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The Singles, Vol. 11: 1979-1981

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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,...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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: 602527814100
  • Catalog Number: 001603702
  • Sales rank: 83,243

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 Jr. 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
Seth Foster Mastering
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 III Composer
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