MUSIC REVIEW OF YEARS GONE BY: Live at the Apollo by James Brown and The Famous Flames

May 4, 2019

James Brown and The Famous Flames

‘Live at the Apollo’

Released: May 1963

Label: King Records

This album was recorded in Harlem at the Apollo Theatre on Oct. 24, 1962.

Known as “the hardest working man in show business” during his time, James Brown really lit up the crowd as he recorded his famous album, “Live at the Apollo.”

The eruption from the crowd as Brown would dive into each song was like lightning. Mixed with the electricity from the live band, and you’ve got a pretty exciting live album. With a live band, so much is possible, like the three instrumental bridges on the album.

The energy felt from Brown and the audience during “Medley: Please Please Please/You’ve Got The Power/I Found Someone,” is powerful enough to make you start dancing in the car or your office chair.

KEY CUTS: “Think,” “Lost someone”

— Kiera Allen, Daily Journal