What is it about this project that makes music I have always loathed sound good? I think it’s because instead of trying to find music to fit my mood (which is what I usually do) I am letting the music dictate my mood. Reading the history and background stories behind these albums makes it more interesting.
I can’t recall any James Brown songs which is why this was great. Live at the Apollo was recorded live by James Brown and The Famous Flames at the Apollo Theater in Harlem and released in 1963. Brown had to pay for it himself because his label didn’t think it would do well and it was a major hit! Brown recorded several more albums live after this one.
Normally I hate live albums. I find the screams of fans annoying and distracting but this was FUN because James was engaging the audience, he was egging on his musicians to play something spontaneously, it was a fun album all around.
No one song stuck out to me in this album. I found they flowed together so well in some cases it was hard to tell where one song ended and another began.
My only regret with this project is that I have been listening to library CD’s or youtube albums and not purchasing the CD’s of these great artists. I may have to do a year end review and list the ones necessary for purchase and add them to my Christmas list!
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