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Rick James: Super Freak Live 1982


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  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, 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: Unrated
  • Studio: Eagle Rock Ent
  • DVD Release Date: July 26, 2005
  • Run Time: 83 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009Y2654
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #106,034 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews

R&B legend Rick James was one of the most influential black musicians of all time. As an artist, songwriter and producer, James provided the funky hits that resuscitated Motown Records in the late ‘70s. His Punk Funk sound updated the label’s style and saw it through the mid-’80s. By 1981, Rick was at the peak of his commercial success with the platinum selling Street Songs album and the hit singles "Super Freak" and "Give It to Me Baby."

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

Customer Reviews

3.7 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By S. Castellano on August 8, 2006
Format: DVD
As a huge fan of the original Punk-Funker, I was very excited to receive this for my birthday! The band was TIGHT! I never saw him in concert (I was too young then) but to see him on DVD has truly made my year! Rick kept the crowd going, even after he and the band finished their set and left the stage!

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!
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD HALL OF FAME on July 30, 2005
Format: DVD
back in the day nobody was out-Funking Rick James. together with the stone City Band Rick James always had a smoking Synth,Guitar,bass,Synth Driven Groove that kept Heads Bopping.then he could turn around&make a smoothed out slow Jam. very Versatile Soul brother. I have seen this concert for years.Rick showcased how He got down. this was Rick in His Prime&Peak.Rick was Sharp,funky&funny all at once. this is a Must have show for any fan of the Funk. Rick James was the last Great funkateer this show showcases the bandleader in Rick&How His Band was on Point from start to Finish.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Coonrod on December 28, 2005
Format: DVD
This DVD is one step up from a fan recording the concert on a camcorder. The color is very dim cheap looking. The sound is very muffled, making it almost impossible to distinguish the different instruments. The performance is at a concert hall in Germany, which seemed cool at first, but isn't. Very cheap lighting on stage.

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.
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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Paul Owns Jr. on December 30, 2005
Format: DVD
People People People Please! If you have ever seen Rick James live you would know this is the real Rick James. The one that showed up for the show but forgot to bring the show with him. The band was cooking soul food while Rick was in the backstage eating. When he was on stage he was rushing through it all so he could get backstage to Mary Jane. I love Rick James but let's face it, this was one that should have got away. I was very upset buying this junk, it's not how I want to remmember Rick James. If he had spent more time on the set and actually sing his songs than jumping around and messing with the crowd, who you could feel they wanted Rick to cut to the chase and stop getting them up for a flash of James. ONE STAR!
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Lara Slowly on December 29, 2005
Format: DVD
To say "wow" would be an understatement. I received this hidden gem during Christmastime. Oh sure, I laughed in mock coolness but also in secret anticipation. My heart warmed over in the grandeur of realness, the visual and muscial expression that is Rick James. Say what will you about the current parodied cultural icon, the Man could rock the house.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By EP on May 14, 2006
Format: DVD
It's not the best concert, but it's worth checking out if you like Rick James.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Eric Robinson on November 15, 2007
Format: DVD
I've been to and have seen some very nice concerts and this one was on point. This is one of the best concerts that i've seen on dvd. I had the pleasure of seeing Rick James back in 1998 here in Detroit at the Fox theatre and he gave one heck of a show then. That was when he had just gotten out of prison. I would recommend this dvd to any true Rick James fan. This is a classic performance. I went out and copped it soon as it became available.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. L LaRegina on August 20, 2010
Format: DVD
RICK JAMES: SUPER FREAK LIVE, NINETEEN EIGHTY-TWO, an April, 1982, Rick James and the Stone City Band concert in Germany, appears to be a film of a live television broadcast. I say that because there are moments when the director and camera operators don't seem to know what the performers are doing next. As Rick James motions to strike a pose, it cuts away to another image and when backup singers and the horn section perform dance steps you only notice if they happen to be in the background.

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.
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