Sunday, October 24, 2021

'70s Soul Comes to Life with THE SOUL OF THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL, a 10-Disc Time Life Set, Available Now (Review)

Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.


Al Green, Barry White, , Marvin Gaye, Chuck Berry, Aretha Franklin, Kool & the Gang, and Earth, Wind & Fire...these are just some of my favorite Soul artists from the 70's, I grew up listening and singing along to.  If you were a kid of the 70's and 80's like I was, then you know when you went on long car rides with your parents, they controlled the radio and music selection, so you had to listen to their favorite songs.  But, I didn't mind, as I had the same music taste as them, and loved the music they would listen to, especially soul.  The music would have you dancing and grooving all about, and you couldn't help but want to sing along.  Even today, when I hear such classics as "Let's Stay Together" or "Midnight Train to Georgia," I will stop what I am doing and grab my girls if they are nearby and dance around, or I will dance about and sing these classic tunes. They are the songs that shaped a generation and always leave you smiling and feeling chill and relaxed.  

So, when I heard Time Life was releasing Burt Sugarman's The Soul of The Midnight Special DVD Collection this October, I had to get my hands on a copy to review and enjoy. And, thanks to Time Life I have been having so many impromptu dance parties in our living room with my girls and husband, as we enjoy all the live uncut performances from the amazing 70's soul stars singing their smash hits we all grew up listening to in the car or on our radios at home in the basement.  

You can read on to see the complete list of soul artists and their songs that make up this DVD collection.  Like me, you will be surprised at the amazing list of artists and songs that fill the 10 DVDs in this new collection.  And, if that wasn't enough, there are also bonus interviews with top soul artists also included with the collection -- making this a must own for fans of soul music.  I have made it through 5 of the DVDs so far and am loving all the songs and artists featured. And, my girls are finding themselves requesting their favorite 70's soul music on Alexa when they are in their rooms or wanting to hear music. Once you hear this music, it grows on you, and want to hear it time and again. And, now with this Time Life collection, you have all the major soul artists in one place for your listening/viewing pleasure.  So, what are you waiting for?  Head on out to your favorite local retailer or order online and settle in to be transported back to the 70's for some soul satisfying music today.
More about this recent DVD release:

This 10-Disc Collector’s Set Features More Than 130 Live, Uncut Performances from 1972-1980 – Many of Which Have Never Been Available Before – from the Greatest Soul Singers of the Decade Including James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Al Green, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, Spinners, The Stylistics, Bill Withers,
Sly & The Family Stone and Many More!

This Incredible Collection Also Includes 18 Bonus Interviews with
Top Soul Stars, a 40-Page Collector’s Book and a Bonus DVD: “The Midnight Special Presents Marvin Gaye In Concert From The Atlantic Stadium,”
a Rare, Historic Live Concert Performance Never Before Available!
"The '70s was a special time for soul music, a decade filled with legendary artists like Al Green, Teddy Pendergrass, The O’Jays, Marvin Gaye, The Stylistics and so many more. And for home viewers, it was also a boon, as week after week, Burt Sugarman's The Midnight Special – television’s very first live music show – made it a point to feature soul artists performing their biggest hits live and uncut in the prime of their careers. While “Soul Train” also featured these acts, only The Midnight Special gave viewers actual live performances instead of lip sync, treating them to virtual front row seats for performances by the most talented soul singers of the time.

Available for the first time at retail, the greatest performances from The Midnight Special featured in one spectacular 10-disc DVD collection:  Burt Sugarman’s THE SOUL OF THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. Fans of ‘70s soul will thrill to an unforgettable line-up of legendary soul artists performing their greatest hits uncut and unedited -- just straight-from-the-heart singing with live musicians in front of a live audience. And now, Time Life delivers a singular set featuring a collection of more than 130 live, uncut performances from 1972-1980 – many not seen since their original broadcast!

All-time classic soul hits in The Soul of The Midnight Special include love songs like “Betcha by Golly, Wow” by the Stylistics and “You’re The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” by Gladys Knight and The Pips and dance grooves like Sly & the Family Stone’s “Dance to the Music,” Ohio Players’ “Fire,” and Chic’s “Good Times.” Also included are chart toppers and fan favorites such as “Back Stabbers” by the O’Jays, “Tired of Being Alone” by Al Green, “Could It Be I’m Falling in Love” by Spinners, “Lean on Me” by Bill Withers, “The Love I Lost” by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, “I Want to Take You Higher” by Sly & the Family Stone, “Shining Star” by Earth, Wind & Fire, “I’ve Got Love on My Mind” by Natalie Cole, “Just to Be Close to You” by Commodores, “I’ve Got to Use My Imagination” by Gladys Knight & the Pips, “You’ll Never Find Another Love Like Mine” by Lou Rawls, “Special Lady” by Ray, Goodman & Brown, and “Something He Can Feel” by Aretha Franklin.

In addition, Time Life is including a bonus DVD featuring “The Midnight Special Presents Marvin Gaye In Concert From The Atlantic Stadium,” a rare, historic live concert performance filmed exclusively for The Midnight Special in 1974 and available for the very first time anywhere. Also included in this completist’s set are 18 Bonus Interviews with top soul stars including The O’Jays, Gladys Knight, Bobby Womack, Patti LaBelle, George Benson, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Quincy Jones and more, along with a collectible 40-page book, jam-packed with archival photos and stories about the stars."

About Time Life
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 Disclosure: I was sent a screener from the vendor in exchange for an honest review. All views shared are mine and mine alone.

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