Thursday, August 26, 2010

Dear Shout Factory... How About 'The Big TNT Show'?

Dear Shout Factory,

Great work on finally getting The T.A.M.I. Show out on DVD. After years of rights problems and such, you released Rock & Roll's first great concert film last March complete with The Beach Boys' long excised performance. James Brown burned down the joint. The Stones built it back up again. Jan and Dean got corny. Marvin Gaye got everyone horny. The Supremes, Chuck Berry, The Barbarians, Leslie Gore... all great stuff (sorry, Smokey, but your singing was way, way off key).

So, again, kudos, good friends at Shout Factory, and kudos again.

Now that that has been said, how about following up your triumph with a long-overdue release of T.A.M.I.'s less celebrated little sister, The Big T.N.T. Show?

While the line-up of this concert film shot in late '65 and released theatrically the following year isn't as consistently mouth-gaping as the other film's was, Ray Charles, The Byrds, The Ronettes, Bo Diddley, The Ike & Tina Turner Revue, The Lovin' Spoonful, and Donovan ain't too shabby. Phil Spector produced the film and helmed the studio orchestra. According to this promo, "it's the out of sight show for the in crowd." That has to be the most convincing endorsement I've ever heard:

Plus there's this (holy shit!):

...and this (nice cape, Crosby):

...and this (damn, I love this goddamn song):

...and this (holier shit!):

So get it together, Shout Factory, because until I can count myself among the "in crowd", I can't count myself at all!


Mike from Psychobabble

P.S. I'll even help pay for the music rights.*

*This is a lie.
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