Tracklist

CD 1: Mr. Dynamite
# Title Rating Length
1 Please Please Please
2:45
2 Why Do You Do Me
3:01
3 Try Me
5 2:32
4 Tell Me What I Did Wrong
2:22
5 Bewildered
2:23
6 Good Good Lovin’
2:20
7 I’ll Go Crazy
2:08
8 I Know It’s True
2:41
9 (Do the) Mashed Potatoes, Part 1
1:52
10 Think
2:46
11 Baby, You’re Right
2:59
12 Lost Someone
3:29
13 Night Train
2 3:40
14 I’ve Got Money
2:31
15 I Don’t Mind (live)
2:31
16 Prisoner of Love
2:26
17 Devil’s Den
4:50
18 Out of the Blue
2:17
19 Out of Sight
2:21
20 Grits
3:59
21 Maybe the Last Time
3:01
22 It’s a Man’s World
3:18
23 I Got You
2:28
24 Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Parts 1, 2 & 3
6:58
CD 2: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business
# Title Rating Length
1 Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag, Part 1
3.5 2:08
2 I Got You (I Feel Good)
4.65 2:45
3 Ain’t That a Groove
3:32
4 It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World
2:47
5 Money Won’t Change You
6:03
6 Don’t Be a Dropout
4:32
7 Bring It Up (Hipster’s Avenue)
4:08
8 Let Yourself Go
3:54
9 Cold Sweat
7:32
10 Get It Together
8:59
11 I Can’t Stand Myself (When You Touch Me), Part 1
3:31
12 I Got the Feelin’
2:39
13 Licking Stick‐Licking Stick
4:53
14 Say It Loud—I’m Black and I’m Proud, Part 1
3:01
15 There Was a Time (live)
4:58
16 Give It Up or Turn It a Loose
3:12
17 I Don’t Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door I’ll Get It Myself)
6:00
CD 3: Soul Brother No. 1
# Title Rating Length
1 Mother Popcorn
6:16
2 Funky Drummer
7:01
3 Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine
4 5:16
4 Super Bad, Parts 1 & 2
4:27
5 Talkin’ Loud and Sayin’ Nothing
9:29
6 Get Up, Get Into It and Get Involved
7:05
7 Soul Power, Parts 1 & 2
4:25
8 Brother Rapp / Ain’t It Funky Now (live)
7:46
9 Hot Pants, Part 1
3:07
10 I’m a Greedy Man, Part 1
3:37
11 Make It Funky, Part 1
3:36
12 It’s a New Day (live)
3:50
13 I Got Ants in My Pants, Part 1
3:03
14 King Heroin
3:57
CD 4: The Godfather of Soul
# Title Artist Rating Length
1 There It Is, Part 1
James Brown 3:22
2 Public Enemy Number One, Part 1
James Brown 5:10
3 Get on the Good Foot
James Brown 4:08
4 I Got a Bag of My Own
James Brown 3:48
5 Doing It to Death
James Brown 5:15
6 The Payback
James Brown 4 7:29
7 Papa Don’t Take No Mess, Part 1
James Brown 4:24
8 Stoned to the Bone, Part 1
James Brown 3:28
9 My Thang
James Brown 4:39
10 Funky President (People It’s Bad)
James Brown 3:58
11 Hot (I Need to Be Loved, Loved, Loved)
James Brown 5:05
12 Get Up Offa That Thing (Release the Pressure)
James Brown 6:16
13 Body Heat
James Brown 4:31
14 It’s Too Funky in Here
James Brown 5:42
15 Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses)
James Brown 4:39
16 Unity, Part 1
James Brown feat. Afrika Bambaataa 3:41

