Soul Power

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"Soul Power Pt. 1"
Single by James Brown
from the album Soul Classics
B-side "Soul Power Pt. 2 & Pt. 3"
Released March 1971 (1971-03)
Format 7" (mono)
Recorded January 26, 1971, Rodel Studios, Washington, D.C.
Genre Funk
Length
  • 3:20 (Pt. 1)
  • 2:40 (Pt. 2)
  • 2:10 (Pt. 3)
  • 12:05 (complete version)
Label King
6368
Writer(s) James Brown
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
"Spinning Wheel Pt. 1"
(1971)
"Soul Power Pt. 1'"
(1971)
"I Cried"
(1971)
This article is about the James Brown song. For the 2008 documentary film, see Soul Power (film). For the super hero, see Soul Power and Sparky.

"Soul Power" is a song by James Brown. Brown recorded it with the original J.B.'s (plus Fred Wesley) and it was released as a three-part single in 1971. Like "Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine" and other hits from this period it features backing vocals by Bobby Byrd. It charted #3 R&B and #29 Pop.[1]

Part 1 of "Soul Power" appeared on the 1972 album Soul Classics. Live versions of the song were included on Revolution of the Mind (1971) and Love Power Peace (1992; recorded 1971), but no longer version of the original studio recording received an album release until an eight-minute re-edit was issued on the 1986 compilation album In the Jungle Groove. The complete studio recording, over 12 minutes long, appeared for the first time on the 1996 CD compilation Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thang.

Personnel[edit]

  • James Brown - lead vocal

with The J.B.'s:

Soul Power 74[edit]

"Soul Power 74 - Part I"
Single by Maceo and the Macks
from the album Us!
B-side "Soul Power 74 - Part II"
Released October 1973 (1973-10)
Format 7"
Recorded
  • January 26, 1971, Rodel Studios, Washington, D.C. (original "Soul Power")
  • September 27–28, 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY (overdubs)
Genre Funk
Length
  • 3:00 (Part I)
  • 4:07 (Part II)
Label People
631
Writer(s) James Brown
Producer(s) James Brown

In 1974 Brown created an instrumental version of "Soul Power" by having Maceo Parker and Fred Wesley overdub new horn parts onto the rhythm track of the original recording. Sound engineer Bob Both added sound effects at several points to conceal where the original horn track had bled through into the rhythm parts. Titled "Soul Power 74" and credited to "Maceo and the Macks", the new version was released as a two-part single on People Records and charted #20 R&B and #109 Bubbling Under Pop.[3] It also appeared on the album Us!.

Cover versions[edit]

Samples[edit]

Both the "Soul Power" and "Soul Power 74" have been extensively sampled by hip hop producers. "Soul Power 74" was also sampled on Jennifer Lopez's 2005 song "Get Right".

Appearances in other media[edit]

"Soul Power 74" is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the radio station Master Sounds 98.3.

References[edit]

  1. ^ White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  2. ^ Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
  3. ^ Leeds, Alan (1995). Discography. In Funky Good Time: The Anthology [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.

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