25 Years of #1 Hits - Arista Records 25th Anniversary Celebration
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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.Read more ›
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!
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!
Whitney starts off by singing the best versions of i wanna dance with somebody and how will i know back to back. she looks absolutely amazing and moves like youve never seen her. she controls the stage like no other has - ever! then she sings the beginning of i believe in you and me and moves into the best performance of i will always love you that i have heard. she holds every note longer than usual and adlibs soooo well in this rendition. you honestly have to see it. some people say that her divas live version was her best, but i like this one for sure. she ends by singing a very good version of my love is your love (one of her newer songs - a multi-platinum single). she stole the show.
bottom line -BUY this DVD!!!!!!!!!!!!!! you wont be sorry.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding DVD with some great performances from the Arista stars.Published 3 months ago by Bill Haleck
This is well round dvd and if you see it get it. Get on up!!!!!Published 19 months ago by Super T-Funk
stars celebrating and thrilling with their incredible performances, miss dest decade where everything was more musical and alive. Everything here is perfect!!!Published on January 31, 2014 by Mauricelio
I collect live concerts and this is one of my favorites. It is great! It has fabulous music and great performances. I recommend it.Published on April 20, 2012 by Emma L. Bruno
Absolutely fabulous. So many great performances topped off by Whitney Houston.
She is a little "rough" and Bobby Brown is his jerky self!
Product was in excellent condition and arrived in a timely manner. I'd order from this seller again!Published on July 15, 2008 by James Thompson
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... Read morePublished on September 8, 2007 by eagerbeaver
When this show aired on TV there were a number of absolutely haunting moments. A couple are caught here: Annie Lennox "Why", Sarah McLachlan "Angel", and Toni Braxton 'Unbreak My... Read morePublished on December 7, 2005 by Rollercoaster
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