Motown 25

Motown 25

Yesterday, Today, Forever

DVD - 2014
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A celebration of the Motown record label's silver anniversary.
Publisher: Des Moines, IA :, Time Life,, [2014]
Call Number: DVD 782.4216 MOTO
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (150 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in
laser optical,NTSC,rda
video file,DVD video,region 1,rda


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Atticus14 Oct 15, 2014

Interesting to see some of Motown's greats such as Smokey Robinson, the Four Tops and the Temptations. The Jackson Five bring down the house but the party doesn't really start until Michael Jackson stays onstage solo for "Billie Jean". I admit that I replayed it several times and couldn't help but to be reminded of what an immense talent he was. It was also poignant watching the late Marvin Gaye. I personally wouldn't have had Richard Pryor as the host though he was one of the hottest comedians at the time. I know he's white but perhaps the host should've been Dick Clark who is part of this tribute. Anyone knowing the personalities and the foibles of both Motown and human nature knows that the utopian atmosphere of this tribute is a front as witnessed by the Commodores performing here without Lionel Richie. He later appears to sing solo. Diana Ross proclaims that Berry Gordy often feels unappreciated. The Supremes are featured and Ross hooks up with two former Supremes onstage but we all know how Ross was like a shark in the past. Flo, anyone? Also, it is this show that spawned the rumor that Ross shoved Mary Wilson aside. It's still a point of contention today with rumors that tape showing Ross shoving Wells was burned. Overall, the tribute is pretty good though again, Pryor wasn't impressive to me as the emcee. The best segment has to go to Michael Jackson who stole the show. In hindsight maybe they should've concluded with Michael instead of having him perform in the middle but this was in 1983 after all. And one final thought....I thought Adam Ant was ridiculous. Why was he part of this?


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