Singles, Vol. 11: 1979-1981

Singles, Vol. 11: 1979-1981

by James Brown
     
 

Why was disco such a strange era for James Brown? Could it be that the beat was too relentless, never giving him the opportunity to breathe, to roam the way he loved so? Perhaps it was due to his band steadily losing all of its prime players, leaving him with journeymen who didn't infuse the rigid 4/4 with flair. Either way, the singles collected on the 11th and final…  See more details below

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Why was disco such a strange era for James Brown? Could it be that the beat was too relentless, never giving him the opportunity to breathe, to roam the way he loved so? Perhaps it was due to his band steadily losing all of its prime players, leaving him with journeymen who didn't infuse the rigid 4/4 with flair. Either way, the singles collected on the 11th and final volume of Hip-O Select's series of double discs chronicling James Brown's King/Polydor singles is a little haphazard, flitting between the generic, the perfunctory, and the passable, sometimes sliding into the pretty good. Brown is all over the place here, covering "I Go Crazy" with little passion, pumping out the disco and surprisingly coming up with a quiet storm ballad "Regrets" that flirts with country. The inclusion of nine 12" mixes -- including versions of "For Goodness Sakes, Look at Those Cakes," "The Spank," and "It's Too Funky in Here" -- and a live single accentuates the scattershot nature of these three years, and while there are certainly worthwhile moments, they're the kind only the devoted, the ones who have stuck through this series through ten preceding volumes, will find of note.

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Product Details

Release Date:
10/11/2011
Label:
Hip-O Select
UPC:
0602527814100
catalogNumber:
001603702

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Tracks

Disc 1

  1. Star Generation
  2. Women Are Something Else
  3. The Original Disco Man
  4. The Original Disco Man
  5. Let the Boogie Do the Rest
  6. Regrets
  7. Stone Cold Drag
  8. Let the Funk Flow
  9. Sometimes That's All There Is
  10. Get Up Offa That Thing
  11. It's Too Funky in Here
  12. Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses)
  13. Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses), Pt. 2
  14. Stay with Me
  15. Smokin' & Drinkin'
  16. Give That Bass Player Some, Pt. 1
  17. Give That Bass Player Some, Pt. 2
  18. I Go Crazy
  19. World Cycle Inc.

Disc 2

  1. Get Up Offa That Thing/Release the Pressure
  2. If You Don't Give a Doggone About It  -  J.B.'s
  3. Eyesight
  4. The Spank
  5. For Goodness Sakes, Look at Those Cakes
  6. It's Too Funky in Here
  7. Star Generation
  8. Rap Payback (Where Iz Moses)
  9. Give That Bass Player Some

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet
St. Clair Pinckney   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Troy Seals   Guitar
Harrison Calloway   Trumpet
Ben Cauley   Trumpet
Tony Cook   Drums
Donna Davis   Background Vocals
Arthur Dickson   Drums
Cynthia Douglas   Background Vocals
Ronnie Eades   Baritone Saxophone
Keith Gregory   Guitar
Johnny Griggs   Percussion,Bongos,Conga
Roger Hawkins   Drums
David Hood   Bass
Clayton Ivey   Keyboards
Tyrone Jefferson   Trombone
Mike Lawler   Clavinet
Randy McCormick   Keyboards
Charles Rose   Trombone
Harvey Thompson   Tenor Saxophone
David Weston   Bass
Hollie Farris   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Cathy Jordan   Background Vocals
Martha High   Background Vocals
Robert Coleman   Guitar
Russell Crimes   Trumpet
Melvin Parker   Drums
Jimmy Nolen   Guitar
Sweet Charles Sherrell   Bass,Keyboards,Electric Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals,Clavinet
Jerry Poindexter   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Ron Laster   Guitar
Joe Poff   Saxophone,Alto Saxophone
Peyton "PJ" Johnson   Tenor Saxophone
Jimmy Johnson   Guitar
Jerone "Jassan" Sanford   Trumpet
Pam Vincent   Background Vocals
Moses Turner   Percussion
Anne McLeod   Background Vocals

Technical Credits

James Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Troy Seals   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
Kerry Chater   Composer
Bobby Byrd   Composer
Randy McCormick   Composer
Brad Shapiro   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Weston   Composer
Barbara Wyrick   Composer
Alan Leeds   Liner Notes
Robert Miller   Composer
Henry Stone   Executive Producer
Sweet Charles Sherrell   Arranger,Composer
Deanna Brown   Composer
Henry Stallings   Composer
Yamma Brown   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Susie Brown   Composer
Gary Stewart   Composer
Walter Shaw   Composer
Deidre Brown   Composer
Teresa Tsuzaki   Licensing
Anne McLeod   Composer
Tom E. Jones   Composer

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