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25 Years of #1 Hits - Arista Records 25th Anniversary Celebration

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Arista's greatest recording artists of the last 25 years gather for this May 15th concert in honor of the record label's 25th anniversary. The highly significant place that Arista Records holds in rock history is highlighted here by the high quality of the music performances and the excitement of the celebrities who introduce each segment. Packed with celebrity guests and classic music, this is a once-in-a-lifetime concert. Release Notes: DVD Features: Notes: Features performances not aired on television. Region 1 Keep Case Full Frame - 1.33 Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1 - English Additional Release Material: Bonus Feature/Short - Performances not seen on the television broadcast Behind-the-scenes footage Prduction Interviews - Stars Chapters: 1. Santana - Maria Maria, Smooth 2. Barry Manilow - Medley: Mandy/Can't Smile Without You/Copacabana/Even Now/Ready To Take A Chance Again/It's A Miracle/Daybreak/This One's For You/I Write The Songs 3. Annie Lennox - Why 4. Brooks And Dunn - My Maria (With Lee Roy Parnell) 5. Alan Jackson - Chattahooche 6. Aretha Franklin - Medley: I Knew You Were Waiting (For Me)/It Hurts Like Hell/Freeway Of Love (With Boyz II Men) 7. Sarah McLachlan - Angel 8. Puff Daddy - Mo' Money Mo' Problems, I'll Be Missing You (With Faith Evans & 112) 9. Arista Hitmakers 2000 featuring: Westlife ("Swear It Again"), LFO ("Summer Girls"), Next ("Too Close"), Monica ("For You I Will"), Deborah Cox ("Nobody's Supposed To Be Here" Slow to Fast Version) 10. Toni Braxton - Un-Break My Heart (With David Foster) 11. Patti Smith - Because This Night (With Sarah McLachlan) 12. Whitney Houston - Medley: I Wanna Dance With Somebody (Who Loves Me)/How Will I Know/I Believe In You And Me/I Will Always Love You/My Love Is Your Love (With Monica, Deborah Cox, Angie Stone, Faith Evens, and Bobby Brown) 13. Kenny G - Songbird/Tribute To Clive Evans 14. Finale: Dionne Warwick, Natalie Cole, Melissa Etheridge, Carole King, Barry Manilow, Kenny G, Deborah Cox, Monica, Next, Westlife, David Foster - That's What Friends Are For

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  • Actors: Various Artists
  • Directors: Various Artists
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    G
    General Audience
  • Studio: Sunset Home Visual Entertainment (SHE)
  • DVD Release Date: June 6, 2000
  • Run Time: 150 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004TJSD
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #101,392 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By Jeff Pearlman on March 19, 2003
Format: DVD
Plenty of pop music's finest appear and perform here to pay tribute to Arista Records' founder and uncanny finder-of-hit-singles Clive Davis. This tribute was originally broadcast on NBC in 2000.
This DVD includes excellent solo performances by Annie Lennox, Sarah McLachlan, Toni Braxton, and Patti Smith, as well as hits medleys by Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin (via satellite), and Whitney Houston. Whitney was particularly spectacular here. The show opened with Santana, who was red-hot as of 2000 with #1 hits "Smooth" and "Maria Maria." He performed both, the former without Rob Thomas but the latter with The Product G&B.
Mr. Santana exemplifies both of Clive Davis' major achievements in pop and rock history. At Arista, he brilliantly resurrected the careers of several artists who had slipped from pop prominence. Santana had not made the singles chart since 1985; other stars enjoying comebacks at Arista included Dionne Warwick and Franklin. At Columbia in the late sixties, he was responsible (all or in part) for bringing Santana, as well as Janis Joplin, Sly and The Family Stone, and Earth, Wind & Fire to the label. This helped free the label from Mitch Miller's rock-loathing stranglehold, a process begun by John Hammond with Bob Dylan's signing years before.
This show exclusively featured live performances from acts still signed to Arista at showtime. That means, disappointingly, that such former Arista heavyweights as the Bay City Rollers, Air Supply, Melissa Manchester, underrated goddess Lisa Stansfield, the Thompson Twins, Ray Parker, Jr., and Eric Carmen are relegated to taped snippets of old videos of some of their hits. (These are all presented as "#1 Hits" even though many of them fell somewhat short of the top of any actual charts. That's showbiz, kids.
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I was lucky to find and get this item. This includes great performances by such great "Arista" artists as Santana, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Puff Daddy, Toni Braxton, etc. I did enjoy their live shows performing their #1 hit songs including Maria Maria/Smooth(Santana), I'll be missing you(Puff Daddy) and For You I WIll(Monica). It also was sweet to see Barry Manilow and Dionne Warwick singing. Mr. Manilow in particular was outstanding here. It brought me back to 70's and 80's with good memories.
Between songs there were some footages about Arista hit songs during last 25years. I could see some of my favorite artists such as Air Supply and Eric Carmen. As I was so glad to see them, I thought their performances in full length should had been contained in this DVD.
The picture and sound quality is great. The special features including extra live tracks are enjoyable. If you like to see live shows especially by Arista artists, you will enjoy this... always!
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This is the DVD release of the TV broadcast from May 2000. It collects a wide assortment of Arista stars past and present including Santana, Witney Huston, Dion Warwick, Barry Manilow, Air Supply, and Sarah McLachlan. McLachlan's haunting rendition of "Angel" was a particular high point, as was Manilow's all-too-brief medley of songs. The only complaint I have about this disc is the complete lack of extras. It appears that in the rush to get this released immediately after broadcast, someone forgot to take advantage of the DVD format and provide us with backstage footage, outtakes, extended performances, etc. Are we looking toward a Special Edition release any time soon? Probably not, so take advantage of what they have to offer here.
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Unbelievable little jewel I did not know existed until I saw a clip on a friends CD, After that I was on the hunt to find the CD to buy as it was old. Thank God for Amazon. I would have gone crazy trying to find it otherwise.
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Being quite possibly the biggest Whitney Houston fan in the world, this was the last DVD standing between me and the completion of my collection. I wish I would've purchased this DVD sooner. The Whitney performances are absolutely amazing. She proves on this night why she is the greatest voice of all time. Her stage presence is magical, her vocals flawless, and her beauty radiates from within. She revitalizes old favorites like I Wanna Dance With Somebody and How Will I Know with new beats and arrangements. She takes I Believe In You & Me and I Will Always Love You to new heights. It's amazing.
While I bought this DVD with Whitney in mind... the whole concert is excellent. Barry Manilow, Aretha Franklin, Sarah McLachlan, Puff Daddy, Toni Braxton, Brooks & Dunn, Alan Jackson, Santana, and Kenny G shine on this DVD. Also being a fan of concerts on DVD, it is rare to find one this entertaining, and in which the artists sound so good. It just goes to prove that Arista's artists are truly talented. This is a must have if you enjoy good music. You won't be disappointed!
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I was at the live taping of this show at the Shrine in L.A. Although I've yet to see the DVD, I'm curious if they cut the part where Whitney begins her performance and almost trips and falls before recovering. To me it was pretty clear that she was on something. Can't quite remember if they had to re-shoot her opening or if it was edited out for the broadcast.
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