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James Brown - The 50th Anniversary Collection

Number of Discs
2
Release Date
09/16/2003
Artist
James Brown
Format
CD / Album
Label / Studio
UTV / Polydor / UTV/Universal
Duration
02:36:43

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James Brown's two-CD 40th Anniversary Collection gathered 40 of the soul-funk giant's biggest hits, and in keeping with its title, The 50th Anniversary Collection is just that little bit bigger and better, with (could you guess?) 50 of his most famous tracks. From 1956's "Please, Please, Please" to 1988's "Static, Pts. 1 & 2," it has almost all of his biggies, though the absence of the 1986 Top Five hit "Living in America" is puzzling indeed. But that's a minor quibble given the dozens of classics onboard, which taken as a whole not only represent the best Brown compilation on the market, but also make a plain case for the singer as one of the major talents of 20th century American music. It's not wholly redundant on the off-chance that you're willing to replace 40th Anniversary Collection, mopping up a few hits of note ("Bewildered," "Bring It Up," "Let Yourself Go," "I Can't Stand Myself [When You Touch Me], Pt. 1," "It's a New Day, Pt. 1," "The Popcorn") that didn't make the cut the previous time around. If you're keeping score, it does lose a couple minor goodies from 40th Anniversary Collection ("Money Won't Change You," "King Heroin"). Also, the '70s funk years might be given too much emphasis and his R&B-soul beginnings shortchanged, though there are plenty of other reissues of his '50s/'60s material out there if you want to investigate further. Want another minor quibble on what is nonetheless a superb anthology? 40th Anniversary Collection came out in 1996; The 50th Anniversary Collection came out in 2003. Now that's the sort of creative accounting only a marketing department could love. Didn't this anniversary come three years early, especially considering that Brown's recording debut was in 1956? ~ Richie Unterberger

Disc 1:
1) Please, Please, Please - James Brown (02:45)
2) Try Me - James Brown (02:31)
3) Good Good Lovin' - James Brown (02:15)
4) I'll Go Crazy - James Brown (02:08)
5) Think - James Brown (02:50)
6) Bewildered - James Brown (02:24)
7) Lost Someone - James Brown (03:06)
8) Night Train - James Brown (03:31)
9) Prisoner of Love - James Brown (02:22)
10) Out of Sight - James Brown (02:23)
11) Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1 - James Brown (02:07)
12) I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown (02:47)
13) It's a Man's Man's Man's World - James Brown (02:48)
14) Bring It Up (Hipster's Avenue) - James Brown (02:45)
15) Let Yourself Go - James Brown (02:58)
16) Cold Sweat, Pt. 1 - James Brown (02:52)
17) Get It Together, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:51)
18) There Was a Time - James Brown (03:35)
19) I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me), Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:31)
20) I Got the Feelin' - James Brown (02:37)
21) Licking Stick-Licking Stick, Pt. 1 - James Brown (02:48)
22) Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud), Pt. 1 - James Brown (02:48)
23) Give It Up or Turnit a Loose - James Brown (02:50)
24) I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get ...) - James Brown (03:05)
25) The Popcorn - James Brown (03:02)
26) Mother Popcorn, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:17)
27) Ain't It Funky Now, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:08)

Disc 2:
1) It's a New Day, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:08)
2) Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt. 1 - James Brown (02:50)
3) Super Bad, Pt. 1 - James Brown (02:52)
4) Get Up, Get into It, Get Involved, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:32)
5) Soul Power, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:20)
6) Hot Pants, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:07)
7) Make It Funky, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:15)
8) I'm a Greedy Man, Pt. 1 - James Brown (02:48)
9) Talking Loud and Saying Nothing, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:15)
10) There It Is, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:06)
11) Get on the Good Foot, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:29)
12) I Got Ants in My Pants (And I Want to Dance), Pt. 1 - James Brown (02:53)
13) Down and Out in New York City - James Brown (03:16)
14) Sexy, Sexy, Sexy - James Brown (03:06)
15) Doing It to Death, Pt. 1 - Fred Wesley (03:03)
16) The Payback, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:32)
17) My Thang - James Brown (04:09)
18) Papa Don't Take No Mess, Pt. 1 - James Brown (04:29)
19) Funky President (People It's Bad) - James Brown (03:55)
20) Get up Offa That Thing - James Brown (04:00)
21) Body Heat, Pt. 1 - James Brown (03:57)
22) It's Too Funky in Here - James Brown (03:45)
23) Static, Pts. 1 & 2 - James Brown (04:52)

Album
The 50th Anniversary Collection
Publisher
UMG
Main Format
CD
Explicit Lyrics
No
Keyword Index
The 50th Anniversary Collection | James Brown