James Brown Historic Concert to Be Released

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The 50th anniversary of James Brown’s October 1, 1969, homecoming concert in Augusta, Georgia, will be celebrated with the first-ever release of the complete show, newly mixed and including seven never-before-issued performances. Available now for pre-order on CD, 2-LP vinyl and digital audio, Live at Home with His Bad Self will be released on October 25 by Republic/UMe.

To pre-order James Brown’s Live at Home with His Bad Self, scroll down to the link below. Also scroll down to listen to “Give It Up Or Turnit a Loose” from the album.

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Says a press release, “James Brown’s roof-raising performance at the city’s Bell Auditorium was captured on tape, with the intent to make an album of the show the cornerstone of a move back to his Augusta roots. Live at Home with His Bad Self was scheduled as a 1969 holiday release. But Brown and his band, featuring saxophonist Maceo Parker and three drummers—Maceo’s brother Melvin, Jabo Starks and Clyde Stubblefield, together for this tour only—soon broke up. Soul Brother No. 1 called in a new, young group, featuring bassist Bootsy Collins, and within a few weeks they recorded the funk anthem ‘Sex Machine.’ With the single flying up the charts and no full-length to promote with it, Brown shelved the planned Live at Home album. He instead produced Sex Machine, a 2-LP set released in 1970 that included a portion of the Augusta show.”

Listen to Brown’s hit “World”

Now, finally, Brown’s full Augusta homecoming show is being released. Live at Home with His Bad Self is newly mixed from the original analog multi-tracks by Peter A. Barker, whose credits include mixes of live recordings by Jeff Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Babyface and more. The album’s seven previously unreleased performances include two instrumentals, “Lowdown Popcorn” and “Spinning Wheel,” which were re-cut with canned applause for the Sex Machine release. Also included is Brown’s then-current hit, “World,” performed at the concert with a live vocal over a tape of the studio recording’s instrumental arrangement, an unusual move which Brown explains to the audience, while “There Was a Time” and “Mother Popcorn,” originally heavily edited on Sex Machine, are doubled in length. Other highlights include an actual live rendition of “Give It Up or Turnit a Loose,” Brown’s hit from 1968, a title fans will note appears on the Sex Machine album, but may not be aware that version is a studio re-record.

The CD and 2-LP vinyl packages include an essay by Alan Leeds, the Grammy-winning former James Brown tour manager and publicist who is also the album’s co-producer.

Listen to “Give It Up or Turnit a Loose” from the Augusta concert

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