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This album just whets the appetite for more of the Godfather of Soul. His J.B. Fast Medley (almost a redundancy considering his work) is a phenom. This has a lot of his late 60's, early 70's classics, like Super Bad, Hot Pants, Sex Machine, Get Involved, and a handful of others that make you just want to move.
The crowd screaming, clapping and singing along (actually, more like yelling, considering who has the lead) helps generate some of the excitement that seeing J.B. live holds. Be forewarned though, there is NOTHING like seeing J.B. live. No live album can do him the true justice. Better appreciated, I think, by those who have some familiarity with the studio cuts. Still no doubt great stuff.
Don't mistake this for a reason NOT to buy this album; if you check out the medley of 'Escape-ism/Make it Funky' (which contains one of the best onstage raps/grooves JB ever put out) and the intense 'Bewildered', it makes it worth picking up. But I've got to pop the subwoofer up a notch to hear the basslines as they should be heard.
Whether it was a soundboard recording or not matters little... I love James Brown, but his bands were generally as good as he was, and they deserve to be heard on equal footing, and they're too low in the mix on this album.
Still, the versions of the aforementioned tunes, along with a slinky 'Sex Machine', 'It's a New Day', and 'Soul Power' make this a great addition/addiction to your funk/soul collection.
But enuff of my unrelenting exasperation: "Escapism"/"Make It Funky" is a real standout, actually an opening song which surfaced on disc as cut four. JB says that "Sex Machine" is upcoming and we heard it on cut three. no big deal, but...
The "real" show starts with a terrific rendition of a terrific JB hit, "It's a New Day". From the kick off we can hear that on this night James will go for it...and the audience already sounds spent!
"Bewildered" is next and it's PG all the way, this track is not for Grandma on Sunday. He means business and the girls in the front row don't seem to mind.
Another ballad, the JB gem, "Try Me", is also a bit over-the-top, in that area, even for Brown - guess you had to be there. A true "heart" classic..thrown away for show-biz.
"Fast Medley", "Give it Up or turnit a loose", increase the funky feelin'...accelerated by an especially "up" "Super Bad".
Final three songs, "Get Up, Get Into It..", "Soul Power", and "Hot Pants" have a lot of freneticsm, but overall, are far from his best versions. The finale is a *super* "hot" Hot Pants; frankly, Polydor should have doused the flames somewhat.
But "overkill" is not in the JB lexicon.
Universal has announced a new "Apollo" package with the "best" from this deal....all I can politely ask, 42 years later:...please, please, please - slow down the tape, push forward the rhythm section, giving Johnny Griggs a taste, push back superstar JB...and add echo. Ow! :)
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This is an incredible live album . It's audio cocaine for your musical brain . There is a set list that will satisfy any JB fan including his famous hits from the 60's and 70ps... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Cassandra
One of the Best Albums of all time,just let it play,You'll love every track!!!Published 17 months ago by William Moore