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Singles, Vol. 2
     

The Singles, Vol. 2

by James Brown
 
In between the release of the first collection of James Brown singles by the Internet mail-order imprint Hip-O Select (The Singles, Vol. 1: The Federal Years: 1956-1960) on September 26, 2006, and the appearance of this second volume on March 27, 2007, Brown died on Christmas Day, 2006, at the age of 73. That tragic event doesn't affect the reissue campaign,

Overview

In between the release of the first collection of James Brown singles by the Internet mail-order imprint Hip-O Select (The Singles, Vol. 1: The Federal Years: 1956-1960) on September 26, 2006, and the appearance of this second volume on March 27, 2007, Brown died on Christmas Day, 2006, at the age of 73. That tragic event doesn't affect the reissue campaign, except to accentuate its importance. The Singles, Vol. 2: 1960-1963 picks up the story of Brown's 45 rpm releases at the point when he switched from the Federal Records subsidiary of Cincinnati-based independent King Records to the main label. The promotion signaled a change in his approach. Now a steadily touring act on the chitlin circuit with a show that showcased his backup band, he treated his recordings as an adjunct to his live work. He helped the company coffers by agreeing to cut songs for which King owned the publishing. He was allowed to record instrumentals on which the artist credit read, "James Brown Presents His Band." And he continued to develop original compositions, although increasingly these seemed to consist of riffs he had worked up with the band during shows, over which he improvised some chanted lyrics. But his days of searching for hits were over; of the 40 A- and B-sides on this album, 13 made the Billboard R&B and/or pop charts, the most successful being "Baby, You're Right" (number two R&B, number 49 pop), "Lost Someone" (number two R&B), "I Don't Mind" (number four R&B, number 47 pop), "Night Train" (number five R&B, number 35 pop), and "Prisoner of Love" (number six R&B, number 18 pop). He was not unaffected by popular trends: "Shout and Shimmy" (number 16 R&B, number 61 pop) was a thinly veiled remake of the Isley Brothers' "Shout," for example. But he was also ambitious. The cover of Johnny Otis' "Every Beat of My Heart" (the B-side of the number 24 R&B hit "Like a Baby") was a jazzy instrumental featuring Brown on organ, one of many such tracks to be found here. "Prisoner of Love," a much transformed cover of a 1931 song that had been a hit for Russ Columbo and Perry Como, featured a string section and a chorus, as did a version of "These Foolish Things" (number 25 R&B, number 55 pop). Still, Brown's future was not as another Jimmy Smith or as a pop balladeer. During the period when he was cutting these singles, he recorded (October 24, 1962) and released (May 1963) his Live at the Apollo LP, which established him as an R&B and even a pop star who was more important than any one song he might perform. Singles like "Night Train" and "Mashed Potatoes U.S.A." (number 21 R&B, number 82 pop) actually pointed the way forward, with Brown reciting tour itineraries in a raspy, excited voice over the dance rhythms. By the end of this period, he was the James Brown who would be familiar to fans ever afterward.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/27/2007
Label:
Hip-O Select
UPC:
0602517236455
catalogNumber:
000851002
Rank:
17718

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Drums,Vocals
Billy Butler   Guitar
St. Clair Pinckney   Tenor Saxophone
Corley   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Byrd   Organ,Piano,Background Vocals
Buie   Guitar
"Brisco" Clark   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Edwyn Conley   Bass
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Panama Francis   Drums,Timpani
Reginald Hall   Drums
Ernie Hayes   Organ,Piano
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Clifford MacMillan   Tenor Saxophone
Kermit Moore   Cello
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
Teddy Washington   Trumpet
Lewis Hamlin   Trumpet
Roscoe Patrick   Trumpet
Johnny Terry   Background Vocals
J.C. Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Richardson   Guitar
Bobby Roach   Guitar
Bobby Bennett   Background Vocals
Sammy Lowe   Conductor
Bernard Odum   Bass
Alvin "Fats" Gonder   Organ,Piano,Electric Piano,Vocals
Bill Hollings   Background Vocals
Eugene Stallworth   Background Vocals
Nat Kendrick   Drums
Willie Connell Johnson   Background Vocals
Gene Clark   Violin
Brown & His Tunetoppers   Viola
Sam Thomas   Bass
Eddie Freeman   Guitar
Clarence Johnson   Trombone
Louis Madison   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Cleveland Lowe   Tenor Saxophone
Clayton Fillyua   Drums
Mark Cephas   Violin,Concert Master
Mac Cephas   Violin,Concert Master

Technical Credits

Ivory Joe Hunter   Composer
Johnny Otis   Composer
James Brown   Composer,Producer
Joe Tex   Composer
Jimmy Forrest   Composer
Clifford Scott   Composer
Cowboy Copas   Composer
Sonny Thompson   Producer
Bobby Byrd   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
Gene Redd   Producer
Leo Robin   Composer
Jesse Stone   Composer
Alan Leeds   Liner Notes,Photo Courtesy
Hal Neely   Producer
Teddy Powell   Composer
Russ Columbo   Composer
Syd Nathan   Composer
Lewis Simpkins   Composer
Sammy Lowe   Arranger
James Alston   Composer
Harry Link   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Holt Marvell   Composer
Guy Wood   Composer
Oscar Washington   Composer
Leonard Whitcup   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Kelly Martinez   Licensing
Sally Nix   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Andy Gibson   Producer

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