James Brown – Messing with the Blues


Recorded between 1957 & 1975. Includes liner notes by Cliff White and Harry Weinger. MESSING WITH THE BLUES is a collection of Brown’s blues and R&B covers, and includes many previously unreleased recordings; several tracks released for the first time without overdubbed applause; and two tracks in stereo for the first time. The package includes a 16-page booklet with rare photos. This two-disc set makes an intriguing case for an aspect of James Brown’s roots not always considered: blues…

NME (Magazine) (2/23/91) – 8 (out of 10) – “…Although James Brown has been cited by many as the last great blues shouter…[he] has been quoted as saying he didn’t even like the blues. For one who didn’t like the blues, he was certainly a consummate blues singer….Imagine what he’d have done if he’d have actually liked the blues.”


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