James Brown

Out of Sight

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James Brown's "Out of Sight" keyed off a popular slang phrase of the 1960s to become one of his more successful crossover songs of the first half of the decade. Over a typically funky rhythm track punctuated by sharp horn attacks, Brown sings the praises of a woman in blues-style verses, using not only the title phrase, but also other contemporary slang phrases as "up tight," "too much," and "the end." Of course, the song as a composition was less important than the treatment Brown "and His Orchestra," as the label copy read, gave to it. But that was enough to place it in the Top Five of the R&B charts and the Top 40 of the pop charts in 1964. Shortly after, R&B-influenced rock groups like Them (featuring Van Morrison) and Paul Revere & the Raiders (featuring Mark Lindsay) covered it, but no one eclipsed the typically energized Brown.

Appears On

Year Artist/Album Label Time AllMusic Rating
Out of Sight 1964 Universal 2:18
James Brown Plays James Brown: Yesterday and Today 1965 Mercury Records 2:38
No Image 1977 Polydor 0:00
The CD Of J.B: Sex Machine & Other Soul Classics 1985 Polydor 2:22
Star Time 1991 Polydor 2:19
Foundations of Funk - A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969 1996 Chronicles / Polydor / Universal Distribution 2:22
40th Anniversary Collection 1996 Polydor 2:22
Standing on the Verge: The Roots of Funk 1997
Various Artists
Shanachie 2:24
Beg Scream & Shout: The Big Ol' Box of '60s Soul 1997
Various Artists
Rhino 2:24
Out of Sight: Greatest Hits 2002 Universal International 2:23
The 50th Anniversary Collection 2003 UTV / Polydor / Universal 2:23
Gold: Greatest Hits 2004 Universal International 2:21
Something's Got a Hold on Me 2005
Various Artists
Hear Music 2:24
And I Do Just What I Want 2006 UMVD 2:21
Gold 2007 Polydor 2:24
The Singles, Vol. 3: 1964-1965 2007 Hip-O Select / Polydor 2:25
Playlist Plus 2008 Polydor 2:24
Lee Daniels' The Butler 2013
Original Soundtrack
Decca 2:22
Get on Up: The James Brown Story [Original Motion Picture Soundtrack] 2014 Polydor / Universal 2:23
No Image
Various Artists
Media Records