The Bottom Line
- For historical significance, the Boston concert simply can not be topped.
- James was in the top of his form in [68 -- and does it ever show.
- The documentary "The Night James Brown Saved Boston" gives some crucial background to the concert.
- The extras here represent some of James' finest stage work.
- The Apollo show suffers a bit from the production techniques of its time.
- Release date: August 5, 2007
- Catalog no.: Shout! Factory 826663-10879
- DVD (1964-1968; remastered 2008)
- 3 discs
- Deleted scenes
Guide Review - I Got The Feelin: James Brown In The 60s DVD
The nation could not have been split more evenly than it was at that moment: the broadcast of that show began with a white announcer declaring that "Negro singer Jimmy Brown" was about to perform. But as the concert broadcast and VH1's excellent 2004 documentary The Night James Brown Saved Boston demonstrate, the Godfather was no mere last-minute distraction but himself a living, breathing embodiment of African-American success. And, better still, possibility. Starting slowly, as if in recognition of the weight of the moment, Brown gradually begins to unleash his own kind of fury, delivering such seemingly innocuous gems as "Cold Sweat" and "I Feel Good (I Got You)" with a fire that somehow speaks volumes. The documentary, which was whittled down by about 20 minutes on broadcast, is full-length here, along with a solid concert from that same year at the Apollo, recollections of those involved in the Boston Garden concert, and several bonus clips from his greatest Sixties moments. Even if you think this is all ancient history, Brown's performance manages to transport you there again.