is a 1973 The Payback double album by James Brown. It was originally scheduled to become the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film , but was rejected by the film's producers, who dismissed it as "the same old James Brown stuff." (A widely repeated story- including by Brown himself- that director Hell Up in Harlem Larry Cohen rejected the music as "not funky enough" is denied by Cohen.) It went to #1 on the Soul Albums chart for two weeks and cracked the Pop Albums chart in the Top 40. It was Brown's only album to be [5 ] certified gold. [6 ]
The Payback is considered a high point in Brown's recording career, and is now regarded by critics as a landmark funk album. Its revenge-themed title track, a #1 R&B hit, is one of his most famous songs and an especially prolific source of samples for record producers. Musically the album is largely based around cyclic grooves and jamming, but it also features departures into a softer soul-based sound on tracks like "Doing the Best I Can".
The album was
reissued on CD in 1992 with liner notes by Alan Leeds.
Track listing [ edit ]
All songs written and composed by James Brown,
Fred Wesley and Charles Bobbit; except where indicated.
The Payback" Brown, Wesley,
John "Jabo" Starks 7:39
"Doing the Best I Can"
"Take Some...Leave Some"
"Shoot Your Shot"
"Time Is Running Out Fast"
Stone to the Bone" Brown
Note: The track time for "Mind Power" is from the 1992 re-release of the album. The original 1973 version is 90 seconds shorter.
Album — Billboard (North America)
Billboard's Pop Albums
See also [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b Deming, Mark. "James Brown: at The Payback > Review AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
^ Christgau, Robert (June 9, 1980). "A Consumer Guide to James Brown". (New York) The Village Voice . Retrieved April 29, 2013.
^ Wolk, Douglas (November 23, 2010). "James Brown, The Payback". eMusic . Retrieved April 29, 2013.
^ Smith, RJ. The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, 290. New York: Gotham Books, 2012.
External links [ edit ]
Please Please Please
The Amazing James Brown
Shout and Shimmy (later re-titled Good, Good Twistin')
James Brown and His Famous Flames Tour the USA
Prisoner of Love
Excitement - Mr. Dynamite
The Unbeatable James Brown
Grits and Soul
Out of Sight (later retitled James Brown Sings Out of Sight)
Papa's Got a Brand New Bag
I Got You (I Feel Good)
James Brown Plays James Brown Today and Yesterday
James Brown Plays New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo)
It's a Man's Man's Man's World
James Brown Sings Christmas Songs
Handful of Soul
Sings Raw Soul
James Brown Plays the Real Thing
I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me
I Got the Feeling
James Brown Plays Nothing But Soul
Thinking About Little Willie John and a Few Nice Things
A Soulful Christmas
Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud
Gettin' Down to It
It's a Mother
Ain't It Funky
Soul on Top
It's a New Day - Let a Man Come In
Sho' Is Funky Down Here
There It Is
Get on the Good Foot
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off
Sex Machine Today
Everybody's Doin' the Hustle and Dead on the Double Bump
Get Up Offa That Thing
Take a Look at Those Cakes
The Original Disco Man
Bring It On
The Merry Christmas Album
The Next Step
Notable compilation albums
James Brown Presents His Band/Night Train (later re-titled Twist Around, then Jump Around)
Soul Classics, Volume 2
Solid Gold: 30 Golden Hits
Can Your Heart Stand It?
The Best of James Brown
The Federal Years, Part 1
The Federal Years, Part 2
Roots of a Revolution - The James Brown Story 1956-1965
Ain't That a Groove - The James Brown Story 1966-1969
Doing It to Death - The James Brown Story 1970-1973
Dead on the Heavy Funk 1974-1976
The CD of JB: Sex Machine and Other Soul Classics
The LP of JB
In the Jungle Groove
The CD of JB II: Cold Sweat and Other Soul Classics
Messin' With the Blues
20 All-Time Greatest Hits!
Soul Pride: The Instrumentals (1960-1969)
Roots of a Revolution
JB40: 40th Anniversary Collection
Foundations of Funk – A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969
Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thang
Make It Funky – The Big Payback: 1971-1975
Dead On The Heavy Funk: 1975-1983
The Godfather - The Very Best of James Brown
50th Anniversary Collection
The Singles, Volume One: The Federal Years: 1956–1960
The Singles, Volume Two: 1960–1963
The Singles, Volume Three: 1964–1965
A Family Affair
The Singles, Volume Four: 1966–1967
The Singles, Volume Five: 1967-1969
The Singles, Volume Six: 1969-1970
The Singles, Volume 7: 1970-1972
The Singles, Volume 8: 1972-1973
The Singles, Volume 9: 1973-1975
The James Brown Complete Christmas
The Singles, Volume 10: 1975-1979
The Singles, Volume 11: 1979-1981
Best of Live At The Apollo: 50th Anniversary
Live At The Apollo, Vols. I-IV