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Thursday, Jan 07 2016 | 07:06
Image: 1601507 “To me, happiness is Fred Wesley playing his horn.” - James Brown

In 1974 one of James Brown’s most important band-leaders and sidemen –
trombonist Fred Wesley would release not one but two albums as a leader including
Damn Right, I Am Somebody. Starting with an evocative cover it was clear to fans
that this album wasn’t all about a party. Deep messages abound in the songs here,
such as the nearly 10-minute workout “I’m Paying Taxes, But What Am I Buying.”
Social messages aside, Fred and his assembled JBs were a party-moving funk
machine at heart, as heard on “If You Don’t Get It The First Time, Back Up And Try It
Again Paarty” and the laid-back groove of “Same Beat” (with prototypical sampling of
Jesse Jackson exhorting an audience to chant “I am / Somebody”). Nestled among
these raise-your-fist classics is one of the most experimental funk cut ever made:
“Blow Your Head,” known to relatively modern listeners as the backbone of Public
Enemy’s “Public Enemy #1” (from 1987).
Get On Down pays reverent tribute to this classic by pressing it on 150-gram vinyl,
housed in a 1970s style Stoughton jacket. In addition, the package comes with a 22”
x 22” poster featuring the original cover art.

A1. Damn Right, I Am Somebody
A2. Blow Your Head
A3. I’m Payin’ Taxes, What Am I Buyin’?
B1. Same Beat (Pt. 1)
B2. If You Don’t Get It The First Time, Back Up & Try It Again, Parrty
B3. Make Me What You Want Me To Be
B4. Going To Get A Thrill
B5. You Sure Love To Ball

BUNDLED WITH A 22”x 22” POSTER! Available from 05.02.2016
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