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Entries in James Brown (18)


New Digs | Early October

Despite my focus on 7-inch singles as of late, I've still managed to dig up a few choice Lp's to round out my more recent hauls. Some long time wants and a couple unexpected treasures make for some pretty interesting acquisitions. Here's what's kept my new arrivals been interesting as of late. Dig it!


James Brown - Sho Is Funky Down Here (King, 1971)

Sly And The Family Stone - Life (Epic, 1968)

Funk Inc. - Chicken Lickin' (Prestige, 1972)

Curtis Mayfield - Curtis In Chicago (Curtom, 1973)

Pretty Purdie - Soul Drums (Date, 1968)

Buster Williams - Pinnacle (Muse, 1975)

Roy Ayers - Coffy (Polydor, 1973)

Chicago Gangsters - Gangster Love (Gold Plate, 1976)

Marvin Gaye - That Stubborn Kinda Fellow (Tamla, 1962)


New Digs | Late May 2017

Here's a snapshot of the Lp’s that I've brought home as of late. I was very excited to find a clean copy of the Freddie Smith's Are You Lonely For Me? as I had never seen it in the wild before. Most of this haul came from the Alpha Records Convention when it passed through Cincy a month or so ago. Happy hunting!


Skin Alley - Skintight (Stax, 1973)

Freddie Scott - Are You Lonely For Me? (Shout, 1967)

James Brown - Sex Machine (Polydor, 1970) <-- German 2Lp opressing

The Fatback Band - Yum Yum (Event, 1975)

Creation - S/T (Atco, 1974)

McLuhan - Anomaly (Brunswick, 1972)


New Digs | Mid April 2017

Shoo-whee! I've been coming up pretty heavy lately. While my intake of Lp's has slowed down a touch due to taking a renewed interest in collecting 45's, I've still managed to come across some heat. Peep the latest haul below.

Willie Mitchell - Hold It!!! (Hi, 1965)

Always looking to round out my collection of Willie Mitchell albums. After sitting in one of the local shops for way too long, this hyper clean mono pressing of Hold It!!! just had to finally come home. I could listen to these instrumentals all day.


King Errisson - The Magic Man (Westbound, 1976)

I've never spotted a King Errisson lp in the wild. The record sounds a little more disco-fied than I had hoped, but there ain't nothing wrong with adding to the Westbound catalog... especially when the grooves are this fat! The cover on this copy has some ferocious water damage, but the vinyl still somehow sounds pretty good. 


Percy Mayfield - Weakness Is A Thing Called Man (RCA, 1970)

Percy Mayfield is forever slept on and unheralded. While I'm not familiar with his output, this Lp finds Percy deep in a grown and sexy blues groove. Weakness Is A Thing Called Man sounds like being stuck in mashed potatoes.


James Brown - Jump Around With James Brown And Other Great Artists (King, 1964)

You can't go wrong with an lp by The Godfather! I'm actually into his instrumental cuts as well, so this album fits in nicely.


Bobby Timmons - The Soul Man (Prestige, 1966)

Here's a nice, super clean copy of Bobby Timmons' The Soul Man!. Somehow, I seem to be drawn to his records and luckily come across them often. This set features a heavy dose of Wayne Shorter saxophone to keep the punches sharp.


Albert Washington - Sad And Lonely (Eastbound, 1973)

I nearly gasped aloud when I thumbed across this lp stacked within the "new arrivals" of one of my local shops. This album has been on my want list and ebay watchlist for a while now. It seldom pops up online, and when it does, it fetches a premium. I paid more than I usually allow myself to splurge, but that's becoming the norm nowadays...


James Brown And The Famous Flames - The Amazing James Brown And The Famous Flames (King, 1961)

Backfilling another King JB release. Despite a seam split, this copy was pretty clean and warranted addition to the stacks.


Henry Cain - The Funky Organ-ization of Henry Cain (Capitol, 1968)

Here's a solid lp of funky instrumental organ infused covers. Nothing earth shattering, but a solid listen and a nice add to the stacks.


