The Best of Soul Train

The Best of Soul Train

The exclusive Time Life collection features one-of-a-kind superstar performances from the best years of this iconic TV show—1971 to 1979!

Bonus Soul Train Music Awards DVD + collector's box

$149.95 $119.96 Installment pricing available

Get ready for, “love, peace and SOUL!”

The Best of Soul Train features performances from a who's-who of classic soul artists, including Smokey Robinson, Aretha Franklin, The Jackson 5, The O'Jays, Marvin Gaye, The Isley Brothers, Barry White and many, many more! On top of that, the DVD set includes over 3 hours of bonus features, including exclusive interviews with Don Cornelius, Smokey Robinson, and Jody Watley, among others. 

Upgrade to the Deluxe edition and get a special bonus DVD, The Soul Train Music Awards, featuring the first-ever Soul Train Awards Show with performances by Luther Vandross, Dionne Warwick, Whitney Houston, and Stevie Wonder. It truly is the hippest trip in America!

Disc 1

  • Episode 119, Original Air Date: December 14, 1974

    Featuring The Isley Brothers performing That Lady (Part 1), Live It Up (Part 1), and Summer Breeze (Part 1), as well as Graham Central Station performing Release Yourself with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 142, Original Air Date: May 24, 1975

    Featuring Barry White performing Can't Get Enough of Your Love, Babe, What Am I Gonna Do With You, and You're the First, the Last, My Everything, as well as Love Unlimited Orchestra performing Love's Theme.


  • Episode 89, Original Air Date: February 16, 1974

    Featuring Marvin Gaye performing Come Get to This, Distant Lover, and Let's Get It On.

  • Episode 105, Original Air Date: June 29, 1974

    Featuring Sly & the Family Stone performing I Want to Take You Higher and Dance to the Music, as well as Earth, Wind & Fire performing Mighty Mighty with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 33, Original Air Date: October 7, 1972

    Featuring Gladys Knight & the Pips performing I Heart It Through the Grapevine as well as The O'Jay's performing Back Stabbers.

  • Episode 314, Original Air Date: December 1, 1979

    Featuring Aretha Franklin performing Respect with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 56, Original Air Date: April 14, 1973

    Featuring Aretha Franklin performing Rock Steady.

Disc 2

  • Episode 37, Original Air Date: November 4, 1972

    Featuring Bill Withers performing Use Me and Lean On Me, as well as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes performing If You Don't Know Me By Now.

  • Episode 316, Original Air Date: December 15, 1979

    Featuring the Commodores performing Still, Three Times a Lady, and Sail On.

  • Episode 45, Original Air Date: January 6, 1973

    Featuring Curtis Mayfield performing Pusherman and Superfly, The Cisco Kid performing War with the Soul Train Dancers, and The Main Ingredient performing Everybody Plays the Fool.

  • Episode 49, Original Air Date: February 10, 1973

    Featuring James Brown performing Get on the Good Foot - Part 1, Try Me, Get Up (I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine) Part 1, and Super Bad.

Disc 3

  • Episode 671, Original Air Date: September 21, 1991

    Featuring Stevie Wonder performing My Cherie Amour, Sir Duke, I Wish, and These Three Words, as well as The O'Jays performing Love Train with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 314, Original Air Date: December 1, 1979

    Featuring Aretha Franklin performing I Was Made for You, Ooo Baby Baby with Smokey Robinson, and Respect with the Soul Train Dancers. 

  • Episode 235, Original Air Date: November 5, 1977

    Featuring Teddy Pendergrass performing The Whole Town's Laughing at Me and I Don't Love You Anymore, as well as the Commodores performing Brick House with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 35, Original Air Date: October 21, 1972

    Featuring The Jackson 5 performing I Want You Back, Corner of the Sky, Daddy's Home, and Lookin' Through The Windows.

Disc 4

  • Episode 405, Original Air Date: November 27, 1982

    Featuring Luther Vandross performing A House Is Not a Home and If This World Were Mine.

  • Episode 93, Original Air Date: April 13, 1974

    Featuring The Stylistics performing Betcha by Golly, Wow and You Make Me Feel Brand New, Bobby Womack performing Lookin' for a Love, and The Moments performing Sexy Mama with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 51, Original Air Date: February 24, 1973

    Featuring the Spinners performing I'll Be Around and Could It Be I'm Falling in Love, as well as War performing The World Is a Ghetto with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 107, Original Air Date: September 7, 1974

    Featuring George McCrae performing Rock Your Baby, Rufus performing Tell Me Something Good, Franklin Ajaye performing Comedy Routine, Billy Preston preforming Nothing from Nothing, and War performing Ballero with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 26, Original Air Date: March 25, 1972

    Featuring Wilson Pickett performing Fire and Water and Don't Know My Love - Part 1, as well as War performing All Day Music and Slippin' into Darkness.

