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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:
the best performances ever, 21 December 2005
Author: shanamtlewis77 from United States
This program was responsible for the onset of my appreciation for tap, jazz and the art of musical performances in general. PLEASE SOMEONE, let me know when this is available to purchase so i may share it with friends who did not see this wonderful program 20 years ago like i did!!! My absolute favorite was the performance Sarah Vaughn did (solo) then when she performed the duet with Billy Eckstein. You just have to see it once to love this historical music collage.But if you are like me, you can't see it just once. It stays in your head and you find yourself humming the songs over and over. So, i give this two thumbs up, SIX stars and every other accolade that exists.
4 out of 4 people found the following review useful:
One of the best, 13 October 2005
Author: erattley from United States
This is a 5 Star presentation. Every tap dancer that you ever wanted to see. Vanessa Williams first TV appearance after losing her crown. Great tributes to Josephine Baker, Bessie Smith and Dinah Washington. George Michaels and Stevie Wonder duet. A great candidate for re-issue on a DVD. Originally on VHS in the days that we paid over $200 for the tapes.This was the initial show celebrating the remodeling of the Apollo Theater with their new TV facilities. Bill Cosby was awesome as the host. 4 Tops and Temptations sing off. Luther Vandross and Boy George duet. Great performances by the greats of the era. Many older groups reunited. Sammie Davis tap dances. Someone should re-air this show.
A piece of anthology., 26 July 2006
Author: agau54 from Canada
Great film! It's somehow unreal to see all those great names and acts binded together on the very same stage at the very same time. Several of them made history and were real Rock & Roll creators. This is more than a film: it's a piece of anthology. Too bad some artists are dead since, but this adds to the overall importance of this tape. One could question the appearance of Joe Cocker and mostly Boy George along with these early Motown stars: I could personally understand Cocker's presence, specially after his outstanding duet with Patti La Belle. But according to me, Boy George was obviously not at the correct place at the correct time, and it shows in his presence. At least, this is my opinion.
I still reference this show DAILY, 7 June 2006
Author: misstriciasmith from Canada
*** This review may contain spoilers ***
With the recent passing of Billy Preston, I am reminded of this show. It was AMAZING. For years I had the whole thing on VHS tape - I wish I still did. All the greats are represented here. I still cannot actually hear the song "You are So Beautiful" without thinking of the knock-down-drag-out version that Joe Cocker did with Patti Labelle, with Billy Preston playing piano in the background. Poor Joe sweats profusely in an attempt to keep up with Patti Labelle sporting a faux-hawk and doing crazy bird dances (which he does somewhat succeed at - though there is a certain funniness in watching him try). It is so compelling that at the end the audience goes ballistic and Bill Cosby comes out and REFUSES to let any of them leave the stage. He actually goes over to Billy Preston and puts his hand around his neck in a fake strangle to keep him there. It is without a doubt the best thing I have ever seen on TV. And though this is my numero uno highlight, the rest of the show also completely keeps up with it. Introduced me to Motown and soul music and has left a lasting impression in my appreciation of black culture and music. Totally deserves to be issued on DVD.
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