James Brown

Live at the Apollo, Vol. II

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According to Alan Leeds -- tour director of the James Brown show in the late '60s -- by 1968 Brown was honored with the distinction of selling one million concert tickets during his various appearances at the famed Apollo Theatre. The first volume of Live at the Apollo [1963] captured the R&B fury that would single-handedly define the soul music genre. While this volume reveals Brown's updated stage show, it more importantly offers another prolific observation into the future of R&B -- funk. It would be nearly two years before Brown would discover the likes of Bootsy Collins and ultimately form the J.B.'s. However, as Live at the Apollo, Vol. II testifies, "soul brother number one" is already submerging his band into more extended musical tangents, bobbing and weaving within a tight framework. This yields exciting new readings of familiar classics such as "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." Not only does Brown brilliantly incorporate the track "Lost Someone" -- recalling the extended workout given on Live at the Apollo [1963] -- Brown's percussive, heart-attack inducing call and response will leave even the most unflappable enthusiast slack jawed.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 00:31 Amazon
2 James Brown feat: James Brown & His Famous Flames / Marva Whitney 02:54 Amazon
3 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 03:13 Amazon
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James Brown 01:05 Amazon
5 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 04:07 Amazon
6 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 03:54 Amazon
7 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 04:01 Amazon
8 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 04:19 Amazon
9 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 05:33 Amazon
10 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 04:41 Amazon
11 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 03:06 Amazon
12 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 00:29 Amazon
13 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 07:31 Amazon
14 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 00:25 Amazon
15 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 02:54 Amazon
16 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 04:40 Amazon
17 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 07:10 Amazon
18 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 10:17 Amazon
19 James Brown feat: The James Brown Band / James Brown & His Famous Flames 02:41 Amazon
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