The Godfather Of Soul, James Brown was a prolific singer, songwriter and bandleader, as well as one of the most iconic figures in funk and soul music, as evidenced on new collection Super Bad Live!.
Recorded live in at shows in Altlanta and New York City between 1980 and 1983, Super Bad Live! is 19 tracks of pure dynamite and includes, "The Payback/Too Funky In Here," "Get Up Offa That Thing," "Hot Pants, Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine," and "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag."
James Brown worked his way to the top of the funk and R&B music earning the moniker “The Godfather of Soul.” His unique vocal and musical style influenced many artists. Brown was also known for his social activism, both in his songwriting (“America is My Home,” “Black And Proud”) and advocating the benefits of education to schoolchildren.
In addition to writing and recording music, Brown toured relentlessly. He performed five or six nights a week throughout the 1950s and ‘60s, a schedule that earned him the title “The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business.” Brown was a flashy showman, incredible dancer, and soulful singer, and his concerts were hypnotizing displays of exuberance and passion that left audiences in raptures. His saxophonist, Pee Wee Ellis, once said, “When you heard James Brown was coming to town, you stopped what you were doing and started saving your money.”