Soul on Top

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Soul on Top
Studio album by James Brown
Released April 1970
Recorded November 10–11, 1969
Genre Soul, jazz
Length 51:57 (2004 reissue)
Label King/Verve (2004 reissue)
Producer James Brown
James Brown chronology
Ain't It Funky
Soul on Top
It’s a New Day - Let a Man Come In

Soul on Top is an album by James Brown. Brown and saxophonist Maceo Parker worked with arranger/conductor Oliver Nelson to record a big band, funk and jazz vocal album. It was recorded with Louie Bellson and his 18-piece jazz orchestra at United Western Recorders in Hollywood, California in November 1969, and features jazz standards, show tunes, and middle of the road hits, as well as a new arrangement of Brown's funk hit "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag".

The album was reissued in 2004 with one previously unreleased bonus track, a big band version of Brown's 1967 hit "There Was a Time", and new liner notes by jazz critic Will Friedwald.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "That's My Desire"   Helmy Kressa, Carroll Loveday 4:10
2. "Your Cheatin' Heart"   Hank Williams 2:59
3. "What Kind of Fool Am I?"   Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley 3:06
4. "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" (Unedited Version) James Brown, Betty Jean Newsome 6:40
5. "The Man in the Glass"   Bud Hobgood 5:56
6. "It's Magic"   Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 3:14
7. "September Song" (Unedited Version) Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill 5:02
8. "For Once in My Life" (Unedited Version) Ron Miller, Orlando Murden 4:43
9. "Every Day I Have the Blues" (Unedited Version) Memphis Slim 4:28
10. "I Need Your Key (To Turn Me On)"   Louie Bellson 3:46
11. "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"   Brown 4:41
12. "There Was a Time" (2004 reissue only) Brown, Bud Hobgood 3:04




  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "James Brown: Soul on Top > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved September 21, 2011.