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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 – 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 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. 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. 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.




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 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 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 Soul Train Dancers

Rock Steady—Aretha Franklin


· Interviews with Don Cornelius, Smokey Robinson and Brian McKnight

· Rare, never-before-seen footage


Use Me—Bill Withers

Lean on Me—Bill Withers

If You Don’t Know Me by Now—Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes


Three Times a Lady—Commodores

Sail On—Commodores

Pusherman—Curtis Mayfield

The Cisco Kid—War 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


Love Train—The O’Jays 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 Soul Train Dancers

The Whole Town’s Laughing at Me—Teddy Pendergrass

I Don’t Love You Anymore—Teddy Pendergrass

Brick House—Commodores 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


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 Soul Train Dancers

I’ll Be Around—Spinners

Could It Be I’m Falling in Love—Spinners

The World Is a Ghetto—War Soul Train Dancers

Rock Your Baby—George McCrae

Tell Me Something Good—Rufus

Nothing from Nothing—Billy Preston

Ballero—War 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


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 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


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 Soul Train Dancers

Cruisin’—Smokey Robinson

Get Ready—Smokey Robinson Dance Routine


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 Soul Train Dancers

On and On—Gladys Knight & the Pips

For the Love of Money—The O’Jays 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 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 Soul Train Dancers

Disco Lady—Johnnie Taylor

Dance wit Me—Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan Soul Train Dancers


Respect Yourself—The Staple Singers

Band of Gold—Freda Payne

Theme from Shaft—Isaac Hayes Soul Train Dancers

Dancing in the Street—Martha & the Vandellas

Rock Steady—Aretha Franklin Soul Train Dancers

Cowboys to Girls—The Intruders

I Can See Clearly Now—Johnny Nash

Love Train—The O’Jays 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


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, Andraé 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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