Please, Please, Please

Please, Please, Please

by James Brown & His Famous Flames

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Overview

Please, Please, Please

James Brown and His Famous Flames scored an R&B Top Ten hit in 1956 with "Please, Please, Please," but Brown's next nine singles for Federal Records flopped. It was the next, "Try Me," his third single of 1958, that finally scored. That was when King Records (Federal's parent label) assembled this, Brown's debut album, out of some of those singles sessions. You can hear the sound of a group and its enthusiastic singer looking for a hit, sometimes in the rock & roll of "Chonnie-On-Chon" (1957) or the 1956 B-side "I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On," sometimes by remaking "Please, Please, Please" under another name, such as "I Don't Know" (1956), sometimes by tackling Coasters-like novelty material such as "That Dood It" (1958), sometimes by aping the smooth Sam Cooke, as on the 1958 B-side "That's When I Lost My Heart," and once by rewriting "My Bonnie (Lies Over the Ocean)" as the 1958 B-side "Baby Cries over the Ocean." Only the two hits were really memorable, but the album presented the sound of a major star-to-be in search of his sound.

Product Details

Release Date: 03/19/1996
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731453101623
catalogNumber: 531016
Rank: 118307

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown & His Famous Flames   Primary Artist
James Brown   Vocals
Clifford Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Byrd   Background Vocals
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Edwyn Conley   Bass
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
John Faire   Guitar
Panama Francis   Drums
Reginald Hall   Drums
Ernie Hayes   Piano
Clarence Mack   Bass
Carl Pruitt   Bass
Wilbert Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Felder   Tenor Saxophone
Edison Gore   Drums
Johnny Terry   Background Vocals
Alvin "Fats" Gonder   Piano
Bill Hollings   Background Vocals
Sylvester Keels   Background Vocals
Nafloyd Scott   Guitar
Eddie Freeman   Guitar
Louis Madison   Background Vocals
Nashpendle Knox   Background Vocals
Cleveland Lowe   Tenor Saxophone

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer
Ralph Bass   Director,Producer
Mitchell Kanner   Reissue Package Design
Trevor Smith   Composer

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