Simon Vozick-Levinson
August 29, 2008 AT 04:00 AM EDT

I Got the Feelin': James Brown in the '60s

type
TV Show
Current Status
In Season
performer
James Brown
genre
Music, Documentary

We gave it an A-

Was there ever a live performer more elementally exhilarating than James Brown in 1968? Not judging by I Got the Feelin’: James Brown in the ’60s, two discs of sweat-soaked, shrieking concert footage. A third — containing a 2008 doc — tackles his role in the civil rights movement; talking heads like Al Sharpton and Cornel West explore the complex topic with subtlety. But the late Godfather of Soul overshadows all commentary. A-

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