“Grits And Soul” by James Brown - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1964Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

Six originals and a cover of Jimmy Smith’s “Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf” make up this low-key mid 1964 release, his second LP on Smash Records. Aptly sub-titled “The Instrumental Sounds Of The James Brown Band”, the lack of JB vocal was his way of snubbing King Records, the idea being that they couldn’t sue if he wasn’t singing. Instead, James pours his soul into the organ, crossing somewhere between Ray Charles and Booker T. Jones stylings. All around him, the jazz hounds take over. The ensemble are as tight as a drum… but I don’t dig that jive…

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A1 [06:18] 5.7.png James Brown - Grits (Nat Jones, James Brown) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [06:18] 4.5.png James Brown - Tempted (James Brown) Jazz
A3 [07:12] 2.8.png James Brown - There (James Brown) Jazz
B1 [04:44] 5.2.png James Brown - Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Wolf (Don Kirkpatrick, Keith Knox) Soul
B2 [05:10] 4.7.png James Brown - Infatuation (Nat Jones, James Brown) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B3 [02:32] 3.4.png James Brown - Wee Wee (James Brown) Pop
B4 [05:44] 4.5.png James Brown - Mister Hip (James Brown) Jazz

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