16 Songs, 40 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Back before Soul Brother Number 1 landed on the good foot, achieving superbadness courtesy of dripping-wet, nail-hard funk jams, he was still seriously bad-an R&B scorcher in the vein of Little Willie John and The "5" Royales. This was the James of Please Please Please, a young, fiery showman taking his gospel roots, doo-wop and blues influences, and a dangerous passion to a place that would one day go by the name of soul music. Please Please Please boasts Brown's two early smashes (the title track and "Try Me"), but the good stuff doesn't end there. A batch of his other early singles pull back the curtain on the man who, four years later, would ignite the Apollo: the Sam-smooth soul of "That's When I Lost My Heart," the street-corner serenade "Chonnie-On-Chon," the brokenhearted belter "Just Won't Do Right." Please, Please, Please is a rare glimpse at the birth of the Godfather.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Back before Soul Brother Number 1 landed on the good foot, achieving superbadness courtesy of dripping-wet, nail-hard funk jams, he was still seriously bad-an R&B scorcher in the vein of Little Willie John and The "5" Royales. This was the James of Please Please Please, a young, fiery showman taking his gospel roots, doo-wop and blues influences, and a dangerous passion to a place that would one day go by the name of soul music. Please Please Please boasts Brown's two early smashes (the title track and "Try Me"), but the good stuff doesn't end there. A batch of his other early singles pull back the curtain on the man who, four years later, would ignite the Apollo: the Sam-smooth soul of "That's When I Lost My Heart," the street-corner serenade "Chonnie-On-Chon," the brokenhearted belter "Just Won't Do Right." Please, Please, Please is a rare glimpse at the birth of the Godfather.

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