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Steppenwolf Allende
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posted 27 December 2006 03:47 PM      Profile for Steppenwolf Allende     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I know it’s a bit stale now (that is the news, not the body), since it happened on Christmas Day, but for those who grew up with the power Soul of James Brown’s music, here’s some links just as a tribute his close to 50 years in music.

Soul 'Godfather' James Brown dies

James Brown Official Homepage

Funky Stuff James Brown

James Brown Discography

Godfather of Soul Bio

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Inductee 1986

Ain’t no drag….Papa’s got a Brand New Bag!!!

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M. Spector
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posted 27 December 2006 09:05 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
James Brown's last words: "Wow! I don't feel so good!"
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Papal Bull
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posted 27 December 2006 09:28 PM      Profile for Papal Bull   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by M. Spector:
James Brown's last words: "Wow! I don't feel so good!"

I disagree. He realized that for all the times that he did Make it Funky, he indeed had The Feelin'. He just had to Think and Give It Up Or Turn It Lose. All in all, he felt good.


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Joel_Goldenberg
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posted 02 January 2007 06:17 AM      Profile for Joel_Goldenberg        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by M. Spector:
James Brown's last words: "Wow! I don't feel so good!"


Actually, from what I've read, he said to his longtime musical associate Charles Bobbitt, "I'll be going away tonight."

He was my favourite artist, this is a huge loss.


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Boom Boom
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posted 02 January 2007 06:39 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've got a 90 minute cassette tape of his greatest hits - one of my favourite tapes. I think I'll order the same album on CD, and play it loud..
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Boom Boom
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posted 02 January 2007 06:59 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've decided to order his "Gold Greatest Hits" [Best of] (2004). I'd like to order the incredible 4-disc, five hours of music "Star Time", but it's about $70 with tax.
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Boom Boom
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posted 02 January 2007 07:44 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I actually got into James Brown after growing up listening to Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Sam and Dave, and Sam Cooke, starting around 1962. The first time I ever saw James Brown was on the Ed Sullivan Show - holy cow, that was awesome! I've been hooked on JB ever since, but I'm still a huge Wilson Pickett fan, too. When I was at Sheridan College (Oakville) in 1974 I think, a friend of mine was a huge disco freak, and the only album that he wanted to dance to was James Brown "The Payback". That was awesome music, man.

edited to add Otis and Aretha - jeez, how did I forget them?

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farnival
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posted 02 January 2007 08:04 AM      Profile for farnival     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
jb on "the Payback":

quote:
I don't know karate....but i know CA-RAZY!!!

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Michelle
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posted 02 January 2007 08:12 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by M. Spector:
James Brown's last words: "Wow! I don't feel so good!"

This made me laugh out loud. I'm going to hell.

When I first moved to Toronto, the Davenport NDP riding association (can't remember if it was federal or provincial - I get mixed up) had a web site with a splash page that played a couple of lines from the chorus of "Get up offa that thing". I thought that was pretty cool.

I loved his stage routine where he'd collapse and then someone would come with a big cape and help him off stage, and just as they get to the wings, he'd throw off the cape, bound to the mic again with renewed energy, and start belting it out again.

He was a bit of a creep in his personal life, apparently, but damn he was a good performer.

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Geneva
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posted 02 January 2007 08:25 AM      Profile for Geneva     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
pity the newspaper last week that mixed up its obituary cutlines:

Gerald Ford - Godfather of Soul

James Brown - 37th President of the United States


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$1000 Wedding
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posted 02 January 2007 08:45 AM      Profile for $1000 Wedding        Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Like all geniuses, high achievers, unique people, James Brown was highly individualistic and single minded in his passion for music. Like Hendrix, he was an original and much of pop music from his halcyon days to today derive from his innovative style. Just look at Justin Timberlake who rips off Michael Jackson who borrowed from Brown. And controversial rap and hip hop lyrics? James Brown was their daddy long ago.

He toured pretty much up til he died. What else is someone like that going to do? Sit in a retirement home fighting for his cup of Jello? Yes, his personal life was tormented by drugs, violence, spousal abuse. Most great artists, geniuses, successful people are nearly impossible to live with. They are different than everyone else.


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Boom Boom
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posted 02 January 2007 09:01 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I've got an old 125 watt/channel stereo with huge speakers, and I just finished listening to JB sing "Get up (I feel like a sex machine)" and Bob Marley and the Wailers do "Buffalo Soldiers", both at full blast. Wow. Haven't done that in a while. Glad I got my own place and I can do what I like.
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Boom Boom
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posted 02 January 2007 10:54 AM      Profile for Boom Boom     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
How did James Brown continue doing his music for so long? I'm 57, have been listening to loud rock and roll, r&b, soul, and blues since I was 14, and today, just after listening to one side of JB tape (played LOUD) I have a throbbing headache.
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