"The late, great Johnnie Taylor deserved better than this poor excuse of a DVD by his record label MALACO.
Don't get me wrong, seeing JT live on stage while he was still in his prime (this concert took place 11 years before he died of a massive cardiac arrest) is a treat. However, that's all you get!
No liner notes, no extras, not even a post-humous tribute to the Soul Philosopher. Seeing as this DVD wasn't released until late 2004, you'd think MALACO would have, at the very minimal least, added some extra footage of JT...interviews, other concert footage, anything to make what remains the ONLY DVD of JT a true collectors item.
This DVD is really as bare bones as they come! No intro, no previews of other, soon to come, releases. The program starts and were it not for JT having been in great voice that night, this would be an outright waste of money.
JT himself serves as the sole savior of this ill-produced DVD...the man was one of the greats and that comes through in shining colors throughout this DVD.
The sound is also good as is the entire production of the concert. At least they got that part right.
Were JT still with us, I would still be a little miffed at the lack of additional chapters, but seeing as JT has since joined his friends in Soul Heaven, I really, really expected more.
Perhaps MALACO will one day redeem themselves and release a tributary DVD of this Soul legend. I doubt it since I happen to have first hand knowledge of how incredibly frugal and out of touch with times that company happens to be.
Anyhow, JT is preserved for posterity.....if only it could have been a more appropriately produced DVD.
2 stars....that's all I can give it. 5 stars to JT but Malaco really dropped the ball on this one.
JOHNNIE IS JOHNNIE "DOING HIS OWN THING"
Dique M. Cannon | Los Angeles, California | 09/19/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)
"Mr. Taylor has a gifted voice and style, you can never take that away from him. After seeing him on 3 different occasions and talking with musicians who's played with him, I have come to realize, that Johnnie will sing the songs that's pleasing to him, regardless of what the crowd wishes to hear. It was once said that he was tired of singing the same 8 songs over and over, so if you want to hear "I believe In You", Cheaper to Keep Her, Disco Lady, Running out of Lies, Carless with Our Love... you won't be hearing those here, and what a shame cause that would have made this DVD a true treasure since we don't have the man himself anymore. However, these are the songs you will hear: 1. Who's Makin' Love 2. Little Bluebird 3. It's Still Called The Blues 4. Just Because 5. Wall To Wall 6. Medley: Love Bones, Stop Doggin' Me Around, Take Care Of Your Homework, Hello Sundown, Steal Away 7. I Don't Want To Lose Your Love 8. Jody's Got Your Girl 9. It's September 10. Stormy Monday Medley 11. I'm Changing, it's worth it just to get a glimpse of a True Soul singer in his own space and time."
Johnnie Taylor - Live in Dallas
David W. Babb | USA | 01/13/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"In spite of shortcomings noted elsewhere in various reviews, this dvd deserves 5 stars because of the greatness of the music. Johnnie Taylor was one of the greatest singers in the universe, and the band here is outstanding. The musicians get into a groove and never let up. This one of my all-time favorite musical dvds by anybody. It is a true desert island disc. A must have for all fans of JT and southern soul music."
Taylor Made Fan
Caldwell Jenkins | Nashville, Tn. | 06/30/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I am pleased with Johnnie Taylor, Live In Dallas, and will purchas other live DVD's of Jhonnie Taylor when they are available."
J T ..... all good........production NOT!
Christopher Fisher | 03/29/2006
(2 out of 5 stars)
"I grew up listening to Johnnie Taylor from back in the late 60's and up until he passed away. I have just about all his music. I never actually seen JT perform live in concert so it was a true blessing to see him on DVD. I will say that a much better product could of been delivered for all the many fans of JT. I will also add that this true soul legend deserved atleast a tribute on this DVD. Sound and picture were good and that's about it. JT RIP."