ARTIST: James Brown
TITLE: The Singles Vol. 3: 1964-1965
YEAR RELEASED: Compilation
CHART ACTION: None
SINGLES: Charting: Please Please Please (“live”) (#95 US), Caldonia (#95 US), The Things That I Used to Do (#99 US), Have Mercy Baby (#93 US), Out of Sight (#24 US), Try Me (instrumental) (#63 US, #34 R&B), Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (#8 US, #1 R&B, #25 UK), I Got You (I Feel Good) (#3 US, #1 R&B, #29 UK), Lost Someone (Live) (#94), I’ll Go Crazy (Live) (#73 US, #28 UK)
OTHER SONGS YOU MAY KNOW: Only by fanatics
LINEUP: James Brown, the Famous Flames
WHAT’S IT ALL ABOUT: Third collection of singles highlights a turbulent time in Brown’s career that started with record company issues and ended with a new direction.
SOME WORDS, PHRASES AND CLAUSES ABOUT THIS RECORD: Many of the singles on this collection were churned out and flopped, for a decent reason. Brown and Bobby Byrd were establishing a production company on Smash Records, and some Brown releases snuck out on that label. Meanwhile, King Records were milking his live albums (and releasing quite a few of them as well), and released singles from there.
The result was a 1964 that was fallow except for “Out of Sight”, which was a prototype for his huge crossover “I Got You (I Feel Good)”. Brown also released some instrumental records featuring him at the organ, and that’s not what the fans wanted.
It wasn’t until the back-to-back smashes of “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and “I Got You” that Brown started his revolution in soul and R&B. Those come near the end of this volume, and it’s just not enough to really recommend this volume.
NOTES & MINUTIAE: Smash released nine James Brown singles in total, with only charting in the Top 30, and only one that hit the R&B charts.
IS THERE A DELUXE VERSION: No
GRADE: C+: 1964 was probably the low point of Brown’s studio career in his prime, and it wasn’t until late 1965 that he came back to make great records. The huge hits at the end can be found almost anywhere else.