Finally a concert film that isn't an ordeal to sit through (sorry The Last Waltz). The T.A.M.I. Show has it all, great performances by great performers, screaming teenage girls and go-go dancers.
An eclectic group of musicians was assembled for what was a free concert in Santa Monica that included:
- 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
Obviously the highlight is James Brown performing "Please Please Please," but really almost all of the acts are in top form. The Rolling Stones weren't very happy about following the incredible James Brown, but they are a very fun and exciting group to watch. Jan and Dean are the emcees and when was the last time you saw pop singers coming into a concert on skateboards. Jan and Dean also perform the fairly ridiculous "Hear They Come," the opening song over the credits. This is probably the worst thing about this concert film, after that little ditty things jump up to a very high performing level starting with Chuck Berry.
As far as these concert films go everything depends on the musicians and the musical numbers otherwise they can be a total drag to sit through. The T.A.M.I. Show's straight presentation of these performers allows them to really show their stuff.