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Star Time is a four-CD box set by American musician James Brown. Released in May 1991 by Polydor Records, its contents span most of the length of his career up to the time of its release, starting in 1956 with his first hit record, "Please, Please, Please", and ending with "Unity", his 1984 collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa. Writing in 2007, Robert Christgau described it as "the finest box set ever released... as essential a package as the biz has ever hawked, not just because it's James Brown, but because compilers Cliff White and Harry Weinger invested so much care and knowledge in it." Its title comes from the question Brown's announcer would ask concert audiences, as heard on the album Live at the Apollo: "Are you ready for star time?"

Star Time
Box set by
ReleasedMay 7, 1991 (1991-05-07)
Recorded1956–1984
GenreSoul, funk
Length292:12
LabelPolydor
ProducerVarious
James Brown chronology
I'm Real
(1988)
Star Time
(1991)
Love Over-Due
(1991)

Star Time's liner notes, written by Cliff White, Harry Weinger, Nelson George, Alan Leeds, and Brown himself, won a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes. The notes also include a discography and a one-page comic by Mary Fleener, a visual interpretation of the song "I Got You (I Feel Good)."

In 2003, the album was ranked number 79 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 500 greatest albums of all time. It was the second-highest ranking box set on the list. In 2012, it moved up to 75, while in its 2020 revision, it moved to number 54.

Contents

Adapted from CD booklet's liner notes.

Disc 1 ("Mr. Dynamite")
No.TitleWriter(s)SourceLength
1."Please Please Please"James Brown, Johnny TerryDebut single, A-side, mono, March 19562:43
2."Why Do You Do Me"Bobby Byrd, Sylvester KeelsDebut single, B-side, mono, March 19562:59
3."Try Me"BrownSingle, A-side, mono, October 19582:30
4."Tell Me What I Did Wrong"BrownB-side of "Try Me", mono, October 19582:20
5."Bewildered"Leonard Whitcup, Teddy PowellThink! (1960)2:21
6."Good Good Lovin'"Brown, Albert ShubertSingle, A-side, stereo, July 19592:18
7."I'll Go Crazy"BrownSingle, A-side, stereo, January 19602:05
8."I Know It's True"BrownB-side of "I'll Go Crazy", stereo, January 19602:40
9."(Do the) Mashed Potatoes, Pt. 1"Dessie RozierSingle, A-side, mono, February 19601:39
10."Think"Lowman PawlingSingle, A-side, mono, May 19602:46
11."Baby, You're Right"Brown, Joe TexPreviously unreleased alternate take, September 19602:58
12."Lost Someone"Brown, Byrd, Lloyd Eugene StallworthSingle, A-side, stereo, November 19613:28
13."Night Train"Oscar Washington, Lewis Simpkins, Jimmy ForrestJames Brown Presents His Band, October 19603:38
14."I've Got Money"BrownSingle, A-side, mono, November 19622:29
15."I Don't Mind (live)"BrownLive at the Apollo (1963)2:29
16."Prisoner of Love"Leo Robin, Russ Columbo, Clarence Gaskin)Single, A-side, stereo, April 19632:24
17."Devil's Den"Ted WrightTwo-part single, mono, April 19634:48
18."Out of the Blue"Wright, TerryPreviously unreleased alternate take, March 19642:15
19."Out of Sight"WrightSingle, A-side, mono, July 19642:19
20."Grits"Nat Jones, WrightGrits & Soul (1964)3:58
21."Maybe the Last Time"WrightB-side of "Out of Sight", stereo July 19643:02
22."It's a Man's Man's Man's World"Brown, Betty NewsomePreviously unreleased stereo mix, June 19643:22
23."I Got You"WrightWithdrawn single version, September 19642:27
24."Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Pts. 1, 2 & 3"BrownPreviously unreleased original complete take, February 19656:56
Total length:70:54
Disc 2 ("The Hardest Working Man In Show Business")
No.TitleWriter(s)SourceLength
1."Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1"BrownSingle, A-side, mono, July 19652:06
2."I Got You (I Feel Good)"BrownSingle, A=side, mono, November 19652:45
3."Ain't That a Groove"Brown, JonesPreviously unreleased unedited version3:31
4."It's a Man's Man's Man's World"Brown, NewsomeSingle, A-side, mono, April 19662:46
