James Brown is featured here with the then newly formed J.B.'s
-- the maestro's second great band, including Bootsy Collins
, Phelps Collins
, Jabo Starks
, Bobby Byrd
, and Fred Wesley
. Live at the Apollo had caught James Brown the '50s gospel/R&B singer; Love Power Peace
captures James Brown the funkster. In the early '70s Brown turned up the funk, recording such litanies for Black America as "Ain't It Funky Now," "Sex Machine," "Give It Up or Turn It Loose," "Super Bad," "Get Up, Get into It, Get Involved," and "Soul Power." They're all here, along with revved-up, white-hot versions of the early- and middle-period classics. Brown had planned to release this as a triple album in 1971. When several bandmembers left shortly after it was recorded, Brown switched from King to Polydor Records, leading him to scrap it and record a new studio album instead. In 1992, Polygram decided to make the recording available for the first time.