Best of Live at the Apollo: 50th Anniversary

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Seldom have a performer and a venue been more suited to each other than James Brown and the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Brown played over 600 shows on the Apollo stage when all was said and done, beginning in 1959 when he was the opening act for Little Willie John, ended up the headliner by the end of the run, and then returned every year through 1974, returning again when the Apollo reopened. In front of audiences that were frenzied and passionate, Brown's equally frenzied and passionate shows are the stuff of legend. A landmark album of vintage early Brown with his Famous Flames, Live at the Apollo, appeared in 1963 (the show documented was from October 24, 1962), ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
Seldom have a performer and a venue been more suited to each other than James Brown and the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Brown played over 600 shows on the Apollo stage when all was said and done, beginning in 1959 when he was the opening act for Little Willie John, ended up the headliner by the end of the run, and then returned every year through 1974, returning again when the Apollo reopened. In front of audiences that were frenzied and passionate, Brown's equally frenzied and passionate shows are the stuff of legend. A landmark album of vintage early Brown with his Famous Flames, Live at the Apollo, appeared in 1963 (the show documented was from October 24, 1962), followed by two more, Live at the Apollo, Vol. 2 (from shows on June 24 and 25, 1967, it was released in 1968) and Revolution of the Mind: Recorded Live at the Apollo, Vol. 3 (recorded between July 21 and 25, 1971, it was released that same year). This set honors the 50th anniversary of the release of that classic first live Apollo set by taking key tracks from all three of the Apollo releases and then tacking on a couple of tracks from the unreleased album Get Down at the Apollo with the J.B.'s, which was recorded at shows on September 13 and 14 in 1972. It's also sort of a live James Brown greatest-hits album, with powerful versions of "I'll Go Crazy," "Night Train," "Please, Please, Please," and "Sex Machine," among others. It's a dynamite sequence documenting an explosive performer in his prime on the exact right stage at the exact right time in front of the exact right audience. This, folks, is James Brown at the Apollo.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/25/2013
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 602537146444
  • Catalog Number: 001744402
  • Sales rank: 2,750

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Introduction to James Brown (2:04)
  2. 2 I'll Go Crazy (1:48)
  3. 3 Try Me (2:13)
  4. 4 Night Train (3:06)
  5. 5 There Was a Time (5:27)
  6. 6 Cold Sweat (4:29)
  7. 7 Please, Please, Please (2:42)
  8. 8 Sex Machine - The J.B.'s (5:05)
  9. 9 Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved - The J.B.'s (3:21)
  10. 10 Soul Power - The J.B.'s (4:55)
  11. 11 Hot Pants Road - The J.B.'s (2:36)
  12. 12 There It Is - The J.B.'s (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Primary Artist
St. Clair Pinckney Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Maceo Parker Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Byrd Organ
Les Buie Guitar
Al "Brisco" Clark Baritone Saxophone
Johnny Griggs Conga
Richard Jones Violin
Clifford MacMillan Tenor Saxophone
John Morgan Drums
Hubert Perry Bass
Waymon Reed Trumpet
Ron Selico Bongos, Drums
George Sims Drums
John Starks Drums
Clyde Stubblefield Drums
Fred Thomas Bass
Teddy Washington Trumpet
Dicky Wells Trombone
Fred Wesley Organ, Trombone, Leader
Lewis Hamlin Trumpet, Leader
Roscoe Patrick Trumpet
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison Trumpet
Robert Coleman Guitar
Russell Crimes Trumpet
Alphonso "Country" Kellum Bass, Guitar
Jimmy Nolen Guitar
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin Guitar
Jimmy Parker Alto Saxophone
Joe Dupars Trumpet
Bernard Odum Bass
Levi Rasbury Trumpet, Valve Trombone
Eldee Williams Tenor Saxophone
Clayton Fillyua Drums
Jerone "Jassan" Sanford Trumpet
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis Organ, Leader, Alto Saxophone
Marilyn Jones Violin
Fats Gonder Organ
William Burgess Alto Saxophone
Vivian Robinson Violin
Isaiah Oakley Trumpet
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer, Producer
Jimmy Forrest Composer
St. Clair Pinckney Composer
Bobby Byrd Composer
Ron Lenhoff Composer
Alan Leeds Producer
Chuck Stewart Cover Photo
Johnny Terry Composer
Vartan Art Direction
Lewis Simpkins Composer
Bud Hobgood Composer
Alfred Ellis Composer
Charles Bobbit Composer
Oscar Washington Composer
Seth Foster Mastering
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Producer
Teresa Hale Licensing
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