is a 1973 The Payback double album by James Brown. It was originally scheduled to become the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film , but was rejected by the film's producers, who dismissed it as "the same old James Brown stuff." (A widely repeated story- including by Brown himself- that director Hell Up in Harlem Larry Cohen rejected the music as "not funky enough" is denied by Cohen.) It went to #1 on the Soul Albums chart for two weeks and cracked the Pop Albums chart in the Top 40. It was Brown's only album to be [5 ] certified gold. [6 ] The Payback is considered a high point in Brown's recording career, and is now regarded by critics as a landmark funk album. Its revenge-themed title track, a #1 R&B hit, is one of his most famous songs and an especially prolific source of samples for record producers. Musically the album is largely based around cyclic grooves and jamming, but it also features departures into a softer soul-based sound on tracks like "Doing the Best I Can".
The album was
reissued on CD in 1992 with liner notes by Alan Leeds. Track listing [edit ]
All songs written and composed by James Brown,
Fred Wesley and Charles Bobbit; except where indicated.
1. " The Payback" Brown, Wesley, John "Jabo" Starks 7:39 2. "Doing the Best I Can" 7:42 3. "Take Some...Leave Some" 8:33 4. "Shoot Your Shot" Brown 8:09 5. "Forever Suffering" 5:52 6. "Time Is Running Out Fast" 12:47 7. " Stone to the Bone" Brown 10:14 8. "Mind Power" 12:04 Note: The track time for "Mind Power" is from the 1992 re-release of the album. The original 1973 version is 90 seconds shorter. Charts [edit ] Album — Billboard (North America)
Year Chart Position 1974 Billboard's Pop Albums 34 See also [edit ] References [edit ] ^ a b Deming, Mark. "James Brown: at The Payback > Review AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 9, 1980). "A Consumer Guide to James Brown". (New York) The Village Voice . Retrieved April 29, 2013. ^ Wolk, Douglas (November 23, 2010). "James Brown, The Payback". eMusic . Retrieved April 29, 2013. ^  ^ Smith, RJ. The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, 290. New York: Gotham Books, 2012. ^ http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/12/30/spe_110576.shtml External links [edit ]
Studio albums Please Please Please Try Me! Think! The Amazing James Brown Shout and Shimmy (later re-titled Good, Good Twistin') James Brown and His Famous Flames Tour the USA Prisoner of Love Excitement - Mr. Dynamite Showtime The Unbeatable James Brown Grits and Soul Out of Sight (later retitled James Brown Sings Out of Sight) Papa's Got a Brand New Bag I Got You (I Feel Good) James Brown Plays James Brown Today and Yesterday Mighty Instrumentals James Brown Plays New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo) It's a Man's Man's Man's World James Brown Sings Christmas Songs Handful of Soul Sings Raw Soul James Brown Plays the Real Thing Cold Sweat I Can't Stand Myself When You Touch Me I Got the Feeling James Brown Plays Nothing But Soul Thinking About Little Willie John and a Few Nice Things A Soulful Christmas Say It Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud Gettin' Down to It The Popcorn It's a Mother Ain't It Funky Soul on Top It's a New Day - Let a Man Come In Hey America Super Bad Sho' Is Funky Down Here Hot Pants There It Is Get on the Good Foot Black Caesar Slaughter's Big Rip-Off The Payback Hell Reality Sex Machine Today Everybody's Doin' the Hustle and Dead on the Double Bump Hot Get Up Offa That Thing Bodyheat Mutha's Nature Jam 1980's Take a Look at Those Cakes The Original Disco Man People Nonstop! Soul Syndrome Bring It On Gravity I'm Real Love Overdue Universal James I'm Back The Merry Christmas Album The Next Step Live albums Notable compilation albums James Brown Presents His Band/Night Train (later re-titled Twist Around, then Jump Around) Soul Classics Soul Classics, Volume 2 Solid Gold: 30 Golden Hits Can Your Heart Stand It? The Best of James Brown The Federal Years, Part 1 The Federal Years, Part 2 Roots of a Revolution - The James Brown Story 1956-1965 Ain't That a Groove - The James Brown Story 1966-1969 Doing It to Death - The James Brown Story 1970-1973 Dead on the Heavy Funk 1974-1976 The CD of JB: Sex Machine and Other Soul Classics The LP of JB In the Jungle Groove The CD of JB II: Cold Sweat and Other Soul Classics Motherlode Messin' With the Blues Star Time 20 All-Time Greatest Hits! Soul Pride: The Instrumentals (1960-1969) Roots of a Revolution JB40: 40th Anniversary Collection Foundations of Funk – A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969 Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thang Make It Funky – The Big Payback: 1971-1975 Dead On The Heavy Funk: 1975-1983 The Godfather - The Very Best of James Brown 50th Anniversary Collection The Singles, Volume One: The Federal Years: 1956–1960 Number 1's The Singles, Volume Two: 1960–1963 Jazz Gold The Singles, Volume Three: 1964–1965 A Family Affair The Singles, Volume Four: 1966–1967 The Singles, Volume Five: 1967-1969 The Singles, Volume Six: 1969-1970 The Singles, Volume 7: 1970-1972 The Singles, Volume 8: 1972-1973 The Singles, Volume 9: 1973-1975 Icon The James Brown Complete Christmas The Singles, Volume 10: 1975-1979 The Singles, Volume 11: 1979-1981 Best of Live At The Apollo: 50th Anniversary Live At The Apollo, Vols. I-IV Notable singles Band members Associated acts Related articles