Godfather's R&B: James Brown's Productions 1962-1967

Godfather's R&B: James Brown's Productions 1962-1967


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Godfather's R&B: James Brown's Productions 1962-1967

As prolific a recording artist as James Brown was in the 1960s, and as busy a touring machine as the one he led on the road was, he somehow found time to produce and work on numerous discs by other artists. The Godfather's R&B: James Brown's Productions 1962-67 has 22 such tracks, one of them (the 1966 single "New Breed [The Boo-Ga-Loo]") an instrumental actually credited to Brown himself, though the others are billed to other performers. In one sense, these extracurricular activities gave Brown additional chances to test and refine some ideas, especially as his music moved from more traditional soul to funk. As Dean Rudland's fine liner notes point out, this was especially the case from late 1963 to early 1965, when legal problems prevented Brown from recording often as a singer. From these standpoints, this CD is a valuable document of an aspect of his career that's usually overlooked. From a pure musical standpoint, however, the sounds are more historical than outstanding, and with a few exceptions not nearly as vital as the records Brown himself was putting out in the same era. For one thing, the singers represented here, though competent, weren't in the same league as their mentor. For another, they often beg comparison with similar, but better, Brown records. In some instances (especially Dizzy Jones' "I Don't Care"), they sound like James Brown tracks with a singer instructed to lay down a guide vocal intended to simulate the Godfather. All that noted, this music -- much of which Brown had a songwriting, as well as production, hand in -- certainly has its appealing aspects for Brown fans, not just Brown completist collectors, though it's more rooted in his early-'60s vocal R&B style than his more groundbreaking mid-'60s early funk outings. Though none of these singles were hits of any consequence, Brown fans will certainly recognize his right-hand man, Bobby Byrd, and general soul fans will know Tammy Montgomery, who as Tammi Terrell went on to score hits for Motown. Ultimately, however, just two tracks are truly outstanding, both of those belonging to Yvonne Fair. One is her exciting raw cover of Frankie Lymon's "It Hurts to Be in Love"; the other, a far more momentous one, is her 1962 single "I Found You," a song that with substantial alterations would become Brown's huge 1965 hit "I Feel Good." Worthy of honorable mention are the Poets' organ-paced instrumental "Devil's Den, Pt. 1" and Anna King's "If You Don't Think," which has some super-tight horn-guitar interplay behind a lusty vocal.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/15/2008
Label: Beat Goes Public Bgp
UPC: 0029667519427
catalogNumber: 194
Rank: 117771

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Organ,Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Maceo Parker   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Yvonne Fair   Vocals
Bobby Byrd   Piano,Vocals,Background Vocals
Buie   Guitar
"Brisco" Clark   Tenor Saxophone
Panama Francis   Drums
Ernie Hayes   Organ
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Nat Jones   Organ,Alto Saxophone
Wally Richardson   Guitar
John Starks   Drums
Ron Tooley   Trumpet
Teddy Washington   Trumpet
Lewis Hamlin   Trumpet
Vicki Anderson   Vocals
Obadiah "Scoop" Carter   Vocals
Lowman Pauling   Vocals
Jimmie Robinson   Drums
Eugene "Gene" Tanner   Vocals
Melvin Parker   Drums
Alphonso "Country" Kellum   Guitar
Jimmy Nolen   Bass,Guitar
Sammy Lowe   Conductor
Joe Dupars   Trumpet
Bernard Odum   Bass,Electric Bass
Levi Rasbury   Trombone,Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Eldee Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Wilmer Milton   Trombone
Martha Harvin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Charles Carr   Baritone Saxophone
Nat Kendrick   Drums
Alfred Ellis   Tenor Saxophone
Sandra Bears   Vocals,Background Vocals
Grace Ruffin   Vocals,Background Vocals
Anna King   Vocals
Tammi Terrell   Vocals
Elsie Mae   Vocals
James "Sugarboy" Crawford   Vocals
Dizzy Jones   Vocals
Robert Knight   Trumpet
Clayton Fillyua   Drums

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
John Terry   Composer
Davy Jones   Composer
Bobby Byrd   Composer
Roger Armstrong   Memorabilia
Nick Ashford   Composer
Lloyd Campbell   Composer
Nat Jones   Arranger,Composer
Gene Redd   Arranger
Waymon Reed   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
Rudy Toombs   Composer
Mack Johnson   Composer
Tony Rounce   Memorabilia
James Crawford   Composer
Ady Croasdell   Memorabilia
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Dean Rudland   Liner Notes,Memorabilia,Sessionography
Johnny Terry   Composer
Sammy Lowe   Arranger
Ted Wright   Composer
Mick Patrick   Memorabilia
Joseph Armstead   Composer
Julius Edward Dixon   Composer
Phillip James   Composer
Mac Johnson   Composer
Julius Dixon   Composer
John Terry   Composer

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