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All-Music Guide (C) 1994 by Matrix Software, Big Rapids, MI 49307 Please submit corrections or additional albums for this artist (also bios, sidemen, tracks, ratings, and reviews) at Internet Address: AMG@ALLMUSIC.FERRIS.EDU All-Music Guidelines in file: ALLMUSICHELP -------------------------------------------------------------------- Artist : James Brown Genres : Rock, Jazz Style : R&B, Soul, Funk, Dance, 70's Pop, Instr. : Vocals Rating : importance (1) popularity (1) All-Music Guide Biography When the smoke clears, James Brown will be seen as probably the most influential African-American singer of recent times. Certainly, he is preeminent in terms of chart placings, and his influence on today's Black music is beyond question -- it's literally in the grooves, thanks to the magic of sampling.,Brown's career stretches across forty years -- thirty-five or more as a recording artist -- so it makes no sense to talk about his style, because it inevitably evolved. He knew something different from the beginning, though ("Please, Please, Please" was not an ordinary record ca. 1956). The difference was urgency; he went back beyond the gospel progressions of Ray Charles to primordial rhythms and wordless vocals. It was African-American music in the purest sense.,By the mid 60s, with hits like "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "I Got You," Brown had ceased fooling with conventional R&B and had ceased trying to cross over into the pop market (as he had with "Prisoner of Love," etc.) He found his groove and he turned it loose. The creative juices began to get a little watered down as the disco era dawned, but, between the mid 60s and the mid 70s, James Brown was a force unto himself. Musically and politically, he was the dominant Black musician of the day, an importance that subsequent developments have only served to heighten. ~ Colin Escott ---------- Related Artists ----------- Ellis, Pee Wee Parker, Maceo Wesley, Fred Byrd, Bobby Collins, Lyn Collins, Bootsy Catfish, Phelp Jones, Nat Davis, J. C. Nathan, Syd Midnight, Charlie Afrika Bambaataa Moyet, Alison Winwood, Steve ---------- Roots & Influences ---------- Gospel Blues Fifties jazz Jordan, Louis Brown, Roy ---------- Bibliography ---------- Brown, James; Tucker,|James Brown: The Godfather of|Fontana Rose, Cynthia |Living in America: The Soul S|Serpent's Tail Birthdate & Place : May 3 , 1928 Barnwell, SC AMG Artist ID # : P000003779 Chronological Album List |Date| Label | Number |R S T|Rating --------------------------------+----+----------+--------+-----+------ Soul Pride: The Instrumentals..|1993|Polydor |517845 |R | Can't Get Any Harder |1993|RCA |75352 | | Universal James |1992|RCA |75274 |R | Good Love Power Peace |1992|PolyGram |31451338|R | BestA Is Back |1992|Hollywood |458 |R | OK Greatest Hits of the Fourth Dec|1992|Scotti Bro|7529 |R | Good Star Time |1991|Polydor |849108 |R | BestG Soul's Alive |1991|Koch Inter|1303 | | Good Messing with the Blues |1991|PolyGram |847258 |R | BestA Love Over-Due |1991|Scotti Bro|75225 |R | Good 20 All Time Greatest Hits |1991|Polydor |511326 |R |+BestG Tribute |1989|Scotti Bro|07783 | | BestA Soul Session Live (James Brown |1989|Scotti Bro|5214 | | Good Santa's Got a Brand New Bag |1988|Rhino |70194 |R | BestA Motherlode |1988|Polydor |837126 |R | BestA James Brown's Funky People - Pa|1988|Polydor |829417 |R | BestA James Brown's Funky People - Pa|1988|PolyGram |835857 |R | BestA I'm Real |1988|Scotti Bro|5213 |R | Good Cd of Jb, The |1988|PolyGram |825714 | | BestA Live at the Apollo 2 Pt. 1 |1986|Rhino |70217 |R S | Good In the Jungle Groove |1986|Polydor |829624 |R | BestA Gravity |1986|Scotti Bro|5212 |R S | Good Cd of Jb #2, The |1986|PolyGram |831700 |R S | BestA Live in Concert |1985|Sugar Hill|5250 | | Good Live at the Apollo 2 Pt. 2 |1985|Rhino |218 |R S | BestG Greatest Hits |1985|Rhino |70219 |R S | Good Dead on the Heavy Funk (74-76) |1985|Polydor |827439 |R S | BestA Roots of a Revolution |1984|PolyGram |817304 |R S | BestA Federal Years - Part 2, The |1984|Solid Smok|8024 |R | Good Federal Years - Part 1, The |1984|Solid Smok|8023 |R S | Good Doing It to Death 1970-1973 |1984|PolyGram |821232 | S | BestA Ain't That a Groove 1966-1969 (|1984|Polydor |8212311 |R S | Good Bring It On! |1983|Churchill |22001 | S | Good Mean on the Scene |1982|Audio Fide|1016 | S | Good Third Coming, The |1981|Polydor |1029 | S | Good Special |1981|Polydor |2417351 | S | Good Nonstop |1981|Polydor |6318 | S | Good Live in New York |1981|Audio Fide|1030 | S | Good Can Your Heart Stand It! |1981|Stradivari|8013 |R S | Good Best of James Brown, The |1981|Polydor |2343036 | S | Good Soul Syndrome |1980|Rhino |70569 |R S T| Good People |1980|Polydor |2391446 | S | Good Hot on the One |1980|Polydor |26290 | | Good This Is |197?|Philips |6336210 | S | Good Pop History |197?|Polydor |2625009 | S | Good Mister Dynamite |197?|Polydor |2357004 | S | Good Take a Look at Those Cakes |1979|Polydor |6181 | S | Good Original Disco Man, The |1979|Polydor |6212 | S | Good Lost James Brown Tape , The |1979| | | | Jam/1980's |1978|Polydor |6140 | S | OK Fabulous James Brown |1978|HRB |1004 | S | Good Strangers |1977|Polydor |2383511 | S | Good Solid Gold - 30 Golden Hits |1977|Polydor |829254 |R | BestA Solid Gold |1977|Polydor |2679044 | S | BestG Mutha's Nature |1977|Polydor |6111 | S | OK Hot |1976|Polydor |6059 | S | Good Get up Offa That Thing |1976|Polydor |6071 | S | Good Bodyheat |1976|Polydor |6093 | S | OK Soul Classics - Vol. 3 |1975|Polydor |2391166 | S | Good Sex Machine Today |1975|Polydor |6042 | S | Poor Reality |1975|Polydor |6039 | S | OK Everybody's Doin the Hustle / D|1975|Polydor |6054 | S | OK Payback (2 Lp), The |1974|PolyGram |517137 |R S | Good Hell |1974|Polydor |9001 | S | BestA Soul Classics - Vol. 2 |1973|Polydor |2391116 | | BestA Soul Brother No 1 |1973|Polydor | | S | OK Slaughter's Big Rip-Off |1973|PolyGram |517136 | S | OK Black Caesar |1973|PolyGram |517135 |R S | OK There It Is |1972|PolyGram |517986 | | BestA Soul Classics |1972|Polydor |5401 | | BestG Get on the Good Foot |1972|Polydor |3004 | S | Good Super Bad |1971|King |1127 | S | Good Sho Is Funky Down Here |1971|King |1110 | S | OK Revolution of the Mind |1971|PolyGram |517983 | S | Good Hot Pants |1971|PolyGram |517985 | S | Good Soul on Top |1970|King |1100 | S | OK Sex Machine |1970|PolyGram |517984 |R S | Good It's a New Day So Let A Man Com|1970|King |1095 | | Good It's a New Day |1970|Polydor |2310029 | S | BestA Hey America |1970|King |1124 | S | OK Ain't It Funky |1970|King |1092 | | OK Plays Rhythm & Blues |196?|Philips |14575 | S | Good Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm|1969|Polydor |583741 | | BestA Popcorn, The |1969|Polydor |658172 | | Good It's a Mother |1969|Polydor |658371 |R S | Good I'm Black and I'm Proud |1969|King |1047 |R | Good Gettin' Down to It |1969|Polydor |583742 | | OK Soulful Christmas, A |1968|King |1040 | S | Good Soul Party |1968|Polydor |658106 | S | Good Presents His Show of Tomorrow |1968|King |1024 | S | OK Plays the New Breed |1968|Smash |67080 | S | Good Nothing But Soul |1968|King |1034 | S | Good Live at the Apollo (1967) - Vol|1968|King |1022 |R | BestG James Brown Sings out of Sight |1968|Smash |67109 |R | Good James Brown Plays Nothing But S|1968|King |1034 | | Good I Got a Feeling |1968|Polydor |658105 | S | Good I Can't Stand Myself When You T|1968|King |1030 |R S | Good At the Apollo 2 (Rec 67) |1968|King |1022 | S | BestG Raw Soul |1967|Pye |28103 |R S | Good Plays the Real Thing |1967|Smash |67093 | S | Good Live at the Garden |1967|King |1018 | S | Good James Brown Show |1967|Smash |67087 | S | Good James Brown Plays the Real Thin|1967|Smash |27093 | | Good Cold Sweat |1967|King |1020 |R S | Good Today and Yesterday |1966|Smash |27057 | | BestA Plays Jb Today |1966|Smash |67072 | | OK Mighty Instrumentals |1966|King |961 | S | Good James Brown Plays New Breed |1966|Smash |27080 | | Good James Brown Plays James Brown-T|1966|Smash |67072 | | Good It's a Man's Man's Man's World |1966|King |985 |R S | Good I Got You (I Feel Good) |1966|King |946 |R S | Good Handful of Soul |1966|Smash |67084 | S | Good Christmas Songs |1966|King |1010 | S | Good Papa's Got a Brand New Bag |1965|King |938 |R S | Good Unbeatable Hits |1964|King |919 | S | Good Showtime |1964|Smash |27054 | S | OK Pure Dynamite! Live at the Roya|1964|King |883 | S | BestA Out of Sight (Withdrawn) |1964|Smash |67058 | S | Good Grits & Soul |1964|Smash |67057 | S | OK Prisoner of Love |1963|King |851 |R S | Good Live at the Apollo |1963|PolyGram |823001 |R |+BestG Live and Lowdown at the Apollo |1963|Solid Smok|8006 |R | BestG At the Apollo |1963|King |826 | | Good Tours the Usa |1962|King |804 | | Good Shout & Shimmy |1962|King |780 |R | Good Jump Around |1962|King |771 | | Good James Brown and His Famous Flam|1962|King |804 |R | Good Night Train |1961|King |771 | | BestA Amazing James Brown, The |1961|King |743 |R | Good Think |1960|King |683 |R | Good Try Me |1959|King |635 |R | Good Please Please Please |1959|King |610 |R | Good Spank |Z |PolyGram |837726 | | Good Soul Pride-Instrumental 1960-6 |Z |PolyGram |517845 |R | Soul Jubilee |Z |Magnum |81 | | Set Fire to the