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The Godfather’s R&B

by Yuri Prasad
Issue No. 2122

Long before he helped invent funk in the mid 1960s, James Brown had already done more than most to put the music of black America on the jukeboxes of white teenagers.

This new collection highlights a range of artists that the “Godfather of Soul” produced – using his prestige to bring forward new talent – and make a fair few bucks for himself in the process.

Lovers of the harmonies associated with early soul sound will savour tracks by the Five Royals, Yvonne Fair and Tammi Montgomery.

But listen closely to tracks like “Devil’s Den” by The Poets and you can hear the sound of the musical radicalism that would transform the genre in the years to come.

The Godfather’s R&B
Ace Records, £11.99

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Tue 7 Oct 2008, 18:07 BST
Issue No. 2122
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