Soul on Top This 1969 recording of Soul on Top -- James Brown fronting drummer Louis Bellson's big band -- is no novelty. It's a signpost at the… Soul on Top This 1969 recording of Soul on Top -- James Brown fronting drummer Louis Bellson's big band -- is no novelty. It's a signpost at the… 2004-07-13 James Brown
Music Review

Soul on Top (2004)

James Brown | 'SOUL' MAN Brown
Image credit: James Brown: David Redfern / Redferns / Retna Ltd.
'SOUL' MAN Brown
EW's GRADE
A-

Details Release Date: Jul 13, 2004; Lead Performance: James Brown

This 1969 recording of Soul on Top -- James Brown fronting drummer Louis Bellson's big band -- is no novelty. It's a signpost at the crossroads of jazz and soul. Brown croons ''That's My Desire'' with grace, and his signature screams sound like added horns on a boogaloo version of Hank Williams' ''Your Cheatin' Heart.'' Five extended tracks, especially ''Papa's Got a Brand New Bag,'' make this especially thrilling.

Originally posted Jul 30, 2004 Published in issue #776 Jul 30, 2004 Order article reprints