CD reissue. Showtime is the eighth studio album by soul legend James Brown. The album was released in April 1964, by Smash Records. It was the transition album from King Records to Smash Records, however, handicapped by contractual obligations with King Records, Brown released an album of remakes overdubbed with canned applause. Brown's vocal group, The Famous Flames are included in the album's introduction, are featured on the album's cover, and are featured on several of the album's tracks including "Don't Cry Baby", "Out of the Blue" and "Caldonia". The album was arranged by Sammy Lowe.
1. Intro 0:15
2. Caldonia 2:46 (Smash 1898-A, 4/64, #39 R&B, #95 Pop)
3. Don't Cry Baby 3:04
4. Sweet Lorraine 2:30
5. Out Of The Blue 2:18 (Smash 1908-A, 5/64)
6. Somebody Changed The Lock On My Door 3:42
7. Evil 2:54 (Smash 1898-B, 4/64)
8. Blues For My Baby 3:02
9. For You My Love 2:24
10. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens 2:57
11. The Things I Used To Do 2:55 (Smash 1908-A, 5/64, #21 R&B, #99 Pop)
12. You're Nobody Till Somebody Loves You 2:53
2-5-11 as James Brown & His Orchestra
7 as James Brown at the Organ & His Orchestra
2 & 7 feature overdubbed audience reaction
Recorded March 24, 1964, Bell Sound Studios, NY, NY
Produced by James Brown for Fair Deal Record Corp.
Arranged & Conducted by Sammy Lowe
James Brown - vocals, organ (7)
Billy Butler - guitar
Walter Richardson - guitar
Al Lucas - bass
David "Panama" Francis - drums
Ernie Hayes - piano
Ernie Royal - trumpet
Dud Bascomb - trumpet
Johnny Grimes - trumpet
Richard Harris - trombone
George Dorsey - alto sax
St. Clair Pickney - tenor sax
Seldon Taylor - tenor sax
Sam "The Man" Taylor - tenor sax
Haywood Henry - baritone sax
Martha Stewart & unidentified - background vocals
Various band members - incidental vocals
From the back cover:
"Here it is! The energy, the excitement, the experience of JAMES BROWN—and SHOWTIME.
The place could be a huge hall or small club, but the FEELING is the same...THE JAMES BROWN SHOW IS HERE, with all the excitement that surrounds it.
From the first minute to the last, the unique EXCITEMENT of the amazing Mr. Brown rushes [italics] through the audience and captures them. This excitement holds them for number after number, encore after encore, for this artist's energy is as great as his talent.
Ready? IT'S SHOWTIME. IT'S JAMES BROWN TIME. Mr. Dynamite Himself. From here on, the sky's the limit...the exciting JAMES BROWN—and SHOWTIME—is just beginning!"
mess or not, James Brown's SHOWTIME, from 1964 (Smash records) at least used all new studio recordings for their faux live album and yes, the album went way up the charts!
most likely, the astonishing sales of LIVE AT THE APOLLO, VOL. 1, must have energized the public into buying another "live" JB. SHOWTIME appears to be his third live, or "live", or live-"live" effort, following a live at the Royal joyous and almost inaudible concoction, but this time we find just a few "R & B" numbers, which could have conceivably been issued as real competitive R & B singles. we find mostly material from the 1940s, and as such, we realize that this project must have been a labor of love for James Brown, as his "idols" are well represented here, i.e. Louis Jordan, Roy Brown, etc.
great album art work and great, but traditional arrangements of terrific material. downside for less "determined" JB collector > the rhythm and horn sections are quite "generic"...there's none of that low down funkiness found on his hit sides. further, it sounds to this reviewer that the songs should have been arranged in a lower key for the artist, who seems to compensate for this "issue" by (yes, characteristic at the time) shrieking his brains out, especially on the rideouts. I find this incongruousness on later Soul/funk/jazz mixes...but the fans don't seem to care.
deep fans, try it on for size...if you do not revisit these grooves too often, you'll still appreciate them as the kind of thing to motivate James Brown into performing and composing.