Thursday, July 19, 2012

8 Overlooked Concert Films

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James Brown, live in Zaire, 1974 (from Soul Power)

Some of the most compelling footage in the constantly compelling 1996 Muhammed Ali documentary When We Were Kings came from the music festival organized in Zaire around Ali's 1974 title fight with a pre-cuddly George Foreman. Its film-makers made a more complete accounting of that fascinating cultural event in 2008 called Soul Power, preserving amazing performances from soul legends like Bill Withers, and super-theatrical headline set from James Brown, among many others (some camera work from Gimme Shelter's Albert Mayles is included). Above, James Brown dresses like an NBA dance team member, and maybe gets a little too in-depth in his stage banter for a crowd of non-English speakers.

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