JAMES BROWN Live At The Apollo (1963 Deluxe), Live At The Apollo Volume II (1967 Deluxe) & Revolution Of The Mind: Live At The Apollo, Vol. III (1971)


Live At The Apollo (1963 Deluxe Edition)
Live At The Apollo Volume II
(1967 Deluxe Edition)

Revolution Of The Mind: Live At The Apollo, Vol. III

JB’s live work at the Apollo, from 1963, 1967 and 1971. The first is a classic, if a bit dated, that Brown had to pay for himself, because his label thought that (what would become) one of the 60’s greatest live albums was a bad idea. It makes you wonder if the powers-that-be ever even attended one of JB’s shows. This is the 2004 bonus track version featuring additional single edits. The original LP was so successful, JB went back to the well in 1967 for another volume. Brown was on the verge of transforming himself into the master of funk when it was released, so Volume II straddles the fence, still leaning more towards JB’s more conventional catalog of soul material. By 1971, things had changed radically, and Brown’s powerful grooves and societal messaging turned a new corner. Which explains why the third volume was entitled Revolution Of The Mind: Live At The Apollo, Vol. III. There is actually another volume of JB Apollo recordings from 1995, but I don’t own it and have never heard it, so you’re on your own on that one. Get Vol. 1, Vol. II and Vol. III at Amazon. Get Brown in the archives.

Live At The Apollo
Introduction by Fats Gonder/Opening Fanfare (1:48)
I’ll Go Crazy (2:05)
Try Me (2:27)
Think (1:58)
I Don’t Mind (2:39)
Lost Someone (10:44)
Medley: Please, Please, Please/You’ve Got the Power/I Found Someone (6:26)
Night Train (3:29)
Think (2:01) – Bonus Track Single Mix
Medley: I Found Someone/Why Do You Do Me/I Want You So Bad (2:10) – Bonus Track Single Mix
Lost Someone (2:43) – Bonus Track Single Mix
I’ll Go Crazy (2:18) – Bonus Track Single Mix

Live At The Apollo Volume II
Introduction By Frankie Crocker (0:32)
Think (2:55)
I Wanna Be Around (3:11)
James Brown (Thanks) (1:51)
That’s Life (4:40)
Kansas City (3:53)
Sweet Soul Music (2:38)
It’s A Man’s Man’s Man’s World (19:12)
Caravan (3:19)
Introduction To ‘Startime’ by Frankie Crocker (0:34)
Money Won’t Change You / Out Of Sight (0:43)
Bring It Up (4:40)
Try Me (3:13)
Let Yourself Go (1:43)
There Was A Time (8:53)
I Feel All Right (7:05)
Cold Sweat (6:03)
Prisoner Of Love (8:17)
My Girl (0:23)
Maybe The Last Time (4:36)
I Got You (I Feel Good) (0:29)
Please, Please, Please (3:02)
Bring It Up (1:13)

Revolution Of The Mind: Live At The Apollo, Vol. III
It’s A New Day So Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn (Intro) (3:49)
Bewildered 7:56)
Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (5:06)
Escape-Ism (3:04)
Make It Funky (12:53)
Try Me (2:44)
Fast Medley: I Can’t Stand It / Mother Popcorn / I Got The Feelin’ (1:18)
Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (2:23)
Call Me Super Bad (4:22)
Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (3:21)
Soul Power (6:37)
Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants) (8:36)


  • Willard
    August 17, 2012 - 13:33 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • larkin
    August 17, 2012 - 14:35 | Permalink

    thank you. “live at the apollo 2” was the first james brown album i listened to, never having heard of him before. i was 13 or 14 and apparently so straight-laced at the time that i distinctly remember upon hearing it being embarrassed to the point where it was literally years before i could listen to it and GET IT! i’m a slow learner, but i eventually come around . . .

  • courtney
    August 17, 2012 - 18:38 | Permalink

    Ah, Willard: bringing us The New New Super Heavy Funk (as JB called it when he moved to Polydor) on a wearying afternoon qualifies you to be the Godfather of Downloads.

    As the man was wont to say, “Goot Gawd.”

  • August 19, 2012 - 08:01 | Permalink

    Life is good with a little JB (music & libation)

  • August 19, 2012 - 22:55 | Permalink

    Ow! Can I say “yeah”?

  • August 22, 2012 - 16:37 | Permalink

    Thanks, Willard!

  • G
    January 12, 2013 - 14:21 | Permalink

    It’s Startime – Ladies And Gentleman………so goes the introduction to The Hardest Working Man In Show Business . . . and, since The Captain has mentioned another Live recording by James – I’ll make mention of one – – by name and, as we later found out, the source of the live recording – – seems like the one that was issued as Live At Madison Square Garden, sometime in 1967, was actually recorded (and later the tapes were cleaned up and ‘extras’ were added) in/at the Latin Casino in Cherry Hill, New Jersey (near Philadelphia). The Latin Casino, maybe 10 or so years later, closed and re-opened and the ‘new’ place might have surface on some trading lists as the location of “Emerald City”. The Latin Casino was also the place where the great Jackie Wilson collapsed performing on stage.
    If Mr. Brown were still with us, and knew of The Captain he might just have to shout –
    Get On The Good Boat!

  • Grant
    January 12, 2013 - 20:59 | Permalink

    THANKS for these, Willard. I recently read the James Brown biography, “The One,” a gripping story of his life – highly recommended:


  • January 13, 2013 - 11:14 | Permalink

    Right you are G, I was at Emerald City on opening night for the Talking Heads. I saw many other great bands there. I’m pretty sure my parents saw Jerry Vale at the Latin Casino, no way they would have gone for JB. Subaru HQ nows squats on that location.

  • Exeter
    January 14, 2013 - 16:55 | Permalink

    Thanks for these! It’s been a long time since I heard the long version of “There Was A Time” Uhnh!

  • rob
    July 29, 2014 - 12:28 | Permalink

    i own Live At The Apollo 1995….trust me, it’s not essential at all.

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