Incoming: Shelved/Unreleased James Brown 3LP Live Album

James Brown Love Power Peace

Parisian concert in 1971 seriously fonked up the French audience. Below, watch a video of the show.

By Blurt Staff

Funk fans can plan on calling in to work sick on July 22: that’s when the 3LP Love Power Peace from James Brown hits stores via Sundazed. It’s a previously unreleased concert in Paris, recorded at the Olympia Theatre March 8, 1971, and it had already been sequenced and mixed by Brown himself but was ultimately held back because, as Sundazed explains, “key band members departed before it could be issued.” In 1992 a CD of the Paris show appeared but it was incomplete and had a different mix not approved by Brown (not to mention having atrociously slapdash sleeve art).

JB reel

Sundazed continues: “It’s a 3-LP set with each disc mastered from the original mixdown reels, and each with a unique name, Love, Power and Peace. Brown and band rip through recent singles like “Sex Machine,” “Super Bad,” “Give It Up or Turnit a Loose” and “Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” with a metronomic precision laid down by bassist Bootsy Collins and drummer Jabo Starks. “Ain’t It Funky Now” — formerly a slow, simmering groove — is transformed into a fast, funky tour de force in which newbie Catfish Collins unleashes one of the most badass guitar solos ever, while a medley of three other Brown standards (“Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag”/“I Got You (I Feel Good)”/“I Got the Feelin’ ”) blazes by faster than the Godfather of Soul’s personal Learjet.”

The album includes tracks from some of the same show’s supporting artists, and the package features rare photos and tour director Alan Leeds’ own liner notes. Full tracklisting is below.

TRACK LISTING SIDE ONE: Introduction • Brother Rapp • Ain’t It Funky • Georgia On My Mind – Part I

SIDE TWO: Georgia On My Mind – Part II • Sunny • Introduction: Bobby Bird • Signed, Sealed and Delivered • I Need Help – Part I

SIDE THREE: Introduction: Vicki Anderson • Don’t Play It No More • Yesterday • Break and Introduction • Dance & It’s A New Day • Bewildered – Part I

SIDE FOUR: Bewildered – Part II • There Was A Time • Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine • Try Me – Part I

SIDE FIVE: Try Me – Part II • Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag / I Got You / I Got The Feelin’ • Give it Up Or Turnit a Loose • It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World • Who Am I SIDE SIX: Please, Please, Please • Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine • Super Bad • Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved • Soul Power • Get Up, Get Into it, Get Involved • Audience Reaction

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