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on 17 April 2017
He will always be the Number One. A great album. RIP soul brother - Love You
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on 26 April 2017
The Payback ! Ultimate funk from one of the top funkateers. Great album
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1974's THE PAYBACK was James Brown's eight Polydor release, and third double-album, since signing with the multinational conglomerate in 1971. Polydor had bought Brown's recording contract and back catalog from King Records as an opening salvo in their attempt to become a player in the United States recording industry. James lived up to his "hardest working man in show business" moniker by releasing seven albums in his first three years with the company, including two soundtracks. In fact THE PAYBACK was originally conceived as the soundtrack to the film 'HELL UP IN HARLEM' but was supposedly rejected by the film's producer Larry Cohen for being "the same old James Brown stuff" and "not funky enough!" If it had been accepted, it would've been Brown's third "blaxploitation" soundtrack in a row following 'BLACK CAESAR' (LP here) and 'SLAUGHTER'S BIG OFF' (LP here). James had the last laugh however, he had the engineers go through the recordings and delete any reference to the film. Then the re-named "The Payback" was rush released as a single, which went right to the top of the R&B charts. The album didn't fare too badly either, making #34 on the pop charts. So much for the musical tastes of film producers. "The Payback" is also noted for James Brown's intense vocal performance, which was rumored to be a result of finding that a current squeeze was making time with Harold Melvin, of "and the Blue Notes" fame. James had a bigger tragedy to deal with however, his son Teddy was killed in a car accident that June 14th. Whether influenced by the album's initial rejection, his woman troubles, or the death of his son, James Brown again turned adversity to a triumph, and not for the last time......

SIDE A:
1. The Payback*** (7:35) (Released as Part I & Part II, Polydor-14223, Feb. 1974, #1 R&B, #26 Pop)
2. Doing The Best I Can*** (7:50)
SIDE B:
1. Take Some, Leave Some** (8:22)
2. Shoot Your Shot**** (8:08)
SIDE C:
1. Forever Suffering*** (5:42)
2. Time Is Running Out Fast**** (12:37)
SIDE D:
1. Stone To The Bone# (10:05) (A & B sides of Polydor-14210, Nov. 1973, #4 R&B, #58 Pop)
2. Mind Power* (10:35)

CD TRACK LISTING:
1. The Payback*** (7:35) (Released as Part I & Part II, Polydor-14223, Feb. 1974, #1 R&B, #26 Pop)
2. Doing The Best I Can*** (7:50)
3. Take Some, Leave Some** (8:22)
4. Shoot Your Shot**** (8:08)
5. Forever Suffering*** (5:42)
6. Time Is Running Out Fast**** (12:37)
7. Stone To The Bone# (10:05) (A & B sides of Polydor-14210, Nov. 1973, #4 R&B, #58 Pop)
8. Mind Power* (10:35)

*Recorded February 1973, Rodel Studios, Washington, DC,
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & electric piano
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Darryl 'Hasaan' Jamison - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Flute
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
John Morgan - Percussion
Additional woodwinds overdubbed September 18, 1975, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

**Recorded April 23, 1973, United Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Studio Orchestra arranged and conducted by Fred Wesley
James Brown's vocal overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

***Recorded August 4, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Maceo Parker - Alto sax (5)
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax (5)
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Tambourine
Additional horns, percussion, strings, and background vocals overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

****Recorded August 23, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax & flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Percussion

#Recorded October 2, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & organ
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
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1974's THE PAYBACK was James Brown's eight Polydor release, and third double-album, since signing with the multinational conglomerate in 1971. Polydor had bought Brown's recording contract and back catalog from King Records as an opening salvo in their attempt to become a player in the United States recording industry. James lived up to his "hardest working man in show business" moniker by releasing seven albums in his first three years with the company, including two soundtracks. In fact THE PAYBACK was originally conceived as the soundtrack to the film 'HELL UP IN HARLEM' but was supposedly rejected by the film's producer Larry Cohen for being "the same old James Brown stuff" and "not funky enough!" If it had been accepted, it would've been Brown's third "blaxploitation" soundtrack in a row following 'BLACK CAESAR' (LP here) and 'SLAUGHTER'S BIG OFF' (LP here). James had the last laugh however, he had the engineers go through the recordings and delete any reference to the film. Then the re-named "The Payback" was rush released as a single, which went right to the top of the R&B charts. The album didn't fare too badly either, making #34 on the pop charts. So much for the musical tastes of film producers. "The Payback" is also noted for James Brown's intense vocal performance, which was rumored to be a result of finding that a current squeeze was making time with Harold Melvin, of "and the Blue Notes" fame. James had a bigger tragedy to deal with however, his son Teddy was killed in a car accident that June 14th. Whether influenced by the album's initial rejection, his woman troubles, or the death of his son, James Brown again turned adversity to a triumph, and not for the last time......

