The hardest working man in show business brings down the House of Blues with a live concert event in Las Vegas. Recorded with high definition equipment, James Brown's influential music, uninhibited style and energetic stag... more »e presence are captured like never before. Generations of fans rejoice as the undisputed "Godfather of Soul" takes his diverse audience on a journey through five decades of chart-topping hits. Also includes an interview with Brown. Songs: Get Up Offa That Thing, Gonna Have a Funky Good Time, Living in America, Popcorn, Soul Power, Soul Man, I Got the Feeling, Hot Pants, Try Me, Prisoner of Love, Georgia on My Mind, If I Ruled the World, Why Don't You Do It Right, Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Funk on a Roll, I Feel Good, Payback, Papa Don't Take No Mess, Please Please Please, Sex Machine. 75 minutes« less
"I love James Brown, and this current package is sad. The band is tight and the sound is good, but it's like he walks through the whole show giving brief nods to various songs in his career.
He has gotten old, and has lost his vocal power. He does try
to put on a good show, but the magic is gone.
I hope someone puts together a nice package of live clips at some point, that shows what this great man was. It really pains me to be writing this, so if you don't want to be disappointed, avoid this one."
James Brown Live from the House of Blues
(4 out of 5 stars)
"WOW I was able to see an advanced copy of this show today. The picture and sound quality are absolutely great. The original recording was in HDTV. James does all the great hits and the band looks as hot as ever. Probally the best quality live recording of JB I have ever seen."
Papa's got a brand new DVD
Monkey Bucket | 11/16/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is pretty darn close to what you see when you see a current JB Tour... great songs, all played very well and very funky. The band is as tight as the go-go dancers outfits. I saw JB @Caesar's a year after this was filmed and the set list was very similar.If you get a chance ...see JB ASAP...if you can't his DVD is as close as you're gonna get."
Did Anyone Say He was Slowing Down?
plsilverman | 01/14/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"After all these years, the man still has it, and mind you, he is well up in age and the only thing he does not do is the split.
But I tell you, this is a concert, especially when he performs "funk on a roll." and "Papa don't take no mess".
HE IS STILL THE MAN, in my book. A must have in your collection."
New Video Loaded With Surprises
plsilverman | USA | 09/10/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)
"The '68 to '74 JB is highlighted with lesser-discussed items like "Popcorn" ["Mother Popcorn"], "Gimme Some More" (performed by BitterSweet), "If I Ruled The World", "Soul Power", and "Papa Don't Take No Mess". Two of these titles deserved more than the passing glance they received but the whole program is well-paced and heavily features backup performers - the set opens with diva-esque protege Tomi Rae performing a powerful blues-soul ballad "I Still Care" and the J. Joplin "Try". In consideration of the venue name I had hoped that JB would do some straight ahead blues like he did with B.B. King on another outstanding video JB AND HIS VERY SPECIAL GUEST B.B.KING (something like "The Things That I Used To Do" or "Home Again"), but Candice Hurst emerges from stage left and delivers the goods with the jazz/blues "Why Don't You Do Right" with style. The consumer may wonder about his energy level (at age approx. 66), but except for the occasional reliance on aforementioned contributors plus Roosevelt Johnson (who sings on "Soul Power" and the presumed tribute to the Blues Brothers, "Soul Man"), he is the vital artist we've watched over the years. In fact, his dancing is better here than on some video efforts from the 1980's! Another selling point is the inclusion of the heavy hip-hopp "Funk On A Roll" from the recent I'M BACK album. With all due respect to the talented all-Female backup group BitterSweet, I feel that the tune is more effective with (apparently) all Male singers in unison as on the CD. Still, it is a great selection. I hope James Brown continues to mix in unexpected numbers in his live act and on record (and hopefully on video!).