Subject: I have found a DVD that I think you would enjoy
|Remember the '70s - Greatest Hits Live|
Director: Matthew Levin
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Long before Kenny Rogers achieved pop and country superstardom, he was a member of the late-?60s pop group The First Edition, which had five Top 40 hits, including "Ruby, Don?t Take Your Love To Town" and "Just Dropped In ... more »
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billymac72 | Chicago, IL United States | 10/21/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is truly one of the best-value music DVDs available to 70s buffs. Not only is the footage a flashback, needless to say, the history narrations at the end of each song have an almost 70s classroom filmstrip feel to them, with the female narrator asking "remember?" at the end of each entry. You almost expect to hear the beep sound for the next slide! I actually really appreciate that the makers of this DVD played it completely straight with such touches, and resisted the urge to go campy. While the clothes of the era, for one, are now certainly considered campy in themselves, the DVD is more interested in putting us in the time frame which such fads existed. I find that approach not only refreshing, but also beneficial to the overall nostalgia we want out of these things.
In terms of the performances, there are some great ones here. Jim Croce and the Grass Roots are standouts. I was a little disappointed that Ike & Tina Turner, although a visually stunning performance, do a shortened version of "Proud Mary," as opposed to their "Nice & Easy/Rough & Hard" version. Al Green sounds amazing, but is singing to a music track and not a live band. He sounds so good, however, it really doesn't matter. Mark Lindsay & the Raiders appear to be lip-synching "Indian Reservation." I believe their performance is the only one done this way. Again, this is admissable considering the pop status of the song (we're not expecting a improv jam out of this tune are we?). On the other hand, Malo's "Suavecito" delivers more than I thought it would. The whole shebang is worth the price if just to see Kenny Rogers & the First Edition's matching blue & white leisure suits! Their "Ruby, Don't Take Your Love to Town" is a mellow masterpiece.
Something I certainly miss from this era is the diversity of the pop music of the time. Southern-fried First Edition clearly has a love for R&B, soul, country & rock, and seem thrilled to have brought it together on a tv show.
Hats Off to Mickey Jones!!
Glen Ramirez | Massachusetts | 10/20/2004
(5 out of 5 stars)
"What a pleasant surprise it was to view this DVD. Not only are some of the best acts of the early seventies represented on this disc but the sound and quality are excellant. I really enjoyed "First Edition" drummer (& actor) Mickey Jones insightful commentary on each of the artists. He showed what a talented, fun and compationate man he is. For music buffs, his comments and tributes to these great artists were just as good as the music. Just listen to the bonus feature on artists such as Jim Croce and you feel what respect (and for some, a sense of loss) he had for his fellow music entertainers. His "behind the scenes" stories were very enjoyable.
I can only wish that additional footage from this show follows this high quality DVD."
Good Collection Of Hits, Too Bad Only Half Are Really Live
Sandoz | Pgh, PA | 10/16/2009
(2 out of 5 stars)
"This is superb collection of songs from the early 70's--and most of these songs are still very well-known today. If you're a fan of most of these acts, I'm sure you'll be pleased seeing these music clips, especially from this show Rollin' which, until this disc, seems to have sunk into obscurity. But be aware, about half of the tunes on this collection are NOT live--in some cases they are totally fake playing and singing along to the actual single (Paul Revere & The Raiders; The Grass Roots; Malo), and at other times only the singers are actually live while the music is playbacked (Bill Withers; Al Green; Billy Preston). Fortunately, Jim Croce, The First Edition, and Ike & Tina actually get to lend some credibility to this disc by performing all their numbers live--each of them do two performances each and their inclusions make this disc worth seeing just for them. This disc is still not a bad value if you want to see all of these artists in their heyday, even if half of them are faking it. It's just such a shame that lip-synching to songs was so common on television shows in the 60s and 70s..."
Fond Memories revived
Doug Marshall | San Francisco | 09/01/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"We are so used to the yearly Doo-Wop, etc. Reunion shows that come out on PBS, that we sort of forget what these artistes were like when they were just out, and fresh, and their music touched our hearts, or moved our feet. That's why it's so nice to have a DVD like this. Many of these types of shows, like Rollin' Down The River, were Summer replacements. This was a Summer Replacement for the Smothers Brothers Comedy Hour, even down to using the same theater. We are used to hearing only portions of these performances, and so what a thrill to be able to see the entire performance. What's missing are the comedy sketches, which often weren't that funny, and so are hardly missed. More!"