Gettin' Down to It

Gettin' Down to It

by James Brown
     
 
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 See more details below

Overview

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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/20/2005
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602498831526
catalogNumber:
000496202

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist,Vocals
Marva Whitney   Vocals
Lee Garrett   Guitar
Dee Felice   Drums
Kenny Poole   Guitar
Lee Tucker   Bass
Frank Vincent   Piano
James H. Brown   Vocals

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Bert Kaempfert   Composer
Kelly Gordon   Composer
Bobby Hebb   Composer
William Best   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Dean Kay   Composer
Charlie Singleton   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Deek Watson   Composer
Hal Neely   Liner Notes
Eddie Snyder   Composer
Bud Hobgood   Composer
Ann Ronell   Composer
Alfred Ellis   Composer
Fred Fisher   Composer
Bryan Koniarz   Reissue Producer
Frank Vincent   Composer
Jeff Smith   Reissue Design
Alexander Gelfand   Note Editing
Ken Druker   Executive Producer
James H. Brown   Producer
Marc Eliot   Liner Notes

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