Soul |Z | | | | Original Showman Live |Z |Onyx Class|261038 | | Move On |Z |Scotti Bro|5286 | | Good Lost James Brown Tapes, The |Z |Warner Bro|38295 |R | Live: Berlin |Z |PolyGram |080847 | | Live in Concert |Z |Blast Vide|8903 | | Live in Berlin |Z | | | | Live in America |Z |Rhino |1904 | | Live at Chastain Park |Z |Charly |1984 | | Good James Brown's Greatest Hits | |Rhino | | | James Brown Soul Classics |Z |Polydor |5401 | | Good James Brown Plays & Directs the|Z |King |1055 | | Good James Brown ... Live / Hot on t|Z |Polydor |6290(2) | | Good James Brown & Friends |Z |Atlantic |50205 | | James Brown |Z |Audio Fide|326 | | Good I Got the Feelin' |Z |King |1031 | | Good Greatest Hits Live | |Scotti Bro| | | Few Nice Things, A |Z |King Stere|1038 | | All-Music Guide Album Details (Alphabetical Order) ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : 20 All Time Greatest Hits Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Genre (First Pick) Genre : Rock Type : compilation Date : 1991 (release) AMG ID : R000002702 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1991 CD Polydor 511 326 CD PolyGram 511326 CD Spm 847982 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- A first-rate greatest hits package that covers the essential soul singles and some of the funk period material as well. While the finest James Brown package is the boxed set, if you're not going to get that, you wouldn't be far wrong getting this one instead. ~ Ron Wynn ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Ain't It Funky Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #043, entered Feb 14, 1970, on charts 012 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1970 (release) AMG ID : R000066271 --------- Album Releases --------- King 1092 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Ain't That a Groove 1966-1969 (James Brown Story) Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Type : compilation Date : 1984 (release) AMG ID : R000002703 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1984 LP Polydor 8212311 CS Polydor 821231-4 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- The foundations of funk from 1966-1969 -- companion to ROOTS OF A REVOLUTION and SOLID GOLD. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Amazing James Brown, The Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1961 (release) AMG ID : R000002725 --------- Album Releases --------- 1961 LP King 743 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : At the Apollo Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1963 (release) AMG ID : R000031682 --------- Album Releases --------- 1963 LP King 826 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : At the Apollo 2 (Rec 67) Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Genre Genre : Rock Date : 1968 (release) AMG ID : R000031640 --------- Album Releases --------- 1968 LP King 1022 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Best of James Brown, The Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Type : compilation Date : 1981 (release) AMG ID : R000031687 --------- Album Releases --------- 1981 LP Polydor 2343036 1982 MC Polydor 3177529 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Black Caesar Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #031, entered Mar 3 , 1973, on charts 021 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1973 (release) AMG ID : R000002741 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD PolyGram 517135 1973 LP Polydor 6014 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- A classic early-'70s soundtrack by James Brown. The film "Black Caesar" was prototype "blaxploitation" fodder, but Brown's soundtrack both defined the urban nightmare the film was trying to depict and garnered him a hit single in "Down and Out in New York City." ~ Ron Wynn ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Bodyheat Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #126, entered Jan 15, 1977, on charts 010 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1976 (release) AMG ID : R000031670 --------- Album Releases --------- 1976 LP Polydor 6093 Polydor 6093 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Bring It On! Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1983 (release) AMG ID : R000002745 --------- Album Releases --------- 1983 LP Churchill 22001 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Can Your Heart Stand It! Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1981 (release) AMG ID : R000002756 --------- Album Releases --------- 1981 LP Stradivari 8013 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Ten fabulous original hits from King Records. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Can't Get Any Harder Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Date : 1993 (approx.) AMG ID : R000169269 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD RCA 75352 1993 Scotti Brothers 75352 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Cd of Jb #2, The Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Rock Type : compilation Date : 1986 (release) AMG ID : R000002749 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1987 CD PolyGram 831700 1985 LP Polydor 8257142 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- An excellent follow-up package that includes various James Brown hits from both the soul and funk eras, beginning with "Cold Sweat" and continuing into the '70s. It's also not as vital since the issue of the '91 boxed set, but contains several fine songs. ~ Ron Wynn ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Cd of Jb, The Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Rock Type : compilation Date : 1988 (release) AMG ID : R000002750 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD PolyGram 825714 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Christmas Songs Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Type : christmas Date : 1966 (release) AMG ID : R000031630 --------- Album Releases --------- 1966 LP King 1010 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Cold Sweat Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #035, entered Sep 16, 1967, on charts 017 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1967 (release) AMG ID : R000002732 --------- Album Releases --------- 1967 LP King 1020 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Title hit plus stuff from 1964-67. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Dead on the Heavy Funk (74-76) Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Rock Date : 1985 (release) AMG ID : R000002746 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- LP Polydor 827439-1 1985 CS Polydor 827439-4 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- An excellent anthology spotlighting Brown's mid-'70s funk singles and extended jams. It's now been supplanted by other anthologies and greatest hits collections on CD. But if you can find the vinyl, it's worth getting. ~ Ron Wynn ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Doing It to Death 1970-1973 Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Rock Date : 1984 (release) AMG ID : R000031692 --------- Album Releases --------- LP PolyGram 821232 CS Polydor 821232-4 1984 LP Polydor 8212321 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Everybody's Doin the Hustle / Dead on The Double Bump Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #193, entered Oct 4 , 1975, on charts 002 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1975 (release) AMG ID : R000066274 --------- Album Releases --------- 1975 LP Polydor 6054 Polydor 6054 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Fabulous James Brown Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1978 (release) AMG ID : R000031675 --------- Album Releases --------- 1978 LP HRB 1004 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Federal Years - Part 1, The Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1984 (release) AMG ID : R000002720 --------- Album Releases --------- 1984 LP Solid Smoke 8023 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- His doo-wop stuff from the 50s -- John Book was a great R&B ballad singer before he decided to revolutionize pop music. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Federal Years - Part 2, The Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1984 (release) AMG ID : R000002721 --------- Album Releases --------- Solid Smoke 8024 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- His doo-wop stuff from the 50s.