Way Back 2014

James Brown Biopic's Got 'Soul
Power,' Andy Williams Flips
Winter Sentiment to Summer

Get on Up, the long-awaited film about the life and career of James Brown, takes a no-holds-barred approach with over two dozen performances lip-synced by the film's star, Chad Boseman. Hit versions are interspersed with a healthy dose of live recordings; JB's signature smashes "Please, Please, Please" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)" are both given the studio-plus-live spotlight. Some of Brown's lesser-heard hits are featured, including... MORE ››

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Iron Butterfly

Iron Butterfly's 17-minute classic, "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida," is #2 on the Top 100 Psychedelic Hits '66-'69! See the full list of rockin' singles and tracks ... MORE ››

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James Brown

An appreciation of James Brown would be incomplete if it didn't cover the good and the bad. I won't be getting into the ugly; that came much later, anyway. So incomplete this will be, but considering it might take a million words to tell the complete story of such a complex personality, so be it. Most of the time, JB was simply great, so that will be my emphasis. But first let's find out what happened when Brown met Byrd at the Alto Reform School in Toccoa, Georgia. Growing up in the ultra-small town of Elko, South Carolina, James spent his childhood working a variety of odd jobs, but when he committed armed robbery at age 16, that lapse in judgment resulted in three years at Alto, about 170 miles away from home. In 1952, near the end of his sentence, Bobby Byrd showed ... MORE ››

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♦ Elusive Butterfly ♦
by Bob Lind

"Elusive Butterfly" has a flowing lyric more poetic than musical, though it's set to a lovely melody. Bob Lind rejected the opinion of its being an abstract love song and said he wrote it about the thrill of the chase, relishing the process of working toward a goal, no matter how challenging: '...it's only me pursuing something I'm not sure of...across my dreams'... MORE ››