Elemental Music proudly presents a reissue of a long out of print title from the extensive James Brown discography: his 1979 album The Original Disco Man. This masterpiece set the pace to a more Disco oriented sound in Mr. Brown’s career, and marked the first time the Godfather of Soul entirely delegated the production of one of their albums in favor of an external producer. At the request of Polydor, the chosen man for the job was Brad Shapiro, a deep soul producer who worked out of Muscle Shoals, utilizing the famous studio and band. Before working with James Brown, he had produced albums by such greats as Wilson Pickett, Betty Wright and Millie Jackson. Shapiro wrote the bulk of the music for the LP with Muscle Shoals keyboardist Randy McCormick, and cut the background music at the famous Alabama studio. James recorded his vocals later in Nashville. The resulting album was one of Brown’s strongest in a long time, featuring such luminaries as bassist David Hood, and drummer Roger Hawkins.
01. It’s Too Funky in Here 6:30
02. Let the Boogie Do the Rest 7:22
03. Still 6:05
04. Star Generation 8:07
05. Women Are Something Else 6:00
06. The Original Disco Man 6:55
07. Love Me Tender 2:47*
Personnel (except on track 7):
James Brown: lead vocals
Cynthia Douglas, Donna Davis, Pam Vincent: background vocals
Jimmy Johnson: guitar
Larry Byrum: guitar
David Hood: bass
Clayton Ivey: keyboards
Randy McCormick: keyboards
Roger Hawkins: drums
Ben Cauley: trumpet
Harrison Calloway: trumpet
Charles Rose: trombone
Harvey Thompson: tenor saxophone
Ronnie Eades: baritone saxophone
Arranged & produced by Brad Shapiro (except track 7, which wasarranged by Charles Sherrell and produced by James Brown).
Recorded at Muscle Shoals Sound, Muscle Shoals, Alabama, on March 5, 1979 (tracks 1 & 6) and April 19 (tracks 2, 4 & 5). Vocals recorded at The Soundshop, Nashville, Tennessee on March 13, 1979 (tracks 1 & 6) and April 1979 (tracks 2, 4 & 5). Track 7 was probably recorded between October & November 1977 (personnel and location unknown). The recording date and location for track 3 remain unknown.