'The Godfather of Soul.' 'The Hardest Working Man in Show Business.' 'Mr. Dynamite.' 'Soul Brother Number One.' For more than 50 years, these and other honorifics have described American music icon James Brown.
James Joseph Brown (May 3, 1933 – December 25, 2006) was an American singer, songwriter, dancer, musician, record producer and bandleader. A progenitor of funk music and a major figure of 20th century popular music and dance, he is often referred to as the "Godfather of Soul". In a career that lasted 50 years, he influenced the development of several music genres…
A towering figure in postwar American music, for over 40 years James Brown has written, produced, and performed some of the most compelling R&B ever recorded. 20 All Time Greatest Hits! distills Startime!, itself a four-CD set that barely scratched the surface of Brown's prodigious output. As such, this collection concentrates on Brown's best-known records: "I Feel Good," "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," and "Cold Sweat." The propulsive one- or two-chord vamps with Brown's hoarse, declamatory vocals laid the groundwork for modern funk. It's a perfect starter set for anyone unfamiliar with Brown's work. But be warned–Brown is addictive. Like peanuts and potato chips, it's impossible to stop with just one. Buy this and don't be surprised if one day you find yourself scouring used record bins for a rare copy of Grits and Cornbread.
SEX MACHINE TODAY (subtitled: Disco Soul/Dance Dance Dance) (originally Polydor PD-6042) was the middle release of three 1975 James Brown albums, preceded by REALITY and followed by EVERYBODY'S DOIN' THE HUSTLE & DEAD ON THE DOUBLE BUMP. The album contains three consecutively linked tracks on both sides, all introduced by James' exclamation of "Sex Machine!" before each cut. The album is also known for it's lascivious cover art, the words SEX MACHINE are spelled out in letters composed of nude women! This another James Brown album that divides fans, probably because most can't get all the way through the tepid and draggy remake of the title cut that begins Side One. It's even hard to imagine that you're listening to the actual J.B.'s!