Why, yes, please Mr. Brown, by all means, take it to the bridge.
January 1, 2014 7:38 AM   Subscribe

Here's forty four minutes and forty four seconds of James Brown: said to be the total of all his appearances on Soul Train.
posted by flapjax at midnite (30 comments total) 49 users marked this as a favorite

 
damn, you know, every know and then, after not listening to James Brown for a long time, something like this pops up, and I just don't even. So good. I always hope to get a glimpse of him calling out his band members for a fine because they goofed up. There are some good examples of him calling to Fred Wesley for a solo in the second set of this video . . .
posted by gorbichov at 7:54 AM on January 1 [4 favorites]


Oh man, this is just what a cold and snowy January day needed. Do you have something against the first couple of songs, though? Your link jumps 7 minutes in, and they're fantastic.
posted by Kyol at 7:58 AM on January 1


Your link jumps 7 minutes in

Whaaa? No, it's supposed to start from the top. There's been some weird time-stamp glitch happening when I post to MeFi. I'll ask a mod to fix it. Thanks for the heads up!
posted by flapjax at midnite at 8:00 AM on January 1


Fixed!
posted by cortex at 8:09 AM on January 1 [3 favorites]


so, so good. thanks :)
posted by cmicali at 8:10 AM on January 1


Ooh-eee!
posted by carsonb at 8:35 AM on January 1


Oh, thank you. Happy New Year, too. :-) I love this sound!
posted by Goofyy at 8:48 AM on January 1


This video makes me want to kiss myself.
posted by box at 9:01 AM on January 1 [2 favorites]


Was just watching Brown & Co slice it up and deal it out in an '84 concert that aired on PBS last night. The man was one of a kind.
posted by item at 9:01 AM on January 1


I have to do some quick deep-cleaning today, and now I have a souuuuuuuundtrack! Thanks, flapjax!
posted by Room 641-A at 9:24 AM on January 1 [1 favorite]


I swear the guy doing the intro is the inspiration for The Gong Show's Chuck Barris
posted by zippy at 10:06 AM on January 1


The Japanese subtitles are amazing.

"He's Blackaphonic!" -> ブラックで面白くて -> "He's black and funny!"
posted by Sokka shot first at 10:17 AM on January 1 [3 favorites]


"Where's that confounded bridge?"
posted by Sphinx at 10:23 AM on January 1


Can he kick it?
posted by humboldt32 at 10:34 AM on January 1


"On 'Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine' he creates a dance track even more compelling than the single out of the same five elements: light funk-four on the traps, syncopated bass figure, guitar scratched six beats to the bar, and two voices for call and response. When he modulates to the bridge it's like the Spirit of God moving upon the face of the waters." Robert Christgau, 1970
posted by How the runs scored at 10:48 AM on January 1 [3 favorites]


speaking of Soul Train (arguably the greatest music TV show ever), I had Jeff Lynne's 2012 "improvement" of classic ELO tracks pegged as one of the most unnecessary albums of the millennium so far ... until I saw this video ...

Funky Birmingham.
posted by philip-random at 10:58 AM on January 1 [2 favorites]


Man, thank you. We all need more of the good foot.
posted by DigDoug at 11:51 AM on January 1


Wow, that version of Try Me is just fantastic.
posted by letitrain at 11:52 AM on January 1


If humanity survives another millennium they will still be jamming JB in 3014.
posted by planetesimal at 12:07 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]


Now THAT is music.
posted by JHarris at 12:42 PM on January 1


tl:dw?

Watch this girl rock the Hell out.
posted by timsteil at 12:56 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]


Holy shit where in the fuck was I while this was going on oh right I was eight

If I live to two hundred I'll never see all the amazing stuff that happened in my own mere lifetime

which makes the moments I do somehow catch all the sweeter

So thank you
posted by bigbigdog at 1:23 PM on January 1


Oh my god that band entire snap complete flip jump in an instant how can anything in this universe be that pure sweet achingly tight
posted by bigbigdog at 1:30 PM on January 1 [1 favorite]


The Japanese subtitles are amazing.

I am told the Japanese translation of Public Enemy's "Bass, how low can you go?" is "Bass, is it possible that you may decrease?"
posted by jonp72 at 1:42 PM on January 1 [4 favorites]


He sang at my prom. Good God.
posted by elmaddog at 3:20 PM on January 1 [2 favorites]


He sang at my prom. Good God.

What?!?!?!

More info please.
posted by hal_c_on at 3:56 PM on January 1 [2 favorites]


He sang at my prom. Good God


OH YOU CAN'T JUST
posted by louche mustachio at 5:45 PM on January 1 [2 favorites]


Thank you so much, flapjaxatmidnite. If there's a better way to ring in the new year....but there isn't.

The great thing about JB's music is that it gets better and better all the time, with each new listen.
posted by davidmsc at 5:55 PM on January 1


Amazing, thank you. I've been IN a funk for the past week or so, but I think this funk is getting me OUT.
posted by Mizu at 11:54 PM on January 1


I swear the guy doing the intro is the inspiration for The Gong Show's Chuck Barris

That would be one Danny Ray, who is still doing his thing.
posted by TedW at 8:58 AM on January 2 [1 favorite]


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