Get on the Good Foot

Get on the Good Foot

by James Brown


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In an era when Brown went on to make three studio doubles, Get on the Good Foot was the first. This 1972 album finds Brown having great chemistry with both his newer J.B.'s and the New York session players. The title track is particularly stunning. "Get on the Good Foot" was so off-the-cuff and nonpareil, he couldn't have replicated the formula even if he wanted to. "I Got a Bag of My Own," on the other hand, sounds forced and synthetic. Although Brown was known for his new product, this album has him recycling some of his King singles. Doing so-so remakes of "Cold Sweat" and "Ain't It a Groove" could be taken as an attempt to ease some of his old catalog into his new label. Not surprisingly, Get on the Good Foot does have its share of throwaway cuts. "Recitation by Hank Ballard" is a spoken-word effort with Ballard extolling his buddy's virtues, as well as giving unsolicited advice about the perils of show biz. "Dirty Harri," a lukewarm instrumental, goes nowhere fast for all of its six-plus minutes. Although Get on the Good Foot only managed to yield two hits, the album is one of his more varied and fun efforts.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/28/1995
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0731452398222
catalogNumber: 523982

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist,Organ,Vocals
Hank Ballard   Vocals
Joe Beck   Guitar
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Conte Candoli   Trumpet
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
St. Clair Pinckney   Tenor Saxophone
Don Randi   Organ
Michael Moore   Bass
Arthur Adams   Guitar
Maceo Parker   Tenor Saxophone
David Matthews   Conductor
Bobby Byrd   Organ,Vocals
Hidle Brown Barnum   Conductor
Ben Barrett   Drums
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
D.A. Brisbois   Trumpet
Sam T. Brown   Acoustic Guitar
Alan Direnzo   Trumpet
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Joe Farrell   Tenor Saxophone
Johnny Griggs   Conga
Paul Hubinon   Trumpet
James Madison   Drums
Hugh McCracken   Electric Guitar
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
John Starks   Drums
Fred Thomas   Bass
James Vaughn   Piano
Fred Wesley   Trombone
Dick Leith   Trombone
Danny Ray   Background Vocals
Robert Coleman   Guitar
Russell Crimes   Trumpet
Jimmy Nolen   Guitar
Bobby Roach   Guitar
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin   Guitar
Jerone "Jasaan Sanford" Melson   Trumpet
Isiah "Ike" Oakley   Trumpet
Martha Harvin   Background Vocals
Jim Parker   Alto Saxophone
Bob West   Bass
William Hinshaw   French Horn

Technical Credits

James Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer
David Matthews   Contributor
Hidle Brown Barnum   Arranger
Sam Lowe   Arranger
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes
Fred Wesley   Arranger,Composer
Alan Leeds   Contributor
Bob Both   Contributor
Joe Mims   Composer

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