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Motown 25 Television Special May Finally Be Coming to DVD

There has been no official announcement, but it appears that the TV special Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever may be coming to DVD.

The major clue is two new Amazon listings, one for a one-DVD/150 Minute version and one for a 3-DVD/450 Minute set. Both are listed with a September 30 release date via Time-Life.

Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever is a 1983 television special celebrating the 25th anniversary of Motown Records starring some of the label's biggest stars. Of course, the big moment of the night was Michael Jackson's performance of Billie Jean which, for the first time, included his Moonwalk. The show was taped at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium on March 25.

Among the performances:

  • Shop Around - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • You Really Got a Hold on Me - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • Tears of a Clown - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • Going to a Go-Go - Smokey Robinson & the Miracles
  • Uptight (Everything's Alright) - Stevie Wonder
  • Signed, Sealed, Delivered I'm Yours - Stevie Wonder
  • My Cherie Amor - Stevie Wonder
  • Sir Duke - Stevie Wonder
  • You Are the Sunshine of My Life - Stevie Wonder
  • Reach Out (I'll Be There) - The Temptations / The Four Tops
  • Get Ready - The Temptations / The Four Tops
  • It's the Same Old Song - The Temptations / The Four Tops
  • Ain't Too Proud to Beg - The Temptations / The Four Tops
  • Baby I Need Your Loving - The Temptations / The Four Tops
  • My Girl - The Temptations / The Four Tops
  • I Can't Get Next to You - The Temptations / The Four Tops
  • I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) - The Temptations / The Four Tops
  • (I Know) I'm Losing You - The Temptations / The Four Tops
  • What's Going On - Marvin Gaye
  • (Love Is Like A) Heat Wave - Martha & the Vandellas
  • My Guy - Mary Wells
  • Shotgun - Junior Walker & the All-Stars
  • Devil in the Bottle - T.G. Sheppard
  • Lonely Teardrops - José Feliciano
  • Brick House - Commodores
  • Where Did Our Love Go - Adam Ant
  • You - Lionel Richie
  • I Want You Back - The Jacksons
  • The Love You Save - The Jacksons
  • Never Can Say Goodbye - The Jacksons
  • I'll Be There - The Jacksons
  • Billie Jean - Michael Jackson
  • The Way of Love - DeBarge
  • Pretender - High Energy
  • Ooh Baby Baby - Smokey Robinson / Linda Ronstadt
  • The Tracks of My Tears - Smokey Robinson / Linda Ronstadt
  • Being With You - Smokey Robinson
  • Cruisin' - Smokey Robinson
  • Ain't No Mountain High Enough - Diana Ross
  • Someday We'll Be Together - Diana Ross & the Supremes
  • Reach Out and Touch (Somebody's Hand) - Diana Ross & the Supremes

The original three-hour show will fit fine on the single disc version, but what will be on the three-DVD set? There are performances from the night that didn't make the broadcast program and, especially, moments that couldn't be shown. The reunion of Diana Ross and the Supremes fell apart when Ross got upset that the other two members (Mary Wilson, Cindy Birdsong) walked next to her instead of behind her as they first walked upstage. Reports say that the action confused Ross and Wilson took over lead vocals along with the introduction of Berry Gordy. Performances of Baby Love and Stop! In the Name of Love were completely dropped as other stars rushed on stage to help finish Together.

When the show aired, that finale looked as if it was the way it was planned but it would be great, after all these years, if the entire performance made it onto the three-disc set. Hopefully, we will also see rehearsal footage and other special features on the deluxe set.


Anonymous said…
I hope they have all the extra footage, including the Supremes incident. Was Diana Ross "confused", or pissed off that the other two girls had the nerve to enter her star space? My guess is the latter.
Anonymous said…
its sad that its only available in us and canada im from england