Black Caesar CD (1992)

Artist: James Brown

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Label Uni/mercury
SKU 60101121
UPC 731451713521
UPC 14 00731451713521
Format CD
Release Date 9/22/1992
Author James Brown
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Technical Info
Producer James Brown
CatalogID 5171352
Lable Name Polydor
Released 09/22/1992
Original Release 1973
Number of Discs 1
SPARE Code n/a
Length 36m : 17s
Mono/Stereo Mixed
Studio/Live Studio
UPC 00731451713521
Album Notes and Credits
Personnel includes: James Brown, Lyn Collins (vocals); Jimmy Nolan (guitar); Fred Wesley (trombone); St. Clair Pinckney (bass); Jabo Starks, Steve Gadd (drums); Fred Thomas, Buster Williams, Marvin Stamm, Joe Farrell, Randy Brecker, David Spinozza.
Originally released on Polydor (6014). Liner notes by Harry Weinger.
Personnel: James Brown (vocals).
Audio Mixer: Bob Both.
Liner Note Author: Harry Weinger.
Arrangers: Fred Wesley; James Brown.
After Isaac Hayes kicked his career into high gear with the popular and influential score for Shaft, and Curtis Mayfield managed the same feat with Superfly, seemingly every major soul star of the early 1970's ended up doing music for a blaxploitation film, and James Brown was certainly no exception. Brown sang the title tune for Larry Cohen's idiosyncratic black crime film Black Caesar, as well as performing ten other pieces for the movie's soundtrack (most written by Brown in collaboration with Fred Wesley); Barry Devorzon's lead-off cut, "Down and Out In New York City", sets up the picture's story, while most of the other five vocal cuts reflect the film's narrative in one way or another (although "Make It Good To Yourself" seems to be here mainly because of it's high funk quotient, and on "Mama Feelgood", Brown appropriately hands the vocal chores over to Lynn Collins). Like most soundtrack albums of the period, Black Caesar sounds rather scattershot, especially when the music is divorced from the film's narrative, and this isn't one of Brown's stellar albums of the 1970's; however, there are several top-notch tracks, especially the much-sampled "The Boss", the potent "Make It Good To Yourself", and the melodramatic "Mama's Dead", and Fred Wesley's superb horn charts, Jimmy Nolen's percussive guitar, and Jabo Starks' dead-on-the-one drumming make even the weaker instrumental cuts worth a quick listen (though just try to imagine a chase scene cut to something with the power of "Mother Popcorn" -- now THAT would be a movie!). ~ Mark Deming
Professional Reviews
Mojo (Publisher) (6/02, p.67) - Included in Mojo's "100 Coolest Movie Soundtracks" - "...Alongside Lynn Collins and Fred Wesley, Brown pulls out all the stops providing relentlessly hard-hitting, dirty funk..."
Disc 1
1 Down And Out In New York City
2 Blind Man Can See It
3 Sportin' Life
4 Dirty Harri
5 Boss, The
6 Make It Good To Yourself
7 Mama Feelgood (with Lyn Collins)
8 Mama's Dead
9 White Lightning (I Mean Moonshine)
10 Chase
11 Like It Is, Like It Was

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