Sunday, June 01, 2014

G-Money Picks: James Brown, Paris 1971

It's Sunday and time for a new installment of G-Money Picks. Whenever I ask G-Money (@777GMoney) for any music recommendation, he always delivers.

For the first Sunday in June (or the first real Sunday of the summer season), G-Money selected a legendary James Brown live show from 1971... Love Power Peace: Live at the Olympia, Paris. This was a lost soundboard recording and included the original J.B.s line-up that featured a 19-year old Bootsy Collins and his brother. This particular backing band also had two drummers. Yeah, James Brown brought some serious firepower with him to Europe. Paris was never the same after this batch of powerful percussion.

Here's what a couple of reviewers said:
"If you only buy one James Brown album ever, LET IT BE THIS ONE. This is the single disc that will show you why James Brown is considered the greatest live act, bar none... You can feel the sheer continuous energy of the performance. The liner notes state that this show was so hot that a woman from the crowd came up on the stage and stripped naked, and nobody wanted to stop her. I can believe it."
Here's what G-Money said:
"I can't really put it any better than what is stated above. You NEED this in your collection if you don't have it. The Godfather of Funk at the height of his powers, you get the experience the entire show with  all the tempo and genre changes."
Listen to this historical moment in live music...


If you dig this series, then check out more picks by G-Money... Marvin Gaye (1974), Aretha Franklin Live at Fillmore West, The Police's Reggatta De Blanc and Zenyatta Mondatta, Bill Frisell's East West, James Brown's Funky People, Allman Brothers - Brothers and Sisters, Little Feat (1976 Winterland), Slave and Ohio Funk Scene, and Grateful Dead - Egypt 1978.

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