Record Collector (magazine) - p.864 stars out of 5
-- "It's Brown's maverick nature, combines with his foibles and idiosyncrasies, which makes his career so fascinating. This fourth instalment is every bit as enthralling as the previous three volumes."
Personnel: James Brown (vocals, piano, organ); Eldee Williams (vocals, tenor saxophone); Vicki Anderson (vocals, background vocals); Wallace Richardson, Bobby Roach, Jimmy Nolen, Lonnie Mack, Alfonzo Kellum, Troy Seals, Billy Butler, Carl Lynch (guitar); Ray Castillo, Ron Konieczka, Herman Wasserman, Joe Sherman (violin); Nat Jones (alto saxophone, organ); James McGary, George Dorsey (alto saxophone); Clifford Jordan, Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, Maceo Parker, Jr., Alfred Corley, J.C. Davis , Sam "The Man" Taylor , Seldon Powell, St. Clair Pinckney, Kiane Zawadi (tenor saxophone); Charles Carr, Haywood Henry (baritone saxophone); Levi Rasbury (trumpet, valve trombone); Joe Dupars, Waymon Reed, Reunald Jones, Fielder Floyd, Denny Bayliss, Dick Coghill, Johnny Grimes, Dud Bascomb, Ernie Royal, Frank Brown , Lamar Wright, Ron Harper (trumpet); Garnett Brown, Jimmy Cleveland, Richard Harris (trombone); Ernie Hayes (piano, organ); Albert Dailey, Jr., Sonny Thompson (piano); Bernard Odum, David "Hooks" Williams, Jimmy Tyrell, Al Lucas, Michael Moore (bass guitar); Clyde Sutbblefield, Jimmie Robinson, John Starks, Nat Kendrick, Panama Francis, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie (drums); Ron Selico (bongos); Grace Ruffin, Margie Clark, Sandra Bears, Dee Watkins, Gigi Griffin, Irene Vinegar, Johnny Terry, Lloyd Stallworth, Martha High, Bobby Bennett, Bobby Byrd (background vocals).
Audio Remasterer: Seth Foster.
The singles included on this collection represent the period when the Godfather of Soul was coming fully into his own. By 1966 he had definitively cast off all remnants of the '50s-style R&B that influenced him and cropped up in his early-'60s recordings. On such tunes as the immortal "Cold Sweat," "Get it Together," and "Ain't That a Groove," one can hear the sound of James Brown as we know and love it today coming into full flower. The percolating, polyrhythmic, on-the-one grooves, the modal song structures, and of course Brown's unfettered vocal exhortations (not to mention his fabulously funky organ work)--it's all here in one neat package, vital funk for the ages and for your ears (and feet).