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James BrownThe Payback

Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Soul, Funk
Year:

Tracklist

The Payback7:35
Doing The Best I Can7:50
Take Some, Leave Some8:22
Shoot Your Shot8:08
Forever Suffering5:42
Time Is Running Out Fast12:37
Stone To The Bone10:05
Mind Power10:35

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Notes

The Payback is the 37th studio album by James Brown. The album was released in December 1973, by Polydor Records. It was originally scheduled to become the soundtrack for the blaxploitation film Hell Up in Harlem, but was rejected by the film's producers, who dismissed it as "the same old James Brown stuff." It went to #1 on the Soul Albums chart for two weeks and cracked the Pop Albums chart in the Top 40. It was Brown's only studio album to be certified gold.

The title track went number one on the R&B charts and has been heavily sampled by musical artists.

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    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Polydor – PD 2-3007, Polydor – 2672 015US1973US1973
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Stereo
    Polydor – 2679 025Germany1973Germany1973
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Polydor – PD 2-3007US1973US1973
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Pitman Pressing, Gatefold
    Polydor – PD 2-3007, Polydor – 2672 015US1973US1973
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Unofficial Release
    Yegrin – STR-19South Korea1973South Korea1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Stereo
    All Disc Press
    Polydor – PD 2-3007, Polydor – PD-2-3007, Polydor – 2672 015
    +1 more label...
    US1973US1973
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Polydor – PD-2-3007US1973US1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Polydor – 2675 084France1973France1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, 8-Track CartridgeThe Payback
    8-Track Cartridge, Album
    Polydor – 8F 2-3007US1973US1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, 8-Track CartridgeThe Payback
    8-Track Cartridge, Album, Club Edition
    Polydor – 8F2 3007US1973US1973
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Gatefold
    Polydor – PD-2-3007US1973US1973
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Gatefold
    Polydor – PD 2-3007US1973US1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Club Edition
    Longines Club Press
    Polydor – PD 2-3007US1973US1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Polydor – PD 2-3007, Polydor – PD-2-3007, Polydor – 2672 015
    +1 more label...
    Japan1973Japan1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, 8-Track CartridgeThe Payback
    8-Track Cartridge, Album
    Polydor – noneCanada1973Canada1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Promo
    DJ Runouts
    Polydor – PD 2-3007, Polydor – PD-2-3007, Polydor – 2672 015
    +1 more label...
    US1973US1973
    New Submission
    The Payback
    8-Track Cartridge, Album, Stereo
    Polydor – 8F 2-3002US1973US1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Monarch Pressing
    Polydor – PD 2-3007US1973US1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, CassetteThe Payback
    Cassette, Album, Stereo
    Polydor – 3528-013UK1973UK1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Stereo
    Polydor – 2679 025South Africa1973South Africa1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1973, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Promo
    Polydor – 2488 160Germany1973Germany1973
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1974, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Gatefold Sleeve
    Polydor – 23 91 137/38Spain1974Spain1974
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Payback, 1974-02-00, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Stereo
    Polydor – PD 2-3007, Polydor – PD-2-3007, Polydor – 2391 016
    +1 more label...
    Canada1974Canada1974
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Payback, 1974, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Stereo
    Gatefold
    Polydor – 2679 025 LItaly1974Italy1974
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1974, VinylThe Payback
    LP, Album
    Polydor – 30.139Venezuela1974Venezuela1974
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1974, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Polydor – 2929 016/017Brazil1974Brazil1974
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1974, VinylThe Payback
    LP, Album
    International Polydor Production – 2391 119, Polydor – 2391 119Greece1974Greece1974
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1984, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Trutone Music – DPOL 155, Polydor – DPOL 155Zimbabwe1984Zimbabwe1984
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, 1987, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album
    Polydor – DGL 935/6South Africa1987South Africa1987
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Payback, 1993, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Reissue
    Polydor – 517 137-1UK1993UK1993
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Payback, 1993, CDThe Payback
    CD, Album, Remastered
    Polydor – 314 517 137-2US1993US1993
    Cover of The Payback, 1997, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Reissue
    Gatefold
    Polydor – PD-2-3007, Polydor – 2672 015US1997US1997
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Payback, 2014, VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Reissue
    Gatefold
    Polydor – B0021512-01US2014US2014
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Payback, 2014-09-24, CDThe Payback
    CD, Album, Limited Edition, Reissue, Remastered
    Polydor – UICY-76589Japan2014Japan2014
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, , CDThe Payback
    CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
    Polydor – 314 517 137-2USUS
    Cover of The Payback, , CDThe Payback
    CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
    Polydor – 517 137-2EuropeEurope
    Recently Edited
    Cover of The Payback, , VinylThe Payback
    2×LP, Album, Reissue, Mispress
    Polydor – 517 137-1UK & EuropeUK & Europe
    Cover of The Payback, , CDThe Payback
    CD, Album, Club Edition
    Polydor – P2-17137USUS
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, , CDThe Payback
    CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered
    Polydor – 517 137-2EuropeEurope
    New Submission
    Cover of The Payback, , CDThe Payback
    CD, Album, Reissue, Remastered, Repress
    Polydor – 314 517 137-2USUS
    New Submission
    • TheFleshExp's avatar
      TheFleshExp
      Fantastic pressing of an iconic classic. Monarch as usual delivered the goods with this one. I haven’t got any other pressing to compare it to, but this is rich and detailed. If you can find a clean Monarch for a reasonable price, grab it. I lucked out and found a minter for $20 at a local shop
      • TPDindustries's avatar
        TPDindustries
        Really solid pressing, despite the s*** rainbo seems to get. Quality vinyl, clear sound quality.
        • WolfXCIX's avatar
          WolfXCIX
          Sounds great! It’s on nice and thick vinyl, and unfortunately it comes with just standard paper inner sleeves. Jacket has a nice build quality too.