-- John Book was a great R&B ballad singer before he decided to revolutionize pop music. ~ George Bedard ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Few Nice Things, A Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000173070 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- LP King Stereo 1038 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Get on the Good Foot Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #068, entered Dec 9, 1972, on charts 017 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1972 (release) AMG ID : R000031658 --------- Album Releases --------- 1972 LP Polydor 3004 Polydor SABB-9498 Polydor 3004 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Get up Offa That Thing Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #147, entered Aug 14, 1976, on charts 008 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1976 (release) AMG ID : R000066275 --------- Album Releases --------- 1976 LP Polydor 6071 Polydor 6071 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Gettin' Down to It Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #099, entered May 31, 1969, on charts 014 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1969 (release) AMG ID : R000031645 --------- Album Releases --------- 1969 LP Polydor 583742 King 1051 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Gravity Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #156, entered Oct 18, 1986, on charts 006 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1986 (release) AMG ID : R000002706 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Scotti Brothers 5212-2-SB CS Scotti Brothers 5212-4-SB CS Rhino R4-70219 LP Rhino R1-70219 LP Scotti Brothers 40380 CD RCA 5212 CD Scotti Bros. 5212-2-SB CS Scotti Bros. 5212-4-SB ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Some moderately-interesting late-'80s James Brown sessions. The title track featured an above average Brown vocal and some up-to-date production. But the album had the sound and feel of Brown trying to catch up with contemporary trends, a sad thing since so many hip-hoppers had borrowed from Brown's work in the first place. ~ Ron Wynn ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James Brown - Vocal, Organ Crispin Cioe - Horn Eddie Fairlight III - Drums, Percussion Bob Funk - Horn Dan Hartman - g/k/pro/g/gtb/s/vcb/v Arno Hecht - Horn Hollywood Paul Litteral - Horn Ray Marchica Charlie Midnight - Vocal (background) Alison Moyet - Vocal, Vocal (background) Maceo Parker - Sax (alto) George Recile - Drums T M Stevens - Guitar (bass), Vocal (background) Stevie Ray Vaughan - Guitar Steve Winwood - Synthesizer Art Wood - Drums ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Greatest Hits Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Type : compilation Date : 1985 (release) AMG ID : R000002747 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- LP Rhino 70219 CS Rhino 70219 1980 LP Polydor 2391228 1985 LP Rhino 219 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Probably original King singles. If so, essential. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Greatest Hits Live Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000189398 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Scotti Bros. 5214-2-SB CS Scotti Bros. 5214-4-SB ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Greatest Hits of the Fourth Decade, The Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Type : compilation Date : 1992 (release) AMG ID : R000059859 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Scotti Brothers 7529-2 CS Scotti Brothers 72392-4 CD Scotti Brothers 75259 1992 Scotti Brothers 75259 CD RCA 75259 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- James Brown STILL rules. He received a well-deserved Lifetime Achievement Award at this year's Grammy telecast and his subsequent pay-per-view concert was one of the highest-rated events of its kind. This release, a must for fans of the Godfather of Soul, includes "Unity," "Living in America," "Gravity," a live version of "Cold Sweat," and "Gimme Your Love," a duet with Aretha Franklin. ~ Roundup Newsletter. ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Grits & Soul Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #124, entered Apr 10, 1965, on charts 010 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1964 (release) AMG ID : R000031623 --------- Album Releases --------- 1964 LP Smash 67057 Smash 67057 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Handful of Soul Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #135, entered Dec 3 , 1966, on charts 003 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1966 (release) AMG ID : R000031631 --------- Album Releases --------- 1966 LP Smash 67084 Smash 67084 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Hell Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Billboard #035, entered Jul 27, 1974, on charts 019 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1974 (release) AMG ID : R000031662 --------- Album Releases --------- 1974 LP Polydor 9001 Polydor PD-2-9001 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Hey America Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Genre : Rock Date : 1970 (release) AMG ID : R000031649 --------- Album Releases --------- 1970 LP King 1124 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Hot Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1976 (release) AMG ID : R000031667 --------- Album Releases --------- 1976 LP Polydor 6059 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Hot Pants Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #022, entered Sep 4 , 1971, on charts 018 weeks Down Beat #1.5 Genre : Rock Date : 1971 (release) AMG ID : R000031652 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD PolyGram 517985 1971 Polydor 517 985 1971 LP Polydor 4054 Polydor 4054 Polydor PD 4504 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Hot on the One Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Down Beat #2.5 Genre : Rock Date : Dec ??, 1980 (release) AMG ID : R000068629 --------- Album Releases --------- Polydor PD 2 6290 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #017, entered Mar 23, 1968, on charts 014 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1968 (release) AMG ID : R000002739 --------- Album Releases --------- 1968 LP King 1030 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : I Got You (I Feel Good) Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #036, entered Jan 22, 1966, on charts 017 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1966 (release) AMG ID : R000002730 --------- Album Releases --------- 1966 LP King 946 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Hit single plus older Material. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : I Got a Feeling Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1968 (release) AMG ID : R000031637 --------- Album Releases --------- 1968 LP Polydor 658105 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : I Got the Feelin' Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #135, entered May 18, 1968, on charts 014 weeks Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000002733 --------- Album Releases --------- King K1031 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : I'm Black and I'm Proud Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #053, entered Apr 12, 1969, on charts 022 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1969 (release) AMG ID : R000002734 --------- Album Releases --------- King K1047 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Title hit -- others from 1967 & 1968. ~ George Bedard ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : I'm Real Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #096, entered Jun 18, 1988, on charts 014 weeks Rock & Roll Disc #3/3 Genre : Rock Date : 1988 (release) AMG ID : R000002752 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1988 CD Scotti Brothers 5213-2-SB CS Scotti Brothers 5213-4-SB CD Scotti Brothers ZK 44241 CD Scotti Brothers 5213 CD RCA 5213 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- On this disc Brown teams up with Full Force, the hardcore hip-hop singing/songwriting/body-building team responsible for some of the best work by UTFO, the Real Roxanne, Weather Girls, and Lisa Lisa. ~ J. Poet, Rock & Roll Disc. ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : In the Jungle Groove Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Rock Time : 63:17 min Date : 1986 (release) AMG ID : R000002707 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Polydor 829624-2 1987 CS Polydor 829624-4 CD PolyGram 829624 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- An interesting anthology of leftover funk selections and items from the vast James Brown catalog. Several of these packages have been supplanted by recent Brown CD anthologies. But this one includes some good extended instrumental and vocal funk numbers that aren't on any of the boxed sets. ~ Ron Wynn ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Is Back Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Genre : Rock Date : 1992 (release) AMG ID : R000002708 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1992 CD Hollywood 458 CD Deluxe 458 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Some recent James Brown material that just doesn't come close to equaling the quality of his past work. There's little that's hit material, and even less that longtime fans of Brown will treasure. It's good that he's still able to record, but someone should find him some good songs before turning him loose. ~ Ron Wynn ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : It's a Man's Man's Man's World Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #090, entered Sep 10, 1966, on charts 009 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1966 (release) AMG ID : R000002763 --------- Album Releases --------- 1966 LP King 985 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Hit single plus older stuff. