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Mahalia Jackson - The Power and the Glory: The Life and Music of the World's Greatest Gospel Singer

By Mahalia Jackson (Illustrator), Various (Illustrator) & Mahalia Jackson (Recorded by)
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Her music cut through whatever lay in it's wake and shackled itself to your soul. Those who witnessed her singing spoke of being taken to a sacred place, of the sheer power of her voice, of the rapturous, transcendent nature of the experience.

She was Mahalia Jackson, the world's greatest Gospel singer and the creator of a musical standard by which all would be judged.

Narrated by Paul Winfield, the life of Mahalia Jackson is examined in this two disc set, from her early roots as an obscure child singer from a New Orleans ghetto to the stages of Carnegie Hall and Europe. Mahalia's story is told via never-before-seen photographs, archival footage, and interviews with those who knew her best, including the Reverend Jessie Jackson, Brother John Sellers and historian Studs Terkel, as well as her own recollections.

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Narrated by Paul Winfield, this documentary follows the course of Mahalia Jackson's extraordinary life -- from her humble beginnings as a sickly child singing in New Orleans churches to her breakthrough with Columbia Records and her ascendancy to Carnegie Hall and Europe's great stages. Her story's told through archival footage and interviews with those who knew her best, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson and historian Studs Terkel.
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Actors: Mahalia Jackson
Directors: Jeff Scheftel
Producers: Grazka Taylor, Michael Singh, S. Leigh Savidge, Stephen A. Housden
Format: Color,   DVD,   NTSC
Language: English
Region Code: 1  (USA & Canada Only)
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audience Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Studio: Xenon
Running Time: 90.00 minutes
Record Label   Xenon
Format   Color / DVD / NTSC
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 7.52" Width: 5.38" Height: 0.56"
Weight:   0.23 lbs.
Binding  DVD Video
Release Date   Feb 12, 2013
ISBN  5552523229  
ISBN13  9785552523221  
UPC  000799302620  