SIDE A:
1. The Payback*** (7:35) (Released as Part I & Part II, Polydor-14223, Feb. 1974, #1 R&B, #26 Pop)
2. Doing The Best I Can*** (7:50)
SIDE B:
1. Take Some, Leave Some** (8:22)
2. Shoot Your Shot**** (8:08)
SIDE C:
1. Forever Suffering*** (5:42)
2. Time Is Running Out Fast**** (12:37)
SIDE D:
1. Stone To The Bone# (10:05) (A & B sides of Polydor-14210, Nov. 1973, #4 R&B, #58 Pop)
2. Mind Power* (10:35)

CD TRACK LISTING:
1. The Payback*** (7:35) (Released as Part I & Part II, Polydor-14223, Feb. 1974, #1 R&B, #26 Pop)
2. Doing The Best I Can*** (7:50)
3. Take Some, Leave Some** (8:22)
4. Shoot Your Shot**** (8:08)
5. Forever Suffering*** (5:42)
6. Time Is Running Out Fast**** (12:37)
7. Stone To The Bone# (10:05) (A & B sides of Polydor-14210, Nov. 1973, #4 R&B, #58 Pop)
8. Mind Power* (10:35)

*Recorded February 1973, Rodel Studios, Washington, DC,
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & electric piano
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Darryl 'Hasaan' Jamison - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Flute
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
John Morgan - Percussion
Additional woodwinds overdubbed September 18, 1975, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

**Recorded April 23, 1973, United Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Studio Orchestra arranged and conducted by Fred Wesley
James Brown's vocal overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

***Recorded August 4, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Maceo Parker - Alto sax (5)
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax (5)
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Tambourine
Additional horns, percussion, strings, and background vocals overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

****Recorded August 23, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax & flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Percussion

#Recorded October 2, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & organ
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
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1974's THE PAYBACK was James Brown's eight Polydor release, and third double-album, since signing with the multinational conglomerate in 1971. Polydor had bought Brown's recording contract and back catalog from King Records as an opening salvo in their attempt to become a player in the United States recording industry. James lived up to his "hardest working man in show business" moniker by releasing seven albums in his first three years with the company, including two soundtracks. In fact THE PAYBACK was originally conceived as the soundtrack to the film 'HELL UP IN HARLEM' but was supposedly rejected by the film's producer Larry Cohen for being "the same old James Brown stuff" and "not funky enough!" If it had been accepted, it would've been Brown's third "blaxploitation" soundtrack in a row following 'BLACK CAESAR' (LP here) and 'SLAUGHTER'S BIG OFF' (LP here). James had the last laugh however, he had the engineers go through the recordings and delete any reference to the film. Then the re-named "The Payback" was rush released as a single, which went right to the top of the R&B charts. The album didn't fare too badly either, making #34 on the pop charts. So much for the musical tastes of film producers. "The Payback" is also noted for James Brown's intense vocal performance, which was rumored to be a result of finding that a current squeeze was making time with Harold Melvin, of "and the Blue Notes" fame. James had a bigger tragedy to deal with however, his son Teddy was killed in a car accident that June 14th. Whether influenced by the album's initial rejection, his woman troubles, or the death of his son, James Brown again turned adversity to a triumph, and not for the last time......

SIDE A:
1. The Payback*** (7:35) (Released as Part I & Part II, Polydor-14223, Feb. 1974, #1 R&B, #26 Pop)
2. Doing The Best I Can*** (7:50)
SIDE B:
1. Take Some, Leave Some** (8:22)
2. Shoot Your Shot**** (8:08)
SIDE C:
1. Forever Suffering*** (5:42)
2. Time Is Running Out Fast**** (12:37)
SIDE D:
1. Stone To The Bone# (10:05) (A & B sides of Polydor-14210, Nov. 1973, #4 R&B, #58 Pop)
2. Mind Power* (10:35)

*Recorded February 1973, Rodel Studios, Washington, DC,
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & electric piano
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Darryl 'Hasaan' Jamison - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Flute
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
John Morgan - Percussion
Additional woodwinds overdubbed September 18, 1975, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

**Recorded April 23, 1973, United Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Studio Orchestra arranged and conducted by Fred Wesley
James Brown's vocal overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

