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6 Degrees Entertainment

'The Funk Brothers - Live in Orlando'
(The Funk Brothers / DVD / NR / 2008 / Eagle Rock)

Overview: The surviving members of Motown's legendary house band, guitarist Eddie Willis, bassist Bob Babbitt and drummer Uriel Jones perform a set of the greatest classic Motown songs, on which they provided instrumentation. In front of a wildly enthusiastic New Year's Eve crowd in Orlando, songs made famous by the likes of Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder and The Supremes are performed with the same zeal as they were when they were first recorded 40 years ago.

DVD Verdict: To Motown's stars, the four wooden steps leading down to Hitsville's basement were a bridge to a land of dreams. But to the studio musicians who shaped the Motown sound, the stairs were a gateway to a workplace, a cramped, smoke stained, dimly lit room they affectionately dubbed "The Snakepit."

For almost fourteen years on a daily and nightly basis, the musicians transformed that basement into a hit factory. They rolled masterpieces off the production line in an hour or less, trading friendly insults as they worked. Known as the "Funk Brothers", they were utterly unknown.

So yes, you could say that these legendary session musicians known as the Funk Brothers have long been considered Motown's best kept secret. Though their names were never officially in lights, as the label's "house band" the players provided the backing tracks for a long list of hits including "Signed, Sealed, Delivered," "Dancing in the Street," and "Heatwave."

'LIVE IN ORLANDO' puts the surviving members of Motown's legendary house band - guitarist Eddie Willis, bassist Bob Babbitt and drummer Uriel Jones - front and center, playing the songs that they helped make famous.

1. Signed, Sealed, Delivered
2. You Can’t Hurry Love
3. (I Know I’m) Losing You
4. Neither One Of Us (Wants To Be The First To Say Goodbye)
5. (Love Is Like A) Heatwave
6. Ooo Baby, Baby
7. Dancing In The Street
8. Shotgun
9. What Becomes Of The Broken Hearted?
10. Take Me In Your Arms (Rock Me A Little While)
11. You’re All I Need To Get By
12. Higher And Higher
13. Ain’t No Mountain

This is a Full Screen Presentation (1.77:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

Interviews with The Funk Brothers - Bob Babbitt, Eddie Willis & Uriel Jones.