Get On Up: the James Brown Story

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All Music Guide - Mark Deming
James Brown was arguably the most important African-American artist of his generation, a musician whose work helped define his time and place while creating a sound that was his and his alone. Brown's sharp, percussive style upended R&B, gave birth to funk, and would provide the blueprint for hip-hop, while echoes of his innovative music could be heard in free jazz, new wave, electronic, and many other musical avenues. If anyone in popular music deserves a big-screen biopic, it's James Brown, and the soundtrack to Get On Up, a feature film based on Brown's life starring Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul, is a reminder that Brown was a pathbreaker in the studio ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mark Deming
James Brown was arguably the most important African-American artist of his generation, a musician whose work helped define his time and place while creating a sound that was his and his alone. Brown's sharp, percussive style upended R&B, gave birth to funk, and would provide the blueprint for hip-hop, while echoes of his innovative music could be heard in free jazz, new wave, electronic, and many other musical avenues. If anyone in popular music deserves a big-screen biopic, it's James Brown, and the soundtrack to Get On Up, a feature film based on Brown's life starring Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul, is a reminder that Brown was a pathbreaker in the studio and a supreme showman on the stage. Opening with the taut groove of 1970's "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine," this album is dominated by Brown's sinewy, hard funk from the late '60s and '70s, such as the ferocious "Mother Popcorn," the tough but passionate "Cold Sweat," and the ominous "The Payback, Pt. 1," though there are reminders of earlier and more soulful hits like "Please Please Please," "Try Me," and "Caldonia." Along with the familiar studio recordings of several of Brown's biggest hits, Get On Up also folds in a number of vintage live recordings (including a ferocious take of "Night Train" from 1963's justifiably legendary Live at the Apollo), and if the studio was where he hatched the ideas to take his music in new and exciting directions, the stage was where he most effectively put his theories into practice, and the triple-play of 1971 live takes of "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine," "Super Bad," and "Soul Power" is devastating, especially considering they were performed in real time into open mikes while some of the players were doing dance steps. With the exception of a heavily overdubbed version of "Try Me," most of these tracks appear in versions that are recognizable to fans, and while some of this material may have been tricked up for use onscreen, the bulk of the album sounds like pure James Brown, delivered in potent form. 1991's 20 All-Time Greatest Hits is still the best one-disc overview of Brown's most vital work, and Star Time remains that rare box set that's practically devoid of filler, but if a new generation of music fans is going to be introduced to the Hardest Working Man In Show Business by the movie Get On Up, at least the soundtrack album delivers a satisfying taste of what made him a legend.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/29/2014
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 602537911943
  • Catalog Number: 002118602
  • Sales rank: 8,871

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Primary Artist
St. Clair Pinckney Saxophone
Bruce Dukov Background Vocals, Concert Master
Maceo Parker Saxophone
Bobby Byrd Organ, Leader
Charlie Bisharat Background Vocals
Les Buie Bass
Al "Brisco" Clark Saxophone
Phelps "Catfish" Collins Bass
Jim Cox Keyboards
Jeff Driskill Saxophone
Clayton Fillyau Percussion, Drums
Gary Grant Trumpet
Richard "Kush" Griffith Trumpet
Johnny Griggs Percussion, Drums
Dan Higgins Saxophone
Paul Jackson Jr. Guitar
Nat Jones Leader, Saxophone
Mike Lawler Keyboards
Clifford MacMillan Saxophone
Eric Marienthal Saxophone
Andy Martin Trombone
John Morgan Percussion, Drums
Joel Peskin Saxophone
Katia Popov Background Vocals
Waymon Reed Trumpet
John Starks Percussion, Drums
Clyde Stubblefield Percussion, Drums
Ron Tooley Trumpet
Teddy Washington Trumpet
Fred Wesley Trombone, Leader
Hollie Farris Trumpet
Mack Johnson Trumpet
Lewis Hamlin Trumpet, Leader
Roscoe Patrick Trumpet
Martha High Background Vocals
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison Trumpet
Robert Coleman Bass
Russell Crimes Trumpet
Melvin Parker Percussion, Drums
Alphonso "Country" Kellum Bass
Jimmy Nolen Bass
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin Bass
Jimmy Parker Saxophone
Wayne Bergeron Trumpet
Joe Dupars Trumpet
Levi Rasbury Trombone
Eldee Williams Saxophone
Alvin "Fats" Gonder Keyboards
Clayton Gunnels Trumpet
Wilmer Milton Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley Trumpet
Nafloyd Scott Bass
Charles Carr Saxophone
Nat Kendrick Percussion, Drums
Bill Reichenbach Trombone
Teddy Campbell Drums
Nate Jones Percussion, Drums
Alyssa Park Background Vocals
William "Po Devil" Burgess Saxophone
Charles Davis Trumpet
Serena McKinney Background Vocals
Joe Davis Trumpet
Peyton "PJ" Johnson Saxophone
Robert Schaer Trumpet
Alex Iles Trombone
Freddie Washington Bass
Jerone "Jassan" Sanford Trumpet
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis Organ, Leader, Saxophone
Ron Harper Trumpet
Robert McCullough Saxophone
Don Martin Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
James Brown Arranger, Composer, Producer
Mick Jagger Executive Producer
Jimmy Forrest Composer
Bobby Byrd Composer, Personnel
The Famous Flames Personnel
Jerry Hey Horn Arrangements
Ron Lenhoff Composer
Kevin Reeves Mastering
John Starks Composer
Fred Wesley Arranger, Composer
Johnny Terry Composer, Personnel
Lewis Simpkins Composer
Bobby Bennett Personnel
Peter Afterman Executive Producer
Brian Grazer Executive Producer
Sylvester Keels Personnel
Eugene Stallworth Personnel
Deanna Brown Composer
Fleecie Moore Composer
Yamma Brown Composer
Oscar Washington Composer
Andrew Hey Engineer
Nashpendle Knox Personnel
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis Arranger, Composer
Betty Newsome Composer
The Underdogs Arranger, Producer
Diedra Brown Composer
The Famous Flames II Personnel
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