James Brown

My Thang

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"My Thang" was one of James Brown's biggest hits (including his sensational 1966 R&B chart-topper/number eight pop ballad "It's a Man's Man's Man's World") in which the singer was backed by New York studio musicians. The deliciously searing, funky cut was recorded on November 27, 1973, at New York's A&R Studios with drummer Jimmy Madison (a Cincinnati transplant who sporadically worked with Brown and bandleader Dave Matthews at King Records), bassist Gordon Edwards, guitarists Joe Beck and Sam Brown, tenor saxists Joe Farrell and Frank Vicari, percussionist Sue Evans, and Michael Gipson on trombone and alto sax. Former Brown regular Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis returned to lay down baritone sax in between his NY playing dates. The cut led the era of Brown's "new new super heavy funk." Written and produced by James Brown, "My Thang" took over the number one R&B spot for two weeks and trekked to number 29 pop in summer 1974. It was on his Hell album (Top Two R&B/Top 35 pop), which also boasted the radio-aired LP favorite "Coldblooded" and the number one R&B/Top 31 pop hit "Papa Don't Take No Mess."

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Hell 1974 Polydor 4:19
No Image 1977 Polydor 0:00
Star Time 1991 Polydor 4:37
Billboard Hot Soul Hits: 1974 1995
Various Artists
Rhino 4:19
Make It Funky - The Big Payback: 1971-1975 1996 Chronicles / Polydor 4:15
40th Anniversary Collection 1996 Polydor 4:14
It's a Man's World 2003 Polydor 4:20
The 50th Anniversary Collection 2003 UTV / Polydor / Universal 4:09
Greatest Breakbeats 2004 Polydor 4:41
70's Funk Classics 2004 Universal Special Products / PSM 4:20
The Best of James Brown & Friends, Vol. 3 [20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection] 2005 Polydor 4:19
Universal Masters, Vol. 2 2006 Universal International 4:22
Fine Old Foxy Self 2006 UMVD 4:17
Fine Old Foxy Self: James Brown 1970s 2006 Universal Distribution 4:17
Number 1's 2007 Polydor 4:09
Gold 2007 Polydor 4:17
The 50 Greatest Songs 2007 Universal / Universal Distribution 4:10
Playlist Plus 2008 Polydor 4:16
The Singles, Vol. 9: 1973-1975 2010 Hip-O Select / Polydor 4:16
5 Classic Albums 2014 Polydor 4:20