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The T.A.M.I. Show
The TAMI Show
Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary

Hailed by one music reviewer as "the grooviest, wildest, slickest hit ever to pound the screen," "The T.A.M.I. Show" is an unrelenting rock spectacular starring some of the greatest pop performers of the 60s. These top rec...  more »


Movie Details

Genres: Musicals & Performing Arts, Documentary
Sub-Genres: Musicals, Documentary
Format: DVD
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 8
MPAA Rating: Unrated
Languages: English
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Movie Reviews

Greatest Concert - Teenagers of America
Geraldine D. Smith | Miami, Florida USA | 01/14/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"In 1964, at the age of 12, I saw T.A.M.I. for the first time. But it wasn't my last. I must have watched this phenomenal concert at least a dozen times; sitting through showing after showing at the neighborhood movie theater over several days. True, I was only age 12, but the memories never faded and grew stronger over the past 42 years. Recalling some of the performers, Chuck Berry, Lesley Gore, Beach Boys, Rolling Stones [with Mick Jagger's signature gyrations], Martha and The Vandellas, Four Tops, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Marvin Gaye, The Supremes and the list goes on, but the greatest of all, Mr. Dynamite, James Brown. That performance is literally one of the greatest dancing and singing performances of the Rock and Roll and Rhythm and Blues era of all time. Every entertainer that has evolved through the 21st century, took their dancing cue, and rhythm section from the 'hardest working man in show business, James Brown.' The T.A.M.I. Show could have ended with him. Nevertheless, the energy throughout the show was absolutely crazy and contagious. The young people, Black and White together, screaming for the entertainers, dancing and just going berserk. The 'go-go' dancers and simple stage set-up kept the focus on the performer on stage at that time. In an era of racism, prejudice, civil rights movement and segregation, The T.A.M.I. Show for a while helped us all to forget our trouble and fears and differences in skin color and just have fun. Teenagers of America have fun.

The RARE 1964 Teenage Awards Music International UNCUT!
Tante Maren | Ohio, United States | 02/05/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"On October 28th and 29th in 1964, free tickets were given to all the local high school students in and around Santa Monica, California to attend the first ever T.A.M.I. Show. T.A.M.I. was used as a shortened version of the name Teenage Awards Music International, also known as Teen Age Music International. This 1964 concert show was filmed in 2 days and the best of the film's footage was used for the two hour movie which was shown in theaters all around the world. The director Steve Binder and his crew from the Steve Allen show filmed this concert with tv camera's and recorded it in Electronovision-one of the first ever high definition video camera's that captured 1000 to 1100 lines at 25 fps. The resolution of this film was super high definition and way ahead of it's time!
The concert was filmed at Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and was emceed by Jan and Dean. The director Steve Binder begins the movie with great shots of the streets of Santa Monica showing Jan and Dean skate boarding on the streets and the rest of the groups getting ready for the concert. It is absolutely wonderful to see what life looked like on the streets of Santa Monica back in 1964, and especially seeing those very first skate boards! For those of us that were around back then, it brings back all those great sixties memories, especially if you were a teenager!
James Brown (and The Flames) was at his best with his great singing and dancing as were The Rolling Stones, The Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, The Barbarians, Marvin Gaye, Gerry and The Pacemakers, Lesley Gore, Jan and Dean, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles and The Supremes. It was a concert composed of great music from both America and Britain. The film was released by American International Pictures on December 29, 1964. The stage in the auditorium held only the musicians and some fantastic go-go dancers, so the focus of these great early hi-def type camera's is completely on the great groups! If you look at the go-go dancers, you will see a teenage Teri Garr(She's got on a sweatshirt over a bikini with her blonde flip hair-do in the opening shots)!
This show was the coolest big screen movie of it's time, filmed with great early hi-tech camera's and now it's finally on dvd! For years, no one could get the rights from all the great groups involved in this project, but they finally made a deal that satisfied all the groups, so now we finally get this music treasure on dvd! Shout!Factory's extras are new footage commentary by director Steve Binder, along with the great original trailer, radio spots and a commemorative booklet. With this fabulous concert show being filmed in the cleanest, sharpest picture in 1964, I can't imagine how it looks even more cleaned up in hi-def and UNCUT! For anyone who saw the original film in 1964 like me, this is one movie that makes you feel like you are actually there with it's beyond fantastic performances and high energy dancing! Shout!Factory is releasing many rarities this year, some only for sale by them on their website. The complete The Goldbergs tv show among other rare television shows can be found only on their site. A BIG THANK YOU to Shout!Factory for releasing this rare gem that will be a thrill to see again!"
The Holy Grail At Last!
J. Barbour | 01/26/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The Holy Grail of rock concert films has finally surfaced, and this time it looks like its release is for real. Several years ago an announcement was made that The TAMI Show was going to be released, but it was pulled almost immediately after the announcement.

