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Live at Montreux 1981

4.2 out of 5 stars 54 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

When the Stray Cats rolled into Montreux in July of 1981 they were one of the hottest properties around. They had 3 hit singles and a UK top 10 album already under their belts along with a string of headlining concerts, all of which had come since their relocation from New York to London in 1980. The band's combination of original songs and rockabilly classics with a punk attitude and style had caught the moment to perfection. Added to this were their considerable musical accomplishments and knack for songwriting. All in all it was a heady concoction and the crowd in Montreux reacted with near hysterical excitement, something rarely seen in what is usually a polite and reserved audience. This is the Stray Cats at their peak. / Line-up:
Brian Setzer (guitar & vocals); Lee Rocker (upright bass & vocals); Slim Jim Phantom (drums) / Track Listing:
1) Sweet Love On My Mind 2) Double Talking Baby 3) Rumble In Brighton 4) My One Desire 5) Ubangi Stomp 6) Drink That Bottle Down 7) Storm The Embassy 8) Stray Cut Strut 9) Fishnet Stockings 10) Important Words 11) Rock This Town 12) Runaway Boys 13) Be Bop A Lula 14) Somethin Else 15) Pretty Pretty Baby

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: The Stray Cats
  • Directors: The Stray Cats
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: November 6, 2012
  • Run Time: 80 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (54 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B009410J9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,004 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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Awesome incredible performance by the Godfather whom I had the honor and pleasure witnessing live twice in 2006. There never will be another! Why did I rate this particular set so low? The dvd is awesome the companion cd of the show was butchered! There are only 10 songs on the cd and some of them were ridiculously shortened! The entire concert could have been on the cd also. The dvd is about 71 minutes long and the cd was about 37.

No excuse for this. Whoever was in charge of producing the cd messed up royally! Save your money and by the single dvd concert it will save you the aggravation and waste of money of the 2 disc set.
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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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This video captures a young, talented and hungry trio playing rockabilly as if their lives depend on it. The music is pure rockabilly, but performed with a punk sensibility. A mixture of covers tunes and original compositions, including a rare lead vocal by the stand up bassist Lee Rocker on "Drink Your Bottle Down". Barely into his twenties Setzer is already a very accomplished player. Rocker and Slim Jim Phantom play and perform hard, never letting the bottom fall out. A great snapshot of rock and roll being snatched back from the disco days. This is how rock and roll should be played. I encourage any fan of The Stray Cats, rockabilly, punk, or incredible guitar playing to buy this DVD.
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5 Stars. A must have for all Stray Cats fans. Video and sound good, photography and directing even better and the show, BRILLIANT.
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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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This is a awesome concert and a good addition to any stray cats or Brian setzer DVD collector the fan activity at this concert was wild just like there rumble in brixton DVD that is another favorite of mine if you haven't seen that one I recommend that one as well as any Brian setzer orchestra big band DVD back to the monurex DVD it is recorded in DTS PCM and DOLBY Digitial DTS sounds the best to me but its all in the listener It has a lot of there hits I recommend this to fans or people who love great music thank you for reading.
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