Susanne Alt
Susanne Alt

Vinyl Wednesday: James Brown - The Popcorn

.. or actually  fully titled:"James Brown directs and dances with the James Brown Band THE POPCORN"

Neither the record sleeve nor Discogs give us any information about the musicians other than Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis was the arranger.
Listen to the first track reveals Maceo Parker on tenor...

Watching this video shows Clyde Stubblefield on drums:

After a bit of searching, I finally found an article about the line-up: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_Popcorn.
The "popcorn" was not so much about popcorn itself as about a dance crave called the popcorn. As you can read in the article, it is a series of songs, inspired by the popcorn dance..
Then, this record features the famous song "The Chicken" by Pee Wee Ellis, later becoming famous by Jaco Patorius from his album "The Birthday Concert".



Off topic, but when Youtubing, I stumbled on this: Someone made a 1h44min compilation of James Brown Funky Instrumentals:

The 2nd tune of Popocorn is also featured here in this compilation: "Why (am I treated so bad)" features Fred Wesley on trombone.

I could talk endlessly about this music, always discovering new things, details which I suddenly pay attention to.
It will still take a long time until people realize it's true art. James Brown and his musicians and arrangers can't deserve too much respect and recognition, sculpturing unique music.

Wikipedia James Brown
Website Fred Wesley
Facebook Pee Ellis

on 19/04/2017


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