Rick James: Super Freak Live 1982
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The following year, Rick James & the Stone City Band took the stage in Essen, Germany to open the 10th Rockpalast-Festival. This 1982 performance was the first time James played in Europe, bringing his brand of American Punk Funk to a whole new audience. Together with the Stone City Band, James did not disappoint, burning up the stage with his trademark sound and special effects.
Now for the first-time, this classic performance is available on DVD. Featuring classic hits like "You and I," "Mary Jane," and of course, "Super Freak," this is Rick James at his very best. Super Freak 1982 is not only a must-have collectors item but also a fitting tribute to an R&B legend.
Track Listing: 1. Intro 2. Ghetto Life 3. Big Time 4. All Day All Night 5. Freaky 6. Fire It Up 7. Love Gun 8. Guitar Solo 9. Harp Bolo (Call Me Up) 10. Big Day 11. Standing On The Top 12. Mary Jane 13. Mary Jane March 14. You and I 15. Give It To Me Baby 16. Super Freak
Top Customer Reviews
My highlights for me has got to be the MARY JANE MARCH (showing Rick giving a nod to Leopold), ALL DAY ALL NIGHT, & FREAKY!
A must have for Rick James fans!
I bought this for a music fan in my family and we rushed to put in in the DVD player to watch it. We tried very hard to like it, but the quality was to bad to really get into it.
Rick James is amazing and so is his band, but this DVD looks like a bootleg.
Back to the DVD. Immediately won over by the German emcee's blathering introduction of Mr. James and Stone City Band, what followed next was pure magic. The funk band plays a deep, riffing groove while three backup singers dressed as prostitutes march on stage and proceed beat up a Captain Kangaroo lookalike in a green conductor's (train...stay with me) suit rather than the associated blue. Even the hat was green.
Might I mention in strange a commercial ironicism, the Rick James neon font anchoring each side of the stage looks suspiciously like the ubiquitous Applebees Restaurant chain logo. I hope he gets royalities everytime they run a spot.
It may want to be camp, it may even be camp, but as a dear sage once said, "You cannot deny Rick James. You cannot deny his love." He can sing. Sample lyrics:"...lay your pigtails on me!"...and "don't worry about the ghet-to / cuz it will be there to-mo-rrow." What a delight. It's the delta of master R&B musicianship with KISS-meets-the-Phantom costumes. Pick this one up.
But better to have had a film crew who did not sit in on the band's rehearsals than none at all, as RICK JAMES: SUPER FREAK LIVE provides 90 minutes of the late, great Rick James at the height of his career. And rehearse the musicians did, as there is no time to breath between songs with James and the Stone City Band effortlessly segueing from one high-energy number to the next. I criticize blown shots of the band, but the film crew has more than enough work to do keeping up with the commanding presence of Rick James, who moves about the stage as if he is getting paid per step.
This long-time Rick James fan is not familiar with two RICK JAMES: SUPER FREAK LIVE songs, "Freaky" and "Big Day." Do they appear on a Rick James studio album? I have every one, I thought, but those titles are not on any.
RICK JAMES: SUPER FREAK LIVE provides little of the backstage interaction and none of the interviews one sees in these concert documentaries. But the elongated performance of "Mary Jane" makes up for that lack of intimacy, as we see close-ups of Rick James that convey his need to both connect with and please his audience. That explains why James and the Stone City Band do such a good show, and why you should see RICK JAMES: SUPER FREAK LIVE.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Just Kinda Thought That There Was More To The Concert But The Dvd WAs In Excellant ConditionPublished 12 months ago by Tommie Butler
He kept leaving the stage..... and he came out strong with a hit ....then he started singing other stuff...the real hits didn't come till the end of the concert. Read morePublished on July 28, 2013 by W. Jones
As always, good concert by Rick James and I will be looking for more DVDs of Rick James. The man was an exciting performer.Published on October 17, 2012 by Gerri