James Brown: Live at the Boston Garden - April 5, 1968
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Throughout my nearly sixty years on Earth, I have had the good fortune of seeing literally hundreds of musical artists live, from Artur Rubenstein to Elvis Presley; Miles Davis to Bruce Springsteen, Tina to the Temptations. Most were extremely enjoyable if not memorable, but all of them take a back seat to the indelible performance I saw from James Brown on a cold winter night in February, 1969 at the Milwaukee Auditorium. Before now, the only DVD I had of James Brown live was a poor imitation shot at Montreaux in 1981 when he was clearly past his prime. When I serendipitously happened to see the Boston Concert available on Amazon, one I never knew even existed, I couldn't pull out my Visa fast enough, and was like a little kid again when the package arrived.Read more ›
but this film, off a rough B+W live broadcast for television has a good share of amazing moments.
It took place the day after the assassination of Martin Luther King, and cities across the US were in flames.
In an attempt to keep Boston calm, the mayor has Brown's concert broadcast live, and then re-run through the night.
As for the concert, Brown is always a terrific performer, and especially the more bluesy numbers are great and feel heartfelt.
But perhaps more fascinating is the danger in the air, which almost comes to explosion when fans start climbing on the stage.
A very interesting historical document, and showcase of a performer going above and beyond.
This is James, not Jimi; he drops, with style, and grace.
And the way they left the cameras off during his opening speech, about every time a brother is hurt in the ghetto, he feels it, because he is of the ghetto, and about how he started off as a three cent shoe shine boy and worked up to six cents, that speech needs seeing and hearing far more even than Mayor White's cry for interracial peace that night.
But the cameras were not yet on.
This is James Brown, y'all.
Ain't nothing but a party.
Okay, so it is after his huge shows, after so many of his records had become standard in the ghetto (not outside) and for years of his being king of the Apollo, but this is still James Brown.
Mostly it is just a groove show, with the best band in Rock and Roll (INCLUDING Maceo Parker!!) cooking, real tight, grooving, while Mr. Brown screams and wails, this is a tight show, ready to drop on a dime into any of his hits.
But he is not really putting up his hits like a juke box playing record after record. Mostly he sings a verse, a chorus from a hit and moves on, back into that groove. and dog it is hot, that groove, laid back, cooking.
This is what Jimi coulda been doing if he had not run off with the british boys to get his head destroyed, and then die, too.Read more ›
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...when these companies put out the WHOLE release a couple of years after the EDITED one? Well, I do hate it, but it's James Brown LIVE in 1968, so five stars. First SHOUT! Read morePublished 4 months ago by John H. McCarthy
The filming was very grainy and didn't have many close ups. A lot of the filming was from a bad angle and distance.Published 16 months ago by Larry Smurthwaite
Poor video and audio quality. Parts of the video is missing and you only get the audio.Published 17 months ago by BillB44