James Brown

Presenting the James Brown Show

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AllMusic Review by Andrew Hamilton

Amazingly, no one has reissued this '60s original on CD. It represents the exciting James Brown Show of the mid-'60s supporting acts. Baby Lloyd opens like a ball of fire with "I Can't Get No Satisfaction" and "The Dog"; Vicki Anderson follows with two Motown classics: "Don't Mess With Bill" and "Nowhere to Run," and the Jewels, from Washington, D.C., radiate on "This Is My Story" and a roof-ripping "Something's Got a Hold on Me." James Crawford finishes with four cuts and the James Brown Orchestra takes you home with a reprise of "Satisfaction." The Godfather accompanies his protégés on the organ; the only artist omitted here from his live shows of this era is Elsie "TV Mama" Mae, a whopping 350-pound blues singer who electrified crowds with a sidesplitting rendition of "All Of Me."