews seriously before purchasing this DVD. The sound quality is so bad that you can't even hear the words of the songs and worse yet,... Read more
Published on December 13, 2008 by C. Blum
1.0 out of 5 stars The Four Tops - Performing 10 Complete Songs
DON'T WASTE YOUR MONEY ON THIS CRAP. I was very disappointed in the whole thing,the quality the sound, and where they were performing. They were at rehersal singing these songs. Read more
Published on January 22, 2007 by Mahogany
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
Anybody who likes this DVD has blinders on or is related to one or more of the Tops. It will not add to the Four Tops legacy but it will definitely tarnish it. Read more
Published on April 27, 2004 by Carl Holman
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointment
My error in expecting a compilation of greatest hits on a CD...compounded by very poor performances in a questionable recording situation. A really bad piece of work! Read more
Published on April 18, 2004 by William S. Tittle
5.0 out of 5 stars THE FOUR TOPS 1971 AT THEIR BEST!
This is the Four Tops at their best in 1971, okay the camera angles may not be the best, but that was the era, the colour is just superb and the sound in most parts. Read more
Published on April 10, 2004 by J. Sheffield
1.0 out of 5 stars More Hype Than Performance
This DVD has been thrown together with very little technical involvement, almost no sound mixing, and very little if any vidio direction. Read more
Published on April 8, 2004
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