segunda-feira, 9 de janeiro de 2017

James Brown | The Payback

The best showman and one of the most influential singers of the 20th century, who transformed R&B into funk with his tight, driving style. 
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Originally released in 1973 as a sprawling two-LP set, The Payback was one of James Brown's most ambitious albums of the 1970s, and also one of his best, with Brown and his band (which in 1974 still included Fred WesleyMaceo ParkerSt. Clair PinckneyJimmy Nolen, and Jabo Starks) relentlessly exploring the outer possibilities of the James Brown groove. Stretching eight cuts out over the space of nearly 73 minutes, The Payback is long on extended rhythmic jamming, and by this time Brown and his band had become such a potent and nearly telepathic combination that the musicians were able pull out lengthy solos while still maintaining some of the most hypnotic funk to be found anywhere, and on the album's best songs -- the jazzy "Time Is Running Out Fast," the relentless "Shoot Your Shot," the tight-wound "Mind Power," and the bitter revenge fantasy of the title cut -- the tough, sinuous rhythms and the precise interplay between the players is nothing short of a wonder to behold. And even the album's lower-key cuts (such as the lovelorn "Doing the Best That I Can" and "Forever Suffering") sink their hooks into the listener and pull you in; quite simply, this is remarkable stuff, and even Brown's attempts at lyrical relevance (which were frankly getting a bit shaky at this point in his career) are firmly rooted enough to sound convincing. The Payback turned out to be one of James Brown's last inarguably great albums before he hit a long fallow streak in the mid- to late '70s, but no one listening to this set would ever imagine that this was the work of an artist (or a band) about to run out of gas.

 James Brown
The Payback

James Brown - lead vocals, electric piano
St. Clair Pinckney - tenor saxophone, flute
Maceo Parker - alto saxophone, flute
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison - trumpet
Jerone "Jasaan" Sanford - trumpet
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - trumpet
Fred Wesley - trombone
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin - guitar
Jimmy Nolen - guitar
Fred Thomas - bass
John Starks - drums
John Morgan - percussion

01 – The Payback 00:00
02 – Doing The Best I Can 07:27
03 – Take Some… Leave Some 15:19
04 – Shoot Yor Shot 23:43
05 – Forever Suffering 32:04
06 – Time Is Running Out Fast 37:45
07 – Stone To The Bone 50:42
08 – Mind Power 01:00:47

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