With a miles-long list of hits to their name, the Four Tops were the once kings of Motown, and are still celebrated as one of the era's most influential acts. This definitive collection of the group's performances ... Full Descriptionruns the gamut from clips of local TV appearances to footage of their biggest concerts worldwide, featuring smash singles such as "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Put a Little Love In Your Heart," and "It's the Same Old Song." REACH OUT also offers incredibly rare, unreleased mixes of 11 Four Tops' songs--including "Baby I Need Your Loving"--taken straight from the original session reels.
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Hip-O Records and Motown will be releasing a performance DVD for The Four Tops called Reach Out: Definitive Performances 1965-1973. This DVD will contain 19 main DVD tracks from various places including several from The Ed Sullivan Show in 1967 and 1968. In addition, there are two bonus tracks and a bonus medley of hits. More extra material include an 80-minute documentary with interviews. Also included is a 16-page booklet with photos and liner notes. All of the tracks are re-mastered and presented in Stereo and 5.1 Surround. Watch for this release on November 4.
showcases, for the first time on DVD, 22 legendary performances by the hit-making Motown group. From rare local television clips to celebrated appearances on the national stage, this collection offers a stunning array of classic Motown music, with remastered sound and video --- including the option to experience the Four Tops like never before, and hear unreleased a cappella mixes of such songs as "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Baby I Need Your Loving" and more, taken directly from their original Motown session reels. As an extra special bonus, newly shot interviews with Duke Fakir, Roquel Payton, Smokey Robinson and Mickey Stevenson, as well as vintage interviews with the rest of the group, are highlighted throughout, documenting the one-of-a-kind story of this Motown supergroup. This DVD boasts an 80-minute documentary and more than 35 minutes of extras, including more exclusive interviews and bonus performances featuring post-Motown hits.
ALL IN DIGITALLY REMASTERED 5.1 SURROUND SOUND AND STEREO!
IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT  BABY I NEED YOUR LOVING * I CAN'T HELP MYSELF * IT'S THE SAME OLD SONG * SOMETHING ABOUT YOU * ASK THE LONELY * SHAKE ME, WAKE ME (WHEN IT'S OVER)  REACH OUT I'LL BE THERE  LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER * BERNADETTE  STANDING IN THE SHADOWS OF LOVE  7-ROOMS OF GLOOM * WALK AWAY RENEE * IF I WERE A CARPENTER  DON'T LET HIM TAKE YOUR LOVE FROM ME  IT'S ALL IN THE GAME  PUT A LITTLE LOVE IN YOUR HEART  KEEPER OF THE CASTLE (EXCERPT) 
PLUS BONUS PERFORMANCES:
REACH OUT I'LL BE THERE * A SIMPLE GAME [1970 - US & UK MIXES]* LOVING YOU IS SWEETER THAN EVER (ALTERNATE PRODUCER'S MIX) ARE YOU MAN ENOUGH / KEEP OF THE CASTLE (EXCERPT) / I JUST CAN'T GET YOU OUT OF MY MIND 
* A Capella Audio Option --- Experience the Harmonies of the Four Tops Like Never Before * Motown Stereo Masters with Option to Hear the Original TV Audio and Alternate Mixes - 9 Bonus Interviews with Duke Fakir, Smokey Robinson, Mickey Stevenson & More - Exclusive Photo Gallery and 16-page Booklet with Liner Notes
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Oldies (2008-10-27) Classic And Rare TV Performances From Motown Greats Four Tops Including 'I Can't Help Myself,' 'Baby I Need Your Loving' & 'Reach Out I'll Be There'
SANTA MONICA, CA. (Top40 Charts/ Universal Music Enterprises) - On record, the Four Tops were oh-so-smooth. On stage, one of "Rolling Stone" magazine's "100 Greatest Groups Of All Time" was downright sensational. Now 22 vintage full-length video performances by the Four Tops - culled from local and national television shows in the U.S. and Europe, including "The Ed Sullivan Show," and rare promotional video clips - are presented for the first time on DVD with "Reach Out" (Hip-O/Motown/UMe), released November 4, 2008 in celebration of Motown's 50th anniversary. "Reach Out" chronicles the group's story with music and newly shot exclusive interviews with original member Duke Fakir, second-generation member Roquel Payton, superstar Smokey Robinson and Motown producer Mickey Stevenson, as well as vintage interviews with the rest of the Tops - Levi Stubbs, Lawrence Payton and Obie Benson - resulting in not just a collection of clips but a thorough 80-minute documentary, plus more than 35 minutes of extras. "Reach Out" was directed by Joe Lauro and the team that produced last year's THE SUPREMES: REFLECTIONS and SAM & DAVE: THE ORIGINAL SOUL MEN available December 9.
Along with digitally remastered sound, in awesome 5.1 surround and stereo, the DVD allows options to hear, on 11 lip-synced performances - including such hits as "I Can't Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)," "Baby I Need Your Loving," "Reach Out I'll Be There," "Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever," "It's The Same Old Song," "Walk Away Renee" and more - the original stereo master from the Motown vault, the original TV audio where available, or, to experience the Four Tops harmonies like never before, previously unreleased a cappella mixes taken directly from the original Motown session reels. Director Lauro says, "the results of re-syncing versions of "Reach Out" and "Walk Away Renee" sans music were an absolute revelation. To see and hear the TOPS perform these classics in vocal only versions not only displayed the power of their amazing voices and vocal blend but layed bare their Doo-Wop and Rhythm & Blues influences. The package is additionally graced with a 16-page booklet filled with classic photos and an essay by author Andria Lisle.
The Four Tops crossed over to mainstream audiences via TV programs like "Hollywood A Go-Go," "The Mike Douglas Show" and "Ed Sullivan." On Murray The K's 1965 TV special "It's What's Happening Baby," they are shown playfully slinging popcorn and soft drinks as they perform "I Can't Help Myself" for an integrated pre-teen crowd. "Reach Out" brings together four performances from the "Sullivan" show, from a jubilant and intense "Reach Out I'll Be There" to "It's All In the Game" sung to patients at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. during the Vietnam War.
Other rarities include a French rehearsal for "Don't Let Him Take Your Love From Me," a roaring "Standing In The Shadows Of Love" from Belgian TV, and an additional lip-synced clip of "Reach Out" from "The Hy Lit Show," a local Philadelphia program favored by Motown acts. Seen too are ultra-rare promotional films for "7-Rooms Of Gloom," "If I Were A Carpenter" and the U.K. hit "A Simple Game." The Tops' departure for and success at ABC Dunhill in 1972 is acknowledged in a hot three-song set from IN CONCERT that includes their post-Motown hits "Keeper Of The Castle," "Are You Man Enough" and "I Just Can't Get You Out Of My Mind."
"Reach Out" helps explain why the Four Tops were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and, most importantly, why the group remains one of the best-loved to ever record for Motown.