Soul on Top

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Soul on Top
Studio album by James Brown
Released April 1970
Recorded November 10–11, 1969
Genre Soul, jazz
Length 51:57 (2004 reissue)
Label King
Producer James Brown
James Brown chronology
Ain't It Funky
Soul on Top
It's a New Day – Let a Man Come In

Soul on Top is the 32nd studio album by American musician James Brown. The album was released in April 1970, by King. Brown and saxophonist Maceo Parker worked with arranger/conductor Oliver Nelson to record a big band, funk and jazz vocal album. It was recorded with Louie Bellson and his 18-piece jazz orchestra at United Western Recorders in Hollywood, California in November 1969, and features jazz standards, show tunes, and middle of the road hits, as well as a new arrangement of Brown's funk hit "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag".

The album was reissued in 2004 with one previously unreleased bonus track, a big band version of Brown's 1967 hit "There Was a Time", and new liner notes by jazz critic Will Friedwald.

Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 4/5 stars [1]

Track listing[edit]

No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "That's My Desire" Helmy Kressa, Carroll Loveday 4:10
2. "Your Cheatin' Heart" Hank Williams 2:59
3. "What Kind of Fool Am I?" Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley 3:06
4. "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" (Unedited Version) James Brown, Betty Jean Newsome 6:40
5. "The Man in the Glass" Bud Hobgood 5:56
6. "It's Magic" Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne 3:14
7. "September Song" (Unedited Version) Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill 5:02
8. "For Once in My Life" (Unedited Version) Ron Miller, Orlando Murden 4:43
9. "Every Day I Have the Blues" (Unedited Version) Memphis Slim 4:28
10. "I Need Your Key (To Turn Me On)" Louie Bellson 3:46
11. "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" Brown 4:41
12. "There Was a Time" (2004 reissue only) Brown, Bud Hobgood 3:04




  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "James Brown: Soul on Top > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved September 21, 2011.