James Brown records ‘Soul on Top’ with conductor Oliver Nelson and Louie Bellson & his orchestra (1969)

James Brown’s ‘Soul on Top’ is an album recorded on November 10–11, 1969, with conductor Oliver Nelson and Louie Bellson & his orchestra and released in 1970 By King.

Track Listing : 1.That’S My Desire (Helmy Kressa, Carroll Loveday) – 04:10 . 2.Your Cheatin’ Heart (Hank Williams) – 02:59 . 3.What Kind Of Fool Am I? (Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley) – 03:06 . 4.It’S A Man’S, Man’S, Man’S World (James Brown, Betty Jean Newsome) – 06:40 . 5.The Man In The Glass (Bud Hobgood) – 05:56 . 6.It’S Magic (Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne) – 03:14 . 7.September Song (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill) – 05:02 . 8.For Once In My Life (Ron Miller, Orlando Murden) – 04:43 . 9.Every Day I Have The Blues (Memphis Slim) – 04:28 . 10.I Need Your Key (To Turn Me On) (Louie Bellson) – 03:46 . 11.Papa’S Got A Brand New Bag (James Brown) – 04:41


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Musicians : James Brown – Vocal . Oliver Nelson – Arranger And Conductor . Ernie Watts – Alto Saxophone . Joe Romano – Alto Saxophone . Maceo Parker – Tenor Saxophone . Buddy Collette – Tenor Saxophone . Pete Christlieb – Tenor Saxophone . Jim Mulidore – Baritone Saxophone . Al Aarons – Trumpet . Chuck Findley – Trumpet . John Audino – Trumpet . Tom Porello – Trumpet . Jimmy Cleveland – Trombone . Nick Dimaio – Trombone . Kenny Shroyer – Trombone . Bill Tole – Trombone . Frank Vincent – Piano . Bill Pitman – Guitar . Louis Shelton – Guitar . Ray Brown – Bass . Louis Bellson – Drums, Bandleader . Jack Arnold – Percussion

Production : Produced By James Brown . Bob Irwin

Package : James H. Brown . Francis Davis . Leonard Feather . Dan Quest . Sherniece Smith . Chuck Stewart asterisques RVM . Isabelle Wong

Recorded On November 10–11, 1969 At United Western Recorders In Hollywood, California.

Released 1970 By King.

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PopMatters
Put it on the stereo, crank it upand you’ll be grinning like Brown himself on the album’s cover: basking in an auditory afterglow, relaxing in cool blades of dewy grass, sweat-stained jacket removed to ensure a complete recovery from bringin’ it up and turnin’ it loose. […]

All About Jazz
The end result is plenty of James Brown‘s typical juiced up delivery, backed by a band that eagerly feeds off of his energyand while even the liner note writers admit that the end result is uneven, there’s enough crackle and spark to get through the rough spots. […]

allmusic
If Count Basie had hired James Brown to replace Joe Williams as his featured male vocalist, what would the results have sounded like? Brown offers some suggestions on Soul on Top, which finds the Godfather of Soul making an intriguing detour into jazz-minded big-band territory. […]

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