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : It's a Mother Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #026, entered Sep 6 , 1969, on charts 022 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1969 (release) AMG ID : R000002735 --------- Album Releases --------- 1969 LP Polydor 658371 King K1063 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Material from 1967-1969. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : It's a New Day Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Rock Date : 1970 (release) AMG ID : R000031648 --------- Album Releases --------- 197- LP Polydor 2310029 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : It's a New Day So Let A Man Come in Artist : James Brown (& His Famous Flames) Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #121, entered Jul 4 , 1970, on charts 006 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1970 (release) AMG ID : R000002768 --------- Album Releases --------- King Ks-1095 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Jam/1980's Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #121, entered May 6 , 1978, on charts 022 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1978 (release) AMG ID : R000031674 --------- Album Releases --------- 1978 LP Polydor 6140 Polydor 6140 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000059068 --------- Album Releases --------- PD Audio Fidelity 326 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown & Friends Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video AMG ID : R000085574 --------- Album Releases --------- Atlantic 50205 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown ... Live / Hot on the One Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #170, entered Aug 16, 1980, on charts 005 weeks Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000066276 --------- Album Releases --------- Polydor 6290(2) ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown Plays & Directs the Popcorn Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #040, entered Aug 23, 1969, on charts 013 weeks Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000066270 --------- Album Releases --------- King 1055 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown Plays James Brown-Today & Yesterday Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #042, entered Nov 20, 1965, on charts 019 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1966 (release) AMG ID : R000066267 --------- Album Releases --------- Smash 67072 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown Plays New Breed Artist : James Brown (& His Famous Flames) Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #101, entered Apr 16, 1966, on charts 011 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1966 (release) AMG ID : R000002764 --------- Album Releases --------- Smash Mgs-27080 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown Plays Nothing But Soul Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #150, entered Aug 24, 1968, on charts 005 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1968 (release) AMG ID : R000066268 --------- Album Releases --------- King 1034 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown Plays the Real Thing Artist : James Brown (& His Famous Flames) Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #164, entered Jul 15, 1967, on charts 005 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1967 (release) AMG ID : R000002765 --------- Album Releases --------- Smash Mgs-27093 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown Show Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1967 (release) AMG ID : R000031632 --------- Album Releases --------- 1967 LP Smash 67087 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown Sings out of Sight Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1968 (release) AMG ID : R000002766 --------- Album Releases --------- Smash Srs-67109 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- 67109 is a reissue of 67058, which was withdrawn from sale in 1964 because of legal problems during Brown's brief hiatus from King records in 1964-65. ~ George Bedard ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown Soul Classics Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #083, entered Jun 17, 1972, on charts 016 weeks Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000066273 --------- Album Releases --------- Polydor 5401 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown and His Famous Flames Tour the Usa Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1962 (release) AMG ID : R000002727 --------- Album Releases --------- King K804 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Material from 1961 and 1962, including several instrumentals. ~ George Bedard ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown's Funky People - Part 2 Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Rock & Roll Disc #5/4 Genre : Rock Time : 58:49 min Date : Feb ??, 1988 (release) AMG ID : R000002754 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD PolyGram 835857 CD PolyGram 835857 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- [It] leads off with the long version of "I know You Got Soul".... There's a powerhouse number by R&B legend Hank Ballard, "From the Love Side." There are also booming tunes from Marva Whitney and Vicki Anderson.... boasts one CD-only cut. ~ Ron Wynn, Rock & Roll Disc. More of the above, including Bobby Byrd's 1971 hits "I Know You Got Soul" and "Hot Pants - I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming." Delves into some more obscure tracks, such as Hank Ballard's "From the Love Side." ~ Rob Bowman ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown's Funky People - Part 1 Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Rock & Roll Disc #5/4 Genre : Rock Time : 58:49 min Date : Jan ??, 1988 (release) AMG ID : R000002753 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Polydor 829417-2 CD Polydor 825-857-2 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- [It] leads off with the long version of "I know You Got Soul".... There's a powerhouse number by R&B legend Hank Ballard, "From the Love Side." There are also booming tunes from Marva Whitney and Vicki Anderson.... boasts one CD-only cut.... ~ Ron Wynn, Rock & Roll Disc. James Brown the entrepreneur, writing and producing superlative slices of funk for various members of his Revue. These two volumes (see below) include hits and great misses by Lyn Collins, Vicki Anderson, Marva Whitney, Maceo & the Macks, Bobby Byrd, Fred Wesley & the JB's, and so on. Part 1 highlights include Collins's powerhouse Top Ten hit "Think (About It)" and the JB's first two hits, "Gimme Some More" and "Pass the Peas." ~ Rob Bowman Several of the tracks on [it] spotlight Fred Wesley & the JBs, the band that rewrote the book on R&B instrumentals.... boasts one CD-only cut. ~ Ron Wynn, Rock & Roll Disc. ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : James Brown's Greatest Hits Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000189645 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CS Rhino R4-70219 LP Rhino R1-70219 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Jump Around Artist : James Brown (& His Famous Flames) Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1962 (release) AMG ID : R000002761 --------- Album Releases --------- King Lp-771 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live and Lowdown at the Apollo - Vol. 1 Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Genre Charts : Billboard #163, entered Nov 22, 1980, on charts 003 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1963 (release) AMG ID : R000002718 --------- Album Releases --------- Solid Smoke 8006 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Incredible live 1962 classic, perhaps the best live recording of all time. Essential for any fan of Brown, R&B, or African-American music in general. EEEEEEEH! (May be the same as Polydor 23011 -- IS reissue of the King original). ~ George Bedard ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live at Chastain Park Artist : James Brown & The Soul G's Rating : Good Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000071396 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Charly 1984 Instant 5065 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live at the Apollo Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Genre (First Pick) Charts : Billboard #002 Down Beat #5 Rock & Roll Disc #3/4 Genre : Rock Time : 73:32 min Date : 1963 (release) AMG ID : R000002736 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD PolyGram 823001 Polydor 823-001-2 CD PolyGram 843479 1966 Polydor 823 001 1962 Polydor 843 479 King 826 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- A 1968 release spotlighting one of his lesser-celebrated concerts at the historic venue. While it doesn't match the astonishing heights of Brown's 1962 Apollo date, there are plenty of first-rate things. There's enough quality stuff to merit getting it, particularly if you don't own much live James Brown on CD. ~ Ron Wynn, Rock & Roll Disc. An astonishing record of James