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Motown: The Early Years

2.8 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews

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The gritty urban environment, the burgeoning pride and drive of black Americans, and blues, soul and gospel influences combined to form the music coming out of Detroit in the early 1960s. The sounds of early Motown were hopeful and soulful and, above all, made you want to dance.

Motown: The Early Years -- a unique combination of vintage clips of the original legends and Featuring live performances of the current touring groups -- brings memories to life and will have you belting out the songs and dancing along. This music lives forever.

Performances:
Dancing In The Street - Martha Reeves
(Love Is Like A) Heat Wave - Martha Reeves
Jimmy Mack - Martha Reeves
Nowhere To Run - Martha Reeves
Needle In A Hay Stack - The Velvelettes
Do You Love Me - Joe Billingslea's Contours
Just A Little Misunderstanding - Joe Billingslea's Contours
Get Ready - The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards
Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards
The Way You Do The Things You Do - The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards
My Girl - The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards
Baby I Need Your Loving - Four Tops
Bernadette - Four Tops
It's The Same Old Song - Four Tops
I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Renaldo Benson, Dennis Edwards, Abdul 'Duke' Fakir, The Four Tops, Brenda Holloway
  • Directors: T.J. Lubinsky
  • Producers: T.J. Lubinsky, Henry J. DeLuca
  • Format: Closed-captioned, 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: Shout Factory
  • DVD Release Date: January 30, 2007
  • Run Time: 40 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000LPR6EC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #225,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Motown: The Early Years" on IMDb

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This DVD shows a pretty sad state of affairs. The performers look (and sound) terrible and are way past their prime trying to party like its 1969 (Martha Reeves trying to squeeze in a 60s style dress is particularly pathetic). Imagine a senior citizens home giving a performance at the Apollo Theater and you get the idea.
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Even though it's described as "The Early Years", these are all recent performances. A rip off.
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I was disapointed when I discovered that this was not footage from original performances. As I continued to watch I was really enjoying listening to the music it brought back many memories and the performances were well done. If you like Motown this is worth viewing.
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I first saw this when it came on constantly on my local public broadcasting station and I really enjoyed it, but I wanted to be able to watch it without having to listen to someone try to beg me to donate money, especially since they would cut off several performances. So when it finally was available to buy in stores I was excited.
Boy was this a let down. First of all its only 40 minutes long, second a large chunk of the performances include archival footage of some of the original concerts were completely cutout. I was livid. Luckily I had rented this instead of buying it out right. So I'll just send the movie back, but this has definitely taught me a lesson, sometimes it is better to rent first even if you "saw" the program before that way you won't get ripped off.
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For those complaining that calling this "The Early Years" is misleading, reading the packaging or product descriptions should have clued you in that these are performances from the current acts. You should have been clued in when the bands have names like "Joe Billingslea's Contours" and "The Temptations Review featuring Dennis Edwards."

The performances are decent for what they are...I was kind of confused by the audio on Martha Reeves' performances, which sounded very much like pre-recorded tracks as opposed to the other performers, who sound live. The Temptations Review actually sounds better than the current Temptations, and The Four Tops, even with a younger lead singer, still sound great.

If you can get this for less than $10, definitely pick it up. If not, only buy if you're a HUGE fan of all the songs.
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I did not see the original PBS broadcast but have read the reviews of those who did. It is terrible that a dvd of a broadcast would have less features than the broadcast when it is usually the other way around.

This dvd was not done very well. The vintage footage is minuscule. How could they pare down a 90 minute show to just 40 minutes?

I could barely hear some of the singers. They were drowned out by the band. The sound system was not very good. I fast forwarded through most of this dvd.
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the video was ok,
but i thought it would be the stars singing their songs when they were young,not a concert of them singing now.That's what i was really looking for.The title was misleading.
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