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Soul On Top


James Brown


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Disc 1:
  # Track Name   MP3 Sample
  1   That's My Desire   MP3 sample
  2   Your Cheatin' Heart   MP3 sample
  3   What Kind Of Fool Am I ?   MP3 sample
  4   It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World   MP3 sample
  5   The Man In The Glass   MP3 sample
  6   It's Magic   MP3 sample
  7   September Song   MP3 sample
  8   For Once In My Life   MP3 sample
  9   Every Day I Have The Blues   MP3 sample
  10   I Need Your Key (To Turn Me On)   MP3 sample
  11   Papa's Got A Brand New Bag   MP3 sample
  12   There Was A Time   MP3 sample


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Absolutely invaluable reissue from Verve of an album originally released on King in 1970. Somewhat unseen since then, Soul On Top came out at a time when Browns more successful recordings were carrying a new heavier funk sound, fusing his vocal flamboyance with the Big Band sound of Louie Bellson and Orchestra. At the time "fusion jazz" was the big thing and elegant arrangements and standards were for the old timers, but this is one album that has become better with age, and what we have is the Godfather of Soul at his commanding best. What Kind Of Fool Am I? even displays a subdued Brown singing in full voice without theatrics for the first time since the days of Prisoner of Love. More touchingly voiced R&B comes in the form of Its Magic and The Man in the Glass, featuring some rousing arrangements from then wonder boy in jazz, Oliver Nelson. His presence gives the album a "timeless" jazz quality and sharp feeling for the blues. Bellson simply displays the results of many years playing alongside Duke, Dorsey and Goodman, by making his group swing (which includes musicians such as Buddy Collette, Ray Brown and Joe Romano - giving you some idea of the superb musical backing). Unlike many of Browns gimmicky instrumental LPs of the time this really is a rarity worth seeking out - very rarely do two worlds collide with such satisfying results. Recommended.

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Artist: James Brown
Album: Soul On Top
Cat #: 9861718
Date: 16/07/2004
Format: Audio CD
Discs: 1
Label: VERVE
Usually Ships: 2 - 6 days
Genres: Jazz , Pop , R&B/Soul , Rock
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