These first 2 discs collects the 30 singles (both a and b sides) recorded for the Federal Label between 1956-1959. The remaining 2 tracks (Strange Things Happen & Fine Old Foxy Self) found on Try Me were presumably album only tracks. Compared to what was to come, most of these 33 tracks are fairly pedestrian - very much in the R&B/gospel vein that other artists like Ray Charles, Sam Cooke and Jackie Wilson were recording. What made James Brown stand out was his showmanship, learnt in part from his idol Little Richard whose influence is very much in evidence, and of course his vocal style - sometimes rough and verging on hoarseness, never pretty, but drenched with passion and utterly compelling. Mention of course should be paid to Brown's vocal group The Famous Flames led by Bobby Byrd - although Brown never rated them as great vocalists, their solidity gave Brown the freedom to push both his vocals and physical performance to the limit.
The only downside of this & other Not Record releases is you don't get the original album sleeves and the sleeve notes are perfunctory to say the least. But as the other reviewer pointed out these are available separately at inflated prices.
on 12 July 2010
Exactly what it says: First two JB's albums ("Please, Please, Please" & "Try Me") remastered on two discs. The sound is very good (even if I cannot compare it to Japanese releases or Hip-O Singles collection Vol.1; I do not own these). Does not have the original album artwork, but has short liner notes, recording dates and credit info. This is the only way to go, if you do not have the above mentioned discs and do not want to pay rip-off prices on free market. If you like early JB R&B style music, buy this and play it loud!
Thanks, NotNow Music!
on 10 April 2013
I have always loved james brown's music.
from the early r&b and ballads to the superfunk.
please, please, please was an early hit single.
this album also includes try me and another 15 vintage cuts.
the cover would have been considered risqué at the time.