Quantity:1
Hell has been added to your Basket
+ £1.26 UK delivery
Used: Very Good | Details
Sold by France CDs
Condition: Used: Very Good
Comment: Fast international shipping. We ship from the North of France.
Other Sellers on Amazon
Add to Basket
£9.21
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20.00. Details
Sold by: Amazon
Add to Basket
£10.79
& FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20.00. Details
Sold by: skyvo-direct
Have one to sell? Sell on Amazon
Available to Download Now
Buy the MP3 album for £7.99

Hell

4.2 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

Price: £9.02 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details
Only 2 left in stock - order soon.
Sold by Fulfillment Express and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.
Note: This item is eligible for click and collect. Details
Pick up your parcel at a time and place that suits you.
  • Choose from over 13,000 locations across the UK
  • Prime members get unlimited deliveries at no additional cost
How to order to an Amazon Pickup Location?
  1. Find your preferred location and add it to your address book
  2. Dispatch to this address when you check out
Learn more
19 new from £6.91 6 used from £7.06
£9.02 & FREE Delivery in the UK on orders over £20. Details Only 2 left in stock - order soon. Sold by Fulfillment Express and Fulfilled by Amazon. Gift-wrap available.

Amazon's James Brown Store


Special Offers and Product Promotions


Frequently Bought Together

  • Hell
  • +
  • The Payback
  • +
  • Black Caesar
Total price: £25.93
Buy the selected items together

Product details

  • Audio CD (27 May 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Import
  • ASIN: B000001E77
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 57,139 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
  • Sample this album Artist (Sample)
1
30
4:46
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
2
30
5:07
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
3
30
4:19
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
4
30
3:08
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
5
30
4:10
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
6
30
2:41
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
7
30
3:15
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
8
30
3:17
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
9
30
2:57
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
10
30
4:20
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
11
30
8:08
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
12
30
3:40
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
13
30
5:09
Play in Library Buy: £0.99
 
14
30
13:51
Album Only

Product Description

Brown's early-'70s run of classic singles and good-to-great albums is still impressive. Hell was the double album released a year after the gold selling The Payback. To some, the title might put this effort in the realm of kitsch, but in many ways Hell was one of Brown's strongest albums. The album was the pinnacle of his work as the Minister of the Super New New Heavy Funk. From the tough and nimble Latin rhythms of "Coldblooded," and "Sayin' It and Doin' It" to the title track, all are prime pre-disco Brown. "My Thang" is probably as hard and unrelenting as he got without spontaneously combusting. The biggest surprise of Hell is that no matter how odd the song choices seemed, practically everything worked, excluding a few key songs of course. Both "When the Saints Go Marching In" and "Stormy Monday" don't belong in James Brown's catalogue, let alone the same album. Ballad-wise, Brown fares better. "These Foolish Things Remind Me of You" has him getting all warm and fuzzy as he inexplicably throws in an "I'm hurt, I'm hurt" for good measure. That song, as well as the weepers "A Man Has to Go to the Cross Road Before He Finds Himself" and "Sometime," were produced by David Matthews who could always get good ragged yet poised vocals from Brown. Although Brown did roll snake eyes on all of side three, he did leave Hell on a good note. "Papa Don't Take No Mess" is laid-back, funky jazz that's worth each of its 13-plus minutes. Despite a few detours, Hell is worth listening to.

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars
Share your thoughts with other customers

Top Customer Reviews

Format: Audio CD
This album arrived after "Payback" had shown that JB had lost none of his powers, despite the death of his son, troubles with the IRS and a commercial slump that had started when he lost much of his US crossover audience in the wake of "Say it Loud...".

Hell is a less cohesive album then Payback, (perhaps because the latter was conceived as a soundtrack) containing as it does covers, re-recordings and re-interpretations, as well as new tracks. Because of this, we do see sides of JB that had not been glimpsed for a while (ever?) - the latin version of "Please Please Please" and the similarly flavoured "Stormy Monday", the laid back groove on "These Foolish Things" and "A Man Has To Go Back..." as well as the Funk we know and love.

This was the last album JB recorded which could be ranked with the best of his late 60's/early 70's output. After this, as disco took hold,

those lesser talents that were riding the wave failed to acknowledge the debt they owed JB, as they stripped the music he invented of all feeling and reduced Dance music to a formula, in their search for commercial success. JB became viewed as an anacronism, and he struggled to cope without his status as a musical innovator and spokesman for his race.

James Brown never gave up working, though, and his place as a true innovator is now assured, thanks, in part, to those who kept the Funk alive in clubs, and brought it to a new audience. This is a significant album for all these reasons, but there is one other reason you should buy this album, and that is the monster Funk jam that is "Papa Don't Take No Mess" - indeed he doesn't.
Comment 12 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
By Jimothy on 27 Jan. 2012
Format: Audio CD
During the early 70s JB hit a purple patch, producing album after album of great funk. This sound doesn't really alter much - but what a sound. It simply gets better with every listen - that's real music.
Comment 4 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
he sings Please, Please, with a latin beat...
worth it, for just that track....
Comment 2 people found this helpful. Was this review helpful to you? Yes No Sending feedback...
Thank you for your feedback.
Sorry, we failed to record your vote. Please try again
Report abuse


Customer Discussions


What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?



Feedback