It's wonderful that James Brown continues to perform. He still gives the audience their money's worth - if he's not soulin' at the moment, an excellent instrumentalist steps up to centerstage mike, or several beautiful chorus girls emerge. But back in the day, it was James-on-top-of-his-game, Bootsy, Clyde, Catfish, you name the rest... The show was programmed for maximum impact: the crowd reacts throughout.
The inescapable comparison with this early '71 effort from the Olympia is with the mid-'71 (released at the time) effort from the Apollo, "Revolution Of The Mind." The sounds from 125th street are more exciting, the band is a bit tighter, Brown's voice is more elastic, but the record was essentially a composite. Here we get a better sense of "James Brown...Live!".
The standout cuts are "Brother Rapp/Ain't It Funky Now", "Georgia On My Mind", and "Super Bad".
[Fans note that another recovered show is "Say It Loud And Live" from 10-68: we can hope for more of these treasures in the future].