August 01, 2011
Rhythm & Blues, Soul, Early R&B

Album Review

This two-disc set collects key tracks and singles from James Brown's stay at the King subsidiary Federal Records between 1956 and 1960, including his first two big hits, 1956’s “Please, Please, Please” and 1958’s “Try Me.” Brown was still searching for his style at this time, which explains sides like the doo wop tune “That’s When I Lost My Heart,” but he was hardening his style and beginning to put it all together, a moment that arrived with the release of the Live at the Apollo LP in 1963, which showcased Brown's fiery and exciting stage show. These are the King/Federal recordings that led up to that pivotal LP.
Steve Leggett, Rovi

Track Listing

  1. I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On
  2. Bewildered
  3. You're Mine, You're Mine
  4. This Old Heart
  5. Begging, Begging
  6. I Don't Know
  7. Messing with the Blues
  8. And I Do Just What I Want
  9. I Know It's True
  10. Strange Things Happen [aka Why Does Everything Happen to Me]
  11. That Dood It
  12. Good Good Lovin'
  13. Love or a Game
  14. Try Me
  15. I've Got to Change
  16. It Hurts to Tell You
  17. That's When I Lost My Heart
  18. Wonder When You're Coming Home
  19. Don't Let It Happen to Me
  20. If You Want Me
  21. Please, Please, Please
  22. There Must Be a Reason
  23. Hold My Baby's Hand
  24. Tell Me What I Did Wrong
  25. Can't Be the Same
  26. So Long
  27. Why Do You Do Me
  28. Chonnie-On-Chon
  29. I Want You So Bad
  30. Gonna Try
  31. Baby Cries Over the Ocean
  32. Think
  33. No, No, No, No
  34. It Was You
  35. Fine Old Foxy Self
  36. The Bells
  37. I'll Go Crazy
  38. Let's Make It
  39. I Walked Alone
  40. I'll Never, Never Let You Go