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Soul Train - Time Life's Collectible 9-DVD Set: Press Release with Date, Cost, Packaging, Full Contents

'The Best of Soul Train' online exclusive set is up for pre-order; ships March 29th

Posted by David Lambert
Soul Train - The Best Of

Soul Train - The Best Of



For The First Time Ever, Time Life Releases

Soul Train
9-DVD Box Set

Featuring Rare Moments with Michael Jackson, James Brown,
Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Aretha Franklin, Smokey Robinson and More

Los Angeles, February 24, 2010 - The Best of Soul Train just got better. For the first time in history, Time Life announced today the pre-sale availability for The Best of Soul Train 9-DVD Box set, with more than 16 hours of pure love, peace, and souuul, specifically highlighting the '70s decade. Fresh off the heels of the highly rated VH1 documentary special, the DVD release marks the first-time availability of Soul Train, the longest running, syndicated series in television history. The Best of Soul Train features 130 classic performances, and is available for pre-order at

The Best of Soul Train features the biggest names in R&B and soul, with classic performances from Soul Train's most acclaimed era, 1971-1979, showcasing celebrated artists such as Aretha Franklin, The Jackson 5, Stevie Wonder, Sly Stone, Gladys Knight, The Commodores, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, The O'Jays and many more.

Viewers will re-live the original dance styles and scene-stealing fashions from the heart of the '70s, as well as favorite moments from the Soul Train Dance Line to the beloved Soul Train Scramble Board. Also included, are on-air interviews with the artists, classic Soul Train dancers, and some vintage commercials for Ultra Sheen and Afro Sheen products.

This special collection features the best moments from several original Soul Train episodes, totaling 130 songs and performances, and contains more than three hours of bonus material including exclusive interviews with Don Cornelius, Smokey Robinson, Jody Watley and others.

Included in the 9-DVD set is a bonus DVD featuring highlights from the inaugural Soul Train Music Awards (1987), featuring memorable performances by Whitney Houston, Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder and many others.

If viewers didn't experience the magic the first time around, iconic moments that fans can look forward to include extraordinary footage and performances, such as:
  • Smokey Robinson and Aretha Franklin singing a duet on Smokey's hit "Ooo Baby Baby" with Aretha playing the piano. The two also reminisce about growing up as friends in Detroit
  • Sly and The family Stone performing two of their classics - "I Wanna take You Higher" and "Dance To the Music"
  • Stevie Wonder performing three of his monster hits live in a phenomenal, intimate medley - "I Wish," "My Cherie Amour" and "Sir Duke."
  • Barry White on stage performing with a full orchestra.
  • Marvin Gaye and Don Cornelius playing one-on-one basketball with Smokey Robinson refereeing.
  • Ike & Tina Turner in a blistering version of "Proud Mary."
  • Plus, The O'Jay, The Spinners, The Chi-Lites, The Temptations, The Four Tops, The Stylistics, and dozens of other legends of soul.

A complete list of performances is provided below.

"Time Life is proud to bring back one of the most enduring and culturally relevant shows in television history with The Best of SOUL TRAIN DVD Collection," said Michael Mitchell, Time Life Vice President Marketing and Strategic Partnerships. "In the '70s, Soul Train was must-see TV in black households across America, and it also had strong crossover appeal. Each week kids and parents alike gathered around the television to see the latest fashions, dance moves and performances by their favorite artists. Soul Train fans everywhere have been waiting for years to relive this exciting time."

"We are excited to partner with Time Life and bring this iconic series to DVD for the first time ever," said Peter Griffith, Co-CEO of Soul Train Holdings. "Filled with dancers and memorable performances from artists that have become legends, this 70's collection reflects the show's unique style. This is truly a collector's item for every Soul Train fan."

The 9-DVD Best of Soul Train set is available now for pre-order at,, and

About Time Life:
Headquartered in Fairfax, VA, Direct Holdings Americas Inc.'s history began in 1961 as Time Life, a direct marketing division of Time Inc., specializing in music and books. The business has been operated as a separate company since the mid-1970s when it relocated to Virginia, and has since grown to become one of the world's largest direct marketers of audio and video products throughout North America, Europe and Australia. The Company has set the standard in the direct response industry by pioneering direct marketing techniques and building one of the most trusted and recognized brands in commerce. Time Life now also sells its products through major traditional and non-traditional retailers around the world as well as via the Internet. The Company was sold in 2003 to private investors. Time Life and the Time Life logo are registered trademarks of Time Warner Inc. and affiliated companies, used under license by Direct Holdings Americas Inc., which is not affiliated with Time Warner Inc. or Time Inc.

