James Brown - Live At The Apollo Volume II [Deluxe Edition] (2001)

James Brown - Live At The Apollo Volume II [Deluxe Edition] (2001)
Artist: James Brown
Title: Live At The Apollo Volume II [Deluxe Edition]
Year Of Release: 2001 (1968)
Label: Polydor [314 549 884-2]
Genre: Funk, Soul, R&B
Quality: FLAC (tracks+.cue,log) | Mp3
Total Time: 01:32:46
Total Size: 723 MB | 310 MB (Scans)

Live At The Apollo Volume II is a 1968 live album by James Brown. Originally released by King Records in June 1968, this is the 2CD Deluxe Edition released by Universal on 26 June, 2001. It is remastered by Kevin Reeves.

If the purpose of the "Deluxe Edition" of Live at the Apollo, Vol. II is to make the best even better, the mission is more than accomplished. Not only has the original running time been increased by over half an hour - re-creating an entire performance, but also the sound, is likewise all encompassing and complete. According to Alan Leeds - tour director of the James Brown show in the late '60s - by 1968 Brown was honored with the distinction of selling one million concert tickets during his various appearances at the famed Apollo Theatre. The first volume of Live at the Apollo [1963] captures the R&B fury that would single-handedly define the soul music genre. While this volume reveals Brown's updated stage show, it more importantly offers another prolific observation into the future of R&B - funk. It would be nearly two years before Brown would discover the likes of Bootsy Collins and ultimately form the JBs. However, as Live at the Apollo, Vol. II testifies, "soul brother number one" is already submerging his band into more extended musical tangents, bobbing and weaving within a tight framework. This yields exciting new readings of familiar classics such as "It's a Man's Man's Man's World." Not only does Brown brilliantly incorporate the track "Lost Someone" - recalling the extended workout given on Live at the Apollo [1963] - Brown's percussive, heart-attack inducing call and response will leave even the most unflappable enthusiast slack jawed. This "expanded edition" also incorporates soloists, as well as other featured musicians who were often part of Brown's revue. Included on this release are previously unissued performances by Bobby Byrd ("Sweet Soul Music") and the James Brown Band ("Caravan"). The sonic brilliance on this double-disc set is visually matched in the 28-page liner notes booklet. Replete with newly published photos and memorabilia circa Brown's 1967 spring and summer tours, the booklet also features essays from Allen Leeds and percussionist Ahmir Khalib Thompson, aka ?uestlove.


01. Introduction To The James Brown Show (MC Frankie Crocker)
02. Think (Vocal Duet with Marva Whitney)
03. I Wanna Be Around
04. James Brown (Thanks)
05. That's Life
06. Kansas City
07. Sweet Soul Music (Bobby Byrd)
08. It's A Man's Man's Man's World
09. Caravan (The James Brown Band featuring The J.B. Dancers)

01. Introduction To "Star Time" (Frankie Crocker with Sad Sam)
02. Money Won't Change You/Out Of Sight
03. Bring It Up
04. Try Me
05. Let Yourself Go
06. There Was A Time
07. I Feel All Right
08. Cold Sweat
09. Prisoner Of Love
10. My Girl (Instrumental Interlude)
11. Maybe The Last Time
12. I Got You (I Feel Good)
13. Please, Please, Please
14. Bring It Up (Finale)

Bobby Byrd, Bobby Bennett-The Famous Flames (background vocals)
Waymon Reed-trumpet
Joe Dupars-trumpet
Levi Rasbury-valve trombone, emcee
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis-music director, alto saxophone, organ
Maceo Parker-tenor saxophone
Eldee Williams-tenor saxophone
St. Clair Pinckney-tenor & baritone saxophones
Jimmy "Clank" Nolen-guitar
Alfonzo "Country" Kellum-guitar, bass
Bernard Odum-bass
John "Jabo" Starks-drums
Clyde Stubblefield-drums
Ronald Selico-bongos, drums
Vivian Robinson-violin
Richard Jones-violin
Marilyn Jones-violin
Ann, Cookie & Joann-The J.B. Dancers

The brief organ and drum solos after "I Feel Alright" are by James Brown
The saxophone break on "Try Me" features Eldee Williams and St. Clair Pinckney
The saxophone solos on "Cold Sweat" are by Maceo Parker

Produced by Harry Weinger and Alan Leeds
Mixed and Mastered by Kevin Reeves, Universal Mastering Studios-East.

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