Reality (James Brown album)

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Reality
James Brown Reality.jpg
Studio album by James Brown
Released 1974
Length 41:17
Label Polydor
Producer James Brown
James Brown chronology
Hell
(1974)Hell1974
Reality
(1974)
Sex Machine Today
(1975)Sex Machine Today1975

Reality is the 42nd studio album by American musician James Brown. The album was released in 1974, by Polydor Records.[1][2]

Release[edit]

Reality was released in late 1974.[1] It charted on the Billboard 200 for 10 weeks, peaking at 56th position.[3]

Reception[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic1.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB-[4]

In a contemporary review, the NME reviewed both Reality and Breakin' Bread, stating that the album were "pretty much up to the standard of his last few [records]." which he found was both positive and negative noting that there has been no major progression in his music since 1972. The review concluded that both albums were "very well produced, exceedingly exciting and irresistible for dancing, but who needs James Brown & The J.B.'s when you can have The Fatback Band or B.T. Express?"[5]

AllMusic gave the album a negative review, noting that Brown's "insane schedule was catching up to him" and that it found him "at an artistic impasse."[1] The reviewer noted that "it was foolish to expect a "fun" album from Brown during this time. He seemed to view America as a doomed nation, and considered the gas shortage, Watergate, and unemployment lines as signs of the coming apocalypse. A hint of sadness and ennui cloaks over the album."[1] The review critiqued "The Twist" as Brown hitting a writer's block and that the cover of "Don't Fence Me In" was another sign of his "desperation". The review noted that the album contained "his worst ballads on record".[1]

Track listing[edit]

Track listing adapted from vinyl of Reality.[6]

All tracks written by James Brown, except where noted.

Side A
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."Reality"James Brown, Fred Wesley, Gertrude Wesley4:41
2."Funky President (People It's Bad)" 4:28
3."Further On Up the Road"Bob Mack4:14
4."Check Your Body"Brown, F. Wesley4:31
5."Don't Fence Me In"Cole Porter3:57
Side B
No.TitleWriter(s)Length
6."All for One"Brown, F. Wesley6:38
7."I'm Broken Hearted" 4:28
8."The Twist"Hank Ballard4:09
9."Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)"Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse4:05

Credits[edit]

Credits adapted from back cover of Reality.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f Elias, Jason. "James Brown - Reality". AllMusic. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  2. ^ "iTunes - Music - Reality by James Brown". Itunes.apple.com. 1933-05-03. Retrieved 2015-06-28. 
  3. ^ "James Brown". Billboard. Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  4. ^ Christgau, Robert. "James Brown". Retrieved 19 December 2016. 
  5. ^ Fisher, Bob (5 April 1975). "James Brown: Reality and Breakin' Bread". NME. Retrieved 19 December 2016. (Subscription required (help)). 
  6. ^ Reality (Media notes). James Brown. Polydor. 1974. PD 6039. 
  7. ^ Reality (Media notes). James Brown. Polydor. 1974. PD 6039.