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Soundies: A Musical History
Soundies A Musical History
Actor: Various Artists
Director: Various
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
NR     2007     1hr 17min

Before MTV there were Soundies, a collection of musical shorts starring such legends as Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, Nat King Cole, Cab Calloway, Doris Day, and more. Soundies is a PBS pledge driver; seen in all major ...  more »


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Actor: Various Artists
Director: Various
Genres: Music Video & Concerts
Sub-Genres: Pop, Jazz
Studio: Adrenaline Records
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 10/09/2007
Release Year: 2007
Run Time: 1hr 17min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 1
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Laughing Gravy | Sacramento, CA United States | 10/11/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Terrible, terrible, terrible. This is a PBS special, and the Soundies are constantly interrupted by talking heads or narration, or are truncated. What could've been a great release -- uncut, restored music videos of a bygone era -- instead becomes one of the worst, most disappointing DVDs of the year. I'm returning mine for a refund."
Don't Bother
W. Winters | El Granada, California United States | 10/13/2007
(1 out of 5 stars)

"Amazon "spammed" my email encouraging me to buy this disc which is too bad because this disc is absolutely horrid. This DVD has talking through all the cuts....shame on Amazon.....I feel used...and stupid....."
Complete list of all 39 Soundies excerpted
Annie Van Auken | Planet Earth | 03/16/2009
(4 out of 5 stars)

"American taverns in the 1940s usually had neon-decorated jukeboxes that played 78s. Roomier "joints" often provided entertainment from an icebox-sized machine called a Panoram. For a certain amount of coin, patrons could both listen to and watch songs performed by their favorite artists. This ingenious monster contained numerous film loops deliverable on demand to a projector and shown via mirrors and rear projection on an opaque glass screen. After WWII, the Panoram was superseded by a new device: television.

On the SOUNDIES documentary, some of the original artists are interviewed, plus there's commentary from host Michael Feinstein, Wynton Marsalis, Hugh Hefner and Leonard Maltin. As mentioned elsewhere, only song fragments are featured here.
These include:

Hot Chocolate - Duke Ellington & orch.
Blowtop Blues - Cab Calloway & orch.
Jumpin' at the Jubilee - Louis Jourdan & Tympani Five
Frim Fram Sauce - King Cole Trio
Don't Cry Baby - Les Paul Trio
Why'd I Fall For Abner? - Merle Travis & Carolina Cotton
Clink! Clink! Another Drink - Spike Jones & City Slickers
Boardwalk Boogie - Will Bradley & orch.
Man, That's Groovy - Jimmy Dorsey & orch.
Stop That Dancin' Up There - Kay Starr & Jimmy Dodd
Huckleberry Duck - The Martins
Honeysuckle Rose - Fats Waller
Take Me Back, Baby - Count Basie & band
Lullaby of Broadway - Mel Tormé & his Mel-tones
Fan Dance - Sally Rand
A Lady With Fans - Faith Bacon
There Won't Be a Shortage of Love - Peggy Mann
Just As Tho' You Were Here - Lois Collier & Glamourettes
You're a Lucky Fellow, Mr. Smith - Mitchell Ayres & orch.
Bless 'Em All - Dick Robertson w. Johnny Messner orch.
I Shut My Mouth For Uncle Sam - Frances Faye
Der Fuhrer's Face - Spike Jones & City Slickers
Jump Children - International Sweethearts of Rhythm
Lazy River - Mills Bros.
America, I Love You - Claude Thornhill & orch.
Shine - Louis Armstrong & orch.
Jungle Jig - Dorothy Dandridge & Cee Pee Johnson
Let Me Off Uptown - Gene Krupa & orch.
Got a Penny, Benny - King Cole Trio
My Lost Horizon - Doris Day w. Les Brown & band
I Learned a Lesson - Lawrence Welk & orch.
Did Anyone Call? - Cyd Charisse
Tiger Rag - Liberace
The Lamp of Memory - Yvonne De Carlo

The Songs of Yesterday Are Here to Stay - Michael Feinstein
I Hear You Knocking - Gene Austin
You Always Hurt the One You Love - Mills Bros.
The Music Shop - Rubinoff
Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair - Cliff Edwards
4-F Ferdinand - Harry 'The Hipster' Gibson"
Soundies is prety good.
Dr. R. Kerr | Chicago, Illinois United States | 05/31/2008
(3 out of 5 stars)

"One may not care for the dialouge and interviews, I, in fact, found them interesting. However, the music, while not DTS or Doby 5.1, is very good and the sound is very good. As a historical musical and visual document on jazz and what was called rock and roll this DVD is great.

Dr. Richard Kerr"