The Payback

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The Payback
Studio album by James Brown
ReleasedDecember 1973
RecordedFebruary–October 1973
GenreFunk[1]
Length72:52
LabelPolydor
ProducerJames Brown
James Brown chronology
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off
(1973)
The Payback
(1973)
Hell
(1974)
Singles from The Payback
  1. "Stoned to the Bone"
    Released: November 1973
  2. "The Payback"
    Released: February 1974
 
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The Payback
Studio album by James Brown
ReleasedDecember 1973
RecordedFebruary–October 1973
GenreFunk[1]
Length72:52
LabelPolydor
ProducerJames Brown
James Brown chronology
Slaughter's Big Rip-Off
(1973)
The Payback
(1973)
Hell
(1974)
Singles from The Payback
  1. "Stoned to the Bone"
    Released: November 1973
  2. "The Payback"
    Released: February 1974
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
Allmusic4.5/5 stars[1]
Robert ChristgauB+[2]
eMusic5/5 stars[3]
The Rolling Stone Album Guide3/5 stars[4]

The Payback is a 1973 double album by James Brown. It was originally scheduled to become the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Hell Up in Harlem, 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 Larry Cohen rejected the music as "not funky enough" is denied by Cohen.)[5] 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 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. 

No.TitleWriter(s)Length
1."The Payback"  Brown, Wesley, John "Jabo" Starks7:39
2."Doing the Best I Can"   7:42
3."Take Some...Leave Some"   8:33
4."Shoot Your Shot"  Brown8:09
5."Forever Suffering"   5:52
6."Time Is Running Out Fast"   12:47
7."Stone to the Bone"  Brown10:14
8."Mind Power"   12:04

Charts[edit]

AlbumBillboard (North America)

YearChartPosition
1974Billboard's Pop Albums34

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Deming, Mark. "James Brown: The Payback > Review at AllMusic. Retrieved 21 September 2011.
  2. ^ Christgau, Robert (June 9, 1980). "A Consumer Guide to James Brown". The Village Voice (New York). Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  3. ^ Wolk, Douglas (November 23, 2010). "James Brown, The Payback". eMusic. Retrieved April 29, 2013. 
  4. ^ [1]
  5. ^ Smith, RJ. The One: The Life and Music of James Brown, 290. New York: Gotham Books, 2012.
  6. ^ http://chronicle.augusta.com/stories/2006/12/30/spe_110576.shtml

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