The Godfather

by

Northwest Film Forum loves James Brown. If you came to our JAMES BROWN LIVES memorial tribute not long after his passing or our regular SOUL NITE gatherings over the past year then you know this. Now, one the best JB performances is finally coming out on dvd. This year marks the 40th anniversary of James Brown’s legendary 1968 Boston Garden show. Less than 24 hours after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Soul Brother #1 kept the peace in Boston (one of the few major cities spared from riots and fires in the wake of Dr. King’s death) by keeping the attention focused on positivity and funky grooves. The concert was going to be cancelled, but at the last minute the city decided to go on with the show and to televise it live. The footage has been a holy grail for collectors for decades, but now- TODAY! – Shout Factory is releasing a new 3-disc dvd set  “I Got the  Feelin’: James Brown in the ’60s” which not only features the concert but also the new documentary “The Night James Brown Saved Boston.” The context is fascinating, and the concert is greatness (James’s dancing, Maceo, drummer Jabo Starks- GOOD GOD!) The set also includes a bunch of additional performance footage- including Apollo Theater and Paris concerts from the same year and a great song from his appearance on The TAMI Show in 1964. I don’t normally plug dvds here, but you gotta check out the “hardest working man in show business”…

You can buy it at Amazon…
http://www.amazon.com/I-Got-Feelin-James-Brown/dp/B001AZI26I/ 

Advertisements

%d bloggers like this: