The first vinyl reissue ever of HEY AMERICA, a rare and
long unavailable 1972 album by The Godfather of Soul,
Mr. Dynamite, Soul Brother Nº. 1, Mr. JAMES BROWN. Released in Italy only, this album has become one of the most sought after by JB’s collectors and is now available due to the joint efforts
of Elemental and Universal Music. “Hey America” includes a dozen of single sides recorded between 1970 and 1972, plus a live track cut at New York City’s Apollo Theatre in 1967.
This fantastic album showcases the gospel-impassioned fury of Brown’s vocals and the complex polyrhythms of his beats, for which James Brown became the single most important figure in
the transformation of rhythm & blues into SOUL music.
“Hey America” also serves as a perfect example of the transition of the James Brown backing band,from the Bobby Byrd’s Famous Flames to the new JB’s led by Fred Wesley, which would back him throughout the 70’s. Bootsy Collins, Fred Thomas, Pee Wee Ellis, St. Clair Pinckney, Maceo Parker, Jabo Starks, Johnny Griggs, Ron Selico, Martha Harvin, and Vicki Anderson are among the wonderful sidemen heard here.
01. HEY AMERICA PART 1
02. HEY AMERICA PART 2
03. I’M A GREEDY MAN PART 1
04. I’M A GREEDY MAN PART 2
05. SOUL POWER
06. I CRIED
07. MAKE IT FUNKY PART 1
08. MAKE IT FUNKY PART 2
09. MY PART/ MAKE IT FUNKY PART 3
10. MY PART/ MAKE IT FUNKY PART 4
11. LET IT BE ME
12. BY THE TIME I GET TO PHOENIX
13. KANSAS CITY
JAMES BROWN, lead vocals & organ, plus:
Bobby Byrd (voc & org); Fred Wesley (tb & voc); Nat Jones (org);
Hearlon “Cheese” Martin, Bobby Roach, (g); Williams “Bootsy” Collins (b); Fred Thomas (b & voc); Pee Wee Ellis (as & org); Clayton “Chicken” Gunnels (tp); St. Clair Pinckney (ts & bs), Eldee Williams, Maceo Parker (ts); Gordon Brisker (f, & ts); William “Beau Dollar” Bowman, John “Jabo” Starks, Clyde Stubblefield (d); Johnny Griggs (cga); Ron Selico (bongos); Roberta DuBois & The Sisters of Righteous, Martha Harvin and Vicki Anderson (backing vocals) among others.