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Temptations - Definitive Performances [DVD]

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  • Format: DVD-Video, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Universal Music
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Jan 2009
  • Run Time: 192 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001O1ADC4
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,038 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all Motown lovers 22 Mar 2012
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Temptations - Definitive Performances [DVD]
The performances are all live and have been enhanced in quality. Considering they are on average 45 years old, the picture quality is outstanding. The performance of "The way you do the things you do" has the worst image quality but was still very much worth including. The vocals to each performance, which in most cases were lip-synced and aired on TV in mono, have been replaced with original Motown stereo masters. There is also the option on the disc to listen to a cappella performances of 13 of the songs. The a cappella tracks are totally stunning in quality, as are the Motown stereo masters with the full instrumentation.I believe that the Temptations were ahead of their time with slick choreographed dance routines and stunning vocal performances from David Ruffin, Eddie Kendricks, Otis Williams, Paul Williams, Melvin Franklin and later Dennis Edwards.
Then there are the "in between track" interviews with Otis Williams (the only surviving, original member of the Temptations. There is also the option to watch a longer, fuller interview with Otis Williams - or to watch the tracks seperately, without the interviews.
A 24 page colour booklet with notes and rare photographs is also included.
To give this DVD 5 stars seems wholly inadequate. It is quite simply superb. I love it and can't recommend it highly enough.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars temptations 11 Sep 2010
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really pleased to be able to see old performances.
if you love the temps you'll love this.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The best group ever! 16 Jun 2014
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I've been a fan of the Temps since I first heard The Way You Do the Things You Do and seen them a few times. This DVD is brilliant, lots of old favourites and remastered to a high standard.

An absolute must for Temptations and music fans!
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This is not a straight forward clips DVD. The full programme has 16 clips of music interspersed with interview segments from Otis Williams. Where the tracks were lip synched on the original performance a stereo mix has been used instead, but not always the original stereo mix. For some reason two Tom Moulton mixes from The Motown Box were used. It's a shame the mono mixes were not used which is presumably what would have been used at the time of broadcast/recording. (I'm not a mono supremacist, however the 60s Motown single mixes seem to be very good and have greater impact from what I have heard.) Where the track was a unique performance, the audio for that performance has been used. None of the tracks use true 5.1, all appear to be upmixed from stereo, or even mono. Sometimes this works okay, but I found that listening to a long stetch of the DVD was unpleasant in 5.1.

Fifteen of the sixteen songs featured are available with isolated vocal tracks. If the performance section has a live performance, this is replaced in the vocal section by a moving montage of pictures, as the isolated vocals are from the studio recordings. Interesting, but be prepared for a few passages of silence, e.g. about two minutes of nothing at the beginning of Papa Was a Rollin' Stone!

Interesting, and some nice footage, but don't get it if you're only looking for 5.1 mixes.
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