Sunday, September 23, 2012

The T.A.M.I. Show - DVD

Every hipster in the 80's had some version of this movie on a much-copied VHS tape, but it had not been released on DVD until this time. This is the entire 2 hour show with footage that was missing from many other releases (The Barbarians, The Beach Boys) and, of course, it has been cleaned up for DVD.

This concert showed the variety of pop music that was popular at the time - opening with the fantastic Chuck Berry, who bizarrely alternates songs with Gerry and the Pacemakers! Merseybeat is also featured by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, while American pop is handled by the fore-mentioned Beach Boys, Jan & Dean and Lesley Gore. Plenty of Motown is exhibited with the Supremes, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (with a wildly politically incorrect dance sequence in "Mikey's Monkey"). The fiercest segment of the entire show is Moulty & The Barbarians doing the wild garage classic "Hey Little Girl" that for sheer raw energy beats damn near everything else.

But the headliners are James Brown & his Famous Flames doing a remarkable job on "Prisoner of Love", "Please, Please, Please", and "Night Train", with all of his patented showmanship and dance moves in place, and, of course, the amazing, original Rolling Stones. Shaggy, unkempt, a couple damn near ugly (though Brian & Mick look pretty great), they pay homage to Chuck Berry in "Around & Around", and run through several other early numbers before starting the big finale which brought out everyone from the show on stage at once.

The infamous Wrecking Crew (including Glen Campbell & Leon Russell) is the backup band for those who weren't self-sustaining units and there are a frenetic group of go-go dancers (male & female), led by Toni Basil. A terrifically informative booklet is included in the package, as well.

All in all, well worth the inexpensive asking price and something that every lover of 60's music should have in theit collection. Now, when is The Big T.N.T. Show coming out?!