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Recorded: 1956-1984

Charted: May 7, 1991


Rating: 4.815 (average of 11 ratings)


Genre: R&B > funk


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Album Tracks, 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, Part 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 World 23. I Got You 24. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Parts 1, 2, & 3

Album Tracks, 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, Pt. 1 15. There Was a Time (live) 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 Myself)

Album Tracks, 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. Talkin’ Loud & Sayin’ Nothing 6. Get Up, Get into It, and Get Involved 7. Soul Power, Pts. 1 & 2 8. Medley: Brother Rapp (live)/ Ain’t It Funky Now (live) 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 (live) 13. I Got Ants in My Pants, Pt. 1 14. King Heroin

Album Tracks, Disc 4: 1. There It Is, Pt. 1 2. Public Enemy #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. 1 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 (Release the Pressure) 13. Body Heat, Pt. 1 14. It’s Too Funky in Here 15. Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses) 16. Unity, Pt. 1 (with Afrika Bambaataa)


Sales (in millions):

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Peak:

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Singles/Hit Songs:

  • Please Please Please (4/7/56) #5 RB, #95 US
  • Try Me (11/10/58) #1 RB, #48 US
  • I'll Go Crazy (2/22/60) #15 RB, #73 US
  • Think (5/2/60) #7 RB, #33 US
  • Bewildered (2/27/61) #8 RB, #40 US
  • I Don’t Mind (5/15/61) #4 RB, #47 US
  • Baby, You’re Right (8/7/61) #2 RB, #49 US
  • Lost Someone (12/18/61) #2 RB, #48 US
  • Night Train (4/14/62) #5 RB, #35 US
  • Mashed Potatoes (9/29/62) #21 RB, #82 US
  • Prisoner of Love (4/20/63) #6 RB, #18 US
  • Out of Sight (8/15/64) #24 RB, #24 US
  • Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1 (7/17/65) #1 RB, #8 US, #25 UK
  • I Got You (I Feel Good) (11/13/65) #1 RB, #3 US, #29 UK
  • Ain’t That a Groove (3/5/66) #6 RB, #42 US
  • It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World (4/30/66) #1 RB, #8 US, #13 UK
  • Money Won’t Change You (7/30/66) #11 RB, #53 US
  • Don’t Be a Dropout (10/8/66) #4 RB, #50 US
  • Bring It Up (1/7/67) #7 RB, #29 US
  • Let Yourself Go (5/6/67) #5 RB, #46 US
  • Cold Sweat (7/15/67) #1 RB, #7 US
  • Get It Together (10/28/67) #11 RB, #40 US
  • I Can’t Stand Myself When You Touch Me (12/9/67) #4 RB, #28 US
  • There Was a Time (1/20/68) #36 US
  • I Got the Feelin’ (3/16/68) #1 RB, #6 US
  • Licking Stick (5/25/68) #2 RB, #14 US
  • Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud (9/7/68) #1 RB, #10 US
  • Give It Up or Turnit-a-Loose (1/25/69) #1 RB, #15 US
  • I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (4/5/69) #3 RB, #20 US
  • Mother Popcorn (6/14/69) #1 RB, #11 US
  • Ain’t It Funky Now (11/22/69) #3 RB, #24 US
  • It’s a New Day (2/14/70) #3 RB, #32 US
  • Funky Drummer (3/21/70) #20 RB, #51 US
  • Brother Rapp (5/2/70) #2 RB, #32 US
  • Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine (7/18/70) #2 RB, #15 US, #32 UK
  • Super Bad, Pts. 1 & 2 (10/3/70) #1 RB, #13 US
  • Get Up, Get into It, and Get Involved (1/2/71) #4 RB, #34 US
  • Soul Power, Pts. 1 & 2 (2/27/71) #3 RB, #29 US
  • Hot Pants (7/3/71) #1 RB, #15 US
  • Make It Funky (8/28/71) #1 RB, #22 US
  • I’m a Greedy Man (11/13/71) #7 RB, #35 US
  • Talkin’ Loud & Sayin’ Nothing (2/12/72) #1 RB, #27 US
  • King Heroin (3/4/72) #6 RB, #40 US
  • There It Is, Pt. 1 (5/6/72) #4 RB, #43 US
  • Get on the Good Foot (8/5/72) #1 RB, #18 US, sales: 0.5 m
  • I Got a Bag of My Own (11/18/72) #3 RB, #44 US
  • I Got Ants in My Pants, Pt. 1 (1/20/73) #4 RB, #27 US
  • The Payback (3/9/74) #1 RB, #26 US, #12 UK, sales: 0.5 m
  • My Thang (6/8/74) #1 RB, #29 US
  • Papa Don’t Take No Mess, Pt. 1 (8/24/74) #1 RB, #31 US
  • Funky President (People, It’s Bad) (11/2/74) #4 RB, #44 US
  • Hot (I Need to Be Loved, Loved, Loved) (11/29/75) #31 RB
  • Get Up Offa That Thing (6/5/76) #4 RB, #45 US, #22 UK
  • Body Heat (12/11/76) #13 RB, #88 US, #36 UK
  • It’s Too Funky in Here (5/29/79) #15 RB
  • Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses) (11/15/80) #46 RB, #39 UK
  • Unity, Pt. 1 (with Afrika Bambaataa) (9/1/84) #87 RB, #49 UK


