James Brown The Singles, Volume 8: 1972-1973 (2-CD)

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Format: CD  (2 Discs)
Item:  HPOS 163332

CD Details

  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Released: December 21, 2009
  • Label: Hip-O Select

Entertainment Reviews:

Record Collector (magazine) - p.81
4 stars out of 5 -- "Among the rarities, there's a previously unissued vocal version of 'Hot Pants Road' and the cancelled 1973 single 'Woman'...."

Tracks on Disc 1:

  • 1.Nothing Beats A Try But A Fail
  • 2.Hot Pants Road (Vocal)
  • 3.King Heroin
  • 4.Theme From King Heroin
  • 5.Pass The Peas
  • 6.Hot Pants Road (Instrumental)
  • 7.There It Is - Part 1
  • 8.There It Is - Part 2
  • 9.Honky Tonk - Part 1
  • 10.Honky Tonk - Part 2
  • 11.Giving Up Food For Funk - Part 1
  • 12.Giving Up Food For Funk - Part 2
  • 13.Get On The Good Foot - Part 1
  • 14.Get On The Good Foot - Part 2
  • 15.I Got A Bag Of My Own
  • 16.Public Enemy #1
  • 17.I Got Ants In My Pants - Part 1
  • 18.I Got Ants In My Pants - Parts 15 & 16
  • 19.Got Ants In My Pants - Part 1 (single remix)
  • 20.I Got Ants In My Pants - Part 2 (single remix)

Tracks on Disc 2:

  • 1.What My Baby Needs Now Is A Little More Lovin'
  • 2.This Guy - This Girl's In Love With You
  • 3.Watermelon Man
  • 4.Down And Out In New York City
  • 5.Mama's Dead
  • 6.Sportin' Life
  • 7.Dirty Harri
  • 8.The Boss
  • 9.Like It Is, Like It Was
  • 10.Doing It To Death
  • 11.Everybody Got Soul
  • 12.Think (Version 1)
  • 13.Something
  • 14.Think (Version 2)
  • 15.Woman - Part 1
  • 16.Woman - Part 2
  • 17.If You Don't Get It The First Time (Back Up And Try It Again)
  • 18.You Can Have Watergate, Just Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight
  • 19.Sexy Sexy Sexy
  • 20.Slaughter Theme

Product Description:

