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4.0 out of 5 stars A Must Have For Classic Motown Fans, September 19, 2011
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This review is from: Motown Gold From the Ed Sullivan Show (DVD)
There are no liner notes so here are the original air dates for each of the 41 full length performances included on this two DVD set. Many include Ed's original intro as well as his shaking hands with the group afterwards. This time there is no extra narration added (previous releases on VHS/DVD included narration). Many of the clips have been released prior. All eight performances by the Temptations also appear on their Best Of DVD. Of the twelve Supremes clips six are included on their Best Of DVD as well.

Volume 1
1. The Jackson 5: I Want You Back/ABC May 10, 1970
2. The Supremes: You Can't Hurry Love September 25, 1966
3. The Temptations: Don't Look Back November 19, 1967
4. The Four Tops: Reach Out (I'll Be There) October 16, 1966
5. The Miracles: I Second That Emotion, If You Can Want, Going To A Go-Go March 31, 1968 This clip is finally released unedited. The last song becomes a sing-a-long when Smokey gets the audience to join in. The first of just two Sullivan appearances.
6. Gladys Knight & The Pips: If I Were Your Woman February 7, 1971 The very last appearance by a Motown act on the Sullivan show.
7. Stevie Wonder: Fingertips Pt. 2 May 3, 1964 Clip is in black & white as originally aired. The teenager was the first Motown act to appear on the Sullivan show.
8. The Supremes: I'm Living in Shame January 5, 1969
9. The Temptations: Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me) January 31, 1971
10. Marvin Gaye: Take This Heart of Mine October 24, 1965 His only Sullivan appearance.
11. The Supremes: Love Child January 5, 1969 This is the second time the trio perform this song (the first time appears later on Disc Two of this set). This time they do the song live.
12. The Temptations: January 31, 1971 Ain't No Mountain High Enough, I'll Be There, My Sweet Lord First time this medley appears on DVD.
13. The Supremes: Someday We'll Be Together December 21, 1969. Final appearance with Diana.
14. Gladys Knight & The Pips: I Heard It Through The Grapevine March 29, 1970

Volume 2
1. The Jackson 5: Stand!, Who's Lovin' You, I Want You Back December 14, 1969 First time all three songs appear on DVD unedited.
2. The Supremes: Come See About Me December 27, 1964 Here in black & white as originally aired. A colorized version was previously released on VHS/DVD.
3. Stevie Wonder: For Once In My Life December 15, 1968 His second and final Sullivan appearance.
4. Martha & The Vandellas: December 5, 1965 Dancing In The Street Their only Sullivan appearance.
5. The Temptations: Get Ready January 31, 1971
6. The Supremes: My World Is Empty Without You February 20, 1966
7. The Four Tops: Medley: When You're Smiling, It's The Same Old Song, Something About You, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) January 30, 1966 Their first Sullivan appearance. Included here unedited for the first time on DVD. Previous releases edited out the first song.
8. The Miracles: Abraham, Martin & John June 1, 1969
9. The Supremes: Medley: Come See About Me, Stop! In The Name Of Love, You Can't Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hangin' On, I Hear A Symphony December 4, 1966. Five song hits medley with Florence Ballard makes it's first ever DVD debut here.
10. The Temptations: Runaway Child, Running Wild February 2, 1969
11. The Supremes: Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart May 1, 1966
14. The Four Tops: It's All In The Game November 8, 1970
15. The Four Tops: Nice `n' Easy January 30, 1966 First time ever on DVD, this clip really shows off the group's wonderful harmonies.

Volume 3
1. The Supremes: Forever Came Today March 24, 1968
2. The Miracles: Doggone Right June 1, 1969
3. The Jackson 5: The Love You Save May 10, 1970 A lip-sync but the great dancing and colorful clothes almost make up for it.
4. The Temptations: I Can't Get Next To You September 28, 1969
5. The Supremes: The Happening May 7, 1967 Final appearance with Flo.
6. The Four Tops: Reach Out I'll Be There, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), Bernadette, Climb Ev'ry Mountain February 19, 1967 Previously only an edited version had appeared on DVD.
7. Gladys Knight & The Pips: Nitty Gritty, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Stop And Get A Hold Of Myself October 5, 1969 First time ever on DVD.
8. The Temptations: You've Made Me So Very Happy April 5, 1970
9. The Supremes: In And Out Of Love November 19, 1967 Cindy Birdsong joins the group.
10. The Temptations: Psychedelic Shack April 5, 1970
11. The Supremes: Love Child September 29, 1968 First performance of this song (this time it is a lip-sync). This is the famous clip with the trio barefoot in street clothes and natural hair.
12. The Four Tops: Put A Little Love In Your Heart November 8, 1970

At least 30 of these clips have shown up prior on VHS/DVD. At least this time the sound and picture are improved. They could have added a Volume Four with all of the remaining performances that have not been seen since originally aired, as well as a few that have already appeared before but were not included this time around. Four clips that were on previous volumes of Ed Sullivan's Rock `N' Roll Classics but missing here are:

Yesterday: The Miracles March 31, 1968
You Met Your Match: Stevie Wonder December 15, 1968
I'm Gonna Make You Love Me: The Temptations February 2, 1969
September In The Rain: The Temptations September 28, 1969

Overall a terrific collection but still incomplete.
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Initial post: Sep 26, 2011 8:24:31 AM PDT
billymac72 says:
Thank you!! Your review is an extremely valuable resource, and I wish other Amazon reviewers would follow your example on music releases. Some opinion is nice, but for us collectors of this footage, we're primarily interested in the contents and quality of edits. It can often be very hard to find that information online. Kudos!!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 2, 2011 5:45:37 PM PDT
S. Paradoa says:
No problem. I agree with you and thanks for your comment. Enjoy!

Posted on Feb 26, 2012 10:04:27 PM PST
David Lord says:
Thank you so much for this added information. I hate it when companies do not release performance dates with their collections!

I try to provide background information in reviews as well, and have occasionally received a 100% 'helpful' grade but am surprised at how many 'unhelpful' remarks I get on on occasion as well. Are they from very casual fans who just don't care? Whatever the case, keep up the good fight!

Posted on Jul 10, 2012 12:07:27 PM PDT
W. J. Thomas says:
This is the most thorough review of any item I've ever seen listed on Amazon. Thanks so much for your great, informative, review and all the homework you had to do to acomplish it!
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