Ellen Warshaw - S/T (Vanguard, 1973)

Got lucky with this pull. I had yet to hear Ellen Warshaw but I was struck the the trippiness of the cover in juxtaposition with the sweet, teenybopper headshot on the back cover. What would this possibly sound like? "Sister Morphine" is the clear standout to my ears - with its moody, almost evil backdrop. The rest of the Lp is... pretty and bittersweet sounding.


The Fugs - S/T (ESP Disk, 1966)

I've tried and tried to dial into The Fugs. Not sure if I just haven't found the right album or if I'm just hardwired to object to their sound. I'll keep trying with this one. I was intrigued how despite the early release date, the cover looked like an early 80's punk album.


The Fatback Band - People Music (Perception, 1973)

Another early disco funk classic that has eluded my grip. These early Fatback records are hard to come by around these parts. Very pleased to find an original issue in good shape.


The Hobbits - Men & Doors (The Hobbits Communicate) (Decca, 1968)

Found this psych treasure in a local shop that I always seem to forget about. I have their other Lp, and like it a little better. The sound here undulates between folky and sunshin-y psych with enough trippy dark-ish passages to placate my taste.


Various - Connecticut Soul Vol. 1 - (Fling-O, 19XX)

The simple graphics and neon orange cover really caught my eye on this one. Connecticut Soul Vol. 1 pulls together a grip of cover tunes by regional club acts from the late 60's. This is a scarce private press pull. The songs are all covers of popular tunes of the time, and there are a couple standouts - in particular, the first cut "1-2-3" by the North Atlantic Syndicate of Soul. Give it a whirl!



New Digs | Early August 2016

Some of these actually came home in July :)

It's been a busy Summer! So many new (and old) sounds spinning on the tables and filling the home with good vibes. Between ebay finds, new releases, local spots, and a haul in Chicago while on a work trip, I've more than covered the sound spectrum and been diligent in hitting the bins with persistence. See below for what's new to the mix. Hit 'em up!


Roosevelt Holts - Presenting The Country Blues (Blue Horizon, 1968)

Kossie Gardner - Pipes Of Blue (Dot)

Wu-Tang Clan - Wu-Tang Forever (Loud, 1997) 4Lp OG still sealed

Beastie Boys - Ill Communication (Grand Royal, 1994) 2Lp OG still sealed

Beastie Boys - The In Sound From Way Out (Grand Royal, 1995) 1998 press, still sealed 

The 3rd Avenue Blues Band - Fantastic (Revue, 1970)

James Brown and The Famous Flames - Mighty Instrumentals (King, 1966)

BADBADNOTGOOD - IV (Innovative Leisure, 2016) 2Lp

Norma Tanega - Walkin' My Cat Named Dog (New Voice, 1966)

Darrell Banks - Is Here! (Atco, 1967)

World's Experience Orchestra - The Beginning Of A New Birth / As Time Goes On (Now-Again, 2016)

Hal Blaine - Psychedelic Percussion (Dunhill, 1967)

Dave Pike Set - Infra-Red (BASF, 1972)

Redd Holt Unlimited - The Other Side Of The Moon (Paula, 1975)

Madisen Ward & The Mama Bear - Skeleton Crew (Glassnote, 2015)

Dungen - Ta Det Lugnt (Subliminal Sounds, 2011) 3Lp box set


James Brown - "A Man Has To Go Back To The Crossroads/ The Drunk" (Bethlehem, 1970) 

So, it’s more than a given. James Brown is THE godfather. His contribution and overall output is unmatched. I pick up his records, cd’s, 45’s on the regular and have no discern for continually adding JB to the stacks. He's more than proven to put out all killer and no filler. Every now and then, I’ll pick up a single and it'll end up being something I've yet to hear and will melt my mind. “The Drunk” is one of those sides that completely rocked my world. Packaged as a B-side, "The Drunk" is a way too funky popcorn instrumental that always seems to catch someone’s ear when I play it out. As strong as it is, it's puzzling that the song has yet to be famously sampled or comped. The A-side, “A Man Has Got To Go Back to The Crossroads”, ain’t too shabby either! A soulful, gospel tinged James Brown burner, the vocal provides a nice counter to the frenzy of “The Drunk”.

Listen to both sides of the single below!