Please Please Please (album)

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Please Please Please
Please Please Please album cover.jpg
Studio album by James Brown and The Famous Flames
Released 1959
Recorded February 24, 1956-September 18, 1958
Genre Rhythm and blues, soul[1]
Length 40:36
Label King
Producer Ralph Bass
James Brown and The Famous Flames chronology
Please Please Please
(1959)
Try Me!
(1959)
Singles from Please Please Please
  1. "Please, Please, Please"
    Released: March 1956
  2. "Try Me"
    Released: October 1958

Please Please Please is the debut studio album by The Famous Flames under the billing "James Brown and The Famous Flames", featuring the first album of recordings during Brown's long career. It includes the group's first two hit singles, the title track and "Try Me" (R&B #1, Pop #48), along with all the non-charting singles and b-sides he had recorded up to the time of the album's release. The album was reissued in 2003 by Polydor on a Japanese 24-bit remastered import CD packaged in a miniature LP sleeve.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[2]
Rolling Stone 3/5 stars [3]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by James Brown; except where indicated. 

Side one
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Please, Please, Please"   Brown, John Terry 2:47
2. "Chonnie-On-Chon"   Brown, Bobby Byrd 2:13
3. "Hold My Baby's Hand"   Brown, Trevor Smith 2:14
4. "I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On"   Knox 2:35
5. "Just Won't Do Right"     2:37
6. "Baby Cries Over the Ocean"     2:38
7. "I Don't Know"     2:48
8. "Tell Me What I Did Wrong"     2:23
Side two
No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "Try Me"     2:33
2. "That Dood It"   Rudy Toombs 2:29
3. "Begging, Begging"   Julius Dixson and Rudy Toombs 2:54
4. "I Walked Alone"     2:43
5. "No, No, No, No"     2:15
6. "That's When I Lost My Heart"     2:52
7. "Let's Make It"     2:27
8. "Love or a Game"     2:15

Personnel[edit]

Musicians
  • James Brown - lead vocals
  • The Famous Flames:
    • Bobby Byrd - background vocals
    • Johnny Terry - background vocals
    • Sylvester Keels - background vocals
    • Bill Hollings - background vocals
    • Louis Madison - background vocals
    • Nafloyd Scott - guitar
Additional personnel
  • Clifford Scott - tenor saxophone
  • Kenny Burrell - guitar
  • Edwyn Conley - bass
  • George Dorsey - alto saxophone
  • John Faire - guitar
  • David "Panama" Francis - drums
  • Reginald Hall - drums
  • Ernie Hayes - piano
  • Clarence Mack - bass
  • Carl Pruitt - bass
  • Wilbert Smith - tenor saxophone
  • Ray Felder - tenor saxophone
  • Edison Gore - drums
  • Alvin "Fats" Gonder - piano
  • Eddie Freeman - guitar

References[edit]

  1. ^ William Ruhlmann. "Please Please Please - James Brown,James Brown & His Famous Flames | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 2015-07-04. 
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "James Brown: Please Please Please at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  3. ^ Brackett, Nathan; Hoard, Christian David (2004). The New Rolling Stone Album Guide (4th revised ed.). Simon & Schuster. ISBN 978-0-7432-0169-8. Retrieved 21 September 2011.