The Singles, Vol. 4: 1966-1967

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All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is the fourth double-disc installment in James Brown's The Singles. Producers have once again outdone themselves with their strict attention to detail -- in audio fidelity as well as within the text of the information-laden liner notes -- while tackling the formidable task of restoring Brown's prolific and at times confounding 45 rpm catalog. Vol. 4 covers the nearly two dozen 7" Brown-related platters that came out during 1966 and 1967. And although the artist chose to occasionally recycle songs, that still breaks down to almost one 45 a month. Exemplifying that phenomenon is the remixed and truncated version of "This Old Heart." It first surfaced in August of 1966...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Lindsay Planer
This is the fourth double-disc installment in James Brown's The Singles. Producers have once again outdone themselves with their strict attention to detail -- in audio fidelity as well as within the text of the information-laden liner notes -- while tackling the formidable task of restoring Brown's prolific and at times confounding 45 rpm catalog. Vol. 4 covers the nearly two dozen 7" Brown-related platters that came out during 1966 and 1967. And although the artist chose to occasionally recycle songs, that still breaks down to almost one 45 a month. Exemplifying that phenomenon is the remixed and truncated version of "This Old Heart." It first surfaced in August of 1966 as the B-side to "How Long Darling" -- both of which had been released respectively a year earlier. While these discographical detours are few and far between, they help illuminate some of the challenges continually facing co-producers Harry Weinger and Alan Leeds. Those anomalies aside, the mid-'60s were sho'nuf a golden time for the Godfather of Soul as reflected by the enormous chart success of "Ain't That a Groove," "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," "Money Won't Change You," "Don't Be a Dropout," "Think," "Let Yourself Go," and "Cold Sweat." Ever the savvy artist -- and in order to maneuver around various legal obstacles -- Brown didn't just issue singles under his own moniker. While the vast majority came out as James Brown & His Famous Flames, the instrumental covers of Martha & the Vandellas' "Jimmy Mack," Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned," Ruby & the Romantics' "Our Day Will Come," and the Alfred Ellis original "What Do You Like" are specifically credited to "James Brown at the Organ." Meanwhile Parts One and Two of "New Breed," "James Brown's Boo-Ga-Loo," and "Lost in a Mood of Changes" were simply listed as James Brown. Then there is the case of the previously unreleased two-part "It's a Gas." It was a scheduled, but ultimately unrealized project by "the James Brown Dancers." Other inclusions of interest are the 1966 seasonal trilogy of singles with two different takes of Mel Tormé's "Christmas Song" aka "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," and Parts One and Two of the Brown co-compositions "Sweet Little Baby Boy" and "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year." Plus, a few "hidden" promotional messages from Soul Brother #1. Once again, Alan Leeds' copious essay and detailed annotations put the 42 songs in proper historical perspective. The words are literally encased by all manner of photos and reproductions of vintage memorabilia from the James Brown archives. Last, but certainly not least is Seth Foster's digital mastering as he brings more life into the grooves than has ever existed before.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/4/2007
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602517407725
  • Catalog Number: 000947202
  • Sales rank: 29,079

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Vocals, Lead
Lonnie Mack Guitar
Richard Harris Trombone
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
St. Clair Pinckney Tenor Saxophone
Dud Bascomb Trumpet
Michael Moore Bass Guitar
Seldon Powell Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Maceo Parker Tenor Saxophone
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Troy Seals Guitar
Sonny Thompson Piano
Kiane Zawadi Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Byrd Background Vocals
Garnett Brown Trombone
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Panama Francis Drums
Ernie Hayes Organ, Piano
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Nat Jones Organ, Conductor, Alto Saxophone
Reunald Jones Trumpet
Clifford Jordan Tenor Saxophone
Carl Lynch Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Waymon Reed Trumpet
Ron Selico Bongos
Joe Sherman Violin
Lloyd Stallworth Background Vocals
John Starks Drums
James Tyrell Bass
Lammar Wright Sr. Trumpet
Billy Butler Guitar
Al Lucas Bass, Bass Guitar
Vicki Anderson Vocals, Background Vocals
Johnny Terry Background Vocals
Martha High Vocals, Background Vocals
J.C. Davis Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Richardson Guitar
Alphonso "Country" Kellum Bass, Guitar
Jimmy Nolen Guitar
Bobby Bennett Background Vocals
Sammy Lowe Conductor
Lamar Wright Trumpet
Joe Dupars Trumpet
Bernard Odum Bass, Bass Guitar
Levi Rasbury Trumpet, Valve Trombone
Eldee Williams Tenor Saxophone, Vocals
Ronald Konieczka Violin
Charles Carr Baritone Saxophone
Nat Kendrick Drums
Sandra Bears Vocals
Grace Ruffin Vocals
Johnny Grimes Trumpet
Irene Vinegar Background Vocals
Michael James Moore Bass
Jimmy Tyrell Bass Guitar
Margie Clark Background Vocals
Dick Coghill Trumpet
Sandra Bears Background Vocals
Ray Castillo Violin
Dee Watkins Background Vocals
Clyde Sutbblefield Drums
Jr. Albert Dailey Piano
Herman Wasserman Violin
Bobby Roach Guitar
Alfred Corley Tenor Saxophone
Grace Ruffin Background Vocals
Denny Bayliss Trumpet
Jimmie Robinson Drums
Johnny Grimes Trumpet
James McGary Alto Saxophone
Fielder Floyd Trumpet
Ron Konieczka Violin
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis Tenor Saxophone
Gigi Griffin Background Vocals
David "Hooks" Williams Bass Guitar
Ron Harper Trumpet
Frank Brown Trumpet
Alfonzo Kellum Guitar
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
James Brown Arranger, Composer, Producer
Pee Wee Ellis Arranger
Jerry Leiber Composer
Nick Ashford Composer
Lamont Dozier Composer
Bob Gallo Engineer
Mort Garson Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Bob Hilliard Composer
Eddie Holland Composer
Brian Holland Composer
Burt Jones Composer
Nat Jones Arranger, Composer
Jay Livingston Composer
Valerie Simpson Composer
John Starks Arranger
Mike Stoller Composer
Alan Leeds Liner Notes
Lowman Pauling Composer
Sammy Lowe Arranger
Bud Hobgood Composer
Alfred Ellis Composer
Joseph Armstead Composer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Seth Foster Mastering, Remastering
Betty Jean Newsome Composer
Dorothy Heyward Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
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