Tuesday, May 7, 1991

James Brown Star Time box set released

First posted 2/18/2010; updated 11/16/2020.

Star Time

James Brown


Recorded: 1956-1974


Released: May 7, 1991


Peak: -- US, 89 RB, -- UK, -- CN, -- AU


Sales (in millions): 0.5 US, -- UK, 0.5 world (includes US and UK)


Genre: R&B/funk


Tracks:

Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.


Disc 1 (Mr. Dynamite):
  1. Please Please Please (4/7/56, 5 RB, 95 US)
  2. Why Do You Do Me
  3. Try Me (11/10/58, 1 RB, 48 US)
  4. Tell Me What I Did Wrong
  5. Bewildered (2/27/61, 8 RB, 40 US)
  6. Good Good Lovin’
  7. I’ll Go Crazy (2/22/60, 15 RB, 73 US)
  8. I Know It’s True
  9. Do the Mashed Potatoes, Part 1 (9/29/62, 21 RB, 82 US)
  10. Think (5/2/60, 7 RB, 33 US)
  11. Baby, You’re Right (8/7/61, 2 RB, 49 US)
  12. Lost Someone (12/18/61, 2 RB, 48 US)
  13. Night Train (4/14/62, 5 RB, 35 US)
  14. I’ve Got Money
  15. I Don’t Mind (5/15/61, 4 RB, 47 US)
  16. Prisoner of Love (4/20/63, 6 RB, 18 US)
  17. Devil’s Den
  18. Out of the Blue
  19. Out of Sight (8/15/64, 24 RB, 24 US)
  20. Grits
  21. Maybe the Last Time
  22. It’s a Man’s World
  23. I Got You
  24. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Parts 1, 2, & 3

Disc 2 (The Hardest Working Man in Show Business):
  1. Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1 (7/17/65, 1 RB, 8 US, 25 UK)
  2. I Got You (I Feel Good) (11/13/65, 1 RB, 3 US, 29 UK)
  3. Ain’t That a Groove (3/5/66, 6 RB, 42 US)
  4. It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World (4/30/66, 1 RB, 8 US, 13 UK)
  5. Money Won’t Change You (7/30/66, 11 RB, 53 US)
  6. Don’t Be a Dropout (10/8/66, 4 RB, 50 US)
  7. Bring It Up (Hipster’s Avenue) (1/7/67, 7 RB, 29 US)
  8. Let Yourself Go (5/6/67, 5 RB, 46 US)
  9. Cold Sweat (7/15/67, 1 RB, 7 US)
  10. Get It Together (10/28/67, 11 RB, 40 US)
  11. I Can’t Stand Myself When You Touch Me, Part 1 (12/9/67, 4 RB, 28 US)
  12. I Got the Feelin’ (3/16/68, 1 RB, 6 US)
  13. Licking Stick (5/25/68, 2 RB, 14 US)
  14. Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud, Part 1 (9/7/68, 1 RB, 10 US)
  15. There Was a Time (live) (1/20/68, 36 US)
  16. Give It Up or Turnit-a-Loose (1/25/69, 1 RB, 15 US)
  17. I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I’ll Get It Myself) (4/5/69, 3 RB, 20 US)

Disc 3 (Soul Brother No. 1):
  1. Mother Popcorn (6/14/69, 1 RB, 11 US)
  2. Funky Drummer (3/21/70, 20 RB, 51 US)
  3. Get Up, I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine (7/18/70, 2 RB, 15 US, 32 UK)
  4. Super Bad, Pts. 1 & 2 (10/3/70, 1 RB, 13 US)
  5. Talkin’ Loud & Sayin’ Nothing (2/12/72, 1 RB, 27 US)
  6. Get Up, Get into It, and Get Involved (1/2/71, 4 RB, 34 US)
  7. Soul Power, Pts. 1 & 2 (2/27/71, 3 RB, 29 US)
  8. Medley: Brother Rapp (live) (5/2/70, 2 RB, 32 US) / Ain’t It Funky Now (live) (11/22/69, 3 RB, 24 US)
  9. Hot Pants, Part 1 (7/3/71, 1 RB, 15 US)
  10. I’m a Greedy Man, Part 1 (11/13/71, 7 RB, 35 US)
  11. Make It Funky, Part 1 (8/28/71, 1 RB, 22 US)
  12. It’s a New Day (live) (2/14/70, 3 RB, 32 US)
  13. I Got Ants in My Pants, Part 1 (1/20/73, 4 RB, 27 US)
  14. King Heroin (3/4/72, 6 RB, 40 US)

Disc 4 (The Godfather of Soul):
  1. There It Is, Part 1 (5/6/72, 4 RB, 43 US)
  2. Public Enemy #1, Pt. 1
  3. Get on the Good Foot (8/5/72, 1 RB, 18 US, sales: 0.5 m)
  4. I Got a Bag of My Own (11/18/72, 3 RB, 44 US)
  5. Doing It to Death
  6. The Payback (3/9/74, 1 RB, 26 US, 12 UK, sales: 0.5 m)
  7. Papa Don’t Take No Mess, Part 1 (8/24/74, 1 RB, 31 US)
  8. Stoned to the Bone, Pt. 1
  9. My Thang (6/8/74, 1 RB, 29 US)
  10. Funky President (People, It’s Bad) (11/2/74, 4 RB, 44 US)
  11. Hot (I Need to Be Loved, Loved, Loved) (11/29/75, 31 RB)
  12. Get Up Offa That Thing (Release the Pressure) (6/5/76, 4 RB, 45 US, 22 UK)
  13. Body Heat, Part 1 (12/11/76, 13 RB, 88 US, 36 UK)
  14. It’s Too Funky in Here (5/29/79, 15 RB)
  15. Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses) (11/15/80, 46 RB, 39 UK)
  16. Unity, Part 1 (with Afrika Bambaataa, 9/1/84, 87 RB, 49 UK)

