JAMES BROWN The Payback (1974)

The Payback (1974)
One Of JB’s Coolest LPs

Originally released in 1973 as a sprawling two-LP set, The Payback was one of James Brown’s most ambitious albums of the 1970’s, and also one of his best, with Brown and his band relentlessly exploring the outer possibilities of the James Brown groove. Stretching eight cuts out over the space of nearly 73 minutes, The Payback is long on extended rhythmic jamming, and by this time Brown and his band had become such a potent and nearly telepathic combination that the musicians were able pull out lengthy solos while still maintaining some of the most hypnotic funk to be found anywhere, and on the album’s best songs — the jazzy “Time Is Running Out Fast”, the relentless “Shoot Your Shot”, the tight-wound “Mind Power”, and the bitter revenge fantasy of the title cut — the tough, sinuous rhythms and the precise interplay between the players is nothing short of a wonder to behold. Quite simply, this is remarkable stuff. The Payback turned out to be one of James Brown’s last inarguably great albums before he hit a long fallow streak in the mid-to-late 70’s, but no one listening to this set would ever imagine that this was the work of an artist (or a band) about to run out of gas.” – The All Music Guide Amazon.

The Payback (7:40)
Doing The Best I Can
Take Some… Leave Some (8:34)
Shoot Your Shot (8:09)
Forever Suffering (5:52)
Time Is Running Out Fast (12:48)
Stone To The Bone (10:15)
Mind Power (12:05)



  • Willard
    August 1, 2011 - 08:26 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Rob
    August 1, 2011 - 20:06 | Permalink

    Thanks :-)
    I believe I’m going to try this one out on my sleeping household.

  • Horst
    August 2, 2011 - 07:34 | Permalink

    Do you have any of his mid-60s instrumental albums? Those were fantastic.

  • August 2, 2011 - 19:04 | Permalink

    One of my favorite JB works…this album has actually improved over the years — thanks for the post Willard.

  • Rob
    August 2, 2011 - 19:46 | Permalink

    Yes indeed, “Soul Pride” smokes.

  • Horst
    August 3, 2011 - 06:20 | Permalink

    Thanks for posting “Soul Pride.”

    In 1987, I moved to West Berlin for half a year and one of my roommates was a 19-year-old music student who rifled through the 40 or so cassettes I had brought from home and found “James Brown Plays James Brown Today and Yesterday.”

    As a keyboardist, he immediately knew that this album was one of JB’s very hard-to-find (at least in Germany) instrumental albums and that James played the organ on it. He listened to the cassette OVER AND OVER, literally hundreds of times, trying to learn and imitate JB’s soulful phrasing. After a couple months, the two other roommates almost held an insurrection because they were starting to go nuts from hearing the same songs day and night. He didn’t care and kept playing along with it until I moved back to the States.

    • Willard
      August 3, 2011 - 07:48 | Permalink

      Now I wanna hear it, too.

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