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Do It A Cappella (1990 Television Show) Soundtrack

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 14, 2013)
  • Original Release Date: April 2, 2012
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Soundtrack
  • Label: Elektra
  • Run Time: 44 minutes
  • ASIN: B000002H86
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,199 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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You'll love this CD! It almost has every style of a capella I've heard. My favorites were "Zombie Jamoree" by Rockapella and "Under the Boardwalk" by Rockapella and True Image. It's also a great tool in teaching people harmony, sing parts, and more. It makes you wonder why hasn't there been a sequal to the television production.
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After I saw the video of this production in my chorus class in high school, I was turned on to the beautiful harmonies that are a cappella music. Each of the groups have different styles and techniques that make them stand out (Ladysmith uses native african music while Rockapella uses humor, for example). Since I've gotten this cd, I've become a huge Rockapella fan, and a big fan of the Mint Juleps as well. I also loved how the different groups sang together on some of the songs: a once in a lifetime opportunity. This collection of some recognizable songs and some new ones will have you singing along, and make you realize the power and magic of a person's voice.
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15 years ago I sat down with my dad and watched this crazy show on PBS. I had never really listened to any a Cappella music before, and I really wasn't to happy to start. But with only one TV what dad wanted to watch was what ruled the house. And what I heard from that show opened my ears up to a whole new realm of music.

Produced by Spike Lee the Do It A Cappella special showcased a number of modern and traditional A Cappella groups first in local settings (subways and bathrooms and such) where there was a natural echo, and then the same groups in an organized show at a music hall.

The most experienced of the performers, the Persuasions, with three tracks on the soundtrack, steal the show. You can really hear true pasion for their music in Looking for an Echo and display that they are masters of their craft with Pass on the Love. But the younger Mint Julips bring a fresh voice to A Cappella while showing clear influence from music greats like Jackie Wilson with their cover of Higher and Higher. And their finally team up with Lady Smith Black Mombaso teaming to sing the Lion Sleeps tonight is pure magic. Not to be overlooked in the recording sessions is capturing two great tracks from Rockappella while they were at their best, representing the best of purly new school A Cappella.

Fifteen years ago this show introduced me to a rich musical form and tradition, and showed there was still life in the medium. And fifteen years later this soundtrack still holds as one of my favorite albums. It is a great overall sampler for anyone to get introduced into A Cappella music and still acts as a great compilation of talent for those already familiar.
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First of all - the original show on PBS is absolutely fantastic. If you have not seen it, you probably should. 20 plus years after first viewing it, I still love the music. I originally recorded it on my VCR (I know, that was a long time ago) and my pre-teen kids and I wore it out. So I bought a copy (another VCR tape) from PBS and they wore it out too. I had also made a cassette tape for the car and we wore it out too. Let me tell you, that tape kept the kids quiet in the car for countless hours on long trips. So based on all of this, you would expect 5 stars from me. But this CD has two problems. First of all, it won't play in the car. I don't know why but it just displays an error message. I burned a copy to a CD-R and the copy plays fine so I can deal with that. But now I realize that all of the songs from the film are not on the CD. Also, I suspect that some of the ones that are on are on it are different takes than the ones on the film. So I feel let down. Summing up, see the show if you get a chance and watch for a CD with all of the original takes.
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By A Customer on February 23, 1999
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My high school music teacher used to show this PBS video in class at least once a year. Now, almost 10 years later, my friends and I are still hooked on this amazing album!! My favorite is Don't Let Your Heart (track 2) - I cannot listen to it without bopping along!
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I recorded this on VHS way back in 1990 as a preteen and wore down the tape many years ago. It hit me today to do an Amazon search for this amazing soundtrack and there it was. This random, never shown again performance on PBS was truly great in my book and I'm so glad to finally have it in my collection. Now my little girl is going to hop and sing around the living room trying to imitate the high kicks and octaves of Ladysmith Black Mambazo. That was my first introduction to a now lifelong devotion to a remarkable group. I'm so happy to finally get to introduce this soundtrack to my family! And this is by far the best recording of the Lion Sleeps Tonight ever. Disney should've snapped this up and put it on their soundtrack of The Lion King movie.

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From this review, maybe a year after posting this, someone with the vhs let me buy their copy and also sent it over with it burned on a dvd. So yay. amazon hooked me up with this one. I'm pleased.
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By A Customer on December 13, 2002
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I had seen and taped the PBS special probably when it had originally aired. I had never thought to do a search for the cd on the net. My video taped copy is of extremely poor quality. I had written to PBS about a year ago providing details of the concert. They were unable to help me out. Tonight, 12-13-02, I decided to do a search on the net for the cd. Low and behold, I found it!! To this day, I am absolutely moved by all the performers that appeared on that show. I just ordered the cd tonight and am very anxious to "crank-up" my speakers and enjoy this fantastic cd. And who said Friday the 13th is bad luck....Enjoy!!
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