5."Money Won't Change You"Brown, JonesPreviously unreleased complete version6:01
6."Don't Be a Dropout"Brown, JonesPreviously unreleased unedited version4:31
7."Bring It Up (Hipster's Avenue)"Brown, JonesPreviously unreleased unedited version3:48
8."Let Yourself Go"Brown, Bud HobgoodPreviously unreleased unedited version3:53
9."Cold Sweat"Brown, Alfred EllisCold Sweat (1967)7:30
10."Get It Together"Brown, Hobgood, EllisTwo-part single, mono, October 19678:57
11."I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me), Pt. 1"BrownSingle, A-side, stereo, December 19673:29
12."I Got the Feelin'"BrownSingle, A-side, stereo, April 19682:39
13."Licking Stick-Licking Stick"Brown, Byrd, EllisTwo-part single, stereo, May 19684:52
14."Say It Loud – I'm Black and I'm Proud, Pt. 1"Brown, EllisSingle, A-side, stereo, August 19682:59
15."There Was a Time (live)"Brown, HobgoodPreviously unreleased4:59
16."Give It Up or Turnit a Loose"Charles BobbittSingle, A-side, stereo, January 19693:10
17."I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open up the Door I'll Get It Myself)"BrownTwo-part single, stereo, March 19695:59
Total length:73:55
Disc 3 ("Soul Brother No. 1")
No.TitleWriter(s)SourceLength
1."Mother Popcorn"Brown, EllisTwo-part single, stereo, June 19696:18
2."Funky Drummer"BrownTwo-part single, stereo, March 19707:00
3."Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine"Brown, Byrd, Ron LenhoffTwo-part single, stereo, July 19705:15
4."Super Bad, Pts. 1 & 2"BrownPreviously unreleased stereo mix4:26
5."Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothing"Brown, ByrdPreviously unreleased original extended version8:59
6."Get Up, Get into It and Get Involved"BrownPreviously unreleased stereo mix7:03
7."Soul Power, Pts. 1 & 2"BrownPreviously unreleased unedited stereo version4:25
8."Brother Rapp/Ain't It Funky Now (live)"BrownPreviously unreleased live performance7:44
9."Hot Pants, Pt. 1"Brown, Fred WesleySingle, A-side, mono, July 19713:06
10."I'm a Greedy Man, Pt. 1"Brown, BobbitSingle, A-side, stereo, November 19713:36
11."Make It Funky, Pt. 1"Brown, BobbitSingle, A-side, mono3:34
12."It's a New Day (live)"BrownRevolution of the Mind: Live at the Apollo, Volume III (1971)3:48
13."I Got Ants in My Pants, Pt. 1"BrownSingle, A-side, stereo, November 19723:01
14."King Heroin"Brown, Bobbit, Dave Matthews, Manny RosenSingle, A-side, stereo, February 19723:57
Total length:72:12
Disc 4 ("The Godfather Of Soul")
No.TitleWriter(s)SourceLength
1."There It Is, Pt. 1"BrownSingle, A-side, stereo, February 19723:20
2."Public Enemy #1, Pt. 1"Brown, Bobbit, Henry StallingsThere It Is (1972)5:09
3."Get on the Good Foot"Brown, Wesley, Joseph MimsSingle, A-side, mono, July 19724:07
4."I Got a Bag of My Own"BrownSingle, A-side, stereo, November 19723:44
5."Doing It to Death"BrownSingle, A-side, mono, April 19735:14
6."The Payback"Brown, Wesley, John StarksThe Payback (1973)7:28
7."Papa Don't Take No Mess, Pt. 1"Brown, Wesley, Starks, BobbitHell (1974)4:22
8."Stoned to the Bone, Pt. 1"BrownSingle, A-side, mono, November 19733:28
9."My Thang"BrownPreviously unreleased mix4:37
10."Funky President (People It's Bad)"BrownSingle, A-side, stereo, October 19744:01
11."Hot (I Need to Be Loved, Loved, Loved)"BrownSingle, A-side, stereo, December 19755:03
12."Get Up Offa That Thing (Release the Pressure)"Diedre Jenkins, Deanna Brown, Yamma BrownNew edit created for Star Time6:14
13."Body Heat, Pt. 1"Jenkins, D. Brown, Y. BrownSingle, A-side, stereo, December 19764:29
14."It's Too Funky in Here"George Jackson, Walter Shaw, Brad Shapiro, Robert MillerThe Original Disco Man (1979)5:39
15."Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses)"J. Brown, Susaye Brown, Henry StallingsSingle, A-side, stereo, October 19804:36
16."Unity, Pt. 1"Brown, Khayan Aasim Bambaataa, Douglas Wimbish, Bernard Alexander, Keith LeBlanc, Robin HaplinSingle, A-side, stereo, July 19843:40
Total length:75:11
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  1. The single version was released at a slower speed. The version on Star Time is at its original recorded tempo.
