Michael Jackson with Janet Jackson: SCREAM

ClassicMusicTelevision.Com presents Michael & Janet Jackson: Scream

Back in August of 2014, a Forbes magazine writer reported this music video featured below to be the most expensive music video in history, costing $10.3 million adjusted to 2013 value, factoring inflation, from the time the video was made in the 1994/1995 with it's then $7 million budget. However, in a 2010 story on National Public Radio, or NPR, director Mark Romack disputes that most expensive video claim for Scream. On NPR he states, "I'd love to state again for the record that Guinness got it wrong and it's not the most expensive video ever made. There are two other videos of the era — both produced at Propaganda Films, incidentally [a hugely successful music video production company that Romanek worked with] — that cost millions more."

Regardless of it's price, it was exciting to see Michael and Janet work together and it was and still is exhilarating for Jackson fans.  This is a true classic.

Turn this up loud. This song was designed for that won the Grammy for Best Short Form Music Video.

Michael Jackson with Janet Jackson: SCREAM

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Classic Santana - Soul Sacrifice (Filmed Live at Woodstock, 1969)

Classic Music Television presents film from Santana: The Woodstock Experience

As classic as classic gets, this film below was shot at the original Woodstock in 1969 and was the closing song for Santana's set. This performance and recording was a monumental milestone that set the stage for strong international demand for Santana's debut record. The band, some of the members who had been with Santana since 1966, included Gregg Rolie on Keyboards/Organ, David Brown on Bass, Michael Shrieve on drums, and Michael Carabello & Jose Areas on Percussion/Congas.

Santana - Soul Sacrifice

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Joe Cocker Classic Performances

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How does one say goodbye to Joe Cocker? There is no reason, because this music legacy will never die in the minds of anyone who has seen and heard these classic videos below.

Joe Cocker - With A Little Help From My Friends - 1969 Woodstock

Joe Cocker - Something's Coming On - Woodstock 1969

Joe Cocker - Let's Go Get Stoned - Live at Woodstock 1969

Joe Cocker - Woodstock 1994 - The Full Concert, Uncut

Joe Cocker Mad Dogs and Englishmen - Feelin' Alright - Live


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Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Live TV Performance 1971)

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Here is a tasty take of The Rolling Stones performing Brown Sugar for a April 22nd 1971 BBC TV performance for a show called Top Of The Pops. This was not a lip sync. The band performs live. The video below features interesting factoids about the song.

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Rolling Stones - Brown Sugar (Live TV Performance 1971)

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D'Angelo - Brown Sugar (Music Video)

Classic Music Television presents the music video by D'Angelo to his forever classic song titled Brown Sugar

As classic as it gets, this is the title track from D'Angelo's debut record, released Jul 3, 1995.

D'Angelo - Brown Sugar

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The Rolling Stones - Miss You - (Live in Concert)

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Here is a fantastic take of The Rolling Stones song titled Miss You, live in concert from the Eagle Rock Entertainment film titled Rolling Stones: Some Girls - Live in Texas '78. The entire concert is available on DVD and BluRay as well as on vinyl.

Rolling Stones - Miss You - Off of Some Girls: Live in Texas '78

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Bill Withers Classics

Classic live takes of Bill Withers on Old Grey Whistle Test, a show way back in the day in the UK, with a band of cats who were as funky as it gets and cool as cucumbers at the same time. The drummer is James Gadson. Soul at it's finest. GC

Bill Withers - Ain't No Sunshine

Bill Withers - Use Me

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Bootsy remembers Minnie Ripperton

ClassicMusicTelevision.Com presents Minnie Ripperton

Bootsy Collins posted a message to his Facebook page today:

"Remembering Minnie Julia Riperton (November 8,– July 12, 1979)...singer-songwriter best known for her vocal range of five-and-a-half octaves, and her 1975 single "Lovin' You". How many Happies can we give to this very special legend? SHOW YR LOVE & HIT THAT LOVE BUTTON."

In honor of Bootsy and Minnie Ripperton, this is no better place to watch this take of "Lovin' You", which was filmed on the 1970's music television program Midnight Special. Enjoy!



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Black Sabbath - Live in Concert - Paris 1970

ClassicMusicTelevision.Com presents Black Sabbath, Live in Paris, 1970

Here is an excellent classic concert film of Black Sabbath, filmed in Paris at The Olympia hall in 1970 as part of the promotion of their legendary album titled Paranoid. The set list with cue points for reference is posted just below the video. Enjoy! GC

Black Sabbath - Paranoid (Paris 1970)

Black Sabbath - Iron Man (Paris 1970)

Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath (Paris 1970)

Black Sabbath - N.I.B. (Paris 1970)

Black Sabbath - Behind The Wall Of Sleep (Paris 1970)

Black Sabbath - War Pigs (Paris 1970)

Black Sabbath - Fairies Wear Boots (Paris 1970)

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What defines Classic? Nneka and her classic song titled Africans.

