James Brown: Live at the Boston Garden - April 5, 1968
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This is the actual April 5, 1968, concert James Brown gave at the Boston Garden on the day following the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King. American cities were already on fire, and the mayor of Boston considered cancelling the performance that evening. A deal was brokered for James Brown's show to be shot by Boston public television station WGBH and broadcast live to the whole city. James Brown gave the performance of his life. Contains bonus audio from the radio simulcast of the concert.
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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.
After viewing the video the first time, I had to replay it again. And again. And yet again. I couldn't believe what I was seeing through the tears in my eyes. The feelings I experienced brought me back to that night in Milwaukee forty-one years ago as though it were yesterday. The magic of a performer only a few ever attain. Sinatra had it. Springsteen has it. But in his own inimitable fashion, James Brown performing live inspires like no other, and this video, despite its sixties television look, makes you forget your reality for a while, transporting you to a time and place as only the Godfather of Soul could. If you truly appreciate the greatness of rhythm and blues and soul music, this is the best twelve dollar investment you'll ever make.
I was in a Wahlgrens drug store a few months ago and walked by a bunch of DVDs that were for sale. I happened to see JB live at Montreaux in the early 80's and thought what the heck. I took it home and yes that was good even for a guy his age he still had the moves and the voice.
So I plopped the money down for this and yes I do like it. All I have to say is that this is funk, blues, gospel and just plain a great performance. Filmed right after MLK's assination. The mayor of Boston comes on stage to say a few words and JB has a speech which really all reflected the times in the latter 60's
Buy this for the historical value alone and then sit back, watch and listen to a master do his thing.
This performance was one of his better ones although his brief appearance in "The T.A.M.I. Show" I believe sold me as a forever fan of Mr. Brown; never before (dare I say or AGAIN) will we experience a level of performance in which an Artist gave EVERYTHING EVERY TIME he stood before an audience (witness the almost seizure-like dance routines from Mick Jagger whose musical set followed James Brown-completely inspired by Mr Dynamite)...see it for yourself and relish the moments Mr Brown shared with us all.....
On this disc, which is so dark You can hardly see the musicians let alone hear them. Sound quality is poor.
The man himself relied entirely on routine. This DVD is for historical reference only.
So I am happy for the Vinyl I have.