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Please, please, please!,
This review is from: Live At The Apollo (1962) (Audio CD)
At school in the sixties I was the singer in a group (we didn`t really call them bands then) and among our small repertoire, which included the blues My Babe, the Stones' Satisfaction, and the Beatles' You`ve Got To Hide Your Love Away, we did a version of I`ll Go Crazy - which I think we must have got from the Denny Laine-era
Moody Blues. I can honestly say that my rendition fell somewhat short of that of James Brown on this astounding, if brief, live classic recorded at the Harlem Apollo in 1962.
But then, how couldn`t it fall short? This man, as the comprehensive notes in the excellent booklet that comes with this reissue tell us, really could sing!
Most of the tracks are quite short, except for a medley which includes a wonderful version of I Love You, Yes I do, and the highlight of the half-hour set, a glorious and soul-oozing, improvisatory ten-minute Lost Someone, during which Brown proves he was then and remained a law unto himself, and one hell of a tremendous soul singer.
You`re inevitably left wanting more, but put this on as loud as you can get away with, and you`ll be pretty exhausted after thirty minutes of James Brown howling like a righteous banshee - but always in tune! - so much so that Wilson Pickett or Eddie Floyd would seem like a refreshing lowering of temperature.
It`s the live atmosphere that does it too. JB rarely came across in the studio quite like he does here, responding to an excited, rapturous captive audience on that cold night in October 1962.
I just wish I could have been there. This is the next best thing.