Fans of clas­sic rock and soul rejoiced when the leg­endary con­cert film T.A.M.I. Show made its DVD debut on Shout! Factory in 2009. Now that beloved film makes its Blu-ray debut, along with its long-lost—and much requested—follow-up, The Big TNT Show, on December 2, 2016, as part of the 2-disc Blu-ray set T.A.M.I. Show / The Big T.N.T. Show Collector’s Edition, from Shout! Factory. (The Big TNT Show will also be released as a stand­alone DVD on the same day.) The set will con­tain all the bonus fea­tures from the T.A.M.I. Show DVD, plus new inter­views with The Big T.N.T. Show per­form­ers Petula Clark, Henry Diltz and John Sebastian, and a 36-page book­let fea­tur­ing detailed essays by Don Waller, rare pho­tos, and mem­o­ra­bil­ia.

 

tamish-bluThe Big T.N.T. Show was filmed in Los Angeles in November of 1965 and stars some of the biggest acts of the day, includ­ing many future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame mem­bers, per­form­ing their best mate­ri­al. The Byrds, in their orig­i­nal line-up of Gene Clark, David Crosby, Chris Hillman, Michael Clarke, and Roger McGuinn, per­form two # 1 hits, “Mr. Tambourine Man” and “Turn! Turn! Turn! (To Everything There Is A Season).” Ray Charles gives a rous­ing per­for­mance of “What’d I Say” and “Let the Good Times Roll.” A sul­try per­for­mance by The Ronettes on “Be My Baby” is met with impas­sioned screams from the audi­ence; The Lovin’ Spoonful per­form their Top 10 hits “Do You Believe in Magic?” and “You Didn’t Have to Be So  Nice”; and Bo Diddley fires up the crowd with “Bo Diddley” and “Hey, Bo Diddley.” To close the show, The Ike & Tina Turner Revue give an elec­tri­fy­ing per­for­mance, includ­ing “I Think It’s Going to Work Out Fine” and “A Fool in Love.”

 

Also on the stage that evening was Petula Clark, per­form­ing her No. 1 hit “Downtown”; Roger Miller, play­ing his biggest hit, “King of the Road”; Donovan, open­ing his set with Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Universal Soldier”; and the reign­ing queen of folk, Joan Baez, reflect­ing the con­tin­u­ing pop­u­lar­i­ty of the gen­re as the Vietnam War esca­lat­ed.

 

Performing to the side of the stage in between acts, but not seen in the film, was the Modern Folk Quartet. Made up of future lumi­nar­ies — songwriter/producer Chip Douglas, Lovin’ Spoonful mem­ber Jerry Yester, famous rock pho­tog­ra­pher Henry Diltz, and songwriter/musician Cyrus Faryar, with ses­sion play­er “Fast” Eddie Hoh on drums, the band closed the evening with the show’s Harry Nilsson-com­posed the­me song “This Could Be The Night.”

 

Originally billed as a com­pan­ion piece to the T.A.M.I. Show after that show’s suc­cess, The Big T.N.T. Show holds up as an essen­tial time cap­sule from its day. Phil Spector was on board to help pro­duce, to serve as the on-screen music direc­tor, and to play piano for Baez’s ren­di­tion of The Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Loving Feeling.” David McCallum, a ris­ing star appear­ing in the new TV series The Man From U.N.C.L.E., was tapped to emcee. Filmed at what was then the Moulin Rouge night­club on Sunset, footage also includes shots of the Los Angeles haunts Château Marmont, Ben Frank’s cof­fee shop, and fleet­ing hot spot The Trip night­club.

 

One of the most acclaimed rock events ever cap­tured on film, the 1964 con­cert known as T.A.M.I. Show also fea­tured per­for­mances by sev­er­al future Rock and Roll Hall of Famers. In a line­up like no oth­er, the Rolling Stones, James Brown, the Beach Boys, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, the Supremes, Chuck Berry, Lesley Gore and oth­ers took the stage one after anoth­er on October 29 at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium.

 

Aside from the five rock groups, all the per­form­ers were backed by a band that we’ve come to know as the Wrecking Crew, famed for play­ing on Phil Spector-pro­duced hits, Beach Boys albums and much more, with future stars Glen Campbell and Leon Russell, among oth­ers. Fanita James, Jean King, and future solo star Darlene Love, billed as The Blossoms, pro­vid­ed back­ing vocals.

 

Mastered from a new High-Definition trans­fer, The T.A.M.I. Show / The Big T.N.T. Show Collector’s Edition brings both of the­se his­to­ry-mak­ing films to life in a defin­i­tive set that no fan or schol­ar of rock and soul music will want to be with­out.

 

T.A.M.I. Show / The Big T.N.T. Show Collector’s Edition Bonus Features

  • Interview with T.A.M.I. Show direc­tor Steve Binder
  • New inter­views with The Big T.N.T. Show per­form­ers Petula Clark, Henry Diltz and John Sebastian
  • Commentary by T.A.M.I. Show direc­tor Steve Binder
  • Original T.A.M.I Show/The Big TNT Show radio spots
  • 36-page book­let fea­tur­ing detailed essays by Don Waller and rare pho­tos and mem­o­ra­bil­ia