April 7, 2012

The Hardest Working Man In Show Business.

Something special and something probably never heard before. James Brown and His Famous Flames, live at The Hollywood Bowl, recorded September 16, 1966.

Anyone who has seen James Brown live before knows his sets were non-stop, high-voltage from beginning to end. And this set from 1966 is recorded during a particularly good period for Brown.

It's never been issued by anyone, anywhere as far as I know and it's the complete 55 minute set.

One or two things to mention before you hit the download or play buttons - Even though this is what is considered these days as a Soundboard recording, it's still pretty crude by comparison to what's available now in live recordings. James Brown's voice distorts quite a bit and I've tried to lessen the harshness of the offending sound, but distortion is almost impossible to get rid of without doing some drastic equalizing to make up for it. But overall, it's not that bad and is a small caveat for what is a recording heard by no one since it was originally recorded.

All that said, here is an incredibly rare and spirited performance by one of the legends of Soul and Funk.


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