***Recorded August 4, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Maceo Parker - Alto sax (5)
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax (5)
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Tambourine
Additional horns, percussion, strings, and background vocals overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

****Recorded August 23, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax & flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Percussion

#Recorded October 2, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & organ
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
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1974's THE PAYBACK was James Brown's eight Polydor release, and third double-album, since signing with the multinational conglomerate in 1971. Polydor had bought Brown's recording contract and back catalog from King Records as an opening salvo in their attempt to become a player in the United States recording industry. James lived up to his "hardest working man in show business" moniker by releasing seven albums in his first three years with the company, including two soundtracks. In fact THE PAYBACK was originally conceived as the soundtrack to the film 'HELL UP IN HARLEM' but was supposedly rejected by the film's producer Larry Cohen for being "the same old James Brown stuff" and "not funky enough!" If it had been accepted, it would've been Brown's third "blaxploitation" soundtrack in a row following 'BLACK CAESAR' (LP here) and 'SLAUGHTER'S BIG OFF' (LP here). James had the last laugh however, he had the engineers go through the recordings and delete any reference to the film. Then the re-named "The Payback" was rush released as a single, which went right to the top of the R&B charts. The album didn't fare too badly either, making #34 on the pop charts. So much for the musical tastes of film producers. "The Payback" is also noted for James Brown's intense vocal performance, which was rumored to be a result of finding that a current squeeze was making time with Harold Melvin, of "and the Blue Notes" fame. James had a bigger tragedy to deal with however, his son Teddy was killed in a car accident that June 14th. Whether influenced by the album's initial rejection, his woman troubles, or the death of his son, James Brown again turned adversity to a triumph, and not for the last time......

SIDE A:
1. The Payback*** (7:35) (Released as Part I & Part II, Polydor-14223, Feb. 1974, #1 R&B, #26 Pop)
2. Doing The Best I Can*** (7:50)
SIDE B:
1. Take Some, Leave Some** (8:22)
2. Shoot Your Shot**** (8:08)
SIDE C:
1. Forever Suffering*** (5:42)
2. Time Is Running Out Fast**** (12:37)
SIDE D:
1. Stone To The Bone# (10:05) (A & B sides of Polydor-14210, Nov. 1973, #4 R&B, #58 Pop)
2. Mind Power* (10:35)

CD TRACK LISTING:
1. The Payback*** (7:35) (Released as Part I & Part II, Polydor-14223, Feb. 1974, #1 R&B, #26 Pop)
2. Doing The Best I Can*** (7:50)
3. Take Some, Leave Some** (8:22)
4. Shoot Your Shot**** (8:08)
5. Forever Suffering*** (5:42)
6. Time Is Running Out Fast**** (12:37)
7. Stone To The Bone# (10:05) (A & B sides of Polydor-14210, Nov. 1973, #4 R&B, #58 Pop)
8. Mind Power* (10:35)

*Recorded February 1973, Rodel Studios, Washington, DC,
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & electric piano
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Darryl 'Hasaan' Jamison - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Flute
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
John Morgan - Percussion
Additional woodwinds overdubbed September 18, 1975, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

**Recorded April 23, 1973, United Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Studio Orchestra arranged and conducted by Fred Wesley
James Brown's vocal overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

***Recorded August 4, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Maceo Parker - Alto sax (5)
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax (5)
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Tambourine
Additional horns, percussion, strings, and background vocals overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

****Recorded August 23, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax & flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Percussion

#Recorded October 2, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & organ
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
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1974's THE PAYBACK was James Brown's eight Polydor release, and third double-album, since signing with the multinational conglomerate in 1971. Polydor had bought Brown's recording contract and back catalog from King Records as an opening salvo in their attempt to become a player in the United States recording industry. James lived up to his "hardest working man in show business" moniker by releasing seven albums in his first three years with the company, including two soundtracks. In fact THE PAYBACK was originally conceived as the soundtrack to the film 'HELL UP IN HARLEM' but was supposedly rejected by the film's producer Larry Cohen for being "the same old James Brown stuff" and "not funky enough!" If it had been accepted, it would've been Brown's third "blaxploitation" soundtrack in a row following 'BLACK CAESAR' (LP here) and 'SLAUGHTER'S BIG OFF' (LP here). James had the last laugh however, he had the engineers go through the recordings and delete any reference to the film. Then the re-named "The Payback" was rush released as a single, which went right to the top of the R&B charts. The album didn't fare too badly either, making #34 on the pop charts. So much for the musical tastes of film producers. "The Payback" is also noted for James Brown's intense vocal performance, which was rumored to be a result of finding that a current squeeze was making time with Harold Melvin, of "and the Blue Notes" fame. James had a bigger tragedy to deal with however, his son Teddy was killed in a car accident that June 14th. Whether influenced by the album's initial rejection, his woman troubles, or the death of his son, James Brown again turned adversity to a triumph, and not for the last time......

