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Save the Children (1973)
September 19, 1973
Stars ‘Save the Children’
A. H. WEILER
Published: September 19, 1973
"Save the Children," the movie spinoff (and theme) of last year’s Black Exposition conducted by Operation PUSH
(People to Save Humanity) in Chicago’s Amphitheater, has the virtues of being forthright,
unabashedly emotional and entertaining. And, if two hours of more than 30 black artists doing their musical things
occasionally seem repetitive, the heart and craft of the performers
(and speakers, including the Rev. Jesse Jackson, head of PUSH) project enough soul and meaning to captivate viewers.
The name "acts," who contributed their services to "Save the Children," now at the Criterion, Beekman and Apollo Theaters,
constitute enough talent to fill a month of Sundays on the stage of Harlem’s Apollo Theater.
And they neatly complement the intercut arts, crafts and commerce displayed at the Exposition as well
as the footage of Chicago’s blacks, their churches, schools, slums and playgrounds.
Credit Stan Lathan, the director; Matt Robinson, the producer, and George Bowers and Paul Evans, the film’s editors,
with making "Save the Children" move briskly and with considerable impact in promoting the hope for the future of its
"Children." But it is really the performers in this teeming "cast" who make this bulging package of jazz, blues, rock,
gospel, ballads and honest proseletyzing a gratifyingly varied and persuasive entertainment.
SAVE THE CHILDREN, directed by Stan Lathan; narrative written and spoken by Matt Robinson; editors,
George Bowers and Paul Evans; produced by Mr. Robinson; executive producer, Clarence Avant;
released by Paramount Pictures. At the Apollo Theater, 253 W. 125th Street; Beekman Theater,
65th Street at Second Avenue, and the Criterion Theater, Broadway at 45th Street.
Running time: 123 minutes. This film is classified G.
With: Marvin Gaye, the Staple Singers, the Temptations, the Chi Lites, the Main Ingredient, the O’Jays, Isaac Hayes,
Zulema, the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Cannonball Adderly Quintet, the Push Mass Choir, Albertina Walker, Loretta Oliver,
the Rev. James Cleveland, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, Sammy Davis Jr., Roberta Flack, Quincy Jones,
Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jerry Butler, Brenda Lee Eager, the Ramsey Lewis Trio, Nancy Wilson, the Jackson Five,
Jackie Verdell and Dick Gregory. Fonte: The New York Times
Trata-se de um documentário músical feito com artistas da Motown, nos mesmos moldes do Festival de Watts, o Wattstax feito pela gravadora Stax, só que não alcançou o mesmo sucesso.
"Save The Children" double live album contains great live recordings from fabulous names like Marvin Gaye,
the Staple Singers, the Temptations, the Chi Lites, the Main Ingredient, the O’Jays, Isaac Hayes, Zulema,
the Rev. Jesse Jackson, the Cannonball Adderly Quintet, the Push Mass Choir, Albertina Walker,
Loretta Oliver, the Rev. James Cleveland, Bill Withers, Curtis Mayfield, Sammy Davis Jr., Roberta Flack,
Quincy Jones, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jerry Butler, Brenda Lee Eager, the Ramsey Lewis Trio,
Nancy Wilson, the Jackson Five, Jackie Verdell and Dick Gregory.
Everything based of course on the documentary "Save The Children" which chronicles all the above artists
that appeared during Jesse Jackon’s Operation PUSH exposition held in 1972 in Chicago.
Since I don’t know too much about the "Save The Children" documentary, I can’t give you any more information
about it to be honest, but the most important thing of course, as always, is the music.
The one thing I thought was interesting though, is that bits and pieces of Rev. Jesse Jackson’s speeches
on this gem are also to be found on the WattStax albums from the same period.
A1-a Rev. Jesse Jackson Dialogue
A1-b Matt Robinson Narration
A2 Marvin Gaye Save The Children
A3 The Temptations Papa Was A Rolling Stone
A4 Main Ingredient Everybody Plays The Fool
A5 The O’Jays Sunshine
A6 Zulema This Child Of Mine
B1 Cannonball Adderley Country Preacher
B2 Rev. James Cleveland & The Push Expo Choir Sermon – Praise Him With A Stringed Instrument
B3 Bill Withers Lean On Me
B4 Marvin Gaye What’s Happening Brother
B5 Curtis Mayfield Give Me Your Love
C1 Sammy Davis Jr. I’ve Gotta Be Me
C2 Roberta Flack On A Clear Day (You Can See Forever)
C3 Quincy Jones Killer Joe
C4 Gladys Knight And The Pips I Heard It Through The Grape Vine
C5 Jerry Butler & Brenda Lee Eager (They Long To Be) Close To You
D1 The Ramsey Lewis Trio People Make The World Go Round
D2 Nancy Wilson The Greatest Performance Of My Life
D3 The Jackson 5 I Wanna Be Where You Are
D4 Marvin Gaye What’s Going On
D5 Rev. Jesse Jackson Dialogue
D6 Jackie Verdell & The Push Expo Choir I’m Too Close To Heaven To Turn Around
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