Awards:

Rated one of the top 1000 albums of all time by Dave’s Music Database. Click to learn more. One of Time Magazine’s All-TIME 100 Albums.
Star Time
James Brown
Review:
“There are few box sets that can match the greatness of James Brown’s Star Time.” CD “It would seem impossible to summarize James Brown’s contribution to R&B – to American music – in a mere four compact discs, but somehow Star Time does it,” DH “collecting seventy two tracks that let you hear why Brown is hailed as ‘the hardest working man in show business.’” CD

“Brown created some of the most intense, soulful music ever recorded” CD and “has one of the richest and most influential bodies of work in musical history, but before this 1991 box set, his catalogue was a mess to sort through. Albums were in and out of print, singles were impossible to track down.” TL

“The four discs of Star Time, though, are the very model of a great compilation – comprehensive without being overwhelming, they tell the complete James Brown story, using unreleased material and newly-discovered, unedited or unaltered versions of songs judiciously, to flesh out the incomparable greatness of Soul Brother Number One.” TL

“This boxed set charts Brown’s early rise as a hard-hitting R&B-styled vocalist (Please Please Please, Try Me) and shows how his bandleading skills (one can't forget inventive players like saxophonist Maceo Parker, bassist Bootsy Collins, drummer Jabo Starks, and many others) changed the face of soul and invented funk in the '60s and early '70s.” DH

There are “late-'60s funk essentials like…Sex Machine to the massively influential '70s funk grooves Funky Drummer and The Payback.” CD Throughout the set are “impeccably timed (Papa's Got a Brand New Bag), highly rhythmic (I Can't Stand It), primal (Licking Stick Licking Stick) hits.” DH Incidentally, in regards to the former, it is presented here “at its original tempo — it was sped up for release – is a revelation.” TL

“A live medley of Brother Rapp/Ain’t It Funky Now showcases the jaw-dropping, drill-team precision funkiness of one of Brown's finest bands.” TL

“The box also does a definitive programming job on Brown's more spotty later years – another plus.” DH

“This is where beginners should start, but several extended versions and rarities (like ‘Papa’…) make it a must for completists too.” DH Star Time gives you all the James Brown basics.” CD This is “funk nirvana,” TL “a monument to the life and music of one of the most colorful and inspired performers in popular music.” CDStar Time is packed with the best R&B and funk that money can buy.” CD “After five hours, you still want more.” TL

Star Time also comes with a 64-page booklet that features rare and wonderful photos and essays by Nelson George and several other noted critics.” CD


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Last updated February 18, 2010.