11 Songs, 31 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even if you've heard studio versions of rhythm explosions like "I'll Go Crazy" and "Night Train," you'll still be taken aback—and brought to your feet—by James Brown’s performance at Harlem's Apollo Theater in October 1962. His band sounds loose yet precise, even while jumping from one hit to the next in the unhinged, climactic medley. But the best accompaniment comes from audience members’ exclamations on ballads like the pleading "Try Me" and the extended "Lost Someone." Few records have ever felt so alive.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Even if you've heard studio versions of rhythm explosions like "I'll Go Crazy" and "Night Train," you'll still be taken aback—and brought to your feet—by James Brown’s performance at Harlem's Apollo Theater in October 1962. His band sounds loose yet precise, even while jumping from one hit to the next in the unhinged, climactic medley. But the best accompaniment comes from audience members’ exclamations on ballads like the pleading "Try Me" and the extended "Lost Someone." Few records have ever felt so alive.

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