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Some great moments
on April 12, 2013
First half, "live in studio", if you will - is nothing short of unbelievable, although it's not really "for the whole family", as JB show posters once said. This is adult stuff..and I'm an adult..so let's party!
The actual LIVE section, not bad, but not consistently good: to think that KANSAS CITY, WORLD, SAY IT LOUD - I'M BLACK AND I'M PROUD, GIVE IT UP OR TURNIT A LOOSE and TRY ME were shelved to make way for a rather poor "There Was A Time" and the *single* version of "Lowdown Popcorn" - very disturbing. And James Brown sounds just a little weary on TIME.
On the other hand, you will not find a more amazing IF I RULED THE WORLD right here. Buy the CD for that track and the studio versions of BROTHER RAPP, GIVE IT UP OR TURNIT A LOOSE, and BEWILDERED (but maybe put the kids to bed before playing the last two)..
(On youtube, there is a far superior 1969 JB concert from Newport, with basically the same A & R. Just compare "Mother Popcorn"!).