James Brown – Universal James. Label: Volcano (2) – 9210432.
Thought-provoking and timeless.
James Brown – Universal James. Records – 514 329-1, Polygram – 514 329-1. Format: Vinyl, LP, Album. Artwork By – James Brown, Dough Haverty. Artwork By – Luis M. Fernandez, Michelle Harbord. Photography – Carl Studna.
Yet 1992's Universal James is just that - a slick, ultra-commercial update of the James Brown aesthetic, complete with pale hip-hop beats which themselves are merely watered-down imitations of Brown's own groundbreaking peak material. From the opening track "Can't Get Any Harder" onward, the songs strain for rap credibility; instead of allowing Brown to find his own groove, the production constricts him, tailoring the music to what were the moment's prevailing trends. As a consequence, Universal James sounded dated within moments of its release.
Think! is the third studio album by James Brown and The Famous Flames, featuring the hit singles "Baby You're Right" and their cover of "Bewildered", along with the group's hit cover of the title track, "Think" originally recorded by The "5" Royales. It also includes the national hits "I'll Go Crazy", "This Old Heart" and "Baby, You're Right", the regional hit "Good Good Lovin'", and Brown's B-side hit duet with Bea Ford, "You've Got the Power".
I'm Real is the 54th studio album by American musician James Brown. The album was released in 1988 on Scotti Bros. All of the tracks were produced, written and arranged by Full Force, with the exception of "I'm Real" (co-written by Full Force and Brown) and "It's Your Money $" (written and produced solely by Brown). All tracks composed by James Brown and Full Force; except where indicated. James Brown - lead vocals.
Universal James is a solid funk/R&B effort, but only half of it is a true James Brown album. You see, these were the days when his label, Scotti Bros, was desperately trying to make the godfather fit the latest mold. And for some reason, they thought that pairing him with flash-in-the-pan producers whose 15 minutes had already waned was a good idea. In fact the lead track only features JB's on about 20% of the cut. His growling of the hook amounts to little more than a sample
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The Amazing James Brown and the Famous Flames. James Brown & The Famous Flames. James Brown, Terence MacDonagh, Kenneth Cooper, Jack Brymer, Frederick Lowe, Alan Civil.
Universal James, 2003. Universal James, 2003.
|A1||Can'T Get Any Harder|
|A2||Just Do It|
|A4||Everybody's Got A Thang|
|B1||Mine All Mine|
|B3||Show Me Your Friends|
|B5||Make It Funky 2000|
|514 329-2||James Brown||Universal James (CD)||Scotti Bros. Records||514 329-2||Europe||1992|
|9210432||James Brown||Universal James (CD, RE)||Volcano||9210432||Europe||Unknown|
|514 329-1||James Brown||Universal James (LP)||Scotti Bros. Records||514 329-1||UK||1993|
|BVCM-37875, 82876-55122-2||James Brown||Universal James (CD, Album, RE)||BMG, Volcano , BMG, Volcano||BVCM-37875, 82876-55122-2||Japan||2007|
|PCCY-00394||James Brown||Universal James (CD, Album)||Scotti Bros. Records||PCCY-00394||Japan||1993|
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