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James Brown: Live in Montreux (2005)

James Brown  |  NR |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Brown
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: November 15, 2005
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000BC8STC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,878 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

"Soul Brother No.1", "The Godfather Of Soul", "Mr Dynamite" are all titles that have been applied to James Brown over the years. A hugely influential figure in black American music, he was a driving force in the development of soul music in the early sixties and funk in the early seventies. He has had more R&B hits in the US than any other artist, and has charted singles in countries around the world.

One of the defining elements of James Brown’s career has always been his electrifying live show and his performances at Montreux give ample evidence of this. This DVD focuses on his choice as the best of them all from 1981. It’s a string of hits from start to finish delivered with all the flamboyant style and showmanship for which he is rightly famous.

Tracklisting:
1) Payback
2) It’s Too Funky In Here
3) Gonna Have A Funky Good Time
4) Try Me
5) Get On The Good Foot
6) It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World
7) Prisoner Of Love
8) I Got The Feelin’
9) Hustle (Dead On It)
10) Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag
11) I Got You (I Feel Good)
12) Please, Please, Please
13) Jam
14) Sex Machine


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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Strong *4* despite absence of listed tunes April 28, 2006
By Phil S.
Format:DVD
Here is the best James Brown concert available, not for the repertoire, which has no songs (save for two non-listed interjections) not found on the many other DVD/VHS JB offers, and in fact does not contain "bonus tracks" *or* the listed "Hustle (Dead On It)" - the 1975 Disco-Soul semi-hit I'm sure was a major selling point for buyers. If it's here then it's possibly in the form of a very familiar sequeway - maybe a few notes from the tune validate its' listing.
What makes this item standout is the fine technical direction, lighting, sound, and more significantly, the chance to watch a great artist, obviously up for the occasion and in great voice. On "Please, Please, Please" he jumps into the audience (noticeably short on lady fans for some reason) and gets down deep on the classic that put him on the road.
There is some consolation for fans here in that "It's A Man's...World" incorporates "Lost Someone" and "Fever" - the only segment which collectors can really enthuse over.
This is an excellent companion to the '79 Comeback show ("The Lost James Brown Tapes" aka "Bodyheat") and the '83 show with B. B. King at the Beverly Theatre in L.A., which are better musically but do not have the production values of this '81 event.
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10 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great performance, but poor video quality June 10, 2006
By JB
Format:DVD
Several reviews here talk about the high quality of sound and video. Not so. Maybe if you're watching it on a 19" TV, but I bought it to use with my home theater system, projecting image onto a large screen. The video is absolutely lousy, and the sound only acceptable. I suppose this was originally filmed with the technology of the day in mind. Back in the early '80's, the largest television screen was probably 24 inches. But, blown up to today's large screen sizes, the video is sorely lacking in every way.

Having said that, James' performance is top notch. The high energy is there, he's in great voice and they put on a great show. This DVD is definitely worth a watch, and worthy of your collection, but don't expect too much as far as picture or sound quality by today's standards.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the king of them all ! November 22, 2005
Format:DVD
very strong performance from the godfather of soul way back in 1981.

the first time i saw him live was during this tour.

part of this show was broadcasted on french t.v. in 1981, this is the complete thing. sound and picture are very good and i also has the j.b. international's opening the show.

more bonustracks from another montreux gig j.b. did.

the boss is on the good foot and shows all of his shuffle's and other fancy footwork even some full splits !

what can i say BUY IT !!!

ron roelofsen

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars james brown live montreuex 1981 November 24, 2005
Format:DVD
great vintage performance from the godfather , bit like a bootleg ? but ex sound and pic , negative on this , does NOT have the bonus trax has promised from pre -sale info , but for the price hard core JB fans you just gotta have it , its similar to the beat club show of the same year , but with a bigger audience , need to ask amazon why they promise bonus trax