Rating:

4.834 out of 5.00 (average of 14 ratings)


Quotable: Star Time is packed with the best R&B and funk that money can buy” – CD Universe


Awards:

About the Album:

“There are few box sets that can match the greatness of James Brown’s Star Time.” CD “It would seem impossible to summarize James Brown’s contribution to R&B – to American music – in a mere four compact discs, but somehow Star Time does it,” DH “collecting seventy two tracks that let you hear why Brown is hailed as ‘the hardest working man in show business.’” CD

“Brown created some of the most intense, soulful music ever recorded” CD and “has one of the richest and most influential bodies of work in musical history, but before this 1991 box set, his catalogue was a mess to sort through. Albums were in and out of print, singles were impossible to track down.” TL

“The four discs of Star Time, though, are the very model of a great compilation – comprehensive without being overwhelming, they tell the complete James Brown story, using unreleased material and newly-discovered, unedited or unaltered versions of songs judiciously, to flesh out the incomparable greatness of Soul Brother Number One.” TL

“This boxed set charts Brown’s early rise as a hard-hitting R&B-styled vocalist (Please Please Please, Try Me) and shows how his bandleading skills (one can't forget inventive players like saxophonist Maceo Parker, bassist Bootsy Collins, drummer Jabo Starks, and many others) changed the face of soul and invented funk in the '60s and early '70s.” DH

There are “late-'60s funk essentials like…Sex Machine to the massively influential '70s funk grooves Funky Drummer and The Payback.” CD Throughout the set are “impeccably timed (Papa's Got a Brand New Bag), highly rhythmic (I Can't Stand It), primal (Licking Stick Licking Stick) hits.” DH Incidentally, in regards to the former, it is presented here “at its original tempo — it was sped up for release – is a revelation.” TL “A live medley of Brother Rapp/Ain’t It Funky Now showcases the jaw-dropping, drill-team precision funkiness of one of Brown's finest bands.” TL “The box also does a definitive programming job on Brown's more spotty later years – another plus.” DH

“This is where beginners should start, but several extended versions and rarities (like ‘Papa’…) make it a must for completists too.” DH Star Time gives you all the James Brown basics.” CD This is “funk nirvana,” TL “a monument to the life and music of one of the most colorful and inspired performers in popular music.” CDStar Time is packed with the best R&B and funk that money can buy.” CD “After five hours, you still want more.” TL

Star Time also comes with a 64-page booklet that features rare and wonderful photos and essays by Nelson George and several other noted critics.” CD

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Wednesday, May 1, 1991

Toy Matinee recorded live at the Roxy

Live at the Roxy

Toy Matinee


Recorded: May 1, 1991


Released: March 1, 2010


Peak: --


Sales (in millions): --


Genre: neo prog rock


Tracks:

Song Title (date of single release, chart peaks) Click for codes to singles charts.

  1. Last Plane Out (9/22/90, 23 MR)
  2. Things She Said
  3. Remember My Name
  4. There Was a Little Boy
  5. Queen of Misery
  6. Turn It on Salvador
  7. The Ballad of Jenny Ledge (1/19/91, 23 MR)
  8. Toy Matinee
  9. Funeral for a Friend
  10. We Always Come Home

Single releases and chart peaks are for the studio versions.


The Players:

  • Kevin Gilbert (vocals)
  • Marc Bonilla (guitar)
  • Spencer Campbell (bass)
  • Toss Panos (drums)
  • Sheryl Crow (keyboards)
  • Tim Pierce (guitar, guest appearance)

Rating:

3.458 out of 5.00 (average of 7 ratings)

About the Album:

Toy Matinee recorded and released only one album, a self-titled studio effort. Patrick Leonard, who’d produced Madonna and Michael Jackson, was eager to get back to just playing in a band and had assembled Kevin Gilbert (vocals), Brian MacLeod (drums), Tim Pierce (guitar), and Guy Pratt (bass) for the project. All but Gilbert jumped ship when, as KG says, “Pat decided that he wanted to control it as an entity. He wanted Toy Matinee to be his company. He gave everybody a contract essentially saying, ‘You work for Pat Leonard, Inc.’” CH

Gilbert explains that then “we went through a really major legal spell trying to work out contracts that would allow Pat and me to be Toy Matinee.” EJ However, according to KG, the album then “sat on the shelf for about four months with nothing going on. There was no promotion because Pat had gone on to work with Roger Waters.” CH Gilbert “wanted to play live in support of this release,” MO but “Patrick’s aversion to touring threw a wrench in Kevin’s plans to tour.” MO As Kevin says, “Patrick is a multiplatinum [record] producer, so it’s totally understandable that Toy Matinee is not high priority for him.” SC “Originally, when we put the band together, Pat and I got together to write songs…Once we got signed and it began to be ‘putting records out, promotion and touring,’ Pat came to the realization he…didn’t want to be touring in a Winnebago with five sweaty musicians.” EJ

Gilbert found Marc Bonilla to help him out on guitar in doing promotional radio tours. Then they added bassist Spencer Campbell for a tour of about 30 radio stations, playing songs and taking requests. The next step was adding drummer Toss Panos and landing some gigs at clubs. Finally, to round out the touring version of Toy Matinee, Sheryl Crow signed on as the keyboardist.

There’s at least some suggestion that this lineup was only recorded live once. That long boot-legged document of “this brilliant performance, beautifully recorded at Los Angeles’ renowned Roxy on May 1, 1991, was mixed and produced by Kevin and mastered by John Cuniberti” PO and has now been made an official release.

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