Gettin' Down to It

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All Music Guide - Campbell
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Campbell
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/20/2005
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498831526
  • Catalog Number: 000496202
  • Sales rank: 143,431

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Sunny (3:20)
  2. 2 That's Life (4:31)
  3. 3 Strangers in the Night (3:28)
  4. 4 Willow Weep for Me (4:41)
  5. 5 Cold Sweat (5:04)
  6. 6 There Was a Time (3:01)
  7. 7 Chicago (2:53)
  8. 8 (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons (7:43)
  9. 9 Time After Time (4:51)
  10. 10 All the Way (3:43)
  11. 11 It Had to Be You (2:45)
  12. 12 Uncle (2:35)
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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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