Ballads

James Brown

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Ballads Review

by Al Campbell

For good reason, much emphasis has been placed on the exhilarating revolutionary up-tempo funk classics recorded by the Godfather of Soul James Brown, but his earliest hits were actually rhythm & blues ballads. This Polydor package highlights 18 tracks that capture the energy and passion of songs like "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," "Prisoner of Love," and "If I Ruled the World." Even when strings are incorporated, Brown never becomes smothered by the arrangement and always fulfills the pleading bittersweet message that may have been lost with another performer. Ballads is a set that will satisfy any James Brown fan containing 13 original single mixes available on CD for the first time, including the rarely heard string sections on "Try Me," "Lost Someone," and "Bewildered."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 James Brown 02:32 SpotifyAmazon
2 James Brown 02:49
3 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band 03:25 Amazon
4
James Brown 02:47
5 James Brown feat: The Famous Flames 02:28 Amazon
6 James Brown feat: The Famous Flames 02:46
7 James Brown feat: The Famous Flames 02:35
8 James Brown feat: Chorus 02:26 SpotifyAmazon
9 James Brown feat: Chorus 02:36 SpotifyAmazon
10 James Brown 03:29 SpotifyAmazon
11 James Brown feat: Louie Bellson 04:09 Amazon
12 James Brown 03:53 SpotifyAmazon
13 James Brown 02:49 Amazon
14 James Brown feat: Cincinnati Studio Orchestra 04:23
15 James Brown feat: The James Brown Orchestra 03:27 SpotifyAmazon
16 James Brown feat: Cincinnati Studio Orchestra 03:34 Amazon
17 James Brown 03:09 SpotifyAmazon
18 James Brown feat: Cincinnati Studio Orchestra 03:01 SpotifyAmazon
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