Pure Dynamite! Live at the Royal

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Pure Dynamite! Live at the Royal
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Live album by James Brown & The Famous Flames
Released 1964
Recorded November 1963 at the Royal Theatre, Baltimore, Maryland
Genre R&B, soul
Label King
K883
James Brown live albums chronology
Live at the Apollo
(1963)
Pure Dynamite! Live at the Royal
(1964)
The James Brown Show
(1967)
Singles from Pure Dynamite! Live at the Royal
  1. "Oh Baby Don't You Weep"
    Released: 1964
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars[1]

Pure Dynamite! Live At The Royal is a 1964 live album by James Brown and The Famous Flames. Originally issued on King Records, it was the live follow-up to Brown's 1963 Live at the Apollo LP, and like that album, reached the Top 10 of the Billboard album charts, peaking at #10. It was recorded live at the Royal Theatre in Baltimore, Maryland, a popular venue for R&B artists of the day. The album takes its title from Brown's most famous nickname at the time, "Mr. Dynamite".

Although most of Pure Dynamite! is live, it contains one non-live studio track, the extended-length song "Oh Baby, Don't You Weep", which was the group's then-current hit release. Dubbed-in crowd noise was added to simulate a live recording.

Pure Dynamite! features live versions of the singles Brown & The Flames had released since the Apollo LP. It opens with "Shout and Shimmy" (Billboard Pop #61, R&B #16) which features a comedy skit between James and Famous Flames member Bobby Bennett, and continues with the standard "These Foolish Things", (which was a charting single for the group the previous year; Billboard Pop #55, R&B #25), "Like a Baby", another charting standard (#24 R&B, also from '63), and "Signed, Sealed, And Delivered" (not the Stevie Wonder song; #77 Pop), also from '63. Side 1 closes with "I'll Never Never Let You Go", another song from the group's 1960 Think! LP. Side Two features Brown's signature hit, the million-selling "Please, Please, Please", the aforementioned "Oh Baby Don't You Weep" (#23 Pop), and closes with the group's 1959 regional hit single "Good Good Lovin'", all delivered to an enthusiastic audience response.

The Famous Flames (Bobby Byrd, Bobby Bennett, and Lloyd Stallworth) play an important co-starring role on Pure Dynamite!.[2] Although they did not receive billing on the album's label or cover, this is one of the few James Brown albums where the Flames can actually be seen in the cover photograph. But the photo is misleading: only two of the Flames are visible, partially obscured, and it was clearly taken at the Apollo Theater in New York, not at the Royal. The Flames are pictured with Brown on the original album insert's liner notes, and are included with Brown in the album's intro.

Pure Dynamite! has been reissued on CD by Polydor at least twice, but mostly for markets outside the United States. However, copies of the CD can be found on the Internet.[3]

Track listing[edit]

Side 1
No. Title Length
1. "Shout & Shimmy"   1:34
2. "I'm Tired But I'm Clean"   2:11
3. "These Foolish Things"   2:48
4. "Signed Sealed & Delivered"   2:58
5. "Like A Baby"   2:49
Side 2
No. Title Length
1. "I'll Never Let You Go"   2:15
2. "Please, Please, Please"   3:56
3. "Oh Baby Don't You Weep"   6:55
4. "Good Good Lovin'"   2:38

Personnel[edit]

James Brown & The Famous Flames :


Music: The James Brown Band.

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