Star Time

Star Time

by James Brown


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When the four-disc Star Time box was released in 1991, James Brown's catalog sorely needed an overhaul; much of it was out of print, and what was available was hardly befitting of his magnitude. Star Time got everything right: it put Brown's hugely influential career into striking perspective, helping to complete his critical renaissance, and the richness of its music set a standard for box sets in general. It was no easy task to balance Brown's lengthy, multi-part funk workouts with the need to include all of his most significant tracks, and the compilers did an excellent job in deciding when and when not to truncate ("Cold Sweat," for example, must be heard in its entirety). There's nothing from Live at the Apollo (which should be experienced start to finish), and his last hurrah on the pop charts, "Living in America," is missing, but these 71 tracks cover all the other high points, and make an eloquent case for Brown as the greatest R&B artist of all time. Disc One covers Brown's early R&B years, when his pleading intensity helped lay the groundwork for soul music. Disc Two, however, is where his genius truly crystallizes -- it basically chronicles the birth of funk, as Brown gradually discards song structure in favor of working hard grooves; it also offers a picture of Brown's emergence as a bandleader and spokesman for black pride. Disc Three features Brown's hardest funk, including his much-revered material with the Bootsy Collins band. Disc Four traces Brown's later creative decline, yet he duplicated his former glories often enough to make this disc a surprisingly solid listen; plus, his massive impact on hip-hop is underlined on the last track, the Afrika Bambaataa duet "Unity." Star Time paved the way for several other excellent compilations which highlighted different parts of Brown's vast legacy, but as the definitive retrospective of one of the most important musicians of the 20th century (black or otherwise), it has yet to be equaled.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/07/1991
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0042284910828
catalogNumber: 849108
Rank: 263235


Disc 1

  1. Please, Please, Please
  2. Why Do You Do Me
  3. Try Me
  4. Tell Me What I Did Wrong
  5. Bewildered
  6. Good Good Lovin'
  7. I'll Go Crazy
  8. I Know It's True
  9. (Do the) Mashed Potatoes, Pt. 1
  10. Think
  11. Baby, You're Right
  12. Lost Someone
  13. Night Train
  14. I've Got Money
  15. I Don't Mind
  16. Prisoner of Love
  17. Devil's Den
  18. Out of the Blue
  19. Out of Sight
  20. Grits
  21. Maybe the Last Time
  22. It's a Man's Man's Man's World
  23. I Got You
  24. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Pts. 1-3

Disc 2

  1. Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1
  2. I Got You (I Feel Good)
  3. Ain't That a Groove
  4. It's a Man's Man's Man's World
  5. Money Won't Change You
  6. Don't Be a Dropout
  7. Bring It up (Hipster's Avenue)
  8. Let Yourself Go
  9. Cold Sweat
  10. Get It Together
  11. I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me), Pt. 1
  12. I Got the Feelin'
  13. Licking Stick-Licking Stick
  14. Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)
  15. There Was a Time
  16. Give It up or Turnit a Loose
  17. I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It M

Disc 3

  1. Mother Popcorn
  2. Funky Drummer
  3. Get up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine
  4. Super Bad, Pts. 1-2
  5. Talking Loud and Saying Nothing
  6. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved
  7. Soul Power, Pts. 1-2
  8. Brother Rapp/Ain't It Funky Now
  9. Hot Pants, Pt. 1
  10. I'm a Greedy Man, Pt. 1
  11. Make It Funky, Pt. 1
  12. It's a New Day
  13. I Got Ants in My Pants (And I Want to Dance), Pt. 1
  14. King Heroin

Disc 4

  1. There It Is, Pt. 1
  2. Public Enemy No. 1, Pt. 1
  3. Get on the Good Foot
  4. I Got a Bag of My Own
  5. Doing It to Death
  6. The Payback
  7. Papa Don't Take No Mess, Pt.11
  8. Stoned to the Bone, Pt. 1
  9. My Thang
  10. Funky President (People It's Bad)
  11. Hot (I Need to Be Loved, Loved, Loved)
  12. Get up Offa That Thing
  13. Body Heat, Pt. 1
  14. It's Too Funky in Here
  15. Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses?)
  16. Unity, Pt. 1: The Third Coming