Credits

CD 1: Mr. Dynamite

recorded in:
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (1956-02-04) (track 1)
New York, New York, United States (1958-09-18) (track 3)
Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (1959-11-11) (track 7)
New York, New York, United States (1962-12-17) (track 16)
drums:
Edison Gore (1956-02-04) (track 1)
David Francis (1958-09-18) (track 3)
Nat Kendrick (1959-11-11) (track 7)
guitar:
Nafloyd Scott (1956-02-04) (track 1)
Kenny Burrell (1958-09-18) (track 3)
J.C. Davis (1959-11-11) (track 7)
bass:
Clarence Mack (1956-02-04) (track 1)
Carl Pruitt (Double bass player) (1958-09-18) (track 3)
Bernard Odum (1959-11-11) (track 7)
alto saxophone:
George Dorsey (1958-09-18) (track 3)
James McGary (1959-11-11) (track 7)
piano:
Lucas "Fats" Gonder (1956-02-04) (track 1)
Ernest Hayes (American pianist, organist and arranger) (1958-09-18) (track 3)
Sonny Thompson (US R&B bandleader and pianist) (1959-11-11) (track 7)
tenor saxophone:
Ray Felder (1956-02-04) (track 1)
Wilbert Smith (1956-02-04) (track 1)
Clifford Scott (1958-09-18) (track 3)
Bobby Roach (1959-11-11) (track 7)
background vocals:
Bobby Byrd (African-American funk/soul/gospel songwriter & producer) (track 5)
Bobby Byrd (African-American funk/soul/gospel songwriter & producer) (1956-02-04) (track 1)
Nashpendle Knox (1956-02-04) (track 1)
Sylvester Keels (member of James Brown & The Famous Flames) (1956-02-04) (track 1)
Johnny Terry (member of James Brown & The Famous Flames) (1956-02-04) (track 1)
J.W. Archer (1958-09-18) (track 3)
Bill Hollings (1958-09-18) (track 3)
Louis Madison (1958-09-18) (track 3)
Johnny Terry (member of James Brown & The Famous Flames) (1958-09-18) (track 3)
Bobby Bennett (member of James Brown & The Famous Flames) (1959-11-11) (track 7)
Bobby Byrd (African-American funk/soul/gospel songwriter & producer) (1959-11-11) (track 7)
Willie Johnson (Member of The Famous Flames) (1959-11-11) (track 7)
"Baby Lloyd" Stallworth (1959-11-11) (track 7)
Johnny Terry (member of James Brown & The Famous Flames) (1959-11-11) (track 7)
composer:
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 1, 3, 7, 14–15, 15, 19, 21–23)
Russ Columbo (American singer, songwriter, violinist and actor) (track 16)
Jimmy Forrest (track 13)
Clarence Gaskill (track 16)
Betty Jean Newsome (track 22)
Teddy Powell (track 5)
Leonard Whitcup (track 5)
Lowman Pauling (track 10)
Johnny Terry (member of James Brown & The Famous Flames) (track 1)
lead vocals:
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (track 13)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1956-02-04) (track 1)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1958-09-18) (track 3)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1959) (track 6)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1959-11-11) (track 7)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1962-12-17) (track 16)
lyricist:
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 1, 3, 7, 13–15, 15, 19, 21–23)
Betty Jean Newsome (track 22)
Teddy Powell (track 5)
Leonard Whitcup (track 5)
Lowman Pauling (track 10)
Leo Robin (track 16)
Johnny Terry (member of James Brown & The Famous Flames) (track 1)
performer:
James Brown & The Famous Flames (1956-02-04) (track 1)
James Brown & The Famous Flames (1958-09-18) (track 3)
James Brown & The Famous Flames (1959-11-11) (track 7)
The James Brown Band (1959-11-11) (track 7)
writer:
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (track 6)
Albert Shubert (track 6)
publisher:
Fort Knox Music Co (track 23)
Trio Music Company (track 6)
Try Me Inc. (track 23)
recorded at:
King Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (1956-02-04) (track 1)
Beltone Studios in New York, New York, United States (1958-09-18) (track 3)
King Studios in Cincinnati, Ohio, United States (1959-11-11) (track 7)
Bell Sound Studios in New York, New York, United States (1962-12-17) (track 16)
cover recording of:
Bewildered (track 5)
I Found You (a.k.a. I Got You (I Feel Good)) (track 23)
Think (track 10)
Prisoner of Love (1962-12-17) (track 16)
is the basis for:
later translated versions:
live recording of:
I Don't Mind (1962-10-24) (track 15)
recording of:
I Don't Mind (track 15)
I've Got Money (track 14)
Maybe the Last Time (track 21)
Night Train (James Brown lyrics version) (track 13)
Out of Sight (track 19)
Please, Please, Please (1956-02-04) (track 1)
Try Me (1958-09-18) (track 3)
Good Good Lovin' (1959) (track 6)
I'll Go Crazy (1959-11-11) (track 7)
referred to in medleys:
Overture (track 16)
version of:
Night Train (Jimmy Forrest's original instrumental version) (track 13)

