ARTIST: James Brown
TITLE: Try Me!
YEAR RELEASED: 1959
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Try Me (#48 US, #1 R&B), I Want You So Bad (#20 R&B)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Not really.
LINEUP: James Brown, Big Bill Hollings, JW Archer, Louis Madison, Bobby Byrd, Nafloyd Scott, Nash Knox, Johnny Terry, Sylvester Keels and other musicians.
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: After the success of “Try Me” King Records puts out a collection of two singles, B-sides and leftover tracks they had laying around.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Ah, record companies in the 50’s and 60’s. Who cares if the same track (even same recording of the track) was on a previous album? WE NEED PRODUCT! Thus, this second collection from James Brown & The Fabulous Flames repeated “Try Me” from his first album, and mixed together tracks from recordings throughout the 50’s, which featured different versions of the Flames.
While the tracks are OK, except for the singles there’s really nothing extraordinary or outstanding. Well, except the title of “Fine Old Foxy Self” which I had no idea that foxy was in the vernacular in the 50’s. You learn something every day.
If you’re an absolute freak or a completitst – then grab this. Else, the key tracks are on singles or hit compilations.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Brown and the Flames manager decided that they should change their name to The Fabulous Flames with James Brown. The Flames revolted – and Brown hired another vocal group. Then in 1959 – he fired that group and asked Bobby Byrd to come back.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C+: Downgraded for repeating tracks.