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Album Review

A double-CD retrospective of 1956-1964 recordings that charts Brown's progress from doo wop and Little Richard-influenced R&B to the verge of his groundbreaking mid-'60s funk. It doesn't include his biggest hits of the era (which are found on Star Time), but these are by and large equally exciting. Many fine overlooked R&B hits and B-sides are included like "Shout and Shimmy," "I've Got Money," the gospel-influenced "Oh Baby Don't You Weep," and "Maybe the Last Time," which inspired the Rolling Stones' "The Last Time."

Customer Reviews

Everyone who calls him/herself a James Brown fan...

... MUST own this album. Being without this would be like passing on an opportunity to see pictures of The Big Bang. This seminal collection is the starting gate - the point from which all other dots will be connected in a most amazing and innovative career. Here, you will hear Mr. Brown *before* he sounded uniquely and solely like himself. Sure - that unmistakable voice is there, but the material is a document of his search for himself and his struggle to become a success. Especially interesting listening to those who have read his autobiography. ENJOY this rare, wonderful gem. RIP Godfather, and thank you.


Born: May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, SC

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

"Soul Brother Number One," "the Godfather of Soul," "the Hardest Working Man in Show Business," "Mr. Dynamite" -- those are mighty titles, but no one can question that James Brown earned them more than any other performer. Other singers were more popular, others were equally skilled, but few other African-American musicians were so influential over the course of popular music. And no other musician, pop or otherwise, put on a more exciting, exhilarating stage show: Brown's performances were marvels...
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