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Black Caesar (1973)

Artist: James Brown
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Format: CD
Sku: 60101121
UPC: 731451713521
UPC 14: 00731451713521
Release Date: 9/22/1992
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Song Listing

Disc 1
Song Title
1. Down And Out In New York City ~ Original Soundtrack
2. Blind Man Can See It ~ Original Soundtrack
3. Sportin' Life ~ Original Soundtrack
4. Dirty Harri ~ Original Soundtrack
5. Boss, The ~ Original Soundtrack
6. Make It Good To Yourself ~ Original Soundtrack
7. Mama Feelgood (with Lyn Collins) ~ Original Soundtrack
8. Mama's Dead ~ Original Soundtrack
9. White Lightning (I Mean Moonshine) ~ Original Soundtrack
10. Chase ~ Original Soundtrack
11. Like It Is, Like It Was ~ Original Soundtrack
 

Album Notes and Credits


Notes & Personnel Info
Muze PNote 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.
Muze PNote Originally released on Polydor (6014). Liner notes by Harry Weinger.
Muze PNote Personnel: James Brown (vocals).
Muze PNote Audio Mixer: Bob Both.
Muze PNote Liner Note Author: Harry Weinger.
Muze PNote Arrangers: Fred Wesley; James Brown.
Muze PNote 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

Producer: James Brown

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Associated Artists and Works

James Brown's Funky People (Part 2) ~ Artists, Various
D, Chuck
Floyd, Eddie
Gaye, Marvin
Johnny Afro
Black Caesar ~ Original Soundtrack
Pickett, Wilson
Shaakir
James Brown's Funky People ~ Various Artists
James Brown's Funky People, Pt. 2 ~ Various Artists
James Brown's Funky People, Pt. 3 ~ Various Artists

Technical Info

Music Release Date Release Date : 09/22/1992
Music Original Release Date Original Release Date : 1973
Music CatalogId Catalog ID : 5171352
Music Label Name Label : Polydor
Music Number of Discs Number of Discs : 1
Music Studio or Live Studio/Live : Studio
Music Mono or Stereo Mono/Stereo : Mixed
Music SPAR code SPAR Code : n/a
Music UPC UPC : 00731451713521

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..."

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