Liner Note Author: Alan Leeds.
Recording information: A & R Studios, New York, NY (01/09/1973); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon GA (01/09/1973); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA (01/09/1973); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (01/09/1973); Cavern Sound, Independence, MO (01/09/1973); International Studios, Augusta, GA (01/09/1973); International Studios, Augusta,. GA (01/09/1973); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (01/09/1973); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/09/1973); A & R Studios, New York, NY (01/17/1972-01/18/1971); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon GA (01/17/1972-01/18/1971); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA (01/17/1972-01/18/1971); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (01/17/1972-01/18/1971); Cavern Sound, Independence, MO (01/17/1972-01/18/1971); International Studios, Augusta, GA (01/17/1972-01/18/1971); International Studios, Augusta,. GA (01/17/1972-01/18/1971); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (01/17/1972-01/18/1971); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/17/1972-01/18/1971); A & R Studios, New York, NY (01/17/1973); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon GA (01/17/1973); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA (01/17/1973); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (01/17/1973); Cavern Sound, Independence, MO (01/17/1973); International Studios, Augusta, GA (01/17/1973); International Studios, Augusta,. GA (01/17/1973); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (01/17/1973); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/17/1973); A & R Studios, New York, NY (01/22/1973); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon GA (01/22/1973); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA (01/22/1973); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (01/22/1973); Cavern Sound, Independence, MO (01/22/1973); International Studios, Augusta, GA (01/22/1973); International Studios, Augusta,. GA (01/22/1973); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (01/22/1973); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/22/1973); A & R Studios, New York, NY (01/29/1973); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon GA (01/29/1973); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA (01/29/1973); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (01/29/1973); Cavern Sound, Independence, MO (01/29/1973); International Studios, Augusta, GA (01/29/1973); International Studios, Augusta,. GA (01/29/1973); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (01/29/1973); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/29/1973); A & R Studios, New York, NY (02/04/1973); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon GA (02/04/1973); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA (02/04/1973); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (02/04/1973); Cavern Sound, Independence, MO (02/04/1973); International Studios, Augusta, GA (02/04/1973); International Studios, Augusta,. GA (02/04/1973); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (02/04/1973); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/04/1973); A & R Studios, New York, NY (02/07/1972); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon GA (02/07/1972); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA (02/07/1972); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (02/07/1972); Cavern Sound, Independence, MO (02/07/1972); International Studios, Augusta, GA (02/07/1972); International Studios, Augusta,. GA (02/07/1972); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (02/07/1972); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/07/1972); A & R Studios, New York, NY (02/12/1971); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon GA (02/12/1971); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA (02/12/1971); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (02/12/1971); Cavern Sound, Independence, MO (02/12/1971); International Studios, Augusta, GA (02/12/1971); International Studios, Augusta,. GA (02/12/1971); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (02/12/1971); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/12/1971); A & R Studios, New York, NY (02/15/1971); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon GA (02/15/1971); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA (02/15/1971); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (02/15/1971); Cavern Sound, Independence, MO (02/15/1971); International Studios, Augusta, GA (02/15/1971); International Studios, Augusta,. GA (02/15/1971); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (02/15/1971); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/15/1971); A & R Studios, New York, NY (02/16/1972); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon GA (02/16/1972); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA (02/16/1972); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (02/16/1972); Cavern Sound, Independence, MO (02/16/1972); International Studios, Augusta, GA (02/16/1972); International Studios, Augusta,. GA (02/16/1972); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (02/16/1972); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/16/1972); A & R Studios, New York, NY (02/22/1972); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon GA (02/22/1972); Bobby Smith Studios, Macon, GA (02/22/1972); Capricorn Studios, Macon, GA (02/22/1972); Cavern Sound, Independence, MO (02/22/1972); International Studios, Augusta, GA (02/22/1972); International Studios, Augusta,. GA (02/22/1972); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (02/22/1972); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/22/1972).
Photographer: Alan Leeds.
James Brown moved shop from Cincinnati to New York in 1971, switching from King Records to Polydor, trading the appellation Soul Brother Number One for the Godfather of Soul and shifting his music in the process. Vol. 8 of Hip-O Select's ongoing chronicle of JB's complete singles documents those first two years of his Polydor stint, the time when Polydor pushed for the crossover hit Brown craved while James leaned on arranger David Matthews, who steered JB toward an urban music that was swinging, sophisticated, occasionally melodramatic, and always accommodating toward Fred Wesley's increasing jazz bent. In other words, James Brown ceded gritty funk to young upstarts like Funkadelic, following the path of '60s peers like Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes into blaxploitation, staking ground on Black Caesar and even then leaving most of the work to Wesley, a pretty good indication of Brown's level of concentration in 1972 and 1973. Despite this fresh start, JB's attention wandered and many of the sessions in these years came out under the Fred Wesley & the JB's billing -- and several sides that did show up under Brown's name were instrumentals, or were revived older tracks, as in the case of "I Got Ants in My Pants and Want to Dance." Given the caliber of musicians in the JB's, much of this is enjoyable, but there is a notable dip in quality and consistency, especially when compared to the hotbed of creativity of 1970-1972, when Brown was pushed by Bootsy and Catfish Collins, creating some of his hottest music ever. The JB's of 1972-1973 did cut a few seminal singles -- Wesley rightly calls "Get on the Good Foot" "one of the more perfect recordings we ever did" and there's a cinematic appeal to "King Heroin" -- but it's telling that the real blockbuster of this time is "Doing It to Death," credited to Fred Wesley & the JB's, something that says quite a bit about James' work in this era. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

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