James Brown’s ‘The Payback’

James Brown’s ‘The Payback’ is his fortieth studio (and only album to be certified gold) album released in December 1973 by Polydor Records.

Track Listing : 1.The Payback (James Brown, Fred Wesley, John “Jabo” Starks) – 07:39 . 2.Doing The Best I Can (James Brown, Fred Wesley, Charles Bobbit) – 07:42 . 3.Take Some…Leave Some (James Brown, Fred Wesley, Charles Bobbit) – 08:33 . 4.Shoot Your Shot (James Brown) – 08:09 . 5.Forever Suffering (James Brown, Fred Wesley, Charles Bobbit) – 05:52 . 6.Time Is Running Out Fast (James Brown, Fred Wesley, Charles Bobbit) – 12:47 . 7.Stone To The Bone (James Brown) – 10:14 . 8.Mind Power (James Brown, Fred Wesley, Charles Bobbit) – 12:04

Musicians : James Brown – Lead Vocals, Electric Piano . St. Clair Pinckney – Flute . Maceo Parker – Flute . Darryl “Hasaan” Jamison – Trumpet . Jerone “Jasaan Sanford” Melson – Trumpet . Isiah “Ike” Oakley – Trumpet . Fred Wesley – Trombone . Hearlon “Cheese” Martin – Guitar . Jimmy Nolen – Guitar . Fred Thomas – Bass . John Starks – Drums . John Morgan – Percussion . Charts[Edit]

Production : Produced By James Brown Bob Both – Engineer . Lowell Dorn – Engineer

Package : Alan Leeds – Liner Notes

Recorded In February–October 1973.

Released In December 1973 By Polydor Records.

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A personal favorite is “Take Some, Leave Some.” They could have a link to this song under the definition of funk on dictionary.com. The use of brass instruments in this song helped the overall lacking instrumental side of this album […]

Well, James Brown …. knew what REAL funk was. And this, one of his finest recording achievements, is the benchmark by which all subsequent records labeled ‘funk’ must be measured by. […]

The Inquistor
James Brown comes right out of the corner swinging for The Payback’s title track, maybe the hardest hitting cut in his entire catalogue. It’s seven and a half minutes of taut, mean, rhythmic destruction. […]


James Brown’s ‘The Payback’