  2. Released as a single A-side in mono on October 1970.
  3. Released as an edited two-part single in stereo on February 1972.
  4. Released as a two-part single in mono on December 1970.
  5. Released as an edited three-part single in mono on March 1971.
  6. Initially, this was meant to appear on Love, Power, Peace, which was shelved until 1992.
  7. Released under the name "Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s".
  8. Released as a single A-side in stereo with percussion overdubs on April 1974.
  9. Original mix released as a two-part single in stereo on May 1976.

Star Time (album)
Star Time album Language Watch Edit This article needs additional citations for verification Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources Unsourced material may be challenged and removed Find sources Star Time album news newspapers books scholar JSTOR July 2019 Learn how and when to remove this template message Star Time is a four CD box set by American musician James Brown Released in May 1991 by Polydor Records its contents span most of the length of his career up to the time of its release starting in 1956 with his first hit record Please Please Please and ending with Unity his 1984 collaboration with Afrika Bambaataa Writing in 2007 Robert Christgau described it as the finest box set ever released as essential a package as the biz has ever hawked not just because it s James Brown but because compilers Cliff White and Harry Weinger invested so much care and knowledge in it 7 Its title comes from the question Brown s announcer would ask concert audiences as heard on the album Live at the Apollo Are you ready for star time Star TimeBox set by James BrownReleasedMay 7 1991 1991 05 07 Recorded1956 1984GenreSoul funkLength292 12LabelPolydorProducerVariousJames Brown chronologyI m Real 1988 Star Time 1991 Love Over Due 1991 Professional ratingsReview scoresSourceRatingAllMusic 1 Robert ChristgauA 2 Entertainment WeeklyA 3 MojoQRolling Stone 4 Uncut 5 Encyclopedia of Popular Music 6 Star Time s liner notes written by Cliff White Harry Weinger Nelson George Alan Leeds and Brown himself won a 1991 Grammy Award for Best Album Notes The notes also include a discography and a one page comic by Mary Fleener a visual interpretation of the song I Got You I Feel Good In 2003 the album was ranked number 79 on Rolling Stone magazine s list of the 500 greatest albums of all time 8 It was the second highest ranking box set on the list In 2012 it moved up to 75 9 while in its 2020 revision it moved to number 54 10 Contents 1 Track listing 2 See also 3 References 4 Notes 5 External linksTrack listing EditAdapted from CD booklet s liner notes Disc 1 Mr Dynamite No TitleWriter s SourceLength1 Please Please Please James Brown Johnny TerryDebut single A side mono March 19562 432 Why Do You Do Me Bobby Byrd Sylvester KeelsDebut single B side mono March 19562 593 Try Me BrownSingle A side mono October 19582 304 Tell Me What I Did Wrong BrownB side of Try Me mono October 19582 205 Bewildered Leonard Whitcup Teddy PowellThink 1960 2 216 Good Good Lovin Brown Albert ShubertSingle A side stereo July 19592 187 I ll Go Crazy BrownSingle A side stereo January 19602 058 I Know It s True BrownB side of I ll Go Crazy stereo January 19602 409 Do the Mashed Potatoes Pt 1 Dessie RozierSingle A side mono February 19601 3910 Think Lowman PawlingSingle A side mono May 19602 4611 Baby You re Right Brown Joe TexPreviously unreleased alternate take September 19602 5812 Lost Someone Brown Byrd Lloyd Eugene StallworthSingle A side stereo November 