CD 2: The Hardest Working Man in Show Business

recorded in:
Miami, Florida, United States (1965-05-06) (track 2)
New York, New York, United States (1966-02-16) (track 4)
trumpet:
Joe Dupars (1965-02) (track 1)
Ron Tooley (1965-02) (track 1)
Joe Dupars (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Mike Ridley (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Ron Tooley (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Dud Bascomb (Sr., jazz trumpeter) (1966-02-16) (track 4)
Waymon Reed (1966-02-16) (track 4)
Lammar Wright (1966-02-16) (track 4)
Joe Dupars (1968-01) (track 12)
Waymon Reed (1968-01) (track 12)
tenor trombone:
Maceo Parker (1965-02) (track 1)
drums:
Melvin Parker (1965-02) (track 1)
Melvin Parker (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Bernard “Pretty” Purdie (1966-02-16) (track 4)
Clyde Stubblefield (1968-01) (track 12)
organ:
Nat Jones (1965-02) (track 1)
Nat Jones (1965-05-06) (track 2)
guitar:
Jimmy Nolen (1965-02) (track 1)
Alphonso "Country" Kellum (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Jimmy Nolen (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Billy Butler (jazz guitarist) (1966-02-16) (track 4)
Alphonso "Country" Kellum (1968-01) (track 12)
Jimmy Nolen (1968-01) (track 12)
bass:
Bernard Odum (1965-02) (track 1)
Sam Thomas (US rockabilly artist) (1965-02) (track 1)
Bernard Odum (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Bernard Odum (1968-01) (track 12)
alto saxophone:
Nat Jones (1965-02) (track 1)
Nat Jones (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Maceo Parker (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis (1968-01) (track 12)
baritone saxophone:
Maceo Parker (1965-02) (track 1)
Haywood Henry (1966-02-16) (track 4)
St. Clair Pinckney (1968-01) (track 12)
tenor saxophone:
Al Brisco Clark (1965-02) (track 1)
St. Clair Pinckney (1965-02) (track 1)
Eldee Williams (1965-02) (track 1)
Al "Brisco" Clark (1965-05-06) (track 2)
St. Clair Pinckney (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Eldee Williams (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Maceo Parker (1968-01) (track 12)
trombone:
Wilmer Milton (1965-02) (track 1)
Levi Rasbury (1965-02) (track 1)
Levi Rasbury (1965-05-06) (track 2)
Levi Rasbury (1968-01) (track 12)
composer:
Bob Hobgood (track 8)
Nat Jones (tracks 3, 7)
Betty Jean Newsome (track 4)
Charles Bobbitt (track 16)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 1–4, 7–9, 11–12, 14, 17)
Pee Wee Ellis (tracks 9, 14)
lead vocals:
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1965-02) (track 1)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1965-05-06) (track 2)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1966-02-16) (track 4)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1968-01) (track 12)
lyricist:
Bob Hobgood (track 8)
Nat Jones (tracks 3, 7)
Betty Jean Newsome (track 4)
Charles Bobbitt (track 16)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 1–4, 7–9, 11–12, 14, 17)
Pee Wee Ellis (tracks 9, 14)
writer:
Nat Jones (tracks 5, 10)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 5, 10)
Pee Wee Ellis (track 10)
phonographic copyright by:
Universal Records Inc. (not for release label use! a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.) (1965) (track 2)
publisher:
Fort Knox Music Co (track 2)
Try Me Inc. (track 2)
recorded at:
Criteria Studios in Miami, Florida, United States (1965-05-06) (track 2)
mash-ups:
sampled by:
Tradin War Stories by 2Pac feat. Dramacydal, C-Bo & Storm (track 4)
part of:
The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (as at 2016-06-10) (number: 72) (track 1)
The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (as at 2016-06-10) (number: 78) (track 2)
cover recording of:
I Found You (a.k.a. I Got You (I Feel Good)) (1965-05-06) (track 2)
later translated versions:
partial recording of:
recording of:
Bring It Up (track 7)
Cold Sweat (track 9)
Get It Together (track 10)
Let Yourself Go (track 8)
Say It Loud (I'm Black, I'm Proud) (Parts 1 & 2) (track 14)
Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag (1965-02) (track 1)
I Got the Feelin' (1968-01) (track 12)

