James Brown

Body Heat [Video/DVD]

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One of the worst ways to capture a rockin' live performance is to record a concert in Las Vegas. The crowd for James Brown's DVD Live From the House of Blues is a typical aging baby boomer audience who reacts to Brown's music like they are up past their bedtime. His Body Heat, however, is a much better choice for the fan who wants to relive the magic, not simply appreciate that the rock legend is still living. The concert contained in Body Heat was recorded at a much earlier age and in a small club -- and it shows. His passion and libido are in full force. One can tell a lot by the man's sweat. James Brown is sweating profusely as he takes the stage in this aptly titled video that, even with only ten tracks, includes more get-up and produces more body heat than Live From the House of Blues. In Body Heat, Brown is wearing bell-bottoms and a gold chain that scream '70s but also have a hint of the late-'60s rambunctious soul that was his trademark. The live performance in Body Heat is exuberant, rowdy, and sensual, and captures his exhilarating stage show and marvelous athleticism. And that is important, for while Brown has always surrounded himself with A+ musicians, his later concerts seem rote, sterile, and uninspired. For those who are looking to "get up offa that thing," this DVD is the one for them. The short set list and lack of DVD extras will not be negatives because the concert is such a success.