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist,Piano,Drums,Vocals,Rap
Joe Beck   Guitar
Jimmy McGary   Alto Saxophone
St. Clair Pinckney   Tenor Saxophone
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Dud Bascomb   Trumpet
Michael Moore   Bass
Seldon Powell   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Pee Wee Ellis   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Clifford Scott   Tenor Saxophone
Keith LeBlanc   Drums
Brown   Viola
Maceo Parker   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Muscle Shoals Horns   Trombone,Trumpet,Tenor Saxophone
Corley   Alto Saxophone
Marva Whitney   Vocals
Danny Stiles   Trumpet
Sam "The Man" Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Sam Fan Thomas   Bass
Sonny Thompson   Piano
David Matthews   Conductor
Bobby Byrd   Organ,Vocals
Afrika Bambaataa   Vocals,Track Performer
Brian Banks   Keyboards
Barry Beckett   Keyboards
Bootsy Collins   Bass
Brandye   Vocals
Sam T. Brown   Guitar
Buie   Guitar
Kenny Burrell   Guitar
Chops   Horn
"Brisco" Clark   Baritone Saxophone
Margie Clark   Vocals
Billy Cobham   Drums
Phelps "Catfish" Collins   Guitar
Joseph Davis   Trumpet
Arthur Dickson   Drums
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Tim Drummond   Bass
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Joe Farrell   Flute,English Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Clayton Fillyau   Drums
Panama Francis   Drums,Timpani
Lucas Fats Gonder   Organ,Piano
Richard "Kush" Griffith   Trumpet
Johnny Griggs   Percussion,Conga
Roger Hawkins   Drums
Ernie Hayes   Piano,Keyboards
Haywood Henry   Baritone Saxophone
Timothy Hedding   Organ
David Hood   Bass
Nat Jones   Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Sam Lowe   Conductor
Skip McDonald   Guitar
Clifford MacMillan   Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Mack   Bass
James Madison   Drums
Anthony Marinelli   Keyboards
Randy McCormick   Keyboards
Kermit Moore   Cello
John Morgan   Percussion
Hubert Perry   Bass
Carl Pruitt   Bass
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie   Drums
Wayman Reid   Trumpet
Ron Selico   Percussion
Eddie Setser   Guitar
Charles Sweet Sherell   Bass,Drums,Clavinet
David Spinozza   Guitar
Lloyd Stallworth   Vocals
John Starks   Drums
Maretha Stewart   Vocals
Clyde Stubblefield   Drums
Richard Tee   Organ
Fred Thomas   Bass
Ron Tooley   Trumpet
Lloyd Trotman   Bass
James Tyrell   Bass
Frank Vicari   Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Washington   Trumpet
Jeanette "Baby" Washington   Vocals
Dicky Wells   Trombone
Fred Wesley   Trombone
David Weston   Bass
Doug Wimbish   Bass
Billy Butler   Guitar
Carlton Coleman   Vocals
Robin Halpin   Keyboards
Mack Johnson   Trumpet
Willie Johnson   Vocals
Lucas   Bass
Wilbert Smith   Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Hamlin   Trumpet
Roscoe Patrick   Trumpet
Vicki Anderson   Vocals
Ray Felder   Tenor Saxophone
Edison Gore   Drums
Johnny Terry   Vocals
Jewels   Vocals
J.C. Davis   Tenor Saxophone
Clayton "Chicken" Gunnells   Trumpet
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison   Trumpet
Wallace Richardson   Guitar
Robert Coleman   Guitar
Russell Crimes   Trumpet,Vocals
Melvin Parker   Drums
Alphonso "Country" Kellum   Guitar
Jimmy Nolen   Guitar
Bobby Roach   Guitar
Bobby Bennett   Vocals
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin   Guitar
Jimmy Parker   Alto Saxophone,Vocals
Joe Dupars   Trumpet
Bernard Odum   Bass
Levi Rasbury   Trombone,Trumpet
Eldee Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Beau Dollar Bowman   Drums
Larry Byrum   Guitar
Holly Ferris   Trombone
Michael Gipson   Trombone,Alto Saxophone
Bill Hollings   Vocals
Sylvester Keels   Vocals
Robert McCollough   Tenor Saxophone
Jerone "Jasaan Sanford" Melson   Trumpet,Vocals
Wilmer Milton   Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley   Trumpet
Jerry Poindexter   Keyboards
Kenny Poole   Guitar
Martha Harvin   Vocals
Nafloyd Scott   Guitar
Charles Carr   Baritone Saxophone
Nat Kendrick   Drums
Gene Clark   Violin
Dicky Harris   Trombone
Louis Madison   Vocals
Ron Laster   Guitar
Joe Poff   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Johnny Grimes   Trumpet
Robert Knight   Trumpet
Mac Cephas   Violin,Concert Master

Technical Credits

James Brown   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Liner Notes
St. Clair Pinckney   Composer
Andy Gibson   Producer
Pee Wee Ellis   Composer
Keith LeBlanc   Composer
George Jackson   Composer
David Matthews   Arranger,Composer,Director
Bobby Byrd   Composer
Afrika Bambaataa   Composer,Producer
Ralph Bass   Producer
Sam Lowe   Arranger
R. Miller   Composer
Brad Shapiro   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Tom Silverman   Producer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes
Fred Wesley   Arranger,Composer
Doug Wimbish   Composer
Nelson George   Liner Notes
Robin Halpin   Composer
Alan Leeds   Liner Notes
Lewis Hamlin   Director
Hal Neely   Producer
Clifford White   Liner Notes
Bernard Alexander   Composer
Deanna Brown   Composer
Nat Kendrick   Composer
Charles Bobbit   Composer
Manny Rosen   Composer
Deidra Brown   Composer
Yamma Brown   Composer
Joe Mims   Composer
Dessie Rozier   Composer

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