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Cass TV Special

PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2009 11:24 am
by ignasi
Great DVD!!
My favorite moments are the trio Cass-Joni Mitchell-Mary Travers (what a 3 voices!), River Of Life and I Can Dream Can't I.
Cass was a great artist.

Re: Cass TV Special

PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 6:53 pm
by Midnight Voyager
I agree with you. The musical numbers, in general, are the most satisfying. Some of the "comedy" segments, or what passed for comedy at that period in time, are interesting, if somewhat cringe worthy at times. Still, it's great to have this historic moment in time. I've had this show in black and white on a fuzzy video for many years now. To see it in clear color is a revelation. I hope we get her second TV special soon, especially since Michelle appears on it. I've never seen any footage from it. If I recall correctly, isn't Denny on it also?

Re: Cass TV Special

PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 10:49 pm
by dunhill
No, Denny was not on DCMMA. The major guest stars were Michelle, Dick Van Dyke and Joel Grey. Others on the show were Bess Cohen, Marvin Laird, Mary McCarty, Hamilton Camp, Dick Patterson and Ronnie Schell. There was some footage from the special that was featured in the A&E Biography about Cass, so if you saw that you saw a little bit of it. It's my favorite of the two specials and I certainly hope that it sees the light of day soon!

Charles

Re: Cass TV Special

PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 7:57 am
by John Sands
to me the highlight of that show was the Cass and John Sebastian duet of "Darlin' Companion'. The best!

Re: Cass TV Special

PostPosted: Thu Sep 17, 2009 8:30 pm
by Casslvr
I got my DVD yesterday and immediately watched it...in awe! It was so strange though, I was thinkng how great Mary Travers looked and sounded and that I should have more of her music. I started to wonder what she was up to lately, not knowing of her longtime illness and thinking how great it was that she (and Peter & Paul) were still alive making music. Then, about 10 minutes after the DVD ended, I saw the headline that Mary Travers had passed. That's a pretty weird coincidence, right?! Anyway, loved the DVD. She looked beautiful, especially while she was sitting and watching John Sebastian sing and I hope they'll come out with more of her specials...including "Don't Call Me Mama Anymore!" Thank God for Cass and Thank God for DVDs (Can I get an "Amen"?)!!! :D :D :D

Re: Cass TV Special

PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 1:46 pm
by Drawer L
I got my DVD the other day.Wow.Glad to see it's finally out.BUT---There's a few odd things about it:1)Lack of credits-who mastered the DVD? When/Where?--Who are the members of the band playing with Cass at the end--the drummer is definatly Jim Gordon,and the lead guitar player looks like James Burton,but without any closeups I can't be sure.---Also,on the bonus section--I know the Cass/Sammy Davis Jr. duet is from Hollywood Palace--but that too isn't credited---these details are usually credited--you have to get everyone involved to sign-off before you can release a DVD,so why not list them. 2)The video quality is excellent,but not as clean as it should be.--I'm GUESSING that it was scourced from a 3/4" U-matic dub,not the original 2" videotape. 3)Again on the bonus section-why include the spots that are already included in the show,and for that matter,if the idea was to have the original spots,where are the 'Coming Up On ABC' spots that should be there????

Re: Cass TV Special

PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 5:40 pm
by adamcarr
Hey Guys,

Casslvr, here's your AMEN!!! I Loved the DVD special, yes, some moments were very cringeworthy but others were just magnificent, especially with John Sebabstian. Hoping and praying for the "Don't Call Me Mama" Special, love to hear Cass sing "Extraordinary" can't wait to SEE Cass sing it! Also loved the Sammy Davis Jr extra, follows on from the "Make your Own Kind of Music" extra on the M&P's California Dreamin DVD, Have watched it countless times on utube, great to see it a lot clearer and without the counter in the top right hand corner.

Once again, AMEN to cass and future releases.

Cheers,
Adam.

Re: Cass TV Special

PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2009 11:00 pm
by Casslvr
Well said Adam...Well said!

Todd

Re: Cass TV Special

PostPosted: Wed Oct 14, 2009 4:36 pm
by Midnight Voyager
Drawer L wrote:I got my DVD the other day.Wow.Glad to see it's finally out.BUT---There's a few odd things about it:1)Lack of credits-who mastered the DVD? When/Where?--Who are the members of the band playing with Cass at the end--the drummer is definatly Jim Gordon,and the lead guitar player looks like James Burton,but without any closeups I can't be sure.---Also,on the bonus section--I know the Cass/Sammy Davis Jr. duet is from Hollywood Palace--but that too isn't credited---these details are usually credited--you have to get everyone involved to sign-off before you can release a DVD,so why not list them. 2)The video quality is excellent,but not as clean as it should be.--I'm GUESSING that it was scourced from a 3/4" U-matic dub,not the original 2" videotape. 3)Again on the bonus section-why include the spots that are already included in the show,and for that matter,if the idea was to have the original spots,where are the 'Coming Up On ABC' spots that should be there????


You make a lot of good points here. I also found the lack of information to be rather curious. It's usually standard stuff. I was hoping, at least for a booklet of sorts. I guess, given a slim budget, they did what they could.