The godfather of soul
Arthaus Music DVD 100
DVD players were new to me and this was the first opportunity I have had
to use the equipment; two things struck me, how easy it was to set up and
how excellent the quality of both vision and sound it produced. What was
also surprising was that the new technology should be used to make a DVD
where only a few interviews are live and most of the sound and vision was
from a previous era. Some of the earlier film is in Black and White and the
sound from a similar era.
James Brown has received world-wide acclaim as a Rhythm and Blues artist
and he is in the top bracket of entertainers, both from a point of view of
the fee he can command and for his entertainment value. His backing bands
have always been good too, but from the DVD content it would appear that
they did not always share so well in the payoff! Maceo Parker who is acknowledged
today as a leading jazz saxophone player, spent a long period in his band
and formed his own outfit from some of Brown's musicians. This occurred after
Brown had a brush with the law and ended up in Jail!
My guess is that many of James Brown's fans world wide will already be aware
of most of what this DVD contains, but for them it will bring the whole James
Brown Story together. To me the musical content is disappointing, but then
it is a portrait of 'the man'.