Reviews by robbo
This is perhaps the finest documentary ever made about popular music. Soul music of the 1960s was excellent, and this covers the landscape, the people, the race issues and the artists and of this great, great music.
As much as prefer real music made by real artists to heavily produced, manufactured product, I at least have to admit that if one chooses heavily produced, manufactured product, this is well done, and Cher's moose-like singing, which lacks any subtlety or grace, is used to it's best here.
A friend told me there was a really good comedy about intellectuals on, I went out to the library and took out the first season. I watched five episodes. Gah! It's just another stupid situation comedy, this one made so people can laugh at people smarter than they are. Just another vehicle for infantile double entendres. Sigh. I think I'll go read a book or take a walk.
It's fun, funny, amusing, what you'd expect, but it satisfies.
Herbie Mann has made some excellent and awesome jazz, but none of it is on this record. These covers of mostly soul songs from the 1960s sound like elevator music. They do justice to neither the originals from which they came or to Mann's own long career or terrific, dynamic jazz.