when there aint non? but for the money buy it , funky .p
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Without A Doubt January 31, 2012
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I don't think I've ever witnessed a more intense, hard-driving, relentless display of pure energy and talent than I just did watching this video.
James Brown is without a doubt not only the hardest working man in show business, but also has the most stamina and staying power.
I actually felt sorry for his musicians on the stage - not even a bathroom break!
But if he is incredibly talented, so is everyone in his band.
Maybe not as much as him, but in their area of expertise, they shine, and even radiate a glow of excellence.
This production was fantastic - from the camera work, the sound, the direction, everything was fabulous.
The only mystery is why the cameraman seemed to deliberately turn the camera away when James was doing his incredible dance steps. And he did it repeatedly - every time James Brown would start to dance, the camera was looking at something else.
Maybe the cameraman was jealous.
Anyway, nobody puts on a more frenetic show than this.
Great, and great! You'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The great JB! August 11, 2006
Format:DVD
Some points:
Someone said the band was much better (than today's Soul Generals?) I strongly dsiagree. While they are good, I feel that his current band is his best and tightest ever. Also, the bonus tracks promised are on the PAL European editions.
It really is a shame that Amazon didn't check this out before falsely, albeit I'm sure unintentionally, advertising those tracks. The DVD is fantastic. TOO FUNKY has a guitar riff in it I have never heard before. The only drawback is, as usual, the stupid cameraman cuts to one of the band members just as Mr. Brown starts to do the mashed potatoes during 'Papa's Got A Brand New Bag'. This has happened to some degree in almost every concert James Brown video I have!! Most aggravating. Another somewhat annoying observation: the beginning song is RAPP PAYBACK, from 1980, not the original PAYBACK from 1974.
In the middle of the song, James goes into THE PAYBACK. How hard is it to do a bit of research before releasing a DVD??
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars STILL THE FATHER OF SOUL October 22, 2006
Format:DVD
james brown himself is great in this video! the problem is the poor quality of pictures and sound and the facts that the camera man switch off of james brown when he get ready to dance, which are one most important part of the whole concert.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars James doing his thing.
Hardest working man in show business. Now I see why and enjoyed every minute of it. Made me want to get up on the good foot. Make the movie. "Get On Up," even better.
Published 6 days ago by Nathan Thomas
4.0 out of 5 stars Ordered for my grandsome, he is a James Brown ...
Ordered for my grandsome, he is a James Brown fanatic. He got it just in time to see it before we went to the see the James Brown movie about the hardest working man in show... Read more
Published 27 days ago by current.w@ghc.org
4.0 out of 5 stars Arrived early enjoyed the show just can't say say anything bad about...
Arrived early enjoyed the show just can't say say anything bad about the hardest working man in the industry hands down period and also the picture quality is a lot better this... Read more
Published 1 month ago by rodney montgomery
5.0 out of 5 stars this was a good show I really enjoy this video Montreux the perform...
this was a good show I really enjoy this video Montreux the perform was just super
all of them did there thing if you get this you wont regret it thanks
Published 2 months ago by debra stinson
2.0 out of 5 stars disappointing
Not enough hits. Poor quality. I would not recommend this to anyone. Poor camera angles. I saw James in person, this was not up to the quality of shows I remember.
Published 4 months ago by John Moses
5.0 out of 5 stars JB at the peak of his Powers!
The French are absolutely loving the Godfather on this one, and with his performance he's givin' em all they can handle!
Published 8 months ago by Michael J Schuler
5.0 out of 5 stars MY MAN
Just had to get him on DVD.He's one of a kind and the memories he left I'll never forget him.LOVED THAT MAN
Published 17 months ago by Jobabe
4.0 out of 5 stars Great show!
Vintage James Brown will not disappoint fans and newcomers alike. James and the band are in top form. Sound is good. Only neg is bad editing and camera angles from time to time.
Published 17 months ago by Satisfied Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars James Brown: live in Montreux
Excellent performance by James Brown. Good song selection, camerawork was good. It was great seeing him live and his back up band was also good
Published 22 months ago by Gregory Evans
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting First Half. Somewhat Marginal DVD.
I picked up "James Brown: Live at Montreux" from the bargain DVD rack at a nearby Ross Store. I remembered him from way back. Read more
Published on May 30, 2012 by Gary Peterson
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