The second incarnation of my blog
Based on the top 100 albums in Rolling Stone magazine’s top 500, I have set myself the challenge of hearing and appraising each album. I hope to be surprised and educated along the way.
At number 75 is James Brown. I’m sure that we all have heard of James Brown, but may not appreciate just how much music the man has made. Star Time is a 71-track box set. The music starts in 1956 with his first hit record, Please, Please, Please, and ending with Unity, his 1984 collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa.
Including a box set in the top 500 albums is wrong. It goes against the idea of albums that are intended to be listened to as a single piece of art. I believe that complications shouldn’t be included and box sets take cheating to a new level.
I don’t intend listening to 71 songs and reviewing them as a unit, but I have had the music on whilst doing other things and have dipped in and out over the past few weeks.
I have to say that overall, I liked what I heard. The funky style of most of the songs is crisp, performed exceptionally and difficult to fault when considering the genre. The shrieks can be a little unnecessary at times and some tracks just seem a little lacking in ideas. But this is James Brown – he’s been around for decades and you don’t have that kind of longevity without some skills.
My rating: 6/10 in protest!
Standout tracks: It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World, Papa’s got a brand new bag
Listen to the album here.
See the Top 100 here.