"The Best of Soul Train" DVD Review

Published May 21, 2010

Ever felt like some soul is missing from your television DVDs?  Well that might be because you don't have "the hippest trip in America" in your DVD collection.  Time Life presents "The Best of Soul Train," an unprecedented collection of the best moments from "Soul Train," which ran from 1971 to 2006.  Originally hosted by Don Cornelius, "Soul Train" holds the record as the longest, continuously-running first-run syndicated program.

"Soul Train" not only set records, but changed the world by presenting music, dance and soul to a global audience.  Before "Soul Train," there were few outlets where Black artists could perform or where soul music could be heard.  Now, in this flawless collection you can capture would made "Soul Train" a worldwide phenomenon with episodes that include legendary performances, the unforgettable Soul Train dance line and classic interviews. 

The 9-DVD set is packed with performances from Marvin Gaye, Whitney Houston, Aretha Franklin, Tina Turner, Stevie Wonder, Jackson 5, Luther Vandross and many others.  With a total of 130 performances, there isn't a millisecond that disappointments.  There are the stellar live shows and the classic Afro Sheen and Ultra Sheen commercials that are in every episode – the vintage commercials alone are worth the buy!

Unfortunately, these are not full episodes, there is some heavy editing, which was probably due to the music rights, but the performances that are included are amazing.   My personal favorite is Marvin Gaye singing “Let’s Get It On” in the audience and the women going mad.  Plus, it's always fun to see the fashions of the time -- bellbottoms and afros were all the rage. 

Bonus features includes recent interviews with Don Cornelius, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Brian McKnight, Jody Watley (a former "Soul Train" dancer) and others. 

Beautifully remastered, the DVD set is easy to navigate with options to watch episodes or view individual performances.

There are so many reasons to enjoy "The Best of Soul Train" from Time Life, whether it’s the music, the styles, the performers, or just a time capsule of what life once when it was about “Love, peace and soul!”

"The Best of Soul Train" DVD is in stores now.  Click here for more details!

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Clay Cane is the Entertainment Editor at BET.com.  You can read more of his work at www.claycane.net.

Written by Clay Cane

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