19613 2813 Night Train Oscar Washington Lewis Simpkins Jimmy ForrestJames Brown Presents His Band October 19603 3814 I ve Got Money BrownSingle A side mono November 19622 2915 I Don t Mind live BrownLive at the Apollo 1963 2 2916 Prisoner of Love Leo Robin Russ Columbo Clarence Gaskin Single A side stereo April 19632 2417 Devil s Den Ted WrightTwo part single mono April 19634 4818 Out of the Blue Wright TerryPreviously unreleased alternate take March 19642 1519 Out of Sight WrightSingle A side mono July 19642 1920 Grits Nat Jones WrightGrits amp Soul 1964 3 5821 Maybe the Last Time WrightB side of Out of Sight stereo July 19643 0222 It s a Man s Man s Man s World Brown Betty NewsomePreviously unreleased stereo mix June 19643 2223 I Got You WrightWithdrawn single version September 19642 2724 Papa s Got a Brand New Bag Pts 1 2 amp 3 BrownPreviously unreleased original complete take February 19656 56Total length 70 54Disc 2 The Hardest Working Man In Show Business No TitleWriter s SourceLength1 Papa s Got a Brand New Bag Pt 1 BrownSingle A side mono July 19652 062 I Got You I Feel Good BrownSingle A side mono November 19652 453 Ain t That a Groove Brown JonesPreviously unreleased unedited version3 314 It s a Man s Man s Man s World Brown NewsomeSingle A side mono April 19662 465 Money Won t Change You Brown JonesPreviously unreleased complete version6 016 Don t Be a Dropout Brown JonesPreviously unreleased unedited version4 317 Bring It Up Hipster s Avenue Brown JonesPreviously unreleased unedited version3 488 Let Yourself Go Brown Bud HobgoodPreviously unreleased unedited version3 539 Cold Sweat Brown Alfred EllisCold Sweat 1967 7 3010 Get It Together Brown Hobgood EllisTwo part single mono October 19678 5711 I Can t Stand Myself When You Touch Me Pt 1 BrownSingle A side stereo December 1967 note 1 3 2912 I Got the Feelin BrownSingle A side stereo April 19682 3913 Licking Stick Licking Stick Brown Byrd EllisTwo part single stereo May 19684 5214 Say It Loud I m Black and I m Proud Pt 1 Brown EllisSingle A side stereo August 19682 5915 There Was a Time live Brown HobgoodPreviously unreleased4 5916 Give It Up or Turnit a Loose Charles BobbittSingle A side stereo January 19693 1017 I Don t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing Open up the Door I ll Get It Myself BrownTwo part single stereo March 19695 59Total length 73 55Disc 3 Soul Brother No 1 No TitleWriter s SourceLength1 Mother Popcorn Brown EllisTwo part single stereo June 19696 182 Funky Drummer BrownTwo part single stereo March 19707 003 Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine Brown Byrd Ron LenhoffTwo part single stereo July 19705 154 Super Bad Pts 1 amp 2 BrownPreviously unreleased stereo mix note 2 4 265 Talkin Loud amp Sayin Nothing Brown ByrdPreviously unreleased original extended version note 3 8 596 Get Up Get into It and Get Involved BrownPreviously unreleased stereo mix note 4 7 037 Soul Power Pts 1 amp 2 BrownPreviously unreleased unedited stereo version note 5 4 258 Brother Rapp Ain t It Funky Now live BrownPreviously unreleased live performance note 6 7 449 Hot Pants Pt 1 Brown Fred WesleySingle A side mono July 19713 0610 I m a Greedy Man Pt 1 Brown BobbitSingle A side stereo November 19713 3611 Make It Funky Pt 1 Brown BobbitSingle A side mono3 3412 It s a New Day live BrownRevolution of the Mind Live at the Apollo Volume III 1971 3 4813 I Got Ants in My Pants Pt 1 BrownSingle A side stereo November 19723 0114 King Heroin Brown Bobbit Dave Matthews Manny RosenSingle A side stereo February 19723 57Total length 