          Overall, I love it.
          • friedokra's avatar
            friedokra
            LP 2 of my copy has labels for In The Jungle Groove
            • usmayo's avatar
              usmayo
              Definitive JB that truly reflects the early 70's feeling and political climate. The unrest in the US is very similar to whats going on in Trumps USA today and this album is a historical example of JB pleading to get your "Knee off of his Neck". The lyrics and music reflects a Black Man demanding equality from his woman, his industry and his life best summarized in the quote on the albums front cover: "We got a right to the tree of life!". Never did an album summarize the Black American experience (exception Marvin Gaye's: Whats Going On) even to this day...made for his people and if others understand it then enjoy...but this album was made for the hood and all it's people! Black Lives Matter before it's time in musical terms....Profound Album and a natural Time Piece!
              • sspinitch's avatar
                sspinitch
                if anyone has JUST the cover of this joint hit me up! Thanks <3
                • defunktrecords's avatar
                  On this remaster "Mind Power" is about 1 1/2 minutes longer than original LP version.
                  • pjmccarron's avatar
                    pjmccarron
                    Anyone else have a problem with really annoying high frequency surface noise (not the more pleasant low frequency surface noise, that actually sounds good to me) with this pressing? Also, on the first song the needle tends to skip the first couple grooves when you drop it.
                    • sundinulf's avatar
                      sundinulf
                      Hm. My copy of this Polydor ‎– 2679 025 have sticker on upper left corner "2659 030" and the Polydor logo. On the labels, the square that should have had 'GEMA' in it is empty. Otherwise, Everything seem to match. I bought this in the late 70's or early 80's, so I guess it is a re-issue.
                      • soulkings's avatar
                        soulkings
                        In case anybody is interested, this is a Bob Ludwig mastered Version with STERLING etched in the run out groove. Side 3 has a DJ etching as well.

                        Side 1: PD – 2 – 3007 – A – 1B STERLING (Stamped) RL (written)
                        Side 2: PD – 2 – 3007 – B – 1B STERLING (Stamped)
                        Side 3: PD – 2 – 3007 – C – DJ STERLING (Stamped)
                        Side 4: PD – 2 – 3007 – D – 1B STERLING (Stamped) RL (written)