September 10

Today’s selection includes my two James Brown records: Say It Loud I’m Black And I’m Proud from 1969 and the instrumental James Brown plays James Brown Today & Yesterday from 1965.

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Honestly I haven’t listened to the use of records very much, preferring my James Brown’s 20 Greatest Hits on CD.

The Today & Yesterday record is basically a mediocre jazz record. The only reason is cool is because you know James Brown is playing the organ. The backing band is typical of the 1960’s James Brown sound with syncopated and punchy horns and very tight knit. My copy is a VG+ monaural version.

My copy of Say It Loud is more worn but still plays very nicely. Other than the title track parts 1 & 2 the highlight of this record is the opening track on side two called Licking Stick.

Funky bass guitar and drums underneath a repetitive sexualized lyric give way to a great Maceo Parker sax solo.

The other thing I like about Say It Loud is the low quality King Records charm. Misspelled words on the track listings, tracking out of order, it just kind of keeps you guessing.

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Why is goodbye misspelled on side 1 but AOK on side 2?

All and all these two records will not be heavy rotation on my solo listening turntable. But for today, a bright and sunny mild end of summer afternoon, they’re perfect!

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