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The Singles, Vol. 9: 1973-1975


  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Let It Be Me
    2. It's All Right
    3. You Can't Beat Two People in Love, Pt. 1
    4. You Can't Beat Two People in Love, Pt. 2
    5. I Got a Good Thing (And I Ain't Gonna Let It Go), Pt. 1
    6. I Got a Good Thing (And I Ain't Gonna Let It Go), Pt. 2
    7. Stoned to the Bone, Pt. 1
    8. Stoned to the Bone (Some More)
    9. Same Beat, Pt. 1
    10. Same Beat, Pts. 2-3
    11. Payback, Pt. 1, The
    12. Payback, Pt. 2, The
    13. Payback, Pt. 1 [DJ Promo Version], The
    14. Payback, Pt. 2 [DJ Promo Version], The
    15. Damn Right I Am Somebody, Pt. 1 - (remix)
    16. Damn Right I Am Somebody (Last Part That Went Over the Fence)
    17. My Thang
    18. People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul
    19. Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again (6 Times) [Short Version]
    20. Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again (6 Times)
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Control (People Go Where We Send You), Pt. 1
    2. Control (People Go Where We Send You), Pt. 2
    3. Papa Don't Take No Mess, Pt. 1
    4. Papa Don't Take No Mess, Pt. 2
    5. Funky President (People It's Bad)
    6. Coldblooded
    7. Reality
    8. I Need Your Love So Bad
    9. Sex Machine, Pt. 1
    10. Sex Machine, Pt. 2
    11. Thank You for Lettin' Me Be Myself, and You Be Yours, Pt. 1
    12. Thank You for Lettin' Me Be Myself, and You Be Yours, Pt. 2
    13. Dead on It, Pt. 1
    14. Dead on It, Pt. 1
    15. Hustle!!! (Dead on It)
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 14259

  • Credits
    ProducerJames Brown; Harry Weinger (Compilation); Alan Leeds (Compilation)
    Engineer

