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xx Motown 25 Marvin rehearsal+featurette
« Thread started on: Dec 26th, 2014, 7:17pm »

So one of the few things I got for Christmas was the 3 disc set of Motown 25 (I would've loved the 6 disc set but um, yeah out of my price range LOL) the 2nd disc had the full rehearsal of "what's going on" and a featurette about Marvin at M25. The footage of Marvin's rehearsal was in a word: AMAZING!

You really got a feel for Marvin's personality and one element of the segment that got thrown out was Marvin with the piano on a rising platform. Marvin generally looked both parts amused and embarrassed about it as it just wasn't working the way the people envisioned it.

Another interesting facet of the rehearsal was Marvin's speech before singing the song. It was originally a lot longer and far less poetic sounding. I do wish they'd kept the doo wop line as Marvin really grooved on that but by and large the final version was a lot more poetic and sweet. Having seen the rehearsed version of it I can see how everyone thought Marvin made it up on the spot as he truly made what was written into something totally his. As Nelson George said in the featurette seeing Marvin at the piano and talking like that was a moment never before seen before or since and it was an awesome moment.

Last but not least it's really cool to see the master at work. Even though he was by no means a performing artist you could see him building up his confidence for the live performance. There were 3 renditions shown and to me the best in terms of voice was the very first iteration with the 3rd one being the best combination of voice and staying in tune with the music.

As for the featurette, it was quite good with a variety of people talking about the performance and Marvin in general. I'd say 90% of the talking heads (for lack of a better term) was all-new footage. Claudette Robinson said something about her reaction to the performance that I think was the unspoken feeling of the vast majority of the people there. I won't spoil it by repeating what she said but it's something we've bandied about when talking about Marvin's last performances.

All in all, the DVD set is worth it for this rehearsal footage alone. I haven't had the time to sit down and watch the rest of the stuff but i'm sure it'll be just as good to watch. I've actually never seen Motown 25 before and apparently this DVD has 25 minutes of never before seen footage that was not part of the broadcast version.
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xx Re: Motown 25 Marvin rehearsal+featurette
« Reply #1 on: Jan 1st, 2015, 10:55pm »

I wish I could buy the DVD with just the Marvin moments. Maybe it's because I'm biased but I'll buy a DVD with just Marvin and the commentary among the making of the performance and then the performance there afterwards (which was one of the brightest moments of the entire show imho).
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« Reply #2 on: Apr 4th, 2015, 12:34am »

My parents got the DVD, they gave me the booklet. I find it interesting that the only M25 rehearsal they featured was Marvin's. Now what does that tell you?! Yeah, sure, maybe there wasn't enough time to include all the rehearsals (MJ/J5 rehearsed at the stage as well as did the Tempts/4 Tops) but for them to only focus on Marvin meant he was more integral to Motown than even he knew. I wished he had known how valued he is right now. I'm sure he's smiling on all cylinders right about now. "Wow, people really do love me!"
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