and the Flames tearing the roof off the sucker at the mecca of R&B theatres, New York's Apollo. When King Records owner Syd Nathan refused to fund the recording, thinking it commercial folly, Brown singlemindedly proceeded anyway, paying for it out of his own pocket. He had been out on the road night after night for a while, and he knew that the alchemy magic that was part and parcel of a James Brown show was something no record had ever caught. Hit follows hit without a pause -- "I'll Go Crazy," "Try Me," "Think," "Please Please Please," "I Don't Mind," "Night Train," and more. The affirmative screams and cries of the audience are something you've never experienced unless you've seen the Brown Revue in a Black theatre. If you have I need not say more; if you haven't, suffice it to say that this should be one of the very first records you ever own. ~ Rob Bowman ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live at the Apollo (1967) - Vol. 2 Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Genre Genre : Rock Date : 1968 (release) AMG ID : R000002738 --------- Album Releases --------- King 1022 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Though other artists were perhaps as dynamic in live performance (Jackie Wilson and the Swan Silvertones come to mind), live recordings weren't as common then as in the narcissistic 70s, and Brown truly stands alone as the greatest live performer on wax. This two-disc set showcases phenomenal readings of "Prisoner of Love" and "This Is a Man's Man's World" which torment the listener with yearning for a long-lost film of the event to surface. At least this record is ours to transport us in imagination to some of the most amazing moments ever seen on the Apollo Theatre's venerable boards. ~ George Bedard ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live at the Apollo 2 Pt. 1 Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #002, entered Jun 29, 1963, on charts 066 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1986 (release) AMG ID : R000002709 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1966 LP Rhino 70217 CS Rhino RNC-217 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- The first volume in a two-part set spotlighting another tremendous early-'60s concert recorded live at the Apollo by James Brown and his Famous Flames. It's not a landmark event like his first date, but was still an epic concert highlighted by Brown's robust vocals and spiraling screams, plus the Flames tight background vocals and a first-rate band. ~ Ron Wynn ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live at the Apollo 2 Pt. 2 Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Genre Charts : Billboard #032, entered Sep 7 , 1968, on charts 039 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1985 (release) AMG ID : R000002710 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1986 LP Rhino 218 1966 CS Rhino RNC-218 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- The second volume devoted to another visit by Brown and his Famous Flames to the Apollo in the early '60s. The sprawling arrangements, intense screams and frenzied pace accurately conveyed the excitement inherent in any Brown performance during the '60s. ~ Ron Wynn ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live at the Garden Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #041, entered Jun 10, 1967, on charts 017 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1967 (release) AMG ID : R000031634 --------- Album Releases --------- 1967 LP King 1018 King 1018 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live in America Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video AMG ID : R000085576 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- Rhino 1904 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live in Berlin Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video AMG ID : R000131751 (album inprint) ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live in Concert Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1985 (release) AMG ID : R000002748 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Sugar Hill Rap 5250 LP Sugar Hill 5250 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live in Concert Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video AMG ID : R000085577 --------- Album Releases --------- Blast Video 8903 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live in New York Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1981 (release) AMG ID : R000031684 --------- Album Releases --------- 1981 LP Audio Fidelity 1030 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Live: Berlin Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video AMG ID : R000085575 --------- Album Releases --------- PolyGram 080847 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Lost James Brown Tape , The Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video Date : 1979 (release) AMG ID : R000132097 (album inprint) ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Lost James Brown Tapes, The Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video AMG ID : R000122903 --------- Album Releases --------- VH Warner Brothers 38295 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- In 1979, three young television producers convinced James Brown to fly to Santa Cruz, California, to make a comeback performance after a period of retirement from the music scene. Brown came back lean and mean and put on one of the greatest shows of his career. He sang a touching rendition of "Georgia" and tore through an unbelievable 20-minute version of "Sex Machine." However, due to unfortunate business circumstances, the videotapes were locked in a vault for 12 years. The legal problems have been resolved and the producers of the show are proud to release this video. ~ Roundup newsletter ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Love Over-Due Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Time : 36:09 min Date : 1991 (release) AMG ID : R000002759 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Scotti Brothers 75225-2 1991 CS Scotti Brothers 75225-4 CD RCA 75225 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Some recent James Brown, much of it delivered with fire and fury but little substance. Brown hasn't had a major hit since "I'm Real" in 1988, and there's nothing on this collection that seems like it will end the cold streak. ~ Ron Wynn ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Love Power Peace Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Rock Date : 1992 (release) AMG ID : R000002760 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1992 CD PolyGram 314 513 389 CD PolyGram 513389 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- James Brown with the then newly formed JB's -- the maestro's second great band including Bootsy Collins, Phelps Collins, Jabo Starks, Bobby Byrd, and Fred Wesley. LIVE AT THE APOLLO had caught James Brown, the 50s gospel/rhythm and blues singer; LOVE POWER PEACE - LIVE AT THE OLYMPIA, PARIS 1971 captures James the funkster. In the early 70s Brown turned up the funk, recording such litanies for Black America as "Ain't It Funky Now," "Sex Machine," "Give It Up or Turn It Loose," "Super Bad," "Get Up, Get into It, Get Involved," and "Soul Power." They are all here, along with revved white-hot versions of the early- and middle-period classics. The ferocity of this band is nearly too much for the heart. Brown had planned to release this as a triple album in 1971. When several band members left shortly after it was recorded, Brown switched from King to Polydor Records, leading him to scrap the record at the time and record a new studio album instead. Thank God for the CD revolution, as in 1992 Polygram decided to make the recording available for the first time. Ain't it funky now indeed. ~ Rob Bowman ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Mean on the Scene Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1982 (release) AMG ID : R000031688 --------- Album Releases --------- 1982 LP Audio Fidelity 1016 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Messing with the Blues Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Down Beat #5 Rock & Roll Disc #4.5/5 Genre : Rock Type : compilation Date : 1991 (release) AMG ID : R000002755 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1990 CD PolyGram 847258-2 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- To hear James Brown recast blues, jazz, and R&B standards on [it] is to listen to a man reshaping his background in his own image ... compilers Harry Weinger and Cliff White show James Brown ... transubstantiating songs by Clyde McPhatter, Wynonie Harris, Wilbert Harrison, Guitar Slim, Roy Brown, and Louis Jordan, a virtual roll call of mentors and influences, the kind of sophisticated jazz and blues performers to whom James Brown listened studiously and lovingly in his youth, some of them the very men with whom he was competing when he snarled that first, shattering "Please," into a King Records microphone in 1956. ~ Dave Marsh, Rock & Roll Disc. ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Mighty Instrumentals Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1966 (release) AMG ID : R000031628 --------- Album Releases --------- 1966 LP King 961 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Mister Dynamite Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 197? (release) AMG ID : R000031678 --------- Album Releases --------- 197- LP Polydor 2357004 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Motherlode Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Rock & Roll Disc #4/4 Genre : Rock Time : 55:26 min Date : 1988 (release) AMG ID : R000002713 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1988 CD Polydor 837126-2 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- "Motherlode" has more nuggets and fragments, most of them unreleased. Whether it's studio dates such as "There It Is," "She's the One," and "Can I Get Some Help" or live tracks like the shortened version of "Say It Loud (Say It Live)," Brown and company were constantly refining and reshaping material. Because so much of [it] was locked in the studio for years, it's possibly even more valuable than the "Funky People" discs. ~ Ron Wynn, Rock & Roll Disc. ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Move On Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000002714 --------- Album Releases --------- CD Scotti Brothers 5286 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Mutha's Nature Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Genre : Rock Date : 1977 (release) AMG ID : R000002744 --------- Album Releases --------- 1977 LP Polydor 6111 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Night Train Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Rock Date : 1961 (release) AMG ID : R000031653 --------- Album Releases --------- 1961 LP King 771 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Nonstop Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1981 (release) AMG ID : R000031683 --------- Album Releases --------- 1981 LP Polydor 6318 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Nothing But Soul Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1968 (release) AMG ID : R000031639 --------- Album Releases --------- 1968 LP King 1034 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Original Disco Man, The Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #152, entered Aug 11, 1979, on charts 006 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1979 (release) AMG ID : R000031677 --------- Album Releases --------- 1978 LP Polydor 6212 Polydor 6212 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Original Showman Live Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000179534 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Onyx Classix 261038 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Out of Sight (Withdrawn) Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1964 (release) AMG ID : R000031624 --------- Album Releases --------- 1964 LP Smash 67058 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Papa's Got a Brand New Bag Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #026, entered Sep 11, 1965, on charts 027 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1965 (release) AMG ID : R000002729 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1965 LP King 938 PolyGram 847 982 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Hit single plus older stuff. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Payback (2 Lp), The Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #034, entered Jan 5 , 1974, on charts 036 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1974 (release) AMG ID : R000002742 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD PolyGram 517137 1974 LP Polydor 3007 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- A superb funk album by James Brown, one of his '70s masterpiece. The title cut, with its jutting horn charts, lyric hooks, repeated phrases and striding bass line was extremely influential, while Brown's trademark screams on the breaks, and the breaks themselves, were later sampled ad infinitum by various hip-hop groups. ~ Ron Wynn ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : People Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1980 (release) AMG ID : R000031681 --------- Album Releases --------- 1980 LP Polydor 2391446 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Plays Jb Today Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Genre : Rock Date : 1966 (release) AMG ID : R000031627 --------- Album Releases --------- 1966 LP Smash 67072 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Plays Rhythm & Blues Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 196? (release) AMG ID : R000031690 --------- Album Releases --------- 196- LP Philips 14575 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Plays the New Breed Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1968 (release) AMG ID : R000031629 --------- Album Releases --------- 1968 LP Smash 67080 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Plays the Real Thing Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1967 (release) AMG ID : R000031633 --------- Album Releases --------- 1967 LP Smash 67093 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Please Please Please Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1959 (release) AMG ID : R000002722 --------- Album Releases --------- 1959 LP King 610 King K6110/909 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Collection of singles from 2/56 to 9/53. ~ George Bedard ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Pop History Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 197? (release) AMG ID : R000031680 --------- Album Releases --------- 197- LP Polydor 2625009 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Popcorn, The Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1969 (release) AMG ID : R000031646 --------- Album Releases --------- 1969 LP Polydor 658172 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Presents His Show of Tomorrow Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Genre : Rock Date : 1968 (release) AMG ID : R000031635 --------- Album Releases --------- 1968 LP King 1024 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Prisoner of Love Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #073, entered Sep 28, 1963, on charts 017 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1963 (release) AMG ID : R000002728 --------- Album Releases --------- 1963 LP King 851 1983 LP Polydor 8134911 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Great title track plus some older material. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Pure Dynamite! Live at the Royal Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Billboard #010, entered Feb 29, 1964, on charts 022 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1964 (release) AMG ID : R000066266 --------- Album Releases --------- 1964 LP King 883 King 883 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Raw Soul Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #088, entered Apr 8 , 1967, on charts 014 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1967 (release) AMG ID : R000002731 --------- Album Releases --------- 1966 LP Pye 28103 King K1016 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Reality Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #056, entered Jan 25, 1975, on charts 010 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1975 (release) AMG ID : R000031663 --------- Album Releases --------- 1975 LP Polydor 6039 Polydor 6039 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Revolution of the Mind Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1971 (release) AMG ID : R000031654 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD PolyGram 517983 1971 Polydor 517 983 1971 LP Polydor 3003 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Roots of a Revolution Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Rock & Roll Disc # Genre : Rock Time : 50:42 min Type : compilation Date : 1984 (release) AMG ID : R000002751 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1989 CD PolyGram 817304-2 1984 LP Polydor 1 Polydor 81 7-304-2 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- ... an expanded two-disc variation of a 1984 British compilation, fills in the gaps and offers as definitive a vision of the embryonic Brown sound as possible. The set spans the eight-year era when Brown's sound evolved from conventional reworkings of current idioms to a pulsating groove that was all his own. These discs are mainly B-sides, unissued takes, or unduly obscure selections. A major hole in the Brown catalog has been filled, and with it a sizable gap in pop knowledge as well. ~ Ron Wynn, Rock & Roll Disc. Great collection ranging from early doo-wop up to "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" -- conceived as part of a comprehensive overview of Brown's career along with "Solid Gold" and "Ain't That a Groove." ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Santa's Got a Brand New Bag Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Rock & Roll Disc #4/2.5, Genre : Rock Time : 55:34 min Type : christmas Date : 1988 (release) AMG ID : R000002715 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Rhino R2-70194 CS Rhino R4-70194 LP Rhino R1-70194 CD Rhino 70194 CD Rhino 70194 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- How can anyone resist James Brown's music? All I know is I can't take this disc off my player. ~ Rick Clark, Rock & Roll Disc. This essential album was compiled from J.B.'s three rare King Christmas albums, plus a 1969 single, "It's Christmas Time (Part 1)." The screams on "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year" rank up there with his "Please Please Please" work. The Hardest Working Man in Show Business makes Christmas standards his own ("Please Come Home For Christmas," "Merry Christmas Baby") and unleashes many powerful performances of his own songs ("Santa Claus Goes Straight to the Ghetto," "Santa Claus, Santa Claus"). Among the CD-only tracks are the absolutely essential "Sweet Little Baby Boy (Part 1)" and "Santa Claus Is Definitely Here to Stay." ~ Decibel Dennis MacDonald, Roundup Newsletter. The really legendary tracks all make their appearance: "Santa Claus Goes Straight To the Ghetto," with its gutbucket guitar; "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year," which makes "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World" sound emotionally restrained. ~ Dave Marsh, Rock & Roll Disc. The really legendary tracks all make their appearance: "Santa Claus Goes Straight To the Ghetto," with its gutbucket guitar; "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year," which makes "It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World" sound emotionally restrained. ~ Dave Marsh, Rock & Roll Disc. How can anyone resist James Brown's music? To listen to him get down on "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year" or "Santa Claus Santa Claus" is to be baptized in pure holiday soul. Essential for R&B lovers. ~ Rick Clark A must for every Christmas collection. It contains the classics "Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto" and "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year." ~ David A. Milberg This CD was compiled from three King LPs by Soul Santa #1, the man who put the wet in sweat, James Brown. JB makes several yuletide standards his own but his over-the-top screams on originals such as "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year" rival the intensity he poured into "Please, Please, Please." Among the 16 tracks, recorded between 1966 and 1970, are the socio-politically conscious "Hey America" and the sublime ballad "Sweet Little Baby Boy (Part 1)." Only James Brown could testify "Santa Claus, Go Straight to the Ghetto" and make it work. ~ Dennis MacDonald ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Billboard #053, entered Apr 12, 1969, on charts 022 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1969 (release) AMG ID : R000066269 --------- Album Releases --------- 1969 LP Polydor 583741 King 1047 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Set Fire to the Soul Artist : James Brown & Friends Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Type : video AMG ID : R000132096 (album inprint) ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Sex Machine Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #029, entered Sep 12, 1970, on charts 031 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1970 (release) AMG ID : R000002719 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD PolyGram 517984 1970 Polydor 517 984 1970 LP King 1115 1976 LP Polydor 9004 King 1115 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Live early 70s relentless funk groove -- dance, dance, dance. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal, Producer Ron Lenhoff - Engineer ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Sex Machine Today Artist : James Brown Rating : Poor Charts : Billboard #103, entered May 24, 1975, on charts 008 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1975 (release) AMG ID : R000031664 --------- Album Releases --------- 1975 LP Polydor 6042 Polydor 6042 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Sho Is Funky Down Here Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #137, entered May 1 , 1971, on charts 004 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1971 (release) AMG ID : R000066272 --------- Album Releases --------- 1971 LP King 1110 King 1110 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Shout & Shimmy Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1962 (release) AMG ID : R000002726 --------- Album Releases --------- 1962 LP King 780 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Singles from 1957-61. ~ George Bedard ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Showtime Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #061, entered May 9, 1964, on charts 018 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1964 (release) AMG ID : R000031622 --------- Album Releases --------- 1964 LP Smash 27054 Smash 67054 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Slaughter's Big Rip-Off Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Charts : Billboard #092, entered Jul 28, 1973, on charts 011 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1973 (release) AMG ID : R000031659 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD PolyGram 517136 1973 LP Polydor 6015 Polydor 6015 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Solid Gold Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Genre Genre : Rock Date : 1977 (release) AMG ID : R000031671 --------- Album Releases --------- 1977 LP Polydor 2679044 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Solid Gold - 30 Golden Hits Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Rock Type : compilation Date : 1977 (release) AMG ID : R000002716 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1977 Polydor 829 254 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Collection of original King singles? If so, essential -- the roots of much of today's dance music. ~ George Bedard ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul Brother No 1 Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Genre : Rock Date : 1973 (release) AMG ID : R000031657 --------- Album Releases --------- 1973 LP Polydor ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul Classics Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Genre Genre : Rock Date : 1972 (release) AMG ID : R000031655 --------- Album Releases --------- 1972 LP Polydor 5401 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul Classics - Vol. 2 Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Rock Date : 1973 (release) AMG ID : R000031660 --------- Album Releases --------- 1975 LP Polydor 2391116 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul Classics - Vol. 3 Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1975 (release) AMG ID : R000031666 --------- Album Releases --------- 1975 LP Polydor 2391166 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul Jubilee Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000178719 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Magnum 81 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul Party Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1968 (release) AMG ID : R000031638 --------- Album Releases --------- 1968 LP Polydor 658106 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul Pride-Instrumental 1960-6 Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000180435 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD PolyGram 517845 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- The double-CD anthology SOUL PRIDE: THE INSTRUMENTALS (1960-1969) pays tribute to both bandleader Brown (whose large self-contained musical unit was a throwback to the big bands of the 40s and 50s and highly unusual for a pop star, then or now) and the over-worked cadre of dedicated musicians who created these monster rhythm workouts. You've been hearing this music sampled by less imaginative artists for years; check out the real deal. ~ Jerry McCulley, Request ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul Pride: The Instrumentals... Artist : James Brown Rating : not rated yet Genre : Rock Date : 1993 (approx.) AMG ID : R000168928 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1993 Polydor 517 845 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- The double-CD anthology SOUL PRIDE: THE INSTRUMENTALS (1960-1969 pays tribute to both bandleader James Brown (whose large self-contained musical unit was a throwback to the big bands of the '40s and '50s and highly unusual for a pop star, then or now) and the overworked cadre of dedicated musicians who created these monster rhythm workouts.