Godfather's R&B: James Brown's Productions 1962-1967

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As prolific a recording artist as James Brown was in the 1960s, and as busy a touring machine as the one he led on the road was, he somehow found time to produce and work on numerous discs by other artists. The Godfather's R&B: James Brown's Productions 1962-67 has 22 such tracks, one of them the 1966 single "New Breed [The Boo-Ga-Loo]" an instrumental actually credited to Brown himself, though the others are billed to other performers. In one sense, these extracurricular activities gave Brown additional chances to test and refine some ideas, especially as his music moved from more traditional soul to funk. As Dean Rudland's fine liner notes point out, this was ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
As prolific a recording artist as James Brown was in the 1960s, and as busy a touring machine as the one he led on the road was, he somehow found time to produce and work on numerous discs by other artists. The Godfather's R&B: James Brown's Productions 1962-67 has 22 such tracks, one of them the 1966 single "New Breed [The Boo-Ga-Loo]" an instrumental actually credited to Brown himself, though the others are billed to other performers. In one sense, these extracurricular activities gave Brown additional chances to test and refine some ideas, especially as his music moved from more traditional soul to funk. As Dean Rudland's fine liner notes point out, this was especially the case from late 1963 to early 1965, when legal problems prevented Brown from recording often as a singer. From these standpoints, this CD is a valuable document of an aspect of his career that's usually overlooked. From a pure musical standpoint, however, the sounds are more historical than outstanding, and with a few exceptions not nearly as vital as the records Brown himself was putting out in the same era. For one thing, the singers represented here, though competent, weren't in the same league as their mentor. For another, they often beg comparison with similar, but better, Brown records. In some instances especially Dizzy Jones' "I Don't Care", they sound like James Brown tracks with a singer instructed to lay down a guide vocal intended to simulate the Godfather. All that noted, this music -- much of which Brown had a songwriting, as well as production, hand in -- certainly has its appealing aspects for Brown fans, not just Brown completist collectors, though it's more rooted in his early-'60s vocal R&B style than his more groundbreaking mid-'60s early funk outings. Though none of these singles were hits of any consequence, Brown fans will certainly recognize his right-hand man, Bobby Byrd, and general soul fans will know Tammy Montgomery, who as Tammi Terrell went on to score hits for Motown. Ultimately, however, just two tracks are truly outstanding, both of those belonging to Yvonne Fair. One is her exciting raw cover of Frankie Lymon's "It Hurts to Be in Love"; the other, a far more momentous one, is her 1962 single "I Found You," a song that with substantial alterations would become Brown's huge 1965 hit "I Feel Good." Worthy of honorable mention are the Poets' organ-paced instrumental "Devil's Den, Pt. 1" and Anna King's "If You Don't Think," which has some super-tight horn-guitar interplay behind a lusty vocal.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/15/2008
  • Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
  • UPC: 029667519427
  • Catalog Number: 194
  • Sales rank: 207,710

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Don't Care - Dizzy Jones (2:24)
  2. 2 I'm Lonely - Bobby Byrd (2:41)
  3. 3 Got No Excuse - James Crawford (2:16)
  4. 4 Do You Really Want to Rescue Me, Pt. 1 - Elsie Mae (2:34)
  5. 5 Lookie Lookie Lookie - The Jewels (1:56)
  6. 6 If You Don't Work You Can't Eat - James Crawford (2:30)
  7. 7 New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo), Pt. 1 - Anna King (2:40)
  8. 8 That's When I Cry - Anna King (2:19)
  9. 9 Wide Awake in a Dream - Vicki Anderson (2:47)
  10. 10 Unexplainable - Dizzy Jones (2:49)
  11. 11 Devil's Den, Pt. 1 - Os Poets (2:38)
  12. 12 It Hurts To Be in Love - Yvonne Fair & The James Brown Band (2:31)
  13. 13 That's the Spirit - Rev Willingham (2:52)
  14. 14 Help Poor Me - James Crawford (2:02)
  15. 15 Faith - The "5" Royales (3:05)
  16. 16 Nobody Cares - Vicki Anderson (2:54)
  17. 17 I'll Keep Pressing On - Bobby Byrd (3:35)
  18. 18 I Found You - Yvonne Fair (2:27)
  19. 19 Soul Food, Pts. 1-2 - Al "Brisco" Clark (4:08)
  20. 20 If You Don't Think - Anna King (1:56)
  21. 21 I Found Out - Bobby Byrd (2:32)
  22. 22 I Cried - Thomasina Montgomery (2:46)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Organ, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Maceo Parker Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Yvonne Fair Vocals
Bobby Byrd Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals
Les Buie Guitar
Al "Brisco" Clark Tenor Saxophone
Panama Francis Drums
Ernie Hayes Organ
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Nat Jones Organ, Alto Saxophone
Wally Richardson Guitar
John Starks Drums
Ron Tooley Trumpet
Teddy Washington Trumpet
Lewis Hamlin Trumpet
Vicki Anderson Vocals
Obadiah "Scoop" Carter Vocals
Lowman Pauling Vocals
Jimmie Robinson Drums
Eugene "Gene" Tanner Vocals
Melvin Parker Drums
Alphonso "Country" Kellum Guitar
Jimmy Nolen Bass, Guitar
Sammy Lowe Conductor
Joe Dupars Trumpet
Bernard Odum Bass, Electric Bass
Levi Rasbury Trombone, Trumpet, Valve Trombone
Eldee Williams Tenor Saxophone
Wilmer Milton Trombone
Martha Harvin Vocals, Background Vocals
Charles Carr Baritone Saxophone
Nat Kendrick Drums
Alfred Ellis Tenor Saxophone
Sandra Bears Vocals, Background Vocals
Grace Ruffin Vocals, Background Vocals
Anna King Vocals
Thomasina Montgomery Vocals
Elsie Mae Vocals
James "Sugarboy" Crawford Vocals
Dizzy Jones Vocals
Robert Knight Trumpet
Clayton Fillyua Drums
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer
John Terry Composer
Davy Jones Composer
Bobby Byrd Composer
Roger Armstrong Memorabilia
Nick Ashford Composer
Lloyd Campbell Composer
Nat Jones Arranger, Composer
Gene Redd Arranger
Waymon Reed Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Mack Johnson Composer
Tony Rounce Memorabilia
James Crawford Composer
Ady Croasdell Memorabilia
Lowman Pauling Composer
Dean Rudland Liner Notes, Memorabilia, Sessionography
Johnny Terry Composer
Sammy Lowe Arranger
Duncan Cowell Mastering
Ted Wright Composer
Mick Patrick Memorabilia
Joseph Armstead Composer
Julius Edward Dixon Composer
Phillip James Composer
Mac Johnson Composer
Julius Dixon Composer
John Terry Composer
Nickolas Ashford Composer
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