Classic Music Television music video of Nneka for her song titled Africans

In music and with regards to this brand "Music Television", what defines use of the word "Classic"?

When this playlist Classic.MusicTelevision.Com music video playlist started, it reached back in time to when there were only rabbit ears on TV sets. Joni Mitchell performing a song she wrote around the time of Woodstock. Crosby Stills Nash & Young in 1969 playing an outdoor concert on a cliff at Esalen in Big Sur, California.

But, there are other songs that define "Classic", that do not date back to the 1960's, 70's or 80's. For a song to be a "classic", must it be well known? We don't necessarily think so. In this new spirit, here is our first post to feature a classic song that was released after the year 2000 began.

Nneka's song titled Africans, first released in Europe in 2007, is an important, and now classic song by this amazing gem of an artist who practically personifies spirits of Bob Marley and Fela Kuti, in her own way and with her own mark. Nneka is also an old classic soul in a vibrant younger artist's body. Her songs, like this one below, have legs and have a classic sound that shall not perish with time.

She personifies the independent voice and rebel spirit that challenges the status quo.

There is no better way to describe Nneka than to simply say she has "it".  "It" is intangible and elusive.  What separates her music from others who have a great sound & groove is that Nneka's songs say something when you least expect it.  They weave in and out from love songs into geopolitical humanitarian statements. Her songs make one think. That is a classic concept in music that that far too many modern artists are lacking. GC

Nneka - Africans (originally released in Europe 2007)

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The Doors - Remembering Jim Morrison on this 43rd Anniversary of his death.

Classic Music Television presents music videos by The Doors

Jim Douglas Morrison was born on December 8, 1943 and died July 3, 1971 at age 27. On this 43rd anniversary of Morrison's death, Classic Music Television revisits some great takes from The Doors. Enjoy!

The Doors - When The Music's Over (Live at the Hollywood Bowl - 1968

The Doors - Light My Fire (Live)

The Doors - Wild Child (Filmed in the Studio)


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Mavis Staples recalls The Last Waltz

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Mavis Staples was featured in a post by Elon Green on the New Yorker Magazine website. She recalls taking part, with her father and sisters, in the Martin Scorsese film titled The Last Waltz when they performed with The Band, singing The Band's classic song titled The Weight. It's a sweet piece you can read here.

Just below is the film of the song that was the the subject of the article. Enjoy!

Mavis Staples recalls The Last Waltz

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Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Live at Esalen - 1969

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As classic as classic gets, just below is CSNY live at the Esalen Institute in Big Sur, California on September 14, 1969. Neil Young (vocal, guitar), Stephen Stills (guitar, vocal), David Crosby (guitar, vocal), Graham Nash (keyboards), Greg Reeves (bass) and Dallas Taylor (drums). Enjoy! GC

Crosby Stills Nash & Young - Down By The River

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Fiona Apple Classics

Classic Music Television presents Fiona Apple Classics
- Cover of Tidal - Apple's debut 1996 Record -

Fiona Apple is the uncontrived living queen of eccentric. Her most recent work, as well as here classic songs and music videos below, will have legs forever. GC

Fiona Apple - Shadow Boxer

Fiona Apple - Criminal

Fiona Apple - Sleep To Dream

Fiona Apple - Paper Bag

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Queen - Live Aid 1985

Classic Music Television presents Queen
Queen performance remembered by fans as best rock concert ever

A forever classic and excellent Queen performance!

Queen - Live Aid 1985

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Classic Joni Mitchell

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In the first video below, Joni Mitchell performs Woodstock, live on BBC's In Concert in 1970. She tells the story of how she wrote the song for Crosby Stills Nash & Young.  It was released on their Déjà Vu Album. As someone who loved the entire Déjà Vu album, including Woodstock, it was cool to learn this Mitchell's Woodstock was the only song on Déjà Vu not written by a member of the band. To hear Mitchell cover it on piano is a great treat. Her demeanor and her voice have such genuine purity that, with rare exception, seems to hardly exist today in music. GC

Joni Mitchell - Woodstock

Big Yellow Taxi - Live

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Neil Young on the Johnny Cash Show - 1971

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Neil Young performing "The Needle and the Damage Done" on the Johnny Cash show in 1971.

Neil Young - The Needle and the Damage Done

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