James Brown :: The Federal Years 1956-1960

As a rule I don’t update An Aquarium Drunkard during the holidays, but the death of James Brown almost warranted that I do so. Being from Georgia and a lover of all things funky, the Godfather’s passing was truly sad news and seemed (understandably) overshadowed in the media by the death of president Gerald Ford. If you searched diligently you could find some interesting television tributes, the best being the C-Span coverage of Brown’s wake is Harlem and all-star funeral in Augusta, GA with musicians singing to Brown’s casket from the stage. A homecoming fit for a king.

Below are some early career James Brown tracks that can be found on the the Hip-O Select release The Singles Volume One: The Federal Years 1956-1960. This set was released in ’06 and is the first volume in the label’s ongoing singles collections.

Elsewhere: Check out what Soul Sides has to say about Browns and the JBs funk foundations.


MP3: James Brown :: Please, Please, Please
MP3: James Brown :: Think
MP3: James Brown :: Why Do You Do Me

YouTube: James Brown – I Feel Good
YouTube: Michael Jackson speaking at James Brown’s Funeral
Purchase: James Brown – The Singles Volume One: The Federal Years 1956-1960
+ Visit The Hype Machine for additional James Brown tracks.