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2DVD > Genres > Documentary > Biography
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4DVD > Genres > Music Video & Concerts > Artists > Michael Jackson
5DVD > Genres > Music Video & Concerts > General
6DVD > Genres > Music Video & Concerts > Other Music > Christian & Gospel
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The best available Jackson DVD-set  Oct 19, 2006
Here are both, a newmade documentary abou Mahalia Jackson and on a 2nd dvd 37 songs of her vintage collection of the XENON-video volumes 1-4 in digital quality. Before you get the other DVDs on Mahalia you should prefer this one for its expansion and quality. Most of the othe until now available DVDs are repacked DVDs. Highly recommended!!!
Long and lonesome road. . .   Dec 15, 2005
I have read everything in print, I believe, about Mahalia Jackson. I have researched her life diligently for more than 35 years. This film does a good job of recreating from archival footage the basic substance of her life and work. While some things are not fully accurate, the film does depict the chronological events in her life quite well. For example, the Carnegie 1950 performance was not actually filmed or shown here. The later 1961 image from CBS was used to approximate the actual event. I do not fault any of this, as the film does justice to Mahalia's fabulous career in many ways, thus providing at least some form of historical narrative for future generations. I sincerely hope that an intensive and thorough work is currently in the making. Mahalia made TV appearances as late as 1971 (Flip Wilson). She sang at M.L. King's funeral, yet in this documentary that actual performance was not used. I personally watched her April 1968 televised performance of "Precious Lord" at his funeral. All major networks televised the event, so this performance should have been used. Mahalia was on TV in the 50's and 60's frequently. I believe that in essence this particular film does capture the life and work of Miss Jackson fairly accurately and well. I am grateful to its producers for the effort and research and the images of the great Mahalia. I did enjoy this film and in the end I felt that long familiar pang. . .I surely do miss her.
Get the bonus disc  Oct 27, 2003
It is not the rather lame documentary that makes this item worthwhile but the bonus disc. It contains 2 hours with 38 live video clips recorded in black and white for American television in the late fifties. The performances are set against a sober kind of German expressionistic background. Most of the time the accompanying musicians (piano -must be Mildred Falls-, acoustic bass, electric guitar, drums and organ) are not in the picture. Without an audience the performances are rather serene but they are of high musical quality. Though some songs are more uplifting than others Jackson and the other musicians are in great form. They are randomly taken from the 80 video clip collection 'Mahalia Jackson sings' which lasts for 4 hours.
In regard of the documentary: it is apparent that there is not that much video footage left of Mahalia Jackson, except from the above mentioned footage. There is something to be said for the interview recordings used but for a visual documentary it is a pity that only two excerpts, lasting only seconds, are accompanied by moving pictures of Mahalia Jackson. This is the great omission of the film. To cover up for this problem a lot of irrelevant archive footage is used and the camera zooms in or out on tens of still photographs. Then there are a lot of chit chatting talking heads from people who where more or less close to her and on top of it all there's the annoying voiceover. Most troubling is that their voices are mixed through the soundtrack of the few interesting concert snippets, which are not fully shown in the first place. Most of the scarce concert footage is from one of her later and less impressive concert tours where her voice, music (without pianist Mildred Falls) and performance have lost power. This footage is earlier and to a greater extend used for Allen Miner's, mostly depressing, 86-minute tour report (released in 1974). On a slightly positive note: added up there are a few minutes of unique video material from earlier performances. The one-minute recording of 'How I got over' from the march on Washington is very impressive; she performs the song at the same lectern where Dr. M.L. King gives his famous speech. Unfortunately this recording is also interrupted by speech and visuals.
I have not much trust in hoping for a thorough documentary film on Mahalia Jackson's life and music. I do hope for complete video releases of the concerts, which are so barely touched upon in this documentary. For example nothing beats the overwhelming recording of a part of her concert at the Newport Jazz festival 1958, which was used for the impressive music documentary 'Jazz on a summer's day' (Bert Stern, USA 1960). And then there are the unpublished television specials she made for CBS in 1955 (not the same as the 'Mahalia Jackson sings' recordings), a bit of interesting audio material is used for this documentary.
Mine Eyes Have Seen the Glory  Apr 3, 2003
This 2-DVD set is a treasure if you care about Jazz, Blues, Gospel, the Civil Rights movement or the roots of Rock music. If you're a Mahalia fan it's an absolute "must have."

The first disc is a montage of photos, film clips and recent interviews with people who knew and worked with Mahalia, interspersed with brief clips of her actual performances and interviews with her. The second disc is composed entirely of her performances. The approximately 40 songs she performs on the second disc appear to all be from one or two recording sessions on a set. Apparently without a live audience for the most part, and restrained for the occasion, her performances aren't as animated as many of the clips in the first disc, but it's still an amazing experience to watch.

This set meant that, after 35 years of hearing, at last my eyes could see the life and the joy and the laughter and the tears with which Mahalia Jackson embodied Gospel and the gospel.

Watch, listen and "move on up a little higher."

Experience the True Power and Sheer Glory of the Queen!  Feb 14, 2003
I grew up listening to and admiring the voice of Mahalia Jackson. I began to collect her precious recording, When I first saw this documentary, I declared, "I must have this in my collection". This set is priceless because accompanied with the cd of a great documentary of a legendary Gospel Singer that painstakingly narrates her life, there are 39 rare vintage performances of Mahalia at her "Zenith" Listening to her actually perform truly memorable songs such as "when the saints come marching in""Guide me oh Great Jehova!" and other truly memorable songs bring you to tears. The Great Mahalia has a voice that will lift you to great heights and when you finish listening to her, you feel as if you were on a mountain and witnessed a breathtaking view and you do not want to ever leave that mountaintop! Mahalia is very engaging as you see her sincere Facial expressions and her ability to thrust her whole being in her song. One is left with the imppression that she lived those song, for they were sung with her heart. This set is a must for all Gospel and Jazz enthusiasts in the world. Teens and adults, get this so that you can recognize why there will never be another Mahalia Jackson!

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