James Brown'Live' At The Apollo

Label:Polydor – 422 843 479-1
Series:Back To Black
Vinyl, LP, Album, Remastered, Reissue, 180g
Genre:Funk / Soul
Style:Rhythm & Blues, Soul


A1Introduction To James Brown1:49
A2I'll Go Crazy2:05
A3Try Me2:27
A5I Don't Mind2:39
A6Lost Someone Pt.14:50
B1Lost Someone Pt.26:10
B3Night Train3:29

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THE APOLLO THEATRE PRESENTS, IN PERSON, THE JAMES BROWN SHOW (Recorded Live at the Apollo Theatre, New York City, October 24, 1962)

Barcode and Other Identifiers

  • Barcode (Text): 0 42284 34791 4
  • Barcode (Scanned): 042284347914
  • Other (Sticker #): B2BSTK ST01
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched A, variant 1): 422 843 479-1-A-RE-1 WG/NRP Ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched B, variant 1): 422 843 479-1-B-RE-1 WG/NRP Ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched A, variant 2): 422 843 479-1-A WG/NRP Ⓤ
  • Matrix / Runout (Etched B, variant 2): 422 843 479-1-B WG/NRP Ⓤ

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  • CanadIanGeek101's avatar
    Being that this is a live recording done in a night club in the 1963, you can't expect studio quality clarity. That's just not going to happen. At this point in time my choices for getting a copy of this iconic live album was to get this pressing, or get a Russian bootleg from DOL. When I got home with this one I really considered returning it after reading the reviews here, but I held out because I don't think I am likely to get anything better any time soon, and at least this pressing doesn't put money in the Russian war chest!
    I was pleasantly surprised by the sound. It was flat, quiet, and no dirtier than anything coming out of pressing plants these days. There is a very slight veil over the sound, but I suspect that this is from the original recording equipment used or from the condition of the master tapes. But the feel and mood of the performance and the crowd come through to create an upbeat, infectious, and fun album.
    If you expect this to be what it is, a great album that captures a great moment in time, then you will not be disappointed. If you expect this to be something it will never be, a super audiophile ultra high fidelity recording that makes you feel like you are standing on stage, then don't be surprised if it doesn't live up to expectations. You could search for years and spend a small fortune trying to find a mint condition original, or you could just buy this reissue and enjoy it for what it is. Just please don't give the Russians your money!
    • mikeSF_'s avatar
      Edited 2 years ago
      A rather early recording and sounds as much. Audio quality is not impressive, but for historic value, it's passable.
      I do not have access to an original pressing, so I cannot tell how much of this critique is the reissue itself.
      • Internaltheory79's avatar
        Avoid at all costs. The sound is horrible, super tinny and very muddy sounding. Find an original analog for sure.
        • dagerman's avatar
          A swing and a miss of a pressing on every level. Avoid.
          • sam.r.smith's avatar
            I own both this LP as well as James Brown - Live At The Apollo - Volume II. My criticism is the same for both LPs. I believe they are sourced from high resolution digital files. The resulting LPs sound fine--better than fine, really--but don't buy them. It's silly to buy a digital file pressed to wax. Instead, buy an original LP pressed from an analog source, or download the high resolution digital files.


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