Disc 5

  • Episode 11, Original Air Date: December 11, 1971

    Featuring Jean Knight performing Mr. Big Stuff and The Delfonics performing Didn't I (Blow Your Mind This Time).

  • Episode 12, Original Air Date: December 18, 1971

    Featuring The Chi-Lites performing (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People and Have You Seen Her, The Originals performing The Bells, and Joe Tex performing I Gotcha.

  • Episode 17, Original Air Date: January 22, 1972

    Featuring The Honey Cone performing Want Ads, The Persuaders performing Thin Line Between Love & Hate, and the Dennis Coffey and the Detroit Guitar Band performing Scorpio with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 52, Original Air Date: March 3, 1973

    Featuring Al Green performing You Ought to Be with Me, For the Good Times, and Love and Happiness.

  • Episode 25, Original Air Date: March 18, 1972

    Featuring The Chi-Lites performing Oh Girl and Edwin Starr performing War.

Disc 6

  • Episode 30, Original Air Date: April 22, 1972

    Featuring Ike & Tina Turner performing I Want to Take You Higher and Proud Mary, as well as Jerry Butler performing I Only Have Eyes for You.

  • Episode 39, Original Air Date: November 18, 1972

    Featuring Joe Simon performing Power of Love, The Sylvers performing With That I Could Talk to You, and Billy Paul performing Me and Mrs. Jones.

  • Episode 67, Original Air Date: August 11, 1973

    Featuring The Temptations performing Papa Was a Rollin' Stone, Four Tops performing Ain't No Woman (Like the One I've Got), and The O'Jays performing Love Train.

  • Episode 159, Original Air Date: November 22, 1975

    Featuring Esther Phillips performing What a Diff'rence a Day Makes, as well as Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes performing Bad Luck (Part 1) and Wake Up Everybody (Part 1).

  • Episode 312, Original Air Date: November 17, 1979

    Featuring Smokey Robinson performing Cruisin' and Get Ready, as well as The Tears of a Clown, performed with The Miracles and the Soul Train Dancers.

Disc 7

  • Episode 78, Original Air Date: November 10, 1973

    Featuring Tower of Power performing So Very Hard to Go and What Is Hip?, the Pointer Sisters performing Yes We Can Can, and The O'Jays performing Put Your Hands Together with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 96, Original Air Date: May 4, 1974

    Featuring Gladys Knight & the Pips performing On and On and Neither One of Us (Wants to Be the First to Say Goodbye), as well as The O'Jays performing For the Love of Money with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 116, Original Air Date: November 9, 1974

    Featuring Ecstasy, Passion & Pain performing Good Things Don't Last Forever, B.T. Express performing Do It ('Til You're Satisfied), the Ohio Players performing Skin Tight, and Carl Douglas performing Kung Fu Fighting with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 176, Original Air Date: March 20, 1976

    Featuring Donna Summer performing Love to Love You Baby, The O'Jays performing Livin' for the Weekend with the Soul Train Dancers, Johnnie Taylor performing Disco Lady, and Rufus and Chaka Khan performing Dance Wit Me with the Soul Train Dancers.

Disc 8

  • Episode 4, Original Air Date: October 23, 1971

    Featuring The Staple Singers performing Respect Yourself, Freda Payne performing Band of Gold, and Isaac Hayes performing the Theme from Shaft with the Soul Train Dancers.

  • Episode 7, Original Air Date: November 13, 1971

    Featuring Martha & the Vandellas performing Dancing in the Street, Aretha Franklin performing Rock Steady with the Soul Train Dancers, and The Intruders performing Cowboys to Girls.

  • Episode 47, Original Air Date: January 27, 1973

    Featuring Johnny Cash performing I Can See Clearly Now, The O'Jays performing Love Train with the Soul Train Dancers, and Brighter Side of Darkness performing Love Jones.

  • Episode 86, Original Air Date: January 12, 1974

    Featuring Kool & the Gang performing Funky Stuff and Jungle Boogie.

  • Episode 118, Original Air Date: December 7, 1974

    Featuring Carl Carlton performing Everlasting Love and LaBelle performing Lady Marmalade.

  • Episode 222, Original Air Date: May 7, 1977

    Featuring Marvin Gaye performing Got to Give It Up (Part 1).  This episode also features a basketball game between Don Cornelius and Marvin Gaye, with special guest star Smokey Robinson as the official. 


Disc 9

  • Original Air Date: March 23, 1987

    Featuring Cameo performing Word Up, Whitney Houston performing You Give Good Love, and Luther Vandross and Dionne Warwick performing My Cherie Amour, You Are the Sunshine of My Life, All In Love is Fair, and I Just Called to Say I Love You.  It also includes performances of That's What Friends Are For, So Amazing, and Oh Mary Don't You Weep.

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