James Brown

Live in Concert

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You are on your way to a party but you don't know the hosts very well. You may not even like them. Then you realize you haven't bought a gift, so you stop at a gas station to buy a cheap CD. James Brown's Live in Concert is the kind of album you will probably end up with. It has been re-released a number of times on various low-budget labels, and while it is usually very cheap, it is hardly anything you would want to buy for yourself. Not that Brown did an extremely bad show the night it was recorded (or nights actually, for a number of the tracks are re-recorded not using the original band), as usual he is extremely funky at times, and you do get an idea of why he is called the hardest working man in show business. But the sound quality is scandalously poor, and the 16 tracks from the LP are compiled into six CD tracks, making jumping between the tracks impossible. Apart from the technical quality (or lack of quality), five-minute interludes with presentations of the band and black-power name-dropping work much better on-stage than in your stereo. If you find this album for an extremely low price and you are a big fan of Brown, you may consider buying it just to hear some alternative live versions, but there are so many better Brown albums out there.

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