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Tuesday, December 26, 2006 |
( 12/26/2006 09:01:00 AM ) Bill S.
"JAMES BROWWWWN/JAMES BROWWWWN" – So the Hardest Working Man in Show Biz has passed on. No lover of rhythm 'n' blues – from any generation – can help but feel the loss, since James Brown's music has had a profound and steady impact on pop music since the 1960's. To my ears, the great Godfather tracks remain early hits like '59's "Please Please Please" and "I Feel Good" (every time I hear that sax line, I can't help smiling) though his later riffy dance tracks like "Cold Sweat," "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and "Sex Machine" are pretty damn irresistible, too. And has anyone come up with a better soul anthem than "Say It Loud (I'm Black And I’m Proud)"? Think I'll put on Live at the Apollo this afternoon . . .