Motown Gold From the Ed Sullivan Show
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One of the most important contributions Ed Sullivan will be remembered for is how he bucked the system and embraced R&B performers, giving them their first television breaks. In particular, in the sixties Sullivan embraced the artists from a small record company from Detroit - Berry Gordy's Motown. Sullivan introduced nearly all the Motown acts helping to break the race barrier in this turbulent period.
Motown Gold from The Ed Sullivan Show is a 2 DVD (3 volume) collection with appearances by legendary Motown acts including The Jackson 5, Diana Ross and The Supremes, The Temptations, Four Tops, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson, Martha & The Vandellas and Gladys Knight & The Pips. The collection is packed with classic Motown performances taped live between 1964 and 1971, fully restored with footage never before released. Some of the highlights include:
* The Jackson 5 ushering in a new generation of Motown acts with a medley of their No. 1 hits "I Want You Back," "The Love You Save" and "ABC."
* Diana Ross and The Supremes performing their No. 1 hits "Come See About Me," "Someday We'll Be Together" and "Love Child."
* The Temptations doing their No. 1 hits "Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)" and "I Can't Get Next to You." * The Four Tops with their No. 1 hit single "Reach Out I'll Be There."
* Martha & the Vandellas singing their timeless classic "Dancing in the Street."
* Marvin Gaye's only Sullivan appearance singing "Take This Heart of Mine."
* Young Stevie Wonder captivating the audience with his No. 1 hit "Fingertips Pt. 2" and his classic "For Once in My Life."
* A never-before-released performance of Smokey Robinson & the Miracles doing a medley of the hits "I Second That Emotion," "If You Can Want" and "Going to a Go-Go."
* Gladys Knight and the Pips performing the hit "I Heard It Through the Grapevine"
1. THE JACKSON 5: I Want You Back, ABC
2. THE SUPREMES: You Can't Hurry Love
3. THE TEMPTATIONS: Don't Look Back
4. FOUR TOPS: Reach Out I'll Be There
5. SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: I Second That Emotion, If You Can Want, Going To A Go-Go
6. GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: If I Were Your Woman
7. STEVIE WONDER: Fingertips Pt. 2
8. DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES: I'm Living in Shame
9. THE TEMPTATIONS: Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)
10. MARVIN GAYE: Take This Heart of Mine
11. DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES: Love Child
12. THE TEMPTATIONS Ain't No Mountain High Enough, I'll Be There,My Sweet Lord
13. DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES: Someday We'll Be Together
14. GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: I Heard It Through The Grapevine
1. THE JACKSON 5: Stand, Who's Lovin' You,I Want You Back
2. THE SUPREMES: Come See About Me
3. STEVIE WONDER: For Once In My Life
4. MARTHA & THE VANDELLAS: Dancing In The Street
5. THE TEMPTATION: Get Ready
6. THE SUPREMES: My World Is Empty Without You
7. FOUR TOPS: When You're Smiling, It's The Same Old Song, Something About You, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)
8. SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: Abraham, Martin & John
9. THE SUPREMES: Come See About Me, Stop! In The Name Of Love, You Can't Hurry Love, You Keep Me Hangin' On, I Hear A Symphony
10. THE TEMPTATIONS: Runaway Child, Running Wild
11. THE SUPREMES: Love Is Like An Itching In My Heart
14. FOUR TOPS: All In The Game, Nice & Easy
1. DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES: Forever Came Today
2. SMOKEY ROBINSON & THE MIRACLES: Doggone Right
3. THE JACKSON 5: The Love You Save
4. THE TEMPTATIONS: I Can't Get Next To You
5. THE SUPREMES: The Happening
6. FOUR TOPS: Reach Out I'll Be There, I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch), Bernadette, Climb Ev'ry Mountain
7. GLADYS KNIGHT & THE PIPS: Nitty Gritty, By The Time I Get To Phoenix, Stop and Get a Hold of Myself
8. THE TEMPTATIONS: You've Made Me So Very Happy
9. DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES: In And Out Of Love
10. THE TEMPTATIONS: Psychedelic Shack
11. DIANA ROSS & THE SUPREMES: Love Child
12. FOUR TOPS: Put A Little Love In Your Heart
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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
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.
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.
Whether young or old you will enjoy spending this time with Motown and I am so grateful to Ed Sullivan who gave our music a chance to be heard nationwide.