James Brown, Seventh Wonder

Isaac Hayes

By Isaac Hayes

on 04.22.11 in Reviews
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James always took advantage of what was going on at the time, like the hotpants fad. On tunes like "Cold Sweat" and "I Got the Feelin'," those rhythms and the way they combined with the horns, he just had it down. One of his great ballads that dominated the airwaves was "It's a Man's World" — it's a minor key thing on the piano, and another tune that glorifies the woman. The world would be nothing without a woman or a girl. James always knew the right things to say. On "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" he was saying he's got something new — whatever he does the best, well, now he's got a brand new one. That was one of the great things about James, was that he kept evolving. My daughter sang with James for six years. She would always tell me she learned a lot from Mr. Brown. He had such command, especially live — when he'd play, people went crazy. That's what you hear on these tunes.