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Gettin' Down To It

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James Brown recorded the pet project Gettin' Down to It in Cincinnati, OH, at King Studios, between December 1968 and March 1969. Although you can't tell by the album's title, it reflects Soul Brother Number One momentarily stepping back from the fiery racial and political atmosphere of the times. Following the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., the riots sparked by that event, and his calming effect on it, Mr. Dynamite replaced "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)" with his love of standards utilizing the melancholy phrasing of his favorite male vocalist, Frank Sinatra. Aided by the acoustic piano trio led by Dee Felice, Brown tackles such romantic chestnuts as "Strangers in the Night," "That's Life," "It Had to Be You," "Willow Weep for Me," and "All the Way." Although laid-back could be applied to the album's overall tone, these 12 tracks are by no means "mellow." After all, this is James Brown! For instance, "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," clocking in at 7:40, combines pianist Frank Vincent's percussive vamping with James testifying as if he had this tune confused with "Ain't It Funky Now." While the disc is made up of mainly standards, that doesn't stop Brown from including two of his compositions, "Cold Sweat" and an instrumental take of "There Was a Time," reworked to fit the album's easygoing mood with jazzy elements intact. Even though there aren't any bonus tracks, this Verve reissue does include the original packaging and liner notes with Marc Eliot's insightful addendum tacked on. A curious entry in the James Brown catalog, Gettin' Down to It is a savory listen.
© Al Campbell /TiVo

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1
Sunny
James Brown
00:03:17

JAMES BROWN, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hebb, ComposerLyricist - Dee Felice Trio, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
That's Life
James Brown
00:04:29

Dean Kay, ComposerLyricist - Kelly Gordon, Author - JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1969 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Strangers In The Night
James Brown
00:03:26

Edward Snyder, Author - JAMES BROWN, MainArtist - Bert Kaempfert, Composer - Charles Singleton, Author

℗ 1969 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Willow Weep For Me
James Brown
00:04:39

JAMES BROWN, MainArtist - Ann Ronell, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1969 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Cold Sweat
James Brown
00:05:02

JAMES BROWN, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Alfred James Ellis, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1969 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
There Was A Time (Album Version)
Dee Felice Trio
00:02:58

JAMES BROWN, ComposerLyricist - Bud Hobgood, ComposerLyricist - Bud J. Hobgood, Producer - Dee Felice Trio, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Republic Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Chicago
James Brown
00:02:50

JAMES BROWN, MainArtist - Fred Fisher, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1969 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons
James Brown
00:07:40

Deek Watson, ComposerLyricist - JAMES BROWN, MainArtist - William Thomas Best, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1969 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Time After Time
James Brown
00:04:48

JAMES BROWN, MainArtist - Jule Styne, Composer - Sammy Cahn, Author

℗ 2005 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
All The Way
James Brown
00:03:40

JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sammy Cahn, Author - Jimmy Van Heusen, Composer - Francky Vincent, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Dee Felice Trio, MainArtist - Lee Tucker, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dee Felice, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1969 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
It Had To Be You
James Brown
00:02:42

JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Gus Kahn, Author - Isham Jones, ComposerLyricist - Francky Vincent, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Dee Felice Trio, MainArtist - Lee Tucker, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Dee Felice, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1969 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Uncle
Dee Felice Trio
00:02:34

Francky Vincent, ComposerLyricist - Dee Felice Trio, MainArtist

℗ 1969 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

James Brown recorded the pet project Gettin' Down to It in Cincinnati, OH, at King Studios, between December 1968 and March 1969. Although you can't tell by the album's title, it reflects Soul Brother Number One momentarily stepping back from the fiery racial and political atmosphere of the times. Following the murder of Martin Luther King, Jr., the riots sparked by that event, and his calming effect on it, Mr. Dynamite replaced "Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud)" with his love of standards utilizing the melancholy phrasing of his favorite male vocalist, Frank Sinatra. Aided by the acoustic piano trio led by Dee Felice, Brown tackles such romantic chestnuts as "Strangers in the Night," "That's Life," "It Had to Be You," "Willow Weep for Me," and "All the Way." Although laid-back could be applied to the album's overall tone, these 12 tracks are by no means "mellow." After all, this is James Brown! For instance, "(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons," clocking in at 7:40, combines pianist Frank Vincent's percussive vamping with James testifying as if he had this tune confused with "Ain't It Funky Now." While the disc is made up of mainly standards, that doesn't stop Brown from including two of his compositions, "Cold Sweat" and an instrumental take of "There Was a Time," reworked to fit the album's easygoing mood with jazzy elements intact. Even though there aren't any bonus tracks, this Verve reissue does include the original packaging and liner notes with Marc Eliot's insightful addendum tacked on. A curious entry in the James Brown catalog, Gettin' Down to It is a savory listen.
© Al Campbell /TiVo

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