Give It Up or Turnit a Loose
|"Give It Up or Turnit a Loose"|
|Single by James Brown|
|from the album Ain't It Funky|
|B-side||"I'll Lose My Mind"|
|Recorded||October 29, 1968, Criteria Studios, Miami, FL|
2:456:24 (1970 version)
|James Brown charting singles chronology|
"Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" is a funk song recorded by James Brown. Released as a single in 1969, the song was a #1 R&B hit and also made the top 20 pop singles chart. "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" appeared as an instrumental on the Ain't It Funky album, removing Brown's vocals and adding guitar overdubs, while the vocal version was released onto Soul Classics.
Brown recorded "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose" again with The J.B.'s for his 1970 double album Sex Machine. Over five minutes long, this later recording used a substantially different instrumental arrangement, with an added organ riff and a florid bassline, as well as different lyrics. A remix of this recording by Tim Rogers appears on the 1986 compilation album In the Jungle Groove. The remixed version has been extensively sampled. A genuine live version of the song appears on the album Live at Chastain Park.
In 1974 Lyn Collins recorded the song, with Brown producing.
|U.S. Billboard Hot 100||15|
|U.S. Billboard Hot Black Singles||1|
- James Brown - lead vocals
with the James Brown Orchestra:
- Waymon Reed – trumpet
- Richard "Kush" Griffith – trumpet
- Fred Wesley – trombone
- Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis – alto saxophone
- Maceo Parker – tenor saxophone
- St. Clair Pinckney – baritone saxophone
- Jimmy Nolen – guitar
- Alphonso "Country" Kellum – guitar
- Charles Sherrell – bass
- Nate Jones – drums
- Chuck Kirkpatrick – recording engineer
"Everyday People" by Sly & The Family Stone
|Billboard Hot R&B Singles number-one single
March 8, 1969 – March 15, 1969 (two weeks)
"Runaway Child, Running Wild" by The Temptations
- Whitburn, Joel (2004). Top R&B/Hip-Hop Singles: 1942-2004. Record Research. p. 84.
- White, Cliff (1991). "Discography". In Star Time (pp. 54–59) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
- Ivory, Stephen (2000). The Funk Box (CD box set booklet). Hip-O Records. p. 12. 314 541 789-2.
- Leeds, Alan, and Harry Weinger (1991). "Star Time: Song by Song". In Star Time (pp. 46–53) [CD booklet]. New York: PolyGram Records.
- Song Review at Allmusic
- List of songs that sample "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose"
- Lyrics of this song at MetroLyrics
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