About Soul Train Holdings:
Soul Train Holdings was formed in May 2008 by MadVision Entertainment and Intermedia Partners. Madvision was created by media and entertainment veterans, Kenard Gibbs, Peter Griffith, and Anthony Maddox. The group was created following the acquisition of the iconic franchise and catalog of more than 1,100 hours of archival footage from Don Cornelius Productions. Soul Train is a registered trademark of Soul Train Holdings, LLC, a limited liability company headquartered in Los Angeles, CA. Soul Train is the longest running, first -run, nationally syndicated program in television history. During its 37 year run, the show featured such staples as the Soul Train line and performers as important and diverse as: Al Green, Ike & Tina Turner, Marvin Gaye, Michael Jackson, Stevie Wonder, Elton John, Whitney Houston, David Bowie, Janet Jackson and Beyoncé, to name a few.

  • DVD 1
    • That Lady (Part 1) - The Isley Brothers
    • Live It Up Part 1 - The Isley Brothers
    • Summer Breeze (Part 1) - The Isley Brothers
    • Release Yourself - Graham Central Station and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe - Barry White
    • Love's Theme - Love Unlimited Orchestra
    • What Am I Gonna Do with You - Barry White
    • You're the First, the Last, My Everything - Barry White
    • Come Get to This - Marvin Gaye
    • Distant Lover - Marvin Gaye
    • Let's Get It On - Marvin Gaye
    • I Want to Take You Higher - Sly & the Family Stone
    • Mighty Mighty - Earth, Wind & Fire and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Dance to the Music - Sly & the Family Stone
    • I Heard It through the Grapevine - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    • Back Stabbers - The O'Jays
    • Respect - Aretha Franklin and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin
      • Interviews with Don Cornelius, Smokey Robinson and Brian McKnight
      • Rare, never-before-seen footage

  • DVD 2
    • Use Me - Bill Withers
    • Lean on Me - Bill Withers
    • If You Don't Know Me by Now - Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
    • Still - Commodores
    • Three Times a Lady - Commodores
    • Sail On - Commodores
    • Pusherman - Curtis Mayfield
    • The Cisco Kid - War and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Everybody Plays the Fool - The Main Ingredient
    • Superfly - Curtis Mayfield
    • Get on the Good Foot-Part 1 - James Brown
    • Try Me - James Brown
    • Get Up I Feel Like Being Like a Sex Machine (Part 1) - James Brown
    • Super Bad (Part 1 & Part 2) - James Brown
      • Interviews with Don Cornelius, Cuba Gooding Sr. (lead singer of The Main Ingredient), and Eric Casem (former Soul Train choreographer and dancer)
      • Rare, never-before-seen footage

  • DVD 3
    • Love Train - The O'Jays and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Medley: My Cherie Amour/Sir Duke/I Wish/These Three Words - Stevie Wonder
    • I Was Made for You - Aretha Franklin
    • Ooo Baby Baby - Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson
    • Respect - Aretha Franklin and the Soul Train Dancers
    • The Whole Town's Laughing at Me - Teddy Pendergrass
    • I Don't Love You Anymore - Teddy Pendergrass
    • Brick House - Commodores and the Soul Train Dancers
    • You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine - Lou Rawls
    • Love Ballad - L.T.D.
    • From Now On - Lou Rawls
    • I Want You Back - The Jackson 5
    • Corner of the Sky - The Jackson 5
    • Daddy's Home - Jermaine Jackson
    • Lookin' through the Windows - The Jackson 5
      • Interviews with Smokey Robinson, Jody Watley and Clarence Avent, former Chairman of Motown Records
      • Rare, never-before-seen footage

