James Brown: London, 2003 - JazzWax

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May 11, 2012


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James Brown, so far away from the streets of the "Man's Man's World". In my eyes, the overwhelmingly dramatic sound of the early JB makes a much stronger point than the spectacles of the later entertainment machine, being more Vegas than Atlanta, more Blues Brothers than Blues.

Cheers, Gary

Rich Noorigian

This is an example of a classic JB performance. He may be an older version of the guy at the Apollo in 1962 but he continued to give everything at each and every show. Dig his control of the band and his obvious enjoyment of being there.
Marc you always find the stuff that kills me. From Chet Baker to James Brown, I thought I was a freak to love such different artists but you make me feel normal!


James Legend Brown! P.E.R.F.O.R.M.E.R!
But don't forget Bobby Byrd, Bootsy Collins 'n Fred Wesley. There'd be no legend without them sidemen.

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