SIDE A:
1. The Payback*** (7:35) (Released as Part I & Part II, Polydor-14223, Feb. 1974, #1 R&B, #26 Pop)
2. Doing The Best I Can*** (7:50)
SIDE B:
1. Take Some, Leave Some** (8:22)
2. Shoot Your Shot**** (8:08)
SIDE C:
1. Forever Suffering*** (5:42)
2. Time Is Running Out Fast**** (12:37)
SIDE D:
1. Stone To The Bone# (10:05) (A & B sides of Polydor-14210, Nov. 1973, #4 R&B, #58 Pop)
2. Mind Power* (10:35)

*Recorded February 1973, Rodel Studios, Washington, DC,
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & electric piano
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Darryl 'Hasaan' Jamison - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Flute
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
John Morgan - Percussion
Additional woodwinds overdubbed September 18, 1975, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

**Recorded April 23, 1973, United Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Studio Orchestra arranged and conducted by Fred Wesley
James Brown's vocal overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

***Recorded August 4, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Maceo Parker - Alto sax (5)
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax (5)
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Tambourine
Additional horns, percussion, strings, and background vocals overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

****Recorded August 23, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax & flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Percussion

#Recorded October 2, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & organ
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
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1974's THE PAYBACK was James Brown's eight Polydor release, and third double-album, since signing with the multinational conglomerate in 1971. Polydor had bought Brown's recording contract and back catalog from King Records as an opening salvo in their attempt to become a player in the United States recording industry. James lived up to his "hardest working man in show business" moniker by releasing seven albums in his first three years with the company, including two soundtracks. In fact THE PAYBACK was originally conceived as the soundtrack to the film 'HELL UP IN HARLEM' but was supposedly rejected by the film's producer Larry Cohen for being "the same old James Brown stuff" and "not funky enough!" If it had been accepted, it would've been Brown's third "blaxploitation" soundtrack in a row following 'BLACK CAESAR' (LP here) and 'SLAUGHTER'S BIG OFF' (LP here). James had the last laugh however, he had the engineers go through the recordings and delete any reference to the film. Then the re-named "The Payback" was rush released as a single, which went right to the top of the R&B charts. The album didn't fare too badly either, making #34 on the pop charts. So much for the musical tastes of film producers. "The Payback" is also noted for James Brown's intense vocal performance, which was rumored to be a result of finding that a current squeeze was making time with Harold Melvin, of "and the Blue Notes" fame. James had a bigger tragedy to deal with however, his son Teddy was killed in a car accident that June 14th. Whether influenced by the album's initial rejection, his woman troubles, or the death of his son, James Brown again turned adversity to a triumph, and not for the last time......

SIDE A:
1. The Payback*** (7:35) (Released as Part I & Part II, Polydor-14223, Feb. 1974, #1 R&B, #26 Pop)
2. Doing The Best I Can*** (7:50)
SIDE B:
1. Take Some, Leave Some** (8:22)
2. Shoot Your Shot**** (8:08)
SIDE C:
1. Forever Suffering*** (5:42)
2. Time Is Running Out Fast**** (12:37)
SIDE D:
1. Stone To The Bone# (10:05) (A & B sides of Polydor-14210, Nov. 1973, #4 R&B, #58 Pop)
2. Mind Power* (10:35)

CD TRACK LISTING:
1. The Payback*** (7:35) (Released as Part I & Part II, Polydor-14223, Feb. 1974, #1 R&B, #26 Pop)
2. Doing The Best I Can*** (7:50)
3. Take Some, Leave Some** (8:22)
4. Shoot Your Shot**** (8:08)
5. Forever Suffering*** (5:42)
6. Time Is Running Out Fast**** (12:37)
7. Stone To The Bone# (10:05) (A & B sides of Polydor-14210, Nov. 1973, #4 R&B, #58 Pop)
8. Mind Power* (10:35)

*Recorded February 1973, Rodel Studios, Washington, DC,
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & electric piano
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Darryl 'Hasaan' Jamison - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Flute
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
John Morgan - Percussion
Additional woodwinds overdubbed September 18, 1975, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

