Get on Up: The James Brown Story [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

Get on Up: The James Brown Story [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack]

by James Brown


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James Brown was arguably the most important African-American artist of his generation, a musician whose work helped define his time and place while creating a sound that was his and his alone. Brown's sharp, percussive style upended R&B, gave birth to funk, and would provide the blueprint for hip-hop, while echoes of his innovative music could be heard in free jazz, new wave, electronic, and many other musical avenues. If anyone in popular music deserves a big-screen biopic, it's James Brown, and the soundtrack to Get On Up, a feature film based on Brown's life starring Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul, is a reminder that Brown was a pathbreaker in the studio and a supreme showman on the stage. Opening with the taut groove of 1970's "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine," this album is dominated by Brown's sinewy, hard funk from the late '60s and '70s, such as the ferocious "Mother Popcorn," the tough but passionate "Cold Sweat," and the ominous "The Payback, Pt. 1," though there are reminders of earlier and more soulful hits like "Please Please Please," "Try Me," and "Caldonia." Along with the familiar studio recordings of several of Brown's biggest hits, Get On Up also folds in a number of vintage live recordings (including a ferocious take of "Night Train" from 1963's justifiably legendary Live at the Apollo), and if the studio was where he hatched the ideas to take his music in new and exciting directions, the stage was where he most effectively put his theories into practice, and the triple-play of 1971 live takes of "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine," "Super Bad," and "Soul Power" is devastating, especially considering they were performed in real time into open mikes while some of the players were doing dance steps. With the exception of a heavily overdubbed version of "Try Me," most of these tracks appear in versions that are recognizable to fans, and while some of this material may have been tricked up for use onscreen, the bulk of the album sounds like pure James Brown, delivered in potent form. 1991's 20 All-Time Greatest Hits is still the best one-disc overview of Brown's most vital work, and Star Time remains that rare box set that's practically devoid of filler, but if a new generation of music fans is going to be introduced to the Hardest Working Man In Show Business by the movie Get On Up, at least the soundtrack album delivers a satisfying taste of what made him a legend.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/29/2014
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0602537911943
catalogNumber: 002118602

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist
St. Clair Pinckney   Saxophone
Bruce Dukov   Background Vocals,Concert Master
Maceo Parker   Saxophone
Bobby Byrd   Organ,Leader
Charlie Bisharat   Background Vocals
Buie   Bass
"Brisco" Clark   Saxophone
Phelps "Catfish" Collins   Bass
Jim Cox   Keyboards
Jeff Driskill   Saxophone
Clayton Fillyau   Percussion,Drums
Gary Grant   Trumpet
Richard "Kush" Griffith   Trumpet
Johnny Griggs   Percussion,Drums
Dan Higgins   Saxophone
Paul Jackson   Guitar
Nat Jones   Leader,Saxophone
Mike Lawler   Keyboards
Clifford MacMillan   Saxophone
Eric Marienthal   Saxophone
Andy Martin   Trombone
John Morgan   Percussion,Drums
Joel Peskin   Saxophone
Katia Popov   Background Vocals
Waymon Reed   Trumpet
John Starks   Percussion,Drums
Clyde Stubblefield   Percussion,Drums
Ron Tooley   Trumpet
Teddy Washington   Trumpet
Fred Wesley   Trombone,Leader
Hollie Farris   Trumpet
Mack Johnson   Trumpet
Lewis Hamlin   Trumpet,Leader
Roscoe Patrick   Trumpet
Martha High   Background Vocals
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison   Trumpet
Robert Coleman   Bass
Russell Crimes   Trumpet
Melvin Parker   Percussion,Drums
Alphonso "Country" Kellum   Bass
Jimmy Nolen   Bass
William Frank "Bill" Reichenbach   Trombone
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin   Bass
Jimmy Parker   Saxophone
Wayne Bergeron   Trumpet
Joe Dupars   Trumpet
Levi Rasbury   Trombone
Eldee Williams   Saxophone
Alvin "Fats" Gonder   Keyboards
Clayton Gunnels   Trumpet
Wilmer Milton   Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley   Trumpet
Nafloyd Scott   Bass
Charles Carr   Saxophone
Nat Kendrick   Percussion,Drums
Teddy Campbell   Drums
Nate Jones   Percussion,Drums
Alyssa Park   Background Vocals
William "Po Devil" Burgess   Saxophone
Charles Davis   Trumpet
Serena McKinney   Background Vocals
Joe Davis   Trumpet
Peyton "PJ" Johnson   Saxophone
Robert Schaer   Trumpet
Alex Iles   Trombone
Freddie Washington   Bass
Jerone "Jassan" Sanford   Trumpet
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis   Organ,Leader,Saxophone
Ron Harper   Trumpet
Robert McCullough   Saxophone
Don Martin   Percussion,Drums

Technical Credits

James Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Mick Jagger   Executive Producer
Jimmy Forrest   Composer
Bobby Byrd   Composer,Personnel
Famous Flames   Personnel
Jerry Hey   Horn Arrangements
Ron Lenhoff   Composer
John Starks   Composer
Fred Wesley   Arranger,Composer
Johnny Terry   Composer,Personnel
Lewis Simpkins   Composer
Bobby Bennett   Personnel
Peter Afterman   Executive Producer
Brian Grazer   Executive Producer
Sylvester Keels   Personnel
Eugene Stallworth   Personnel
Deanna Brown   Composer
Fleecie Moore   Composer
Yamma Brown   Composer
Oscar Washington   Composer
Andrew Hey   Engineer
Betty Jean Newsome   Composer
Nashpendle Knox   Personnel
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis   Arranger,Composer
Underdogs   Arranger,Producer
Diedra Brown   Composer
Famous Flames II   Personnel

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