The Singles, Vol. 8: 1972-1973

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All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
James Brown moved shop from Cincinnati to New York in 1971, switching from King Records to Polydor, trading the appellation Soul Brother Number One for the Godfather of Soul and shifting his music in the process. Vol. 8 of Hip-O Select's ongoing chronicle of JB's complete singles documents those first two years of his Polydor stint, the time when Polydor pushed for the crossover hit Brown craved while James leaned on arranger David Matthews, who steered JB toward an urban music that was swinging, sophisticated, occasionally melodramatic, and always accommodating toward Fred Wesley's increasing jazz bent. In other words, James Brown ceded gritty funk to young ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Stephen Thomas Erlewine
James Brown moved shop from Cincinnati to New York in 1971, switching from King Records to Polydor, trading the appellation Soul Brother Number One for the Godfather of Soul and shifting his music in the process. Vol. 8 of Hip-O Select's ongoing chronicle of JB's complete singles documents those first two years of his Polydor stint, the time when Polydor pushed for the crossover hit Brown craved while James leaned on arranger David Matthews, who steered JB toward an urban music that was swinging, sophisticated, occasionally melodramatic, and always accommodating toward Fred Wesley's increasing jazz bent. In other words, James Brown ceded gritty funk to young upstarts like Funkadelic, following the path of '60s peers like Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes into blaxploitation, staking ground on Black Caesar and even then leaving most of the work to Wesley, a pretty good indication of Brown's level of concentration in 1972 and 1973. Despite this fresh start, JB's attention wandered and many of the sessions in these years came out under the Fred Wesley & the JB's billing -- and several sides that did show up under Brown's name were instrumentals, or were revived older tracks, as in the case of "I Got Ants in My Pants and Want to Dance." Given the caliber of musicians in the JB's, much of this is enjoyable, but there is a notable dip in quality and consistency, especially when compared to the hotbed of creativity of 1970-1972, when Brown was pushed by Bootsy and Catfish Collins, creating some of his hottest music ever. The JB's of 1972-1973 did cut a few seminal singles -- Wesley rightly calls "Get on the Good Foot" "one of the more perfect recordings we ever did" and there's a cinematic appeal to "King Heroin" -- but it's telling that the real blockbuster of this time is "Doing It to Death," credited to Fred Wesley & the JB's, something that says quite a bit about James' work in this era.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 12/21/2009
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 602527163338
  • Catalog Number: 001334902
  • Sales rank: 121,522

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Nothing Beats a Try But a Fail (3:16)
  2. 2 Hot Pants Road (3:06)
  3. 3 King Heroin (3:57)
  4. 4 Theme From King Heroin (2:57)
  5. 5 Pass the Peas - The J.B.'s (3:27)
  6. 6 There it is, Pt. 1 (3:06)
  7. 7 There it is, Pt. 2 (2:47)
  8. 8 Honky Tonk - The James Brown Soul Train (3:06)
  9. 9 Honky Tonk - The James Brown Soul Train (3:30)
  10. 10 Givin' Up Food For Funk, Pt. 1 - The J.B.'s (3:07)
  11. 11 Givin' Up Food For Funk, Pt. 2 - The J.B.'s (2:52)
  12. 12 Get on the Good Foot, Pt. 1 (3:35)
  13. 13 Get on the Good Foot, Pt. 2 (2:40)
  14. 14 I Got a Bag of My Own (3:46)
  15. 15 Public Enemy #1 (5:06)
  16. 16 I Know it's True (4:08)
  17. 17 I Got Ants in My Pants, Pt. 1 (3:04)
  18. 18 I Got Ants in My Pants, Pt. 15 & 16 (4:01)
  19. 19 I Got Ants in My Pants, Pt. 1 (3:02)
  20. 20 I Got Ants in My Pants, Pt. 15 & 16 (4:00)
Disc 2
  1. 1 What My Baby Needs Now is a Little More Lovin' - Lyn Collins (2:54)
  2. 2 This Guy - This Girl's In Love - Lyn Collins (3:45)
  3. 3 Watermelon Man - Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s (3:26)
  4. 4 Down and Out In New York City (3:21)
  5. 5 Mama's Dead (4:48)
  6. 6 Sportin' Life - Fred Wesley (3:51)
  7. 7 Dirty Harri - Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s (3:11)
  8. 8 The Boss (3:15)
  9. 9 Like It is, Like It Was (3:52)
  10. 10 Doing It To Death - Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s (5:05)
  11. 11 Everybody Got Soul - Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s (5:37)
  12. 12 Think (3:13)
  13. 13 Something (3:35)
  14. 14 Think (3:21)
  15. 15 Woman, Pt. 1 (3:32)
  16. 16 Woman, Pt. 2 (3:33)
  17. 17 If You Don't Get It the First Time, Back Up and Try It Again, Party [Si - Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s (3:35)
  18. 18 You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks and I'll Be Straight - Fred Wesley (3:32)
  19. 19 Sexy, Sexy, Sexy (3:08)
  20. 20 Slaughter Theme (3:58)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Primary Artist, Organ, Piano, Trumpet, Drums, Electric Piano, Vocals
Cat Anderson Trumpet
Joe Beck Guitar
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Jon Faddis Trumpet
St. Clair Pinckney Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Michael Moore Bass
Seldon Powell Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Rainey Bass
Joe Temperley Baritone Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald Percussion
Maceo Parker Flute, Alto Saxophone
David T. Walker Guitar
Danny Stiles Trumpet
Charlie Brown Guitar
Bobby Byrd Tambourine
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler Drums
Billy Cobham Drums
Lyn Collins Vocals
Gordon Edwards Bass
Joe Farrell Flute, English Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Steve Gadd Drums
Russell George Bass
Johnny Griggs Conga
Harvey Mason Sr. Drums
Hugh McCracken Guitar
John Morgan Tambourine
Benny Powell Trombone
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Pat Rebillot Keyboards, Electric Piano
David Spinozza Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
John Starks Drums
Richard Tee Organ, Piano
Fred Thomas Bass
Ernie Watts Tenor Saxophone
Fred Wesley Trombone, Vocals
Buster Williams Bass
Snooky Young Trumpet
Jimmy Madison Drums
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison Trumpet
Robert Coleman Guitar
Russell Crimes Trumpet
Jimmy Nolen Guitar
Bobby Roach Guitar
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin Guitar, Trombone
Jimmy Parker Alto Saxophone
Eldee Williams Tenor Saxophone
Jerone "Jasaan Sanford" Melson Trumpet
Isiah "Ike" Oakley Trumpet
Kenny Poole Guitar
Dave Matthews Organ, Conductor
Jerry Dodgion Alto Saxophone
Sam Brown Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Jeanette Washington Vocals
Technical Credits
James Brown Arranger, Composer
Bill Doggett Composer
George Harrison Composer
Billy Butler Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
St. Clair Pinckney Composer
Clifford Scott Composer
Barry De Vorzon Composer
Burt Bacharach Composer
Lyn Collins Composer
Hal David Composer
Henry Glover Composer
John Starks Composer
Fred Wesley Arranger, Composer
Alan Leeds Liner Notes
Lowman Pauling Composer
Shep Shepherd Composer
Bodie Chandler Composer
Sammy Lowe Arranger
Mathieu Bitton Memorabilia
Charles Bobbit Composer
Manny Rosen Composer
Henry Stallings Composer
Dave Matthews Arranger, Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Michele Horie Art Direction
Jeanette Washington Introduction
Seth Poster Mastering
Joe Mims Composer
Charles Fred A. Bobbit Composer
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