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.
By Amelia Raitt on 04.22.11 in Reviews
This thrilling early set from the Yardbirds boasts spectacular guitar playing by two guitar legends (Clapton and Page). Whether tearing up the center of the rollicking "Choker" or stumbling across the terrifica...
By Neal Pollack on 04.22.11 in Reviews
I honestly don't know how Domingo stacks up in the history of operatic tenors, but it's so rare that actual music comes down the pike in Soundtracks/Other that this album sounds like the voice of heaven itself....
By Ann Powers on 04.22.11 in Reviews
If you like your classic rock raw, you'll dig this pub-dirty recording by one of the great supergroups of the '60s. Ravers like "A Certain Girl" and "I Wish You Would" get nasty workups in an...
By John Morthland on 04.22.11 in Reviews
Admittedly, this catches Tina near her artistic peak. But everything else about this late-'60s/early-'70s set belongs to then-husband Ike Turner, a transcendent electric guitar pioneer and savvy producer/arranger...