Gettin' Down to It
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||Sunny||James Brown & Dee Felice Trio||3:17||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||That's Life||James Brown||4:29||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Strangers In the Night||James Brown||3:26||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Willow Weep for Me||James Brown||4:39||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Cold Sweat||James Brown||5:02||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||There Was a Time||Dee Felice Trio||2:58||$0.99||View In iTunes|
||Chicago||James Brown||2:51||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons||James Brown||7:40||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Time After Time||James Brown||4:48||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||All the Way||James Brown & Dee Felice Trio||3:40||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||It Had to Be You||James Brown||2:42||$1.29||View In iTunes|
||Uncle||Dee Felice Trio||2:35||$0.99||View In iTunes|
James Brown recorded the pet project Gettin' Down to It in Cincinnati, OH, at King Studios, between December 1968 and March 1969. Although you can't tell by the album's title, it reflects Soul Brother Number One momentarily stepping back from the fiery racial and political atmosphere of the times. Following the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., the riots sparked by that event, and his calming effect on it, Mr. Dynamite replaced "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)" with his love of standards utilizing the melancholy phrasing of his favorite male vocalist, Frank Sinatra. Aided by the acoustic piano trio led by Dee Felice, Brown tackles such romantic chestnuts as "Strangers in the Night," "That's Life," "It Had to Be You," "Willow Weep for Me," and "All the Way." Although laid-back could be applied to the album's overall tone, these 12 tracks are by no means "mellow." After all, this is James Brown! For instance, "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," clocking in at 7:40, combines pianist Frank Vincent's percussive vamping with James testifying as if he had this tune confused with "Ain't It Funky Now." While the disc is made up of mainly standards, that doesn't stop Brown from including two of his compositions, "Cold Sweat" and an instrumental take of "There Was a Time," reworked to fit the album's easygoing mood with jazzy elements intact. Even though there aren't any bonus tracks, this Verve reissue does include the original packaging and liner notes with Marc Eliot's insightful addendum tacked on. A curious entry in the James Brown catalog, Gettin' Down to It is a savory listen.
Dark days are gone
Wonderful album, loved him since stumbling upon the record in Dad's collection. My fav is "Sunny", sorry Bobby but its got to be the most uplifting, danceable version I've ever heard!
Born: May 3, 1933 in Barnwell, SC
Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s