And speaking of great concert movies, as we were yesterday, let us now praise the sequel to The Greatest Live Rock and Roll Extravaganza Ever Filmed.
That would be The Big T.N.T. Show, released to drive-ins everywhere by American International in 1966. As with its predecessor, it wouldn't be a big surprise If you're not familiar with it as there hasn't been an above ground video version since a mangled VHS release in the mid 80s. In any case, it's an almost equally astounding document -- a concert featuring pretty much everybody who was anybody in rock, pop, folk and r&b back then with the exception of the Beatles.
I'm not sure where it was shot -- I'm assuming at the same Santa Monica Civic Auditorium that hosted The T.A.M.I Show the year before -- but get a load of the talent line-up:
The Lovin' Spoonful
Ike and Tina Turner
Here's Joan Baez and Phil Spector, together again for the first time. Okay, this one has already frightened several people here, but c'mon -- Donovan's incoherent introduction for Joanie is worth the price of admission.
Bo Diddley -- a man among men. With the Duchess, his gorgeous sister. (Okay, she really wasn't his sister)
The Byrds doing "Mr. Tambourine Man." Words fail me.
Ike and Tina Turner and a stunning version of "I Think It's Gonna Work Out Fine." Somebody asked me the other day -- "Back in the 50s, why did people wear buttons that said 'I Like Ike?' Because it couldn't have been Tina -- he beat the crap out of her."
The Lovin Spoonful, screwing up the intro to "Do You Believe in Magic." Watertiger knows the drummer, by the way.
The Ronettes, "Baby I Love You" and "Shout." Just like Ronnie sang....
Roger Miller tells the oldest joke in the book and gets a laugh anyway.
Okay, you get the idea (although it's too bad I couldn't find a clip featuring host David McCallum (yes, Ilya from The Man From Uncle. He sang, too).
Seriously, apart from the obvious, what's interesting about the film is that it documents the exact historical moment that rock 'n' roll became simply rock. In Donovan's segment, in particular, the crowd suddenly stops screaming and gets very, very still. You realize you're no longer at a rock show, but rather at a concert.
[h/t Brooklyn Girl]