When this film was released I was the ripe old age of 17; my local theater ran it for 3 days and I sat through several showings each day. I thought it was the greatest thing I'd ever seen--especially The Rolling Stones; they completely blew me away. Now, I'm the ripe old age of 63 and I'm as excited as that 17-year-old kid who lapped up showing after showing of this film. All our favorites performed at TAMI, including my then-heartthrobs Lesley Gore and Diana Ross.

March 23rd won't come soon enough. I've told my friends I've completely reserved the first weekend of TAMI's release to watch this show over and over; unless they intend to watch it with me, they needn't bother dropping by. I'll be unavailable. I've waited 45 years for this moment.

I have only one request to make of Dick Clark: If this release sells well, and you have purchased all the rights to the performances, will you be able to release a 2nd edition featuring the songs that didn't appear in the original film? Do that, and Mr. Clark will have sent one diehard fan straight to heaven!"
An Essential Document in the History of Rock and Roll
Wheeler W. Dixon | 03/13/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The T.A.M.I Show is one of the missing links of rock music history; in a two day concert in Santa Monica, California, some of the greatest rock artists of the era convened in a wild jam session that set that standard for every festival that followed. The performers are a who's who of 60s rock:

* The Barbarians
* The Beach Boys
* Chuck Berry
* James Brown and The Famous Flames
* Marvin Gaye
* Gerry & The Pacemakers
* Lesley Gore
* Jan and Dean
* Billy J. Kramer and The Dakotas
* Smokey Robinson and The Miracles
* The Rolling Stones
* The Supremes

with James Brown and The Stones taking the show away in a 45 minute finale. Indeed, many critics feel that Brown's long set near the end of the show is one of the greatest performances by a rock and roll artist ever recorded. One could easily live without Lesley Gore (who gets too much too screen time) and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, of course, but the Barbarians are an interesting example of protopunk, and The Supremes, Smokey Robinson and the Miracles, The Beach Boys, and Chuck Berry turn in powerhouse sets, all performing at the height of their powers.

On the matter of precisely how this concert was recorded, here, from Wikipedia, is the real lowdown. It was NOT photographed on 35mm film, nor was it shot on videotape. Rather,

"it was shot with TV cameras by director Steve Binder and his crew [ . . .] in [a process dubbed] Electronovision - [using several] of the first high-definition video cameras that captured somewhere between 1000-1100 lines at 25fps. Then, via kinescope recording, it was converted to film with sufficient enhanced resolution to allow big-screen enlargement [in a 35mm film blowup]."

The same process, incidentally, was used to record Richard Burton's 1964 Broadway production of HAMLET.

Despite some electronic line scanning interference, the image is crisp and clear, and the sound is absolutely superb. Shot in front of an audience of out of control high school students who got in for free, The T.A.M.I Show cuts Woodstock, Monterey Pop, and all the other rock concert films of the era, and was the first of the lot.

Tied up in rights litigation for years, the film is now finally available in a superb DVD transfer thanks to the efforts of the Dick Clark organization. In short, an absolutely invaluable, utterly essential document of a time long past, featuring some of the greatest rock performers in history. Buy two copies; it's that good. When this goes out of print, you'll kick yourself hard for not having gotten this 46 year old classic when it was finally, finally available."