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The Four Tops 40th anniversary special live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas
Four Tops (Musical group)
Publication Information:
Naperville, IL : Classic World Productions, Inc., [2002]

Physical Description:
1 videodisc (64 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in.
"This concert marks the historical last performance of one of the original-founding members of The Four Tops, the late great Mr. Lawrence Payton. Join us in paying tribute to one of the finest architects of pop music and to a group whose motor city sound echoes into the hearts of millions all over the world!"--Container.
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The Four Tops: Live from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas was recorded in 1996 to celebrate their 40th anniversary, and is the only film special that features all of the original members. This DVD includes an hourlong set and the last-recorded performance by the late Lawrence Payton. The concert starts off like a tense reunion, but the group loosens up as they get deeper into the show. Live From the MGM Grand, sadly, does not capture the Four Tops at the top of their game. The chemistry is sometimes rusty and forced, and the onstage banter is painfully dated. (Inexplicably, 13 years after the film, Levi Stubbs says "(and) y'all thought E.T. was strange" to the crowd. Yeah, in the 1980s!) There are some wonderful moments, including a soulful "MacArthur Park," a smooth "Ain't No Woman Like the One I've Got," and a rocking "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)." Stubbs is still the strongest element of the group. Unfortunately, there are times when the backup harmonies are completely butchered. Of course, it is nice to hear these Rock and Roll Hall of Famers sing hits like "Baby I Need Your Loving." Sadly, the reunion of an act with the importance of the Four Tops was relegated to the tacky confines of the MGM Grand. At one point a tone deaf, surprised member of the audience is given the microphone and nearly kills all the energy onstage. Worse, this concert sounds as if the Four Tops were performing live at a wax museum. The audience acts like they are on vacation at Universal Studios. The audio quality is tops but the camera work seems to be directed by the crew of Your Big Break, so no wonder this DVD feels like a poor syndicated show. The highlight is the closing of the show, when the Four Tops play a tight medley of their greatest hits, including "Reach Out (I'll Be There)" and "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)." But why truncate these amazing jewels of classic American pop-soul while dragging through five-minute versions of lesser songs? Recommended to rent but not to buy because, except for the 5.1 Surround Sound option, this DVD offers no extras. Occasionally the harmonies are glorious, a reminder of why the Four Tops were so good. But too often they are flat, sharp, or both. After 20 minutes of cornball interaction with the crowd, you want to turn off the video and just listen to the performance, which is not a good sign. ~ JT Griffith