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James Brown Discography

The Godfather of Soul, album to album from 1959 to 1975. Sometimes releasing several albums year, he truly was the "Hardest Working Man in Show Business".

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    Please Please Please (1959), James Brown's first album with the title track and "Try Me"
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    The Amazing James Brown and the Famous Flames (1961)
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    Night Train (1961)
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    Live at the Apollo (1963) with "Think" and "I'll Go Crazy"
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    Grits & Soul (1964)
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    James Brown Plays James Brown: Yesterday and Today (1965)
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    Mighty Instrumentals (1966)
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    Sings Raw Soul (1967) with "Bring It Up (Hipster's Avenue)", "Don't Be a Dropout" and "Let Yourself Go"
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    Cold Sweat (1967) with the title track and "Come Rain or Come Shine"
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    I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me (1968) with "There Was a Time"
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    Live at the Apollo, Vol II (1968) with "Think" and "Out of Sight"
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    Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud (1969) with the title track and "Licking Stick Licking Stick"
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    It's a Mother (1969)
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    The Popcorn (1969)
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    Soul on Top (1970) with "It's Magic" and "That's My Desire"
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    James Brown - Sex Machine (1970) with the title track, "Give It Up or Turnit Loose", "I Got the Feelin'", and "Mother Popcorn"
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    Revolution of the Mind (1971) with "Give It Up or Turnit Loose", "Super Bad", and "Make It Funky", "Hot Pants", "Soul Power", and "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine"
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    James Brown - There It Is (1972) with "King Heroin", the title track, and "Talking Loud and Saying Nothing"
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    Get on the Good Foot (1972) with the title track and "Cold Sweat"
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    Black Caesar Soundtrack (1973) with "Down and Out in New York City"
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    Slaughter's Big Rip Off Soundtrack (1973)
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    James Brown - The Payback (1973) with the title track and "Take Some... Leave Some"
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    Sex Machine Today (1975)
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    Saxophonist Maceo Parker joined the James Brown's band in 1963. Possibly Brown's most famous sideman, he played a key part in classics such as "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", "I Got You (I Feel Good)", "Sex Machine", and "Cold Sweat".
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    The late Marva Whitney is fondly remembered by funk devotees as one of the rawest, most powerful divas the genre ever produced. Whitney made her name singing with the James Brown Revue, and her limited, much-sampled recordings for Brown now fetch astronomical sums on the collector's market. Songs include "It's My Thing" and "Unwind Yourself".
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    Lyn Collins a.k.a. James Brown's protege "The Female Preacher" - Think (About It) (1972) with the classic title track famously sampled by Rob Base and DJ E-Z Rock for "It Takes Two".
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    Fred Wesley was the JBs' musical director. Briefly a member of the Ike & Tina Turner Revue, Wesley started his career as a trumpeter and became the JBs' trombonist. Fred Wesley wrote 1973's "Doin It to Death" as well as "Papa Don't Take No Mess" for Brown.
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    Fred Wesley & the JBs - Damn Right I Am Somebody (1974) with the title track and "Blow Your Head". Wesley left the JBs in 1975 and joined P-Funk in time for their seminal Mothership Connection album.
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    In The Jungle Groove (1986), a compilation that finally saw the album release of "Funky Drummer", the most sampled song of all time, despite the song hitting #20 on the R&B charts and #51 on the pop charts. It was recorded on November 20, 1969 in Cincinnati, Ohio and originally released by King Records as a two-part 45 rpm single in March 1970.