DVD Review: The Best of Soul Train (Originally Published in Elmore Magazine)
The catalog of African-American music includes artists of various styles and sounds. However, one entity binds many of them in commonality: Soul Train. For 36 years, viewers beheld the evolution of black music, fashion and dance. But after numerous influxes of trends and theme song changes, its one constant was visionary creator and host Don Cornelius.
While difficult to fit every great performance of this monumental program in 3 DVDs, The Best of Soul Train definitively captures essential moments from the longest running syndicated television show ever. Highlights include a once-in-a-lifetime Aretha Franklin and Smokey Robinson duet, an explosive set from The Isley Brothers and a rare display of tenderness from the customarily stoic Cornelius, kissing Stevie Wonder on the forehead prior to a captivating medley.
The Best of Soul Train is a window to the best of black culture, and you can bet your last money, it’s all gonna be a stone-gas, honey!
*Originally featured in Elmore Magazine, Issue 40 September/October 2010*