  • DVD 4
    • A House Is Not a Home - Luther Vandross
    • If This World Were Mine - Luther Vandross and Cheryl Lynn
    • Betcha by Golly, Wow - The Stylistics
    • You Make Me Feel Brand New - The Stylistics
    • Lookin' for a Love - Bobby Womack
    • Sexy Mama - The Moments and the Soul Train Dancers
    • I'll Be Around - Spinners
    • Could It Be I'm Falling in Love - Spinners
    • The World Is a Ghetto - War and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Rock Your Baby - George McCrae
    • Tell Me Something Good - Rufus
    • Nothing from Nothing - Billy Preston
    • Ballero - War and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Fire and Water - Wilson Pickett
    • All Day Music - War
    • Don't Knock My Love-Pt. 1 - Wilson Pickett
    • Slippin' into Darkness - War

  • DVD 5
    • Mr. Big Stuff - Jean Knight
    • Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time) - The Delfonics
    • (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People - The Chi-Lites
    • Have You Seen Her - The Chi-Lites
    • The Bells - The Originals
    • I Gotcha - Joe Tex
    • Want Ads - The Honey Cone
    • Thin Line between Love & Hate - The Persuaders
    • Get Down - Curtis Mayfield
    • Scorpio - Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band and the Soul Train Dancers
    • You Ought to Be with Me - Al Green
    • For the Good Times - Al Green
    • Love and Happiness - Al Green
    • Oh Girl - The Chi-Lites
    • War - Edwin Starr

  • DVD 6
    • I Want to Take You Higher - Ike & Tina Turner
    • I Only Have Eyes for You - Jerry Butler
    • Proud Mary - Ike & Tina Turner
    • Power of Love - Joe Simon
    • Wish That I Could Talk to You - The Sylvers
    • Me and Mrs. Jones - Billy Paul
    • Papa Was a Rollin' Stone - The Temptations
    • Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got) - Four Tops
    • Love Train - The O'Jays
    • What a Diff'rence a Day Makes - Esther Phillips
    • Bad Luck (Part 1) - Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
    • Wake Up Everybody (Part 1) - Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes
    • The Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson
    • Get Ready - Smokey Robinson Dance Routine

  • DVD 7
    • So Very Hard to Go - Tower of Power
    • Yes We Can Can - Pointer Sisters
    • What Is Hip? - Tower of Power
    • Put Your Hands Together - The O'Jays and the Soul Train Dancers
    • On and On - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    • For the Love of Money - The O'Jays and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye) - Gladys Knight & the Pips
    • Good Things Don't Last Forever - Ecstasy, Passion & Pain
    • Kung Fu Fighting - Carl Douglas and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) - B.T. Express
    • Skin Tight - Ohio Players
    • Love to Love You Baby - Donna Summer
    • Livin' for the Weekend - The O'Jays and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Disco Lady - Johnnie Taylor
    • Dance wit Me - Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan and the Soul Train Dancers

  • DVD 8
    • Respect Yourself - The Staple Singers
    • Band of Gold - Freda Payne
    • Theme from Shaft - Isaac Hayes and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Dancing in the Street - Martha & the Vandellas
    • Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Cowboys to Girls - The Intruders
    • I Can See Clearly Now - Johnny Nash
    • Love Train - The O'Jays and the Soul Train Dancers
    • Love Jones - Brighter Side of Darkness
    • Funky Stuff - Kool & the Gang
    • Jungle Boogie - Kool & the Gang
    • Everlasting Love - Carl Carlton
    • Lady Marmalade - LaBelle
    • Got to Give It Up (Pt. I) - Marvin Gaye

  • DVD 9: The Soul Train Music Awards
    • Word Up - Cameo
    • You Give Good Love - Whitney Houston
    • My Cherie Amour - Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick
    • You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick
    • All in Love Is Fair - Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick
    • I Just Called to Say I Love You - Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick
    • That's What Friends Are For - Dionne Warwick, Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross, Whitney Houston
    • So Amazing - Luther Vandross
    • Oh Mary Don't You Weep - Vanessa Bell Armstrong, Andra√© Crouch, Sandra Crouch, Shirley Caesar, Tramaine Hawkins, Edwin Hawkins and the Edwin Hawkins Singers, The Williams Brothers, Cissy Houston, The Winans

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