The Singles, Vol. 8: 1972-1973

The Singles, Vol. 8: 1972-1973

by James BrownJames Brown




James Brown moved shop from Cincinnati to New York in 1971, switching from King Records to Polydor, trading the appellation Soul Brother Number One for the Godfather of Soul and shifting his music in the process. Vol. 8 of Hip-O Select's ongoing chronicle of JB's complete singles documents those first two years of his Polydor stint, the time when Polydor pushed for the crossover hit Brown craved while James leaned on arranger David Matthews, who steered JB toward an urban music that was swinging, sophisticated, occasionally melodramatic, and always accommodating toward Fred Wesley's increasing jazz bent. In other words, James Brown ceded gritty funk to young upstarts like Funkadelic, following the path of '60s peers like Curtis Mayfield and Isaac Hayes into blaxploitation, staking ground on Black Caesar and even then leaving most of the work to Wesley, a pretty good indication of Brown's level of concentration in 1972 and 1973. Despite this fresh start, JB's attention wandered and many of the sessions in these years came out under the Fred Wesley & the JB's billing -- and several sides that did show up under Brown's name were instrumentals, or were revived older tracks, as in the case of "I Got Ants in My Pants and Want to Dance." Given the caliber of musicians in the JB's, much of this is enjoyable, but there is a notable dip in quality and consistency, especially when compared to the hotbed of creativity of 1970-1972, when Brown was pushed by Bootsy and Catfish Collins, creating some of his hottest music ever. The JB's of 1972-1973 did cut a few seminal singles -- Wesley rightly calls "Get on the Good Foot" "one of the more perfect recordings we ever did" and there's a cinematic appeal to "King Heroin" -- but it's telling that the real blockbuster of this time is "Doing It to Death," credited to Fred Wesley & the JB's, something that says quite a bit about James' work in this era.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/21/2009
Label: Hip-O Select
UPC: 0602527163338
catalogNumber: 001334902

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Trumpet,Drums,Electric Piano,Vocals
Cat Anderson   Trumpet
Joe Beck   Guitar
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
St. Clair Pinckney   Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Michael Moore   Bass
Seldon Powell   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Joe Temperley   Baritone Saxophone
Ralph MacDonald   Percussion
Maceo Parker   Flute,Alto Saxophone
David T. Walker   Guitar
Danny Stiles   Trumpet
Charlie Brown   Guitar
Bobby Byrd   Tambourine
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Leon "Ndugu" Chancler   Drums
Billy Cobham   Drums
Lyn Collins   Vocals
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Joe Farrell   Flute,English Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Gadd   Drums
Russell George   Bass
Johnny Griggs   Conga
Harvey Mason   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Guitar
John Morgan   Tambourine
Benny Powell   Trombone
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Pat Rebillot   Keyboards,Electric Piano
David Spinozza   Acoustic Guitar
John Starks   Drums
Richard Tee   Organ,Piano
Fred Thomas   Bass
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
Fred Wesley   Trombone,Vocals
Buster Williams   Bass
Snooky Young   Trumpet
Jimmy Madison   Drums
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison   Trumpet
Robert Coleman   Guitar
Russell Crimes   Trumpet
Jimmy Nolen   Guitar
Bobby Roach   Guitar
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin   Guitar,Trombone
Jimmy Parker   Alto Saxophone
Eldee Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Jerone "Jasaan Sanford" Melson   Trumpet
Isiah "Ike" Oakley   Trumpet
Kenny Poole   Guitar
Dave Matthews   Organ,Conductor
Jerry Dodgion   Alto Saxophone
Sam Brown   Acoustic Guitar
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Jeanette Washington   Vocals

Technical Credits

James Brown   Arranger,Composer
Bill Doggett   Composer
George Harrison   Composer
Billy Butler   Composer
Herbie Hancock   Composer
St. Clair Pinckney   Composer
Clifford Scott   Composer
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
Burt Bacharach   Composer
Lyn Collins   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Henry Glover   Composer
John Starks   Composer
Fred Wesley   Arranger,Composer
Alan Leeds   Liner Notes
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Shep Shepherd   Composer
Bodie Chandler   Composer
Sammy Lowe   Arranger
Mathieu Bitton   Memorabilia
Charles Bobbit   Composer
Manny Rosen   Composer
Henry Stallings   Composer
Dave Matthews   Arranger,Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Art Direction
Jeanette Washington   Introduction
Joe Mims   Composer
Charles Fred A. Bobbit   Composer

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