James Brown

Papa's Got a Brand New Bag [Goldies]

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Here is a typical Goldies production: three discs for a budget price featuring some of James Brown's greatest hits. What they don't tell you on the cover is that the majority of these (all of disc one and two) are live performances. That's not necessarily a bad thing, and indeed some of these, in fact the majority, are electrifying. The last disc contains early studio sides cut by the king of funk before he was any such thing. He was still an amazing R&B singer, though. But there is a sacrifice to be made: there is canned audience applause in some places, and tinny sound in others. For Brown collectors this will be necessary, but for everyone else, stick to the known sides.

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