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James Brown - 1968-04-05 - Boston, MA
(DVDfull pro-shot)

James Brown
Boston Garden
Boston, Mass.
April 5th, 1968

01 - Mayor Kevin White Speaks
02 - That’s Life
03 - Kansas City
04 - Soul Man (Bobby Byrd)
05 - (the duet with James Brown which begins after this song appears to be lost or missing from circulating footage.)
06 - It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World (joined in progress)
07 - Lost Someone
08 - Bewildered
09 - When A Man Loves A Woman
10 - Tell Mama (Marva Whitney)
11 - Check Yourself (Marva Whitney)
12 - Chain Of Fools (Marva Whitney)
13 - I Heard It Through The Grapevine (Marva Whitney)
14 - Get It Together
15 - There Was A Time
16 - I Got The Feeling
17 - Try Me
18 - Cold Sweat
19 - Maybe The Last Time
20 - I Got You (I Feel Good)
21 - Please Please Please
22 - I Can’t Stand It
23 - Fans Rush The Stage
24 - I Can’t Stand It (Finale)

This is the famous James Brown concert that was broadcast live on WGBH TV in Boston less than 24 hours after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. As violence was breaking out across America, Boston mayor Kevin White was considering canceling all public events, including the James Brown concert. Civil leaders advised White that cancelling the concert might trigger a riot. The mayor relented and then persuaded PBS station WGBH to broadcast the event in an effort to keep black people at home instead of on the street. James Brown soothed the grieving audience by dedicating the show to the memory of Dr. King and delivered an electrifying performance. Brown introduced the mayor who urged the audience to keep cool. At one point, the fans go wild and rush the stage. The police move in to restore order but Brown assures them that he can handle it. James then pleads with the crowd to return to their seats and says this is not how black people should act. A very powerful and emotional performance!

This particular version is one that I personally "restored". I have taken the various parts of this show that were available and restored them to the original running order of the original concert. (Most versions feature the original reels in a random order with some segments even repeated.) I used two different versions of this show and used the best of both elements. One version had an additional 35 seconds of footage at the end that the other didn't, so I was sure to include that. I have chosen to omit the bit with the comedian. Sorry to those who were really looking forward to that segment.

Original VOB's were ripped to hard drive, edited and authored with Nero with searchable menu.




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