**Recorded April 23, 1973, United Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Studio Orchestra arranged and conducted by Fred Wesley
James Brown's vocal overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

***Recorded August 4, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Maceo Parker - Alto sax (5)
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax (5)
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Tambourine
Additional horns, percussion, strings, and background vocals overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

****Recorded August 23, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax & flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Percussion

#Recorded October 2, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & organ
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
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1974's THE PAYBACK was James Brown's eight Polydor release, and third double-album, since signing with the multinational conglomerate in 1971. Polydor had bought Brown's recording contract and back catalog from King Records as an opening salvo in their attempt to become a player in the United States recording industry. James lived up to his "hardest working man in show business" moniker by releasing seven albums in his first three years with the company, including two soundtracks. In fact THE PAYBACK was originally conceived as the soundtrack to the film 'HELL UP IN HARLEM' but was supposedly rejected by the film's producer Larry Cohen for being "the same old James Brown stuff" and "not funky enough!" If it had been accepted, it would've been Brown's third "blaxploitation" soundtrack in a row following 'BLACK CAESAR' (LP here) and 'SLAUGHTER'S BIG OFF' (LP here). James had the last laugh however, he had the engineers go through the recordings and delete any reference to the film. Then the re-named "The Payback" was rush released as a single, which went right to the top of the R&B charts. The album didn't fare too badly either, making #34 on the pop charts. So much for the musical tastes of film producers. "The Payback" is also noted for James Brown's intense vocal performance, which was rumored to be a result of finding that a current squeeze was making time with Harold Melvin, of "and the Blue Notes" fame. James had a bigger tragedy to deal with however, his son Teddy was killed in a car accident that June 14th. Whether influenced by the album's initial rejection, his woman troubles, or the death of his son, James Brown again turned adversity to a triumph, and not for the last time......

SIDE A:
1. The Payback*** (7:35) (Released as Part I & Part II, Polydor-14223, Feb. 1974, #1 R&B, #26 Pop)
2. Doing The Best I Can*** (7:50)
SIDE B:
1. Take Some, Leave Some** (8:22)
2. Shoot Your Shot**** (8:08)
SIDE C:
1. Forever Suffering*** (5:42)
2. Time Is Running Out Fast**** (12:37)
SIDE D:
1. Stone To The Bone# (10:05) (A & B sides of Polydor-14210, Nov. 1973, #4 R&B, #58 Pop)
2. Mind Power* (10:35)

*Recorded February 1973, Rodel Studios, Washington, DC,
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & electric piano
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Darryl 'Hasaan' Jamison - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Flute
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
John Morgan - Percussion
Additional woodwinds overdubbed September 18, 1975, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

**Recorded April 23, 1973, United Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Studio Orchestra arranged and conducted by Fred Wesley
James Brown's vocal overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

***Recorded August 4, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Maceo Parker - Alto sax (5)
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax (5)
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Tambourine
Additional horns, percussion, strings, and background vocals overdubbed September 1973, Advantage Studios, New York, NY

****Recorded August 23, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax & flute
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
Johnny Griggs or John Morgan - Percussion

#Recorded October 2, 1973, International Studios, Augusta, GA
the band:
James Brown - Vocals & organ
Fred Wesley - Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley - Trumpet
Jerome "Jasaan" Sanford - Trumpet
Maceo Parker - Alto sax
St. Clair Pinckney - Tenor sax
Jimmy "Chank" Nolen - Guitar
Hearlon 'Cheese' Martin - Guitar
Fred Thomas or Charles Sherrell - Bass
John "Jabo" Starks - Drums
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VINE VOICEon 5 May 2006
James Browns third soundtrack album of the early 70's, except this never appeared with the film, as other reviewers have pointed out. This can realistically be regarded as the end of a progression started with "Say It Loud..", as James produces arguably his most political work .

At the time this album was conceived, JB was in a commercial slump, ignored by the music mainstream. While this did little to break that situation, here was James Brown being completely true to his ideals - no compromise for commercial gain, no dodgy endorsement of sleazy politicians.

Here there is only a funk groove, underlying lyrics of social awareness encompassing a plea for equality. If ever an album was a funk bomb, then this is it. James remains true to his tried and tested methods - you can still hear the arrangement being done on the hoof "I wanna go way back to the top", and there can have been few better examples of his craft than "Stone to the Bone".

There are more influencial JB productions, but this is significant because it marked the beginning of the end of the Godfathers' reign - only "Hell" would be worthwhile after this release. As time has gone on samplers have recognised the true nature of this album - pick it up and immerse yourself in the true power of the Funk
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