JAMES BROWN: FUNK FOUNDATIONS



James Brown: Night Train
From 7″ (King, 1962)

James Brown: I’ve Got Money
From 7″ (B-side of “Three Hearts In a Tangle”) (King, 1963)

James Brown: Out of Sight
From 7″ (Smash, 1964)

All available on Star Time.

I’ve been working on a JB appreciation essay for MTV’s URGE site and in the course of doing research, I got into this tangential query of my own: where exactly did Brown and the JBs’ innovations for funk begin? Depending on who you ask, different scholars/critics have varying opinions. This what most agree upon: […]

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THROW IT DOWN FOR JAMES BROWN



James Brown: Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’ (Original Rock Version)
From 7″ (King promo-only, 1970). Also available on: James Brown’s Funky People 3.

James Brown: Give It Up Or Turn It Loose (Remix)
From In the Jungle Groove (Polydor, 1986)

Bonus: James Brown: Turn the Break Loose (soul-sides.com edit)

I’m genuinely honored that people expect the site to have something poignant to say about James Brown but honestly, I don’t really have much to add besides 1) what I’ve already noted and 2) what other writers I respect have had to say about it. […]

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JENNIFER HOLLIDAY/HUDSON: YOU’RE GONNA LOVE THIS

Jennifer Holliday: And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going Away
From Dreamgirls (Original Broadway Cast) (Decca, 1982)

Jennifer Hudson: And I’m Telling You, I’m Not Going Away
From Dreamgirls (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) (Sony, 2006)

I’m breaking away from James Brown contemplations to share a small, personal confession: I haven’t cried in years. At most, once or twice in the last 10 years and even then, not since the late ’90s. I’m sure this is something a therapist could get to the bottom to but regardless, it takes a lot to move me to tears.

I share […]

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THE GODFATHER, GONE


5/3/33 – 12/25/06

I’ve said this before but we are living through an era where many of the legends of soul music are quickly passing away. There were many we lost far before their time – Otis Redding or Marvin Gaye for example – but in the last few years, age (and poor health) is beginning to claim more and more. It’s inevitable that we all die, of course, but who thought that we’d ever lose James Brown (especially at age 73)?

It’s inevitable that I, amongst millions of others, will probably think about when they last […]

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM SOUL SIDES



Big Daddy Kane, Roxanne Shante, MC Shan: A Cold Chillin’ Christmas
From Winter Warnerland (Warner Bros, 1988)

SS Exclusive: Christmas Medley
From (ssssshhhhh)

I’ve been laid up with grading 70+ papers so alas, I haven’t had time to do up a more extensive holiday post but I’ve been meaning to at least put these two songs out there.

The “Cold Chillin Christmas” originally (and only) came out on a holiday album (2xLP actually) put […]

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ELIAS RAHBANI: BEATS FROM BEIRUT (SOUL NAPS)



Elias Rahbani: Dance of Maria
From Mosaic of the Orient (EMI Lebanon, 1972)

Some really far-flung, disparate regions have seen the rare groove reissue treatment in recent years. Scandinavia, the former Eastern Bloc, North Africa, the Far East, South America: they all seemed to have their pioneering clusters of mad musical geniuses and jazz iconoclasts in the ‘60s and ‘70s, and it’s been fabulous to have their respective musical riches brought again to the surface like so many Concepción ducats. Soul Sides readers might remember O-Dub’s September 2006 feature on […]

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ATLANTIC’S AHMET ERTEGUN DIES


I’m nursing a cold so I don’t have time (yet) to write up a proper tribute but to put it simply, Ahmetwas one of the most important figures in the history of R&B/soul as the founder (along with brother Nesuhi) of Atlantic Records. “Visionary” is not too generous a term here. Alas, Ahmet passed away today, at the age of 83.

SWEET CHERRIES + TRINIKAS: SWEET SOURS


Sweet Cherries: Don’t Give It Away
From 7″ (T-Neck, 1973)

The Trinikas: Remember Me
From 7″ (Pearce, 197?)

Here’s a nice pairing of sweet n’ funky female soul singles, following up on the previous Three Degrees and Third Wave posting. The Sweet Cherries is something I recently learned about – a girl group formed by the Isley Bros. (hence why they appear on T-Neck). I like how “Don’t Give It Away” begins with a blend of sweet and northern soul elements but then drops in that drum break from nowhere. Alas, I’ve heard some of their […]

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THE COUP NEED HELP

(Editor’s Note: As many of you should know, The Coup are one of my favorite groups. They’re one of the last few honest rap artists out there which makes grinding out a career that much tougher on the independent tip. Right now, the group needs the help of fans following a terrible accident that luckily didn’t kill anyone but has left the group in difficult straits).

From Boots Riley:

So, we got on the bus after doing a show at The House of Blues San Diego as part of The Coup/Mr. Lif tour. As the bus […]

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OLDIES BUT GOODIES



Al Hirt: Harlem Hendoo
From Soul in the Horn (RCA, 1967)

Dizzy Gillespie: Matrix
From The Real Thing (Perception, 1971)

I’m not feeling lazy – just nostalgic. These two are amongst the earliest posts that went up on Soul Sides back when we launched in 2004 (damn, that feels like a long time ago despite only being two years and change). They are also perfectly “common” in terms of songs that have no doubt graced many an other MP3 blog at some point.

We don’t really care about that.

If it’s not […]

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