Beautiful Life

Beautiful Life

by Chuck Brown BandChuck Brown Band


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Beautiful Life was an album very much in progress when Chuck Brown, the "Godfather of Go Go," passed away in May of 2012. It doesn't fall into the trap that many posthumously released offerings do, however. As a selection of Chuck Brown/Chuck Brown Band tunes, it is an exercise in continuity rather than a cynical attempt at making a trip to the bank. Brown appears on only five of the set's nine tracks, but his band and guests are up to the task he left. The title track features Brown in fine vocal form, rapping and singing about love and family in this rugged life. Guest Wale brings a short tribute to the bridge. Brown's signature music meets a modern soul groove on "Best in Me," which is just monstrous. He holds his own in a duet with Faith Evans as Raheem DeVaughn helps out on the chorus. The tune features a nasty, trademark keyboard bass winding out the groove with layer upon layer of percussion. The middle of the set features three tracks by the band. All are serviceable, but "Pop That Trunk," with Sugar Bear and KK going at one another vocally, is a go-go killer. Brown's love for blues, jazz, and gospel is well-known. It's displayed here on a stirring and utterly contemporary arrangement of Edwin Hawkins' "O Happy Day," with Brown getting deep into the grain of the lyric in duet with Y'Anna Crawley, and backed by the Howard University Gospel Choir and the CBB. Another nod to his lifelong appreciation of great Black music lies in the closer, a deeply soulful vocal read of Kenny Gamble's and Leon Huff's "You'll Never Find a Love Like Mine," filtered through the eternal groove of go-go and a canny horn chart. A Beautiful Life is a fitting sendoff for the big man.

Product Details

Release Date: 08/19/2014
Label: Raw Venture
UPC: 0767758001726
catalogNumber: 17
Rank: 79963


  1. Intro
  2. Beautiful Life
  3. Best In Me
  4. Lighters
  5. Pop That Trunk
  6. Still Crankin'
  7. Love Is My Religion
  8. Oh Happy Day
  9. You'll Never Find Another Love Like Mine

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Chuck Brown Band   Primary Artist
Chuck Brown   Guitar,Vocals
Greg Boyer   Trombone
Doug E. Fresh   Vocals
James McKinney   Piano,Strings,Keyboards,Background Vocals
Faith Evans   Vocals
Gregory "Sugar Bear" Elliott   Vocals
Lysette Titi   Background Vocals
Raheem DeVaughn   Vocals
Frank Sirius   Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals
Carolyn Malachi   Background Vocals
Lorenzo Johnson   Organ
Levi Stephens   Keyboards,Background Vocals
Y'anna Crawley   Vocals
Rob Green   Percussion
Howard University Gospel Choir   Background Vocals
Milton "Go-Go Mickey" Freeman   Percussion
Alvin White   Rhythm Guitar
Karlston "Ice" Ross   Bass
Brent Birckhead   Saxophone
Kevin Blackmon   Background Vocals
Marlon Winder   Trumpet
Kevin Powe   Bass
George Belton   Bass
Jacque Johnson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
"Sweet" Cherie Agurs   Vocals,Background Vocals
Kenneth "Kwickfoot" Gross   Drums
Kanja Muchoki   Vocals
Christie Dashell   Background Vocals
Carl "Kokayi" Walker   Background Vocals
Takesha "Kk" Donelson   Vocals
Paul "Buggy the Bass Drum Thumper"   Drums
Marcus Young   Background Vocals
Yendy Tia Brown   Vocals

Technical Credits

Charles Brown   Composer
Edwin Hawkins   Composer
Kenny Gamble   Composer
Leon Huff   Composer
Ziggy Marley   Composer
James McKinney   Composer,Producer,Engineer,Executive Producer,drum programming
Ken Schubert   Engineer
Chucky Thompson   Producer,Executive Producer,Instrumentation
Carl Thompson   Composer
Jeff Gruber   Engineer
Jackie Hicks   Cover Photo
Raheem DeVaughn   Composer
Ben Briggs   Engineer
Marcus Anderson   Engineer
Kyonte Vincent   Producer,Engineer
Carolyn Malachi   Composer
John F. Johnson   Cover Art
Olubowale Akintimehin   Composer
Levi Stephens   Composer
Bernard Williams   Composer
Tom Goldfogle   Executive Producer
Kevin Blackmon   Composer
Kevin Jackson   Engineer
Kanja Muchoki   Composer
Taylor "Airplay" Houze   Composer,Instrumentation
Takesha "Kk" Donelson   Composer
Nekos Brown   Composer
Brown Family   Photo Courtesy

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