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Archive for September 26, 2009

JAMES BROWN “I Guess I’ll Have to Cry, Cry, Cry” (1969)


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James Brown’s ballads are the fucking best. This song is put together so well; the horns really, really slay me. And the last 30 seconds, phew.

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CZESLAW NIEMEN “Steppe Ringsumher/Stiep da Stiep Krugom” (1973)


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Czeslaw Niemen was a Polish rock singer who made a bunch of jazz fusion records with people like Jan Hammer in the late ’70s. I don’t know anything about that, but his late ’60s/early ’70s pre-fusion stuff is pretty good.

This gospely jam comes from an album of Russian songs he did for release in West Germany: piano, male chorus, acoustic guitar, incredible. Like a Polish Band or something?