Having seen some earlier TV footage on BotB, I dug up a few more clips of the late Godfather of Soul that I don't believe made the You Tube rounds (I could be wrong). First up, his legendary Boston 1968 show, which originally was going to be cancelled in the turmoil of Martin Luther King's assassination, but was insisted upon by Brown with the hope of a TV broadcast keeping citizens at ease and indoors. Besides being a total powerhouse set with the band at its most high-octane, it's amazing to watch James himself calm down what could possibly have become an ugly in-house scenario after a cop smacks a fan right off the stage and the crowd quickly swarms around Brown. 7:55 of that WGBH broadcast here for download (48 MB mpeg). Sorry about the occassional glitchy visuals, it's sourced from a somewhat old VHS copy.
Without a doubt though, James' ultimate TV moments had to be his Future Shock program, self-produced, self-promoting and a completely dynamite localized Atlanta riff on Soul Train (which Brown gave appropriate shout-outs to). In between hawking product and having kids dance to his own records, JB interviewed officials from the George Washington Carver museum and other handpicked luminaries. The show has yet to be officially issued on DVD (Chunklet has T-shirts though), but here's five minutes to amaze (32MB mpeg). Miss those dance contests judged by the Applause-o-Meter, that's for sure. And miss JB too. Rest in peace, Godfather.