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Teddy!Live In Ď79


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C†††† Extras: C+†††† Concert: B



Teddy Pendergrass was one of the great R&B vocalists of his time and time has forgotten his greatness more than it should have.Shout! Factory has issued a DVD of a fine concert entitled Teddy! Live In í79.Originally a drummer with Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes, he became their lead singer in 1970 and then went solo in 1976 as he continued to be a powerful force in Philadelphia Soul.Here he is at his solo peak, performing some great songs in the following set that lasts about 80 minutes:


1)     Life Is A Song Worth Singing

2)     Only You

3)     All By Myself

4)     Blue Notes Medley: If You Donít Know Me By Now/The Love I Lost/Bad Luck/Wake Up Everybody

5)     Close The Door

6)     When Somebody Loves You Back

7)     Get Up, Get Down, Get Funky, Get Loose



Track 3 is a remarkable interpretation of the sometimes-criticized Eric Carmen pop hit that remains one of the most covered songs ever written, while the medley strings together all four of his former bandís top Pop chart hits.Most were #1 R&B too.Track 5 is his one big solo hit before the majors squeezed the life out of the Black-owned independent record labels they were afraid would make them loose control and dominance of their industry.That makes this concert all the more vital.


The 1.33 X 1 image was shot on professional NTSC analog videotape of the time and holds up about as well as that can be expected to for its age.The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono is a bit more frustration and compressed than expected, but not to the extent the Dionne Warwick Ė In Concert Classics DVD reviewed elsewhere on this site was.Like that disc, the performances here are so good that it is worth suffering through any audio imperfections.The only extra is a 2002 interview with Pendergrass after his near-fatal car accident that is very good and takes us back to his music roots in a way that complements the concert, even though it was not taped for this DVD.Along with Marvin Gaye, Al Green, Stevie Wonder and solo Smokie Robinson never to be underestimated, Teddy Pendergrass is one of the great Soul voices of the 1970s and the resurrection of his music is long overdue.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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