72 12Disc 4 The Godfather Of Soul No TitleWriter s SourceLength1 There It Is Pt 1 BrownSingle A side stereo February 19723 202 Public Enemy 1 Pt 1 Brown Bobbit Henry StallingsThere It Is 1972 5 093 Get on the Good Foot Brown Wesley Joseph MimsSingle A side mono July 19724 074 I Got a Bag of My Own BrownSingle A side stereo November 19723 445 Doing It to Death BrownSingle A side mono April 1973 note 7 5 146 The Payback Brown Wesley John StarksThe Payback 1973 7 287 Papa Don t Take No Mess Pt 1 Brown Wesley Starks BobbitHell 1974 4 228 Stoned to the Bone Pt 1 BrownSingle A side mono November 19733 289 My Thang BrownPreviously unreleased mix note 8 4 3710 Funky President People It s Bad BrownSingle A side stereo October 19744 0111 Hot I Need to Be Loved Loved Loved BrownSingle A side stereo December 19755 0312 Get Up Offa That Thing Release the Pressure Diedre Jenkins Deanna Brown Yamma BrownNew edit created for Star Time note 9 6 1413 Body Heat Pt 1 Jenkins D Brown Y BrownSingle A side stereo December 19764 2914 It s Too Funky in Here George Jackson Walter Shaw Brad Shapiro Robert MillerThe Original Disco Man 1979 5 3915 Rapp Payback Where Iz Moses J Brown Susaye Brown Henry StallingsSingle A side stereo October 19804 3616 Unity Pt 1 Brown Khayan Aasim Bambaataa Douglas Wimbish Bernard Alexander Keith LeBlanc Robin HaplinSingle A side stereo July 19843 40Total length 75 11See also Edit20 All Time Greatest Hits References Edit Huey Steve Star Time James Brown AllMusic Archived from the original on April 28 2021 Retrieved May 16 2021 Christgau Robert CG James Brown robertchristgau com Archived from the original on March 14 2021 Retrieved May 16 2021 Aletti Vince March 31 2007 Star Time Music Review Entertainment Weekly Archived from the original on April 1 2007 Retrieved May 16 2021 Considine J D June 17 1997 Star Time James Brown Review Rolling Stone Archived from the original on November 12 2007 Retrieved May 16 2021 James Brown Star Time Uncut August 1 2004 Archived from the original on October 18 2020 Retrieved May 16 2021 Larkin Colin 2007 Encyclopedia of Popular Music 4th ed Oxford University Press ISBN 978 0195313734 Robert Christgau The Genius James Brown The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time James Brown Star Time Rolling Stone 2003 Archived from the original on October 22 2012 Retrieved September 23 2019 The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time James Brown Star Time Rolling Stone 2012 Archived from the original on August 11 2018 Retrieved May 16 2021 The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time James Brown Star Time Rolling Stone September 22 2020 Retrieved May 16 2021 Notes Edit The single version was released at a slower speed The version on Star Time is at its original recorded tempo Released as a single A side in mono on October 1970 Released as an edited two part single in stereo on February 1972 Released as a two part single in mono on December 1970 Released as an edited three part single in mono on March 1971 Initially this was meant to appear on Love Power Peace which was shelved until 1992 Released under the name Fred Wesley amp The J B s Released as a single A side in stereo with percussion overdubs on April 1974 Original mix released as a two part single in stereo on May 1976 External links EditStar Time at Discogs list of releases Rolling Stone story Overview at MP3 com Retrieved from https en wikipedia org w index php title Star Time album amp oldid 1054355322, wikipedia, wiki, book,

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