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The T.A.M.I. Show (1964/Shout! Factory DVD)


Picture: C+†††† Sound: C+†††† Extras: B†††† Film: A-



For decades, one of the most important concert films ever made has been out of circulation.It has a line-up so amazing, you would think someone was lying to you and making it all up.It was the beginning of the greatest wave of music the 20th Century would see and it was called The T.A.M.I. Show.


Intended as a charity event, teens (the initials stand for Teenage Awards Music International) from several Santa Monica High Schools were brought in nearby to see the action and the result was an amazing recording of some of the greatest names in music history in some of the greatest moments they would ever have.Hosted by Jan & Dean, here is the playlist:


- Chuck Berry (Johnny B. Goode, Maybelline)

- Gerry & The Pacemakers (Maybelline, Donít Let The Sun Catch You Crying, Itís Gonna Be Alright)

- Chuck Berry (Sweet Little Sixteen)

- Gerry & The Pacemakers (How Do You Do It?)

- Chuck Berry (Nadine (Is It You?))

- Gerry & The Pacemakers (I Like It)

- Smokey Robinson & The Miracles (Thatís What Love Is Made Of, Youíve Really Got A Hold On Me, Mickeyís Monkey)

- Marvin Gaye (Stubborn Kind Of Fella, Pride & Joy, Can I Get A Witness?, Hitch Hike)

- Leslie Gore (Maybe I Know, You Donít Own Me, You Didnít Look Around, Hey Now, Itís My Party, Judyís Turn To Cry)

- Jan & Dean (The Little Old Lady (From Pasadena), Sidewalk Surfiní)

- The Beach Boys (Surfiní U.S.A., I Get Around, Surfer Girl, Dance, Dance, Dance)

- Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas (Little Children, Bad To Me, Iíll Keep You Satisfied, From A Window)

- The Supremes (When The Lovelight Starts Shining Through His Eyes, Run, Run, Run, Baby Love, Where Did Our Love Go?)

- The Barbarians (Hey Little Bird)

- James Brown & The Flames (Out Of Sight, Prisoner of Love, Please, Please, Please, Night Train)

- The Rolling Stones (Around & Around, Off The Hook, Time Is On My Side, Itís All Over Now, Iím All Right)

- All artists close with Letís Get Together



Berry was an architect of Rock N Roll and helps launch the show well, going back and forth with a very successful at the time Gerry & The Pacemakers.The Miracles were exceptionally terrific, Marvin Gaye totally on the money and Leslie Gore was actually the #1 act commercially there at the time.That is why Jan & Dean perform in the middle of the show after her.


The Beach Boys footage was in the film upon first release, then all that footage disappeared for unknown reasons on all later prints when you could find one, so their re-addition here is a vital piece of the show now back and as great as ever.The Supremes had Diana Ross and finally some hits.Their set starts with some smaller hits, then ends with what became their first two #1s of many.


Of course, there is James Brown, who was just becoming popular and delivers one of the greatest performances of his career.Stunning the audience and all watching, his moves were ahead of anyone else who showed up, including a pre-kinetic Rolling Stones who made their U.S. debut here.That is among the many great moments here, but you have to see it to believe it and it is a must-see for any serious film or music fans.Toni Basil (who was an assistant to the choreographer) is a go-go dancer as is Teri Garr.Glen Campbell and Leon Russell are in the house band.Phil Spector was even there.It is that kind of event.It is great to finally set it available to everyone.



The anamorphically enhanced 1.78 X 1 black and white image comes from the best elements Dick Clark Productions could secure, then restore.The opening is shot in 16mm film, but the whole concert is recorded in Electronovision, an advanced version of a kinescope, where the program is all edited and done on video, but the results are filmed as a record of what transpired.Much better than, say ďThe Lost EpisodesĒ of The Honeymooners, this looks much better than most video at the time and was designed to replace kinescopes.However, reel-to-reel videotape soon showed up and killed the commercial viability of the system.


As compared to the 16mm film print I saw of this concert over a year ago, this may be a cleaner source, but lacks some of the depth, detail and Video Black of that print.Talking about 700 to 800 lines of analog black and white video used to record this, a Blu-ray would not be a bad idea to consider; especially since a High Definition master was used.


The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono shows its age and has compression throughout as expected, but is better than any previous audio the film has had, though a lossless format like DTS-MA or just DTS might have been cleaner and clearer.


Extras include a 18-page booklet inside the DVD case, feature-length audio commentary track by Bender and music historian Don Waller that is highly informative, four original radio spots promoting the film and the original theatrical trailer, which has the option of a John Landis introduction and commentary to further explain how he was there and more of what happened.


There was a follow-up concert called The Big TNT Show.Hope that is on the way next.



-†† Nicholas Sheffo


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