Personnel: James Brown (vocals, piano, organ); Al "Brisco" Clark (vocals, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Bobby Byrd (vocals, piano, organ, background vocals); Wallace Richardson, Alphonso "Country" Kellum, Eddie Freeman, Nafloyd Scott, Les Buie, Jimmy Nolen, Kenny Burrell (guitar); Mac Cephas (violin); Al Brown (viola); Kermit Moore (cello); Al Corley, Nat Jones, George Dorsey (alto saxophone); Eldee Williams, Cleveland Lowe, Ray Felder, J.C. Davis , Seldon Powell, St. Clair Pinckney (tenor saxophone); Charles Carr, Haywood Henry (baritone saxophone); Levi Rasbury, Joe Dupars, Robert Knight , Dud Bascomb, Johnny Grimes , Roosevelt Paul Brown, Lewis Hamlin, Roscoe Patrick, Teddy Washington, Mack Johnson, Ron Tooley (trumpet); Dicky Wells, Wilmer Milton (trombone); Alvin "Fats" Gonder, Ernie Hayes (piano, organ); Louis Madison (piano, background vocals); Sonny Thompson (piano); Panama Francis (drums, timpani); Melvin Parker, Clayton Fillyua, Clayton Fillyau, Edison Gore, Nat Kendrick, Reginald Hall (drums); Nashpendle Knox, Bill Hollings, Sylvester Keels, Maretha Stewart, Johnny Terry, Bobby Bennett (background vocals).
Liner Note Author: Alan Leeds.
Recording information: Arthur Smith Studios, Charlotte, NC (02/04/1956-09/10/1965); Bell Sound, New York, NY (02/04/1956-09/10/1965); Beltone Studios, New York, NY (02/04/1956-09/10/1965); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (02/04/1956-09/10/1965); Dukoff Studios, Miami, FL (02/04/1956-09/10/1965); King Studios, Cincinnati, OH (02/04/1956-09/10/1965); Master Recorders, Los Angeles, CA (02/04/1956-09/10/1965); Rodel Studios, Washington DC (02/04/1956-09/10/1965); The Apollo, New York, NY (02/04/1956-09/10/1965); United Studios, Hollywood, CA (02/04/1956-09/10/1965); Universal Studios, Chicago, IL (02/04/1956-09/10/1965).
Arrangers: James Brown; Nat Jones; Sammy Lowe.
Hip-O Selects' James Brown THE SINGLES series is a dream come true for record collectors and Brown fanatics. The series collects Mr. Dynamite's singles in the order in which they were issued, providing a historical chronology of the sequence of 45s.
VOLUME 3: 1964-1965 finds Brown at a crossroads in his career. About to leave behind classic soul (as captured on Volumes 1 and 2), Brown experimented with blues and other styles, before discovering the funkier edge he'd pioneer on singles like "I Got You" and "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" (which appear toward the end of the second disc). Brown also had label disputes during this time, so the set includes versions of classics like "Try Me" and "Maybe the Last Time" from competing labels.