The Singles, Vol. 1: The Federal Years: 1956-1960

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Hip-O Select, the Internet mail-order arm of Universal Music Group's Hip-O reissue subsidiary, begins a James Brown series with The Singles, Vol. 1: The Federal Years: 1956-1960, which presents the A- and B-sides of Brown's 45s in chronological order by release date as issued originally on Federal Records, a division of the Cincinnati-based King Records label long since absorbed by Universal. Included are 18 regular Brown singles, along with an instrumental disc, "Doodle Bee"/"Bucket Head," credited to James Davis Brown's saxophonist J.C. Davis; an experimental stereo single of two previously released songs, "I've Got to Change" and "It Hurts to Tell You," turned into ...
See more details below
This CD (Special Packaging) is Not Available through BN.com

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - William Ruhlmann
Hip-O Select, the Internet mail-order arm of Universal Music Group's Hip-O reissue subsidiary, begins a James Brown series with The Singles, Vol. 1: The Federal Years: 1956-1960, which presents the A- and B-sides of Brown's 45s in chronological order by release date as issued originally on Federal Records, a division of the Cincinnati-based King Records label long since absorbed by Universal. Included are 18 regular Brown singles, along with an instrumental disc, "Doodle Bee"/"Bucket Head," credited to James Davis Brown's saxophonist J.C. Davis; an experimental stereo single of two previously released songs, "I've Got to Change" and "It Hurts to Tell You," turned into stereo by shoving the original music onto one track and adding overdubs on the other; and a very scratchy demo of "Try Me," the song that revitalized Brown's career after a series of commercial flops. The start of that career as a recording artist is heard on the opening song, "Please, Please, Please," which Brown, Bobby Byrd, Johnny Terry, Sylvester Keels, and Nashpendle Knox thought they were recording on February 4, 1956, as the Flames, a vocal group with Brown on lead, only to find that when it was issued on March 3, 1956, it was credited to "James Brown with the Famous Flames." The result was a Top Five R&B hit, and the credit stayed for the next five non-charting singles until the four other vocalists left and one single, "Messing with the Blues"/"Love or a Game," was credited to Brown alone. Then, starting with "You're Mine, You're Mine"/"I Walked Alone," the credit was "James Brown & the Famous Flames", the secondary name now arbitrarily applied to whatever singers and musicians were backing Brown. None of this had any impact on the charts until "Try Me" came out on October 13, 1958, and hit number one R&B. That song comes at the start of the second disc here, so most of the first finds Brown looking for another hit to follow "Please, Please, Please," sometimes by simply copying it "I Won't Plead No More," "Begging, Begging", sometimes by aping other popular styles such as early rock & roll "Chonnie-On-Chon", the story songs of the Coasters "That Dood It", or doo wop "That's When I Lost My Heart". With "Try Me," Brown began to figure out his own sound, although his chart success remained hit-or-miss, with "I Want You So Bad," "I'll Go Crazy," "Think"/"You've Got the Power," and "This Old Heart" achieving placings, but other discs failing. Some of those discs were worthy, notably "Good Good Lovin'," but this collection, which contains all but five of the tracks Brown cut during the four-year period the others turned up later on King 45s and LPs, remains a collector's effort, which makes sense given the price and limited availability.
Read More Show Less

Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/26/2006
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602517000575
  • Catalog Number: 000702902

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Please, Please, Please (2:46)
  2. 2 Why Do You Do Me (3:02)
  3. 3 I Don't Know (2:51)
  4. 4 I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On (2:34)
  5. 5 No, No, No, No (2:15)
  6. 6 Hold My Baby's Hand (2:15)
  7. 7 I Won't Plead No More (2:28)
  8. 8 Chonnie-On-Chon (2:16)
  9. 9 Just Won't Do Right (2:35)
  10. 10 Let's Make It (2:28)
  11. 11 Gonna Try (2:47)
  12. 12 Can't Be the Same (2:22)
  13. 13 Messing with the Blues (2:13)
  14. 14 Love or a Game (2:19)
  15. 15 You're Mine, You're Mine (2:33)
  16. 16 I Walked Alone (2:42)
  17. 17 That Dood It (2:33)
  18. 18 Baby Cries Over the Ocean (2:25)
  19. 19 Begging, Begging (2:56)
  20. 20 That's When I Lost My Heart (2:52)
  21. 21 Try Me (2:29)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Try Me (2:33)
  2. 2 Tell Me What I Did Wrong (2:24)
  3. 3 I Want You So Bad (2:48)
  4. 4 There Must Be a Reason (2:28)
  5. 5 I've Got to Change (2:28)
  6. 6 It Hurts to Tell You (2:54)
  7. 7 I've Got to Change (2:28)
  8. 8 It Hurts to Tell You (2:54)
  9. 9 Doodle Bee - James "Thunderbird" Davis (2:41)
  10. 10 Bucket Head - James "Thunderbird" Davis (2:50)
  11. 11 It Was You (2:46)
  12. 12 Got to Cry (2:37)
  13. 13 Good Good Lovin' (2:17)
  14. 14 Don't Let It Happen to Me (2:53)
  15. 15 I'll Go Crazy (2:09)
  16. 16 I Know It's True (2:43)
  17. 17 Think (2:51)
  18. 18 You've Got the Power - Bea Ford (2:23)
  19. 19 This Old Heart (2:12)
  20. 20 Wonder When You're Coming Home (2:32)
Read More Show Less

