Hell (James Brown album)

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Studio album by James Brown
Released June 28, 1974 (1974-06-28)
Genre Soul, funk
Length 68:20
Label Polydor
Producer James Brown
James Brown chronology
The Payback
Singles from Hell
  1. "My Thang"
    Released: April 1974
  2. "Papa Don't Take No Mess"
    Released: August 1974
  3. "Coldblooded"
    Released: October 1974

Hell is the 41st studio album by American musician James Brown. The album was released on June 28, 1974, by Polydor Records.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert Christgau B[2]
Džuboks unfavorable [3]
Rolling Stone favorable[4]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide 4/5 stars[5]

Track listing[edit]

Side A
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Coldblooded" James Brown, Pee Wee Ellis 4:45
2. "Hell" Brown 5:03
3. "My Thang" Brown 4:20
4. "Sayin' It and Doin' It" Brown 3:05
5. "Please, Please, Please" (Remake) Brown, John Terry 4:07
Side B
No. Title Writer(s) Length
6. "When the Saints Go Marchin' In" Traditional 2:43
7. "These Foolish Things (Remind Me of You)" Harry Link, Holt Marvell, Jack Strachey 3:14
8. "Stormy Monday" T-Bone Walker 3:15
9. "A Man Has to Go Back to the Cross Road Before He Finds Himself" Brown 2:52
10. "Sometime" Brown, Bud Hobgood 4:15
Side C
No. Title Writer(s) Length
11. "I Can't Stand It '76'" (Remake of "I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)") Brown 8:10
12. "Lost Someone" (Remake) Brown, Bobby Byrd, Lloyd Stallworth 3:35
13. "Don't Tell a Lie about Me and I Won't Tell the Truth on You" Brown, J. Maloy Roach 5:05
Side D
No. Title Writer(s) Length
14. "Papa Don't Take No Mess" Charles Bobbit, Brown, John Starks, Fred Wesley 13:51


  1. ^ Elias, Jason. "James Brown: Hell > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert. "James Brown". robertchristgau.com. Retrieved 21 September 2011. 
  3. ^ Vrdoljak, Dražen. "James Brown - Hell". Džuboks (in Serbian). Gornji Milanovac: Dečje novine (10 (second series)): 22–23. 
  4. ^ Palmer, Bob (12 September 1974). "James Brown: Hell". Rolling Stone (RS 169). Archived from the original on 2007-12-08. 
  5. ^ "The New Rolling Stone Album Guide - Nathan Brackett, Christian David Hoard - Google Books". Books.google.com. Retrieved 2015-07-19.