The Singles, Vol. 4: 1966-1967

The Singles, Vol. 4: 1966-1967

by James Brown

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This is the fourth double-disc installment in James Brown's The Singles. Producers have once again outdone themselves with their strict attention to detail -- in audio fidelity as well as within the text of the information-laden liner notes -- while tackling the formidable task of restoring Brown's prolific and at times confounding 45 rpm catalog. Vol. 4 covers the nearly two dozen 7" Brown-related platters that came out during 1966 and 1967. And although the artist chose to occasionally recycle songs, that still breaks down to almost one 45 a month. Exemplifying that phenomenon is the remixed and truncated version of "This Old Heart." It first surfaced in August of 1966 as the B-side to "How Long Darling" -- both of which had been released respectively a year earlier. While these discographical detours are few and far between, they help illuminate some of the challenges continually facing co-producers Harry Weinger and Alan Leeds. Those anomalies aside, the mid-'60s were sho'nuf a golden time for the Godfather of Soul as reflected by the enormous chart success of "Ain't That a Groove," "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," "Money Won't Change You," "Don't Be a Dropout," "Think," "Let Yourself Go," and "Cold Sweat." Ever the savvy artist -- and in order to maneuver around various legal obstacles -- Brown didn't just issue singles under his own moniker. While the vast majority came out as James Brown & His Famous Flames, the instrumental covers of Martha & the Vandellas' "Jimmy Mack," Ray Charles' "Let's Go Get Stoned," Ruby & the Romantics' "Our Day Will Come," and the Alfred Ellis original "What Do You Like" are specifically credited to "James Brown at the Organ." Meanwhile Parts One and Two of "New Breed," "James Brown's Boo-Ga-Loo," and "Lost in a Mood of Changes" were simply listed as James Brown. Then there is the case of the previously unreleased two-part "It's a Gas." It was a scheduled, but ultimately unrealized project by "the James Brown Dancers." Other inclusions of interest are the 1966 seasonal trilogy of singles with two different takes of Mel Tormé's "Christmas Song" aka "Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire," and Parts One and Two of the Brown co-compositions "Sweet Little Baby Boy" and "Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year." Plus, a few "hidden" promotional messages from Soul Brother #1. Once again, Alan Leeds' copious essay and detailed annotations put the 42 songs in proper historical perspective. The words are literally encased by all manner of photos and reproductions of vintage memorabilia from the James Brown archives. Last, but certainly not least is Seth Foster's digital mastering as he brings more life into the grooves than has ever existed before.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/04/2007
Label: Hip-O Select
UPC: 0602517407725
catalogNumber: 000947202
Rank: 47185

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist,Organ,Piano,Vocals,Lead
Lonnie Mack   Guitar
Richard Harris   Trombone
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
St. Clair Pinckney   Tenor Saxophone
Dud Bascomb   Trumpet
Michael Moore   Bass Guitar
Seldon Powell   Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Maceo Parker   Tenor Saxophone
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Troy Seals   Guitar
Sonny Thompson   Piano
Kiane Zawadi   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Byrd   Background Vocals
Garnett Brown   Trombone
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Panama Francis   Drums
Ernie Hayes   Organ,Piano
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Nat Jones   Organ,Conductor,Alto Saxophone
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Clifford Jordan   Tenor Saxophone
Carl Lynch   Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Waymon Reed   Trumpet
Ron Selico   Bongos
Joe Sherman   Violin
Lloyd Stallworth   Background Vocals
John Starks   Drums
James Tyrell   Bass
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Billy Butler   Guitar
Lucas   Bass,Bass Guitar
Vicki Anderson   Vocals,Background Vocals
Johnny Terry   Background Vocals
Martha High   Vocals,Background Vocals
J.C. Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Wallace Richardson   Guitar
Alphonso "Country" Kellum   Bass,Guitar
Jimmy Nolen   Guitar
Bobby Bennett   Background Vocals
Sammy Lowe   Conductor
Lamar Wright   Trumpet
Joe Dupars   Trumpet
Bernard Odum   Bass,Bass Guitar
Levi Rasbury   Trumpet,Valve Trombone
Eldee Williams   Tenor Saxophone,Vocals
Ronald Konieczka   Violin
Charles Carr   Baritone Saxophone
Nat Kendrick   Drums
Sandra Bears   Vocals
Grace Ruffin   Vocals
Johnny Grimes   Trumpet
Irene Vinegar   Background Vocals
Michael James Moore   Bass
Jimmy Tyrell   Bass Guitar
Margie Clark   Background Vocals
Dick Coghill   Trumpet
Sandra Bears   Background Vocals
Ray Castillo   Violin
Dee Watkins   Background Vocals
Clyde Sutbblefield   Drums
Jr. Albert Dailey   Piano
Herman Wasserman   Violin
Bobby Roach   Guitar
Alfred Corley   Tenor Saxophone
Grace Ruffin   Background Vocals
Denny Bayliss   Trumpet
Jimmie Robinson   Drums
Johnny Grimes   Trumpet
James McGary   Alto Saxophone
Fielder Floyd   Trumpet
Ron Konieczka   Violin
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis   Tenor Saxophone
Gigi Griffin   Background Vocals
David "Hooks" Williams   Bass Guitar
Ron Harper   Trumpet
Frank Brown   Trumpet
Alfonzo Kellum   Guitar

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
James Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Pee Wee Ellis   Arranger
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Nick Ashford   Composer
Lamont Dozier   Composer
Bob Gallo   Engineer
Mort Garson   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Bob Hilliard   Composer
Eddie Holland   Composer
Brian Holland   Composer
Burt Jones   Composer
Nat Jones   Arranger,Composer
Jay Livingston   Composer
Valerie Simpson   Composer
John Starks   Arranger
Mike Stoller   Composer
Alan Leeds   Liner Notes
Lowman Pauling   Composer
Sammy Lowe   Arranger
Bud Hobgood   Composer
Alfred Ellis   Composer
Joseph Armstead   Composer
Pat Lawrence   Executive Producer
Betty Jean Newsome   Composer
Dorothy Heyward   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Michele Horie   Art Direction

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