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THE LADIES Sing The Blues
THE LADIES Sing The Blues
Actors: Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary, African American Cinema
NC-17     2001     1hr 0min

Witness Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Dinah Washington, Lena Horne, Peggy Lee, Ethel Waters, Ruth Brown, and many other of the Jazz & Blues innovators who paved the way for today s Soul, R&B, & Pop music. Timeless vocal p...  more »


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Actors: Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington
Genres: Music Video & Concerts, Documentary, African American Cinema
Sub-Genres: Pop, Holiday, Billie, Jazz, Blues, Biography, African American Cinema
Studio: V.I.E.W. Video
Format: DVD - Black and White
DVD Release Date: 10/30/2001
Release Year: 2001
Run Time: 1hr 0min
Screens: Black and White
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: NC-17
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

Buyer Sings the Blues
(2 out of 5 stars)

"The songs may be "complete" as the DVD claims, but what isn't mentioned is the inane narration over the beginning of just about every clip on the disk, which spoiled much of the enjoyment for me. I bought the DVD for the Connee Boswell clip (love those Boswell Sisters), but after the narration there's just eighteen seconds of the song left. By the way, even accounting for the age/rarity of the clips, the quality of them often leaves something to be desired, as well."
Magnificent documentary featuring American legends of song.
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This acclaimed compilation brings together full-length, rare performances from the great ladies of song: Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Peggy Lee, Lena Horne, Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan and Ethel Waters. Hailed by Entertainment Weekly as "a grand parade of American miracles," Ladies captures the excitement of the most distinctive female vocalists in Jazz.#1313 (60 min, B&W, Hi-Fi)"
Good additional material for class
Scott R. Harding | St. Johns, MI USA | 02/17/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"I have to agree with one of the earlier reviewers: the complete "videos" on this tape are fantastic, but the narrated voice-over (delivered in a near-monotone) during the opening bits isn't of much use. Still, I use portions of this tape in my Jazz History class, and at least the narration backs up the info that students are given in their textbooks. In all, I like certain clips in here better than the Burns "Jazz" anthology simply because they ARE complete."
Evelyn O. Simon | South Florida. U.S.A. | 08/14/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)

"They had prepared the way for so many female singers of today. Billie Holiday, Bessie Smith, Dinah Washington, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Lena Horne, Ethel Waters, and many more. With the stars that are jam packed inside this video, makes the video worth seeing. So if blues and the ladies that sing them interests you, then by all means, take advantage of this must see video; you'll be glad you did."