Originally filmed at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on November 14, 1964, The T.A.M.I. Show was a concert featuring many of the top rock and soul acts of the day. It later became a movie (filmed in glorious "Electronovision" no less) which saw a very limited release in movie theaters.
With a lineup including everyone from The Beach Boys and The Rolling Stones to Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, Marvin Gaye and James Brown, this was a mega-concert long before such things even existed. Since it also disappeared just as quickly as it was there, The T.A.M.I. Show (it stands for Teenage Awards Music International) has also become a concert film long coveted by collectors.
Its legendary status comes for very good reason. Quentin Tarrantino calls The T.A.M.I. Show "in the top three of all rock movies," and Sting even sings about it in the lines "James Brown on the T.A.M. I. Show, same tape I've had for years" from The Police hit "When The World Is Running Down (You Make The Best of What's Still Around").
For the most part, the performances all live up to the hype too. But none of them touch the James Brown set that Sting is still singing about all these years later. Producer Rick Rubin — who is no stranger to some great performances himself — has called Brown's turn that day the greatest rock performance ever captured on film.
Yet, up until now The T.A.M.I. Show has remained locked up in a vault somewhere gathering dust, and only able to be seen through the many grainy bootleg copies which have circulated among collectors over the years. There has never been an official VHS or DVD release until now. Thanks to Dick Clark Productions and the folks at SHOUT Factory, The T.A.M.I. Show has finally, at long last been restored.