“Out Of Sight” by James Brown - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1964Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

In 1964, figuring his deal with King was at an end, Brown and fellow Famous Flame Bobby Byrd formed the production company, Fair Deal, linking the operation to a new label, Mercury imprint Smash Records. However, King Records fought Brown’s departure and was granted an injunction preventing Brown from releasing any vocal recordings for his new label. “Showtime” (Smash S67054, 1964) and “Grits and Soul” (Smash S67057, 1964) seemed to get around the ban, but “Out Of Sight” (Smash S67058), released late in 1964, was the one which pushed things too far. It was withdrawn from sale within a few days due to a legal threat from King Records. The lucky few to grab initial copies were treated to a mixed bag that mainly featured crooner cover versions from the big band era, interspersed with some of the dance funk ideas that were taking shape within the JB stable. The title-track demonstrated the root workings for “Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag”, whilst “I Got You” (which itself was later re-recorded as “I Got You (I Feel Good)”) revisited and heavily reworked “I Found You”, previously done by Yvonne Fair and James Brown Band in 1962. It was a tantalizing album… and a deeply buried treasure from the annals of 1964…

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A1 [02:22] 7.2.png James Brown and his Orchestra - Out Of Sight (James Brown) Soul
A2 [02:51] 7.4.png James Brown - Come Rain Or Come Shine (Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen) Soul Ballad
A3 [02:30] 7.0.png James Brown - Good Rockin’ Tonight (Roy Brown) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A4 [02:41] 4.3.png James Brown - Till Then (Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus, Guy Wood) Crooner / Cabaret
A5 [02:41] 6.5.png James Brown - Nature Boy (Eden Ahbez) Crooner / Cabaret
A6 [02:23] 5.7.png James Brown - I Wanna Be Around (Johnny Mercer, Sadie Vimmerstedt) Crooner / Cabaret
B1 [02:26] 7.7.png James Brown - I Got You (James Brown) Soul
B2 [02:56] 8.3.png James Brown and Orchestra - Maybe The Last Time (James Brown) Soul Ballad
B3 [01:57] 4.3.png James Brown - Mona Lisa (Raymond B. Evans, Jay Livingston) Crooner / Cabaret
B4 [02:33] 5.3.png James Brown - I Loves You, Porgy (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) Crooner / Cabaret
B5 [02:50] 5.8.png James Brown - Only You (Buck Ram, Ande Rand) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
B6 [06:33] 4.7.png James Brown - Somethin’ Else (James Brown, Nat Jones) Film Score / Incidental

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