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Music Reviews: Funk

January 27th, 2023

Inept Remix and Dynamic Smashing Takes "Soul On Top" to the Bottom of the Reissue Heap

take the remixers to squash court

By: Michael Fremer

What's unusual here is not the big band. James Brown toured and recorded with one throughout his career. "Soul On Top" is an outlier in the Brown catalog because he's backed by a jazz band— Louie Bellson's 18 piece orchestra—with arrangements by Oliver Nelson, who tried to conduct. Only saxophonist Maceo Parker, Jr. from Brown's band The J.B.s came along for the ride.Brown's 28th album, released in 1970 on King Records (KS1100) was... Read More

genre Funk Vocal Jazz format Vinyl