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The LAist Blog-along: The T.A.M.I. Show

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It’s said to be the greatest concert film ever made, but the T.A.M.I Show in its finished form has been elusive almost since it was released.

The Teen Age Music International Show was filmed at the Santa Monica Civic over two nights in late 1964 for eventual release as a feature film, a way for all the small town kids that couldn’t make it to concerts see what their favorite acts were like on stage. After its first theatrical run, the Beach Boys insisted that their sequence be cut out, despite a prominent appearance in the opening credit sequence, and a complete home video release has never before seen the light of day. But Shout Factory has finally corrected this egregious gap, and will release a DVD of the complete film, including the excised material, March 23.

LAist was lucky enough to obtain an advance screener so, without further ado, let’s get this party started.

10:20 Snappy intro number from Jan and Dean set to footage of the various acts in their dressing rooms and limos, getting ready for the big night. Laughing to myself imagining Mick & Keith’s reaction to their mention as “The Rolling Stones from Liverpool”- apparently in 1964, Americans believed Liverpool and London to be the same city. Hey, Toni Basil is credited as assistant to the choreographer, and I think that’s her on screen right when her name is shown. What is she, 15?