I’m currently reading James McBride’s excellent book on James Brown, Kill ‘Em and Leave, and what can I say? I’m in the mood for some Godfather of Soul moves.
Here are a couple of clips from the period when I would say the man was at the height of his power, backed by his best band, the JBs. First, from Paris in 1971 (and if you don’t own Brown’s Love Power Peace: Live at the Olympia, Paris 1971, you don’t know what you’re missing), here’s a three-minute bite that serves to show off a few members of the band.
And here are 15 glorious minutes on Italian TV.
As the dancer in the back demonstrates, it was also a time when the Afro was at the height of its power. Enjoy.