Label: Demon Vision - DEMONDVDM011 • Format: DVD DVD-Video, PAL • Country: UK • Genre: Funk / Soul • Style: Soul
Teddy Pendergrass: Teddy! Live in ' The classic soul man performs "Close the Door" and opens a new chapter in his illustrious career. Real, old fashioned baby-makin' music is something of a cliche these days. The Ushers and R. Kellys have supplanted the balladeers of the s and '70s, reducing "soul" music to its most prurient essence; "let's go half on a baby" mysteriously doesn't have the same subtlety, seductive power or God forbid romance as "I Want You" or "Love and Happiness.
All of which is why Shout! Factory's Teddy Pendegrass: Teddy! Live in '79 is not merely a great concert DVD, but mandatory viewing for anyone interested in the sweet art of seduction.
Chronicling Pendergrass' performance in All By Myself - Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy! Live In 79 (DVD) the Lake Tahoe casino the Sahara site of Isaac Hayes' equally legendary Youssou NDour & Le Super Etoile De Dakar - Live At Montreux 1989 (DVD)the disc offers a long overdue celebration of one of the great soul singers of all time, and more than that, offers an irresistible soundtrack for your next night of romance.
Technically, there are only nine numbers in this hourlong show, not counting each tune from Pendergrass' medley of his Harold Mevin hits.
But the assembly and performance of the set is positively top notch: stepping on stage like a one-man Earth, Wind and Fire in full dashiki regalia to sing "Life is a Song Worth Singing," Pendergrass looks every ounce a seventies soul man, but offers performance and artistry that is timeless. Needless to say, this classic slice of Philly soul provides the concert's high point. Few except among the singer's diehard fans know that he was in fact the original vocalist for the immortal "If You Don't Know Me By Now," so when he returns to the material for a brief reprise, it's a All By Myself - Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy!
Live In 79 (DVD) and somewhat necessary detour that bridges the gap between his solo material and previous work as a low-wage contract singer. Later, Pendergrass takes a twelve-minute turn into "When Somebody Loves You Back," interacting with the crowd and soliciting female audience members to join "Teddy's Angels;" offering alternate measures of candor and seduction, he proves to be a commanding presence, further reminding his fans why the singer's reputation as soul standard-bearer is well-deserved.
But as a document of a decade, a mission statement for what soul music should be, and a romantic interlude for lovers, Teddy! Live in '79 is an essential addition to any music or DVD library; so break open the bubbly, put this disc on repeat, Berlin Advisor - Manu Chaman - Berlin Advisor EP turn the lights down low. With Teddy P. Score: 8 out of 10 The Video Teddy! Live in '79 is presented in a full-frame 1.
As evidenced by the screen captures, the images are not great to begin with this was likely primitive, closed-circuit videobut the disc replicates the content satisfactorily without doing much to clean or improve it for modern audiences. Many of the shots are blown out, due in no small part to the All By Myself - Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy! Live In 79 (DVD) lighting design, which provides a random assortment of reds and blues to evoke mood, but this ultimately proves to be only a minor problem.
So while the interview footage more on that later offers the high-quality digital video imagery we've come to associate with most modern concert documentaries, the show is limited by the material's age, but never sold short; after all, with Teddy singing "Close the Door"on the soundtrack, footage of a funeral procession could look sexy.
Score: 6 out of 10 The Audio Only one audio option is available for watching Teddy! Live in '79 - a well-recorded mono soundtrack - but given the time period and source material, what were you expecting? Yeah, yeah, George Harrison fans, we know In fact, the set-up is pretty much perfect for watching the concert on a home theater: while there is modest distribution of audience noise in the rear channels, the instrumentation and vocal performances are properly concentrated in the front speakers and center channel.
The stage set-up, however, requires little stereoscopic dynamism; Teddy's up there by himself, though he occasionally wanders over to jam with the band, or harmonize with his back-up singers. So as a definitive representation of the concert, this DVD will likely be the best we'll ever get - unless, that is, enough music lovers and baby makers get the disc to warrant a double-dip featuring 5.
Unfortunately, hearing-impaired and multilingual audiences are left unloved; no subtitles are provided in any language. Score: 5 out of 10 Extras and Packaging Teddy! Live in '79 comes in clear Amaray packaging with a two-sided paper insert that features a set list, a description of bonus materials and images of Teddy in action.
The disc offers only one extra feature, but it's Va/Aa* - 6th Studio #001 EP terrific one: an interview with Pendergrass from This footage, which features the singer being interviewed in a wheelchair, reveals the colorful history of his career; starting at his work with Melvin and the Blue Notes and examining his progression as a solo artist, the minute conversation truly expands his history beyond those chart-topping singles and shows a complex portrait of a man whose career was unfortunately cut short by All By Myself - Teddy Pendergrass - Teddy!
Live In 79 (DVD). Pendergrass was paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident, but he pulls no punches answering the interviewer's probing inquiries. Thankfully, there is a happy end to this story; after performing at Live Aid his appearance was a historic highlighthe returned to the music scene and continues to sporadically Chandakatadza Chiyiko?
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Rated "NR". Release Date March 21, IGN Logo Recommends.
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