~Jerry McCulley, Request Everyone knows how hot James Brown's bands were, but not everyone's aware that he and his sidemen recorded lots of instrumental sides in the '60s. Originally scattered haphazardly over many out-of-print singles and albums, "Soul Pride" brings together the best of this work into one cohesive and chronological package. These cuts are nearly equal in power to J.B.'s vocal performances. Not only does the band cook on most of these insinuating vamps -you can also hear the evolution of the man's sound from gritty R&B to tight-as-a-drum soul to free-form funk. Soul Brother #1 himself plays organ and adds unpredictable shouts and screams on most of these tracks. But the chief stars are sidemen like Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley, and Pee Wee Ellis, who broke new ground with their compulsive counterpoint riffs. This fiery two-disc, 36-track box set contains over two hours of music, as well as a few non-LP B-sides and previously unreleased tracks. ~ Richie Unterberger ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul Session Live (James Brown & Friends) Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1989 (release) AMG ID : R000002704 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Scotti Brothers 5214-2-SB 1989 CS Scotti Brothers 5214-4-SB6 CD RCA 5214 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul Syndrome Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1980 (release) AMG ID : R000002717 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD Rhino R2-70569 CS Rhino R4-70569 1980 LP TK 615 CD Rhino 70569 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Probably original King singles. If so, essential. ~ George Bedard ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal -------- Album Tracks -------- Rapp Payback Mashed Potatoes Funky Men Smokin' & Drinkin' Stay With Me Honky Tonk ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul on Top Artist : James Brown Rating : OK Genre : Rock Date : 1970 (release) AMG ID : R000031647 --------- Album Releases --------- 1970 LP King 1100 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soul's Alive Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1991 (release) AMG ID : R000071391 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1991 Koch International Corp. 1303 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Soulful Christmas, A Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1968 (release) AMG ID : R000031643 --------- Album Releases --------- 1968 LP King 1040 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Spank Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock AMG ID : R000071392 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- PolyGram 837 726 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Special Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1981 (release) AMG ID : R000031686 --------- Album Releases --------- 1981 LP Polydor 2417351 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Star Time Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Genre Charts : Down Beat #5 Genre : Rock Type : compilation, box Date : 1991 (release) AMG ID : R000002758 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- 1991 CD Polydor 849108 CD Polydor SACD 331 CD PolyGram 849108 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- A four-disc treasure, STAR TIME is a stellar compilation worthy of the 35-year career of the Godfather of Soul. ~ Donna DiChario, Rock & Roll Disc. One of the great boxed sets of all time; over four CDs, Brown's recorded legacy is traced from "Please Please Please" in 1956 through his 1984 duet with Afrika Bambaataa, "Unity Pt. 1." With 71 tracks in all, the set places the #1 R&B artist ever in his proper perspective as the prime progenitor of funk, one of the architects of soul, and the Godfather of Rap. To have done any one of these things would have been a bid for immortality, having done all three makes him a god. Four CDs at once is virtually too rich for one sitting. The well-written liner notes provide three different perspectives on Brown's career. A cornerstone of any great collection. ~ Rob Bowman It would be hard to overstate this man's immense musical contribution. Fortunately, this breathtaking box set goes a long way towards illustrating his genius. ~ Roundup Newsletter STAR TIME is the most comprehensive collection of the prime James Brown to date: four CDs covering 71 exercises in total funk, from the 1956 career launching workout "Please Please Please," through the Godfather's 1988 duet with Afrika Bambaata for Tommy Boy, "Unity Pt. 1." Divided into four sections STAR TIME naturally includes all of the hits. The compilers have also uncovered a few rarities. A 64-page booklet includes several sets of notes (among them an introduction by Brown and an historical essay by two of the compilers, Harry Weinger and Cliff White), thrilling photos and a discography. ~ Jeff Tamarkin, Pulse, November 1992 As artistically compiled by Harry Weinger as it was performed and recorded by James Brown himself. Makes clear why astute observers consider Brown the greatest musical innovator of his time. ~ Tom Graves, Rock & Roll Disc. With over five hours of music contained in these four CDs (71 songs) accompanied by a 64-page book, the word "definitive" hardly begins to describe how essential this set is. The booklet starts with an introduction by James Brown, and includes pieces by Nelson George, Alan Leeds, and Cliff White, a song-by-song sessionography (rarely were the musicians credited on the original releases) followed by a discography of James Brown's singles and albums, and over 50 photos, repros of original LP & 45 sleeves, ads, and more. Disc One, "Mr. Dynamite," begins with the Federal years, 1956's gospel-derived "Please Please Please" and goes through the early '60s King and Smash years including a previously unreleased stereo mix of "It's a Man's World" and the previously unreleased complete take of "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag. Pts. 1, 2 & 3." Disc 2, "The Hardest Working Man in Show Business," opens up with the '65 "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and moves into his ultra-funky late 60's period (with tenor saxman Maceo Parker in tow) including "Say it Loud -- I'm Black and I'm Proud." Disc 3, "Soul Brother No. 1," (1969-72), only gets funkier, including "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine," and "Hot Pants, Pt. 1." Disc 4, "The Godfather of Soul," picks up in 1972 with "There It Is, Pt. 1." By now, the funky polyrhythms are in full gear, laying the foundation for many soul/funk bands to follow. The set finishes with the 1984 pairing of J.B. with Afrika Bambaataa on "Unity, Pt. 1" -- it shows that James Brown was always on the move, keeping ahead of the next trend (or setting it himself). Today, James Brown's funky riffs and drumbeats are sampled by literally thousands of artists for their own rap or rock records, and throughout the years, it's hard to imagine how there ever could have been Parliament/Funkadelic, Sly & the Family Stone, Rick James, Prince and many others without "The Godfather of Soul" laying down his funky sounds first. As essential as it gets. ~ Decibel Dennis MacDonald, Roundup newsletter. ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Strangers Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1977 (release) AMG ID : R000031673 --------- Album Releases --------- 1977 LP Polydor 2383511 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Super Bad Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Charts : Billboard #061, entered Jan 30, 1971, on charts 015 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1971 (release) AMG ID : R000031650 --------- Album Releases --------- 1971 LP King 1127 King 1127 King 1127 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Take a Look at Those Cakes Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1979 (release) AMG ID : R000031676 --------- Album Releases --------- 1978 LP Polydor 6181 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : There It Is Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Billboard #060, entered Jul 8 , 1972, on charts 021 weeks Genre : Rock Date : 1972 (release) AMG ID : R000031656 (album inprint) --------- Album Releases --------- CD PolyGram 517986 1972 Polydor 517 986 1972 LP Polydor 5028 Polydor 5028 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Think Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1960 (release) AMG ID : R000002724 --------- Album Releases --------- 1960 LP King 683 ------- AMG Album Reviews ------- Collection of singles 1/59 to 9/60. ~ George Bedard ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Third Coming, The Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1981 (release) AMG ID : R000031685 --------- Album Releases --------- 1981 LP Polydor 1029 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : This Is Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 197? (release) AMG ID : R000031679 --------- Album Releases --------- 197- LP Philips 6336210 ------- Album Personnel/Sidemen ------- James. Brown - Vocal ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Today and Yesterday Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Charts : Down Beat #3 Genre : Rock Date : Feb ??, 1966 (review) AMG ID : R000135887 --------- Album Releases --------- Smash 27057 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Tours the Usa Artist : James Brown Rating : Good Genre : Rock Date : 1962 (release) AMG ID : R000031672 --------- Album Releases --------- 1962 LP King 804 ----------------------- All-Music Guide Album ------------------------ Album : Tribute Artist : James Brown Rating : Best-of-Artist Genre : Rock Date : 1989 (release) AMG ID : R000002757 --------- Album Releases

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