Best of Live at the Apollo: 50th Anniversary

Best of Live at the Apollo: 50th Anniversary

by James BrownJames Brown

CD(Anniversary Edition)



Seldom have a performer and a venue been more suited to each other than James Brown and the Apollo Theater in Harlem. Brown played over 600 shows on the Apollo stage when all was said and done, beginning in 1959 when he was the opening act for Little Willie John, ended up the headliner by the end of the run, and then returned every year through 1974, returning again when the Apollo reopened. In front of audiences that were frenzied and passionate, Brown's equally frenzied and passionate shows are the stuff of legend. A landmark album of vintage early Brown with his Famous Flames, Live at the Apollo, appeared in 1963 (the show documented was from October 24, 1962), followed by two more, Live at the Apollo, Vol. 2 (from shows on June 24 and 25, 1967, it was released in 1968) and Revolution of the Mind: Recorded Live at the Apollo, Vol. 3 (recorded between July 21 and 25, 1971, it was released that same year). This set honors the 50th anniversary of the release of that classic first live Apollo set by taking key tracks from all three of the Apollo releases and then tacking on a couple of tracks from the unreleased album Get Down at the Apollo with the J.B.'s, which was recorded at shows on September 13 and 14 in 1972. It's also sort of a live James Brown greatest-hits album, with powerful versions of "I'll Go Crazy," "Night Train," "Please, Please, Please," and "Sex Machine," among others. It's a dynamite sequence documenting an explosive performer in his prime on the exact right stage at the exact right time in front of the exact right audience. This, folks, is James Brown at the Apollo.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/25/2013
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0602537146444
catalogNumber: 001744402

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist
St. Clair Pinckney   Flute,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Maceo Parker   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Byrd   Organ
Buie   Guitar
"Brisco" Clark   Baritone Saxophone
Johnny Griggs   Conga
Richard Jones   Violin
Clifford MacMillan   Tenor Saxophone
John Morgan   Drums
Hubert Perry   Bass
Waymon Reed   Trumpet
Ron Selico   Bongos,Drums
George Sims   Drums
John Starks   Drums
Clyde Stubblefield   Drums
Fred Thomas   Bass
Teddy Washington   Trumpet
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Fred Wesley   Organ,Trombone,Leader
Lewis Hamlin   Trumpet,Leader
Roscoe Patrick   Trumpet
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison   Trumpet
Robert Coleman   Guitar
Russell Crimes   Trumpet
Alphonso "Country" Kellum   Bass,Guitar
Jimmy Nolen   Guitar
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin   Guitar
Jimmy Parker   Alto Saxophone
Joe Dupars   Trumpet
Bernard Odum   Bass
Levi Rasbury   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Eldee Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Clayton Fillyua   Drums
Jerone "Jassan" Sanford   Trumpet
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis   Organ,Leader,Alto Saxophone
Marilyn Jones   Violin
Fats Gonder   Organ
William Burgess   Alto Saxophone
Vivian Robinson   Violin
Isaiah Oakley   Trumpet

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer,Producer
Jimmy Forrest   Composer
St. Clair Pinckney   Composer
Bobby Byrd   Composer
Ron Lenhoff   Composer
Alan Leeds   Producer
Chuck Stewart   Cover Photo
Johnny Terry   Composer
Vartan   Art Direction
Lewis Simpkins   Composer
Bud Hobgood   Composer
Alfred Ellis   Composer
Charles Bobbit   Composer
Oscar Washington   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Producer
Teresa Hale   Licensing

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