Reality (James Brown album)
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|James Brown chronology|
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?"
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." 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." 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".
Track listing adapted from vinyl of Reality.
All tracks written by James Brown, except where noted.
|1.||"Reality"||James Brown, Fred Wesley, Gertrude Wesley||4:41|
|2.||"Funky President (People It's Bad)"||4:28|
|3.||"Further On Up the Road"||Bob Mack||4:14|
|4.||"Check Your Body"||Brown, F. Wesley||4:31|
|5.||"Don't Fence Me In"||Cole Porter||3:57|
|6.||"All for One"||Brown, F. Wesley||6:38|
|7.||"I'm Broken Hearted"||4:28|
|8.||"The Twist"||Hank Ballard||4:09|
|9.||"Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)"||Anthony Newley, Leslie Bricusse||4:05|
Credits adapted from back cover of Reality.
- James Brown – producer, arrangements
- Fred Wesley – arrangements, production supervisor
- Dave Matthews – arrangements on "The Twist"
- Bob Both – engineer, production supervisor
- David Stone – assistant engineer
- Major – assistant engineer
- Don Brautigam – illustration
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