A quick heads up on some of the soul related films currently available on Amazon Prime, free if a subscriber
The never-before-seen movie featuring Aretha Franklin recording the most successful gospel album of all time, Amazing Grace, captured in 1972.
Director Alan Elliott, Sydney Pollack
Starring Aretha Franklin, James Cleveland, Alexander Hamilton
Link on Amazon
Take Me to the River
A documentary about the soul of American music. The film follows the recording of a new album featuring legends from Stax records and Memphis mentoring and passing on their musical magic to stars and artists of today.
Director Martin Shore
Starring Terrence Howard, William Bell
Gil Scott-Heron - Black Wax
Black Wax is a musical-political entertainment film produced and directed by Robert Mugge. It centers on the late African American poet-singer-songwriter Gil Scott-Heron - the man Melody Maker called "the most dangerous musician alive" and many dubbed the forefather of rap music - and his Midnight Band. The entertainment is political. Restored from the original 16mm film.
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Gospel According To Al Green
This looks at Green's transition from hugely successful soul singer to gospel artist and fundamentalist preacher. Filmed in concert in Washington, D.C., in rehearsal in his recording studio, in a service at his Memphis church, and in an extended interview, Green reveals himself to be an electrifying performer, whether singing love songs to women or spiritual ones to God.
James Brown - Mr Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown
Fans have a documentary befitting the "Godfather of Soul." Directed by Oscar and Emmy winner Alex Gibney, and co-produced by the singular Mick Jagger, "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown" digs into the career of one of music and culture's towering figures, using fresh interviews with band members and contemporaries, extraordinary historical footage, and rare archival.
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