The best soul music is back courtesy of Time-Life

Available for the first time at retail, the greatest performances from The Midnight Special featured in one spectacular 10-disc DVD collection:  Burt Sugarman’s THE SOUL OF THE MIDNIGHT SPECIAL. Fans of ‘70s soul will thrill to an unforgettable line-up of legendary soul artists performing their greatest hits uncut and unedited.

Although soul music began in the 1950s, with songs like 1954's “I Got a Woman” — it was really the 60s and 70s when I got my groove on to people like Al Green, Marvin Gaye, James Brown and, of course, Ray Charles.

They are all here on this 10-Disc Collector’s Set features more than 130 live, uncut Performances from 1972-1980 – Many of which have never been available before – from the greatest soul singers of the decade including James Brown, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Al Green, Chaka Khan, Patti LaBelle, The O’Jays, Teddy Pendergrass, Spinners, The Stylistics, Bill Withers, Sly & The Family Stone and many more!

I’m sure, many of our subscribers remember watching Burt Sugarman’s The Soul of the Midnight Special. During those days, it came on after The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson. Sometimes Midnight Special even beat Carson’s numbers.

Barry White once said, “The Midnight Special was one of the greatest music television shows that was ever done.”

Burton Roy Sugarman, 82, the creator and executive producer of The Midnight Special added “As historical documents, these discs are precious and irreplaceable. As pure entertainment, they’re gold. I watch these shows with ever-growing pleasure and feel certain you’ll do the same. I fervently believe that this is among the most sou-satisfying music made.”

Amen, I agree.

I found a lot of my favorites here like “Back Stabbers,” by the O’Jays; “Tired of Being Alone,” Al Green; “In the Midnight Hour,” Wilson Pickett; “I Want to Take You Higher,” Sly & the Family Stone; “Will It Go Round in Circles,” Billy Preston and the incredible late Curtis Mayfield with “Superfly,” “Freddie’s Dead,” and more.

In addition, Time Life has included a bonus DVD featuring “The Midnight Special Presents Marvin Gaye In Concert From The Atlantic Stadium,” a rare, historic live concert performance filmed exclusively for The Midnight Special in 1974 and available for the very first time anywhere. Also included in this completist’s set are 18 Bonus Interviews with top soul stars including The O’Jays, Gladys Knight, Bobby Womack, Patti LaBelle, George Benson, James Brown, Lou Rawls, Teddy Pendergrass, Quincy Jones and more, along with a collectible 40-page book, jam-packed with archival photos and stories about the stars.

If you are into soul music, as I am, this is a must own. www.timelife.com

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