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Primary Artist
Al Corley Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Thompson Piano
Bobby Byrd Vocals, Background Vocals
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Edwyn Conley Bass
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
John Faire Guitar
Panama Francis Drums
Reginald Hall Drums
Ernie Hayes Piano
Clarence Mack Bass
Carl Pruitt Bass
Roscoe Patrick Trumpet
Bea Ford Vocals
Ray Felder Tenor Saxophone
Edison Gore Drums
Johnny Terry Background Vocals
Bobby Bennett Background Vocals
Bernard Odum Bass
Alvin "Fats" Gonder Piano
Bill Hollings Background Vocals
Sylvester Keels Background Vocals
Nafloyd Scott Guitar
Nat Kendrick Drums
James "Zeke" Brown Vocals
Eddie Freeman Guitar
Louis Madison Organ, Piano, Background Vocals
Nashpendle Knox Background Vocals
Cleveland Lowe Tenor Saxophone
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer
Bobby Byrd Composer
Ralph Bass Producer
Rudy Toombs Composer
Alan Leeds Liner Notes
Wilbert Smith Composer
Lowman Pauling Composer
Johnny Terry Composer
Sylvester Keels Composer
Nafloyd Scott Composer
Albert Shubert Composer
Julius Edward Dixon Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
Andrea Canter Licensing
Nashpendle Knox Composer
Cliff White Liner Notes
Read More Show Less

Customer Reviews

Be the first to write a review
( 0 )
Rating Distribution

5 Star

(0)

4 Star

(0)

3 Star

(0)

2 Star

(0)

1 Star

(0)

Your Rating:

Your Name: Create a Pen Name or

Barnes & Noble.com Review Rules

Our reader reviews allow you to share your comments on titles you liked, or didn't, with others. By submitting an online review, you are representing to Barnes & Noble.com that all information contained in your review is original and accurate in all respects, and that the submission of such content by you and the posting of such content by Barnes & Noble.com does not and will not violate the rights of any third party. Please follow the rules below to help ensure that your review can be posted.

Reviews by Our Customers Under the Age of 13

We highly value and respect everyone's opinion concerning the titles we offer. However, we cannot allow persons under the age of 13 to have accounts at BN.com or to post customer reviews. Please see our Terms of Use for more details.

What to exclude from your review:

Please do not write about reviews, commentary, or information posted on the product page. If you see any errors in the information on the product page, please send us an email.

Reviews should not contain any of the following:

  • - HTML tags, profanity, obscenities, vulgarities, or comments that defame anyone
  • - Time-sensitive information such as tour dates, signings, lectures, etc.
  • - Single-word reviews. Other people will read your review to discover why you liked or didn't like the title. Be descriptive.
  • - Comments focusing on the author or that may ruin the ending for others
  • - Phone numbers, addresses, URLs
  • - Pricing and availability information or alternative ordering information
  • - Advertisements or commercial solicitation

Reminder:

  • - By submitting a review, you grant to Barnes & Noble.com and its sublicensees the royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable right and license to use the review in accordance with the Barnes & Noble.com Terms of Use.
  • - Barnes & Noble.com reserves the right not to post any review -- particularly those that do not follow the terms and conditions of these Rules. Barnes & Noble.com also reserves the right to remove any review at any time without notice.
  • - See Terms of Use for other conditions and disclaimers.
Search for Products You'd Like to Recommend

Recommend other products that relate to your review. Just search for them below and share!

Create a Pen Name

Your Pen Name is your unique identity on BN.com. It will appear on the reviews you write and other website activities. Your Pen Name cannot be edited, changed or deleted once submitted.

 
Your Pen Name can be any combination of alphanumeric characters (plus - and _), and must be at least two characters long.

Continue Anonymously