The Guide to James Brown

Tags: 
  • Live at the Apollo (1963) - *****
  • Cold Sweat (1967) - ****
  • I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me (1968) - ***
  • I Got the Feelin' (1968) - ***
  • Live at the Apollo, Vol. II (1968) - **** 1/2
  • Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud (1969) - ****
  • Soul on Top (1970) - *** 1/2
  • Sex Machine (1970) - **** 1/2
  • Revolution of the Mind (1971) - *** 1/2
  • Black Caesar (1973) - **
  • Slaughter's Big Rip-Off (1973) - *
  • The Payback (1973) - ****
  • Hell (1974) - ****
  • In the Jungle Groove (1986) - ****
  • James Brown's Funky People (1986) - ****
  • Gravity (1986) - *** 1/2
  • James Brown's Funky People, Pt. 2 (1988) - ****
  • Motherlode (1988) - ****
  • Star Time (1991) - *****
  • 20 All-Time Greatest Hits (1991) - **** 1/2
  • The Greatest Hits of the Fourth Decade (1992) - ***
  • Love Power Peace (1992) - ** 1/2
  • Is Back (1992) - *
  • Live at the Apollo 1995 (1995) - ** 1/2
  • Foundations of Funk: A Brand New Bag, 1964-1969 (1996) - **** 1/2
  • Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thang (1996) - **** 1/2
  • Make It Funky - The Big Payback 1971-1975 (1996) - ****
  • JB40: 40th Anniversary Collection (1996) - *****
  • Say It Live & Loud: Live in Dallas 1968 (1998) - ****
  • The Merry Christmas Album (1999) - 1/2
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of James Brown (1999) - ** 1/2
  • James Brown's Funky People, Pt. 3 (2000) - ** 1/2
  • Ballads (2000) - ***
  • 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection: The Best of James Brown, Vol. 2 (2002) - ** 1/2
  • 50th Anniversary Collection (2003) - *****
  • 20th Century Masters - The Christmas Collection: The Best of James Brown (2003) - **
Author Comments: 

This appears just like my CC series, but there is one crucial distinction. This list is the combined opinions of me and the critics in the critical consensus series. My vote counted for one point just like the vote of each critic.

Essentially, this is simply an update of the CC series with my little voice tossed in as a drop in the critical pool.

Scale:

***** - Masterpiece
**** 1/2 - Classic
**** - Great
*** 1/2 - Good
*** - Above Average
** 1/2 - Average
** - Below Average
* 1/2 - Bad
* - Terrible
1/2 - One of the worst albums ever

what's the playlist of Live at the Apollo?

Intro
I'll Go Crazy
Try Me
Think
Lost Someone
Please Please Please / You've Got the Power / I Found Someone (Medley)
Night Train

with loads of instrumental bridges in between...

Shalom, y'all!

L. Bangs