    Liner Note Author: Alan Leeds.
    Recording information: A&R Studios, New York (01/09/1973); A&R Studios, New York, NY (01/09/1973); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (01/09/1973); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (01/09/1973); International Studios, Augusta, GA (01/09/1973); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (01/09/1973); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (01/09/1973); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/09/1973); A&R Studios, New York (01/17/1973); A&R Studios, New York, NY (01/17/1973); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (01/17/1973); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (01/17/1973); International Studios, Augusta, GA (01/17/1973); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (01/17/1973); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (01/17/1973); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/17/1973); A&R Studios, New York (01/31/1975); A&R Studios, New York, NY (01/31/1975); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (01/31/1975); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (01/31/1975); International Studios, Augusta, GA (01/31/1975); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (01/31/1975); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (01/31/1975); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (01/31/1975); A&R Studios, New York (02/19/1974); A&R Studios, New York, NY (02/19/1974); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (02/19/1974); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (02/19/1974); International Studios, Augusta, GA (02/19/1974); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (02/19/1974); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (02/19/1974); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/19/1974); A&R Studios, New York (02/1975); A&R Studios, New York, NY (02/1975); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (02/1975); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (02/1975); International Studios, Augusta, GA (02/1975); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (02/1975); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (02/1975); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (02/1975); A&R Studios, New York (03/12/1974-04/??/1974); A&R Studios, New York, NY (03/12/1974-04/??/1974); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (03/12/1974-04/??/1974); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (03/12/1974-04/??/1974); International Studios, Augusta, GA (03/12/1974-04/??/1974); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (03/12/1974-04/??/1974); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (03/12/1974-04/??/1974); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/12/1974-04/??/1974); A&R Studios, New York (03/18/1975); A&R Studios, New York, NY (03/18/1975); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (03/18/1975); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (03/18/1975); International Studios, Augusta, GA (03/18/1975); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (03/18/1975); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (03/18/1975); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/18/1975); A&R Studios, New York (03/1974-04/1974); A&R Studios, New York, NY (03/1974-04/1974); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (03/1974-04/1974); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (03/1974-04/1974); International Studios, Augusta, GA (03/1974-04/1974); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (03/1974-04/1974); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (03/1974-04/1974); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/1974-04/1974); A&R Studios, New York (03/24/1974); A&R Studios, New York, NY (03/24/1974); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (03/24/1974); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (03/24/1974); International Studios, Augusta, GA (03/24/1974); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (03/24/1974); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (03/24/1974); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (03/24/1974); A&R Studios, New York (04/18/1973); A&R Studios, New York, NY (04/18/1973); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (04/18/1973); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (04/18/1973); International Studios, Augusta, GA (04/18/1973); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (04/18/1973); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (04/18/1973); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (04/18/1973); A&R Studios, New York (04/1974); A&R Studios, New York, NY (04/1974); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (04/1974); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (04/1974); International Studios, Augusta, GA (04/1974); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (04/1974); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (04/1974); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (04/1974); A&R Studios, New York (05/1973); A&R Studios, New York, NY (05/1973); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (05/1973); Criteria Studios, Miami, FL (05/1973); International Studios, Augusta, GA (05/1973); Sound Ideas, New York, NY (05/1973); Starday-King Studios, Nashville, TN (05/1973); United Artists Studios, Los Angeles, CA (05/1973); A&R Studios, New York (06/13/1974); A&R Studios, New York, NY (06/13/1974); Advantage Sound, New York, NY (06/13/1974).
    Photographer: Alan Leeds.
    James Brown continued to record until his death some 30 years down the road -- and even had a sizeable comeback a decade later via "Living in America" -- but the 45s collected on The Singles, Vol. 9: 1973-1975 effectively are the final act of his career: his last burst of innovation, the last time he set the scene. JB was headed out of a rough patch in 1972, a time where he adjusted to his new New York surroundings by ceding significant ground to Fred Wesley, with the end result of the JB's sounding jazzier than ever. On the singles chronicled on The Singles, Vol. 9, quite a bit of grit goes back into the funk but there's also a cinematic grandeur derived in no small part from the blaxploitation swagger of "The Payback," a song written for Hell Up In Harlem in 1973 but pulled from the film when a producer mistakenly believed it wasn't funky enough. "The Payback" is the masterpiece that anchors this entire era: it's as down and dirty as anything the stripped-down JB's cut at the dawn of the `70s but it's as nimble and flowing as their recent jazzified sessions. Echoes of these Hell Up In Harlem sessions are heard throughout these two discs -- "Papa Don't Take No Mess" is an outtake that turned into a number one R&B single in `74 -- but even before the JB's knocked out this masterpiece they had gotten into this groove, knocking out the mesmerizing "Same Beat" (released under Fred Wesley & The JB's) and they extended it to 1974's "Funky President," powered by the drumbeat that would later fuel dozens of hip-hop records. Prior to "The Payback," James Brown had some fun experimenting -- there's a snazzy salsa-fied duet on "Let It Be Me" with Lyn Collins (it was backed by an infectious version of Curtis Mayfield's "It's All Right") and another duet with Lyn on the slow, soulful "You Can't Beat Two People in Love" (both singles were canceled before they saw release) -- but after this flash of greatness, JB hit the wall quickly struggling to come to terms with the rise of disco by re-recording "Sex Machine," taking young upstarts to task on the sputtering "Dead On It" then diving head-first into disco on 1975's "Hustle!!! (Dead On It)." The smooth, glitzy surroundings of disco didn't suit James Brown or the JB's and pretty soon his trusted band started jumping ship with Wesley leaving in '75. In the style that now is standard to the series -- excellent annotation by Alan Leeds, terrific sound, handsome packaging -- The Singles, Vol. 9 documents this last gasp of greatness and the sudden fall, with the latter hardly dampening the brilliance of the former even if it does illustrate why Brown would fade into the background in the latter half of the `70s. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine

  • Critic Reviews
    Pitchfork (Website) - "'Funky President (People It's Bad)' was easily the hottest pop response to the American politics of the 1970s."
    Record Collector (magazine) (p.78) - 3 stars out of 5 -- "When Mr. Dynamite got it right -- as on his three '74 chart-toppers, along with 'Stoned To The Bone' and 'Funky President (People It's Bad) -- he was explosive."
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