CD 3: Soul Brother No. 1

recorded in:
New York, New York, United States (1972-01-17 – 1972-01-18) (track 14)
arranger:
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (track 14)
David Matthews (US jazz/bop keyboardist, pianist, and arranger) (track 14)
composer:
Charles Bobbitt (tracks 11, 14)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 2, 4, 9, 11–12, 14)
David Matthews (US jazz/bop keyboardist, pianist, and arranger) (track 14)
Fred Wesley (track 9)
conductor:
David Matthews (US jazz/bop keyboardist, pianist, and arranger) (1972-01-17 – 1972-01-18) (track 14)
lead vocals:
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1970) (track 3)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1972-01-17 – 1972-01-18) (track 14)
lyricist:
Charles Bobbitt (track 11)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 2, 4, 9, 11–12)
Fred Wesley (track 9)
Manny Rosen (track 14)
producer:
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (track 14)
writer:
Charles Bobbitt (track 10)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 1, 3–4, 6, 10)
Bobby Byrd (African-American funk/soul/gospel songwriter & producer) (tracks 3, 6)
Pee Wee Ellis (track 1)
Ron Lenhoff (tracks 3, 6)
publisher:
Dynatone Publishing Co. (tracks 1, 3)
recorded at:
A&R Recording Studio in New York, New York, United States (1972-01-17 – 1972-01-18) (track 14)
sampled by:
Lie to Kick It by 2Pac (track 2)
Officer by The Pharcyde (track 2)
part of:
The Rolling Stone Magazine’s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time (as at 2016-06-10) (number: 326) (track 3)
live recording of:
It's a New Day (track 12)
partial recording of:
I'm a Greedy Man (track 10)
Super Bad (track 4)
recording of:
Funky Drummer (track 2)
Make It Funky (track 11)
King Heroin (1972-01-17 – 1972-01-18) (track 14)

CD 4: The Godfather of Soul

arranger:
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 2, 4)
Fred Wesley (track 10)
composer:
Deanna Brown (James Brown's daughter) (tracks 12–13)
Yamma Brown (James Brown's daughter) (tracks 12–13)
George Jackson (US soul songwriter/vocalist) (track 14)
Walter N. Shaw (composer, lyricist) (track 14)
John Starks (track 6)
Deidre Brown (was James Brown second spouse) (tracks 12–13)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 3, 5–6, 10)
Robert Alton Miller (songwriter and multi-instrumentalist) (track 14)
Joseph Mims (track 3)
Brad Shapiro (Producer, arranger, bass player and songwriter) (track 14)
Fred Wesley (tracks 3, 6)
conductor:
David Matthews (US jazz/bop keyboardist, pianist, and arranger) (track 2)
lead vocals:
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (track 6)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (1974) (track 10)
lyricist:
Deanna Brown (James Brown's daughter) (tracks 12–13)
Yamma Brown (James Brown's daughter) (tracks 12–13)
George Jackson (US soul songwriter/vocalist) (track 14)
Walter N. Shaw (composer, lyricist) (track 14)
John Starks (track 6)
Deidre Brown (was James Brown second spouse) (tracks 12–13)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 3, 5–6, 10)
Robert Alton Miller (songwriter and multi-instrumentalist) (track 14)
Joseph Mims (track 3)
Brad Shapiro (Producer, arranger, bass player and songwriter) (track 14)
Fred Wesley (tracks 3, 6)
performer:
Afrika Bambaataa (track 16)
producer:
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (track 2)
writer:
Charles Bobbitt (tracks 2, 7)
Henry Stallings (track 2)
John Starks (track 7)
James Brown (“The Godfather of Soul”) (tracks 2, 7)
Fred Wesley (track 7)
publisher:
Belinda Music Inc. (track 12)
Dynatone Publishing Co. (tracks 5, 12)
compiled in:
sampled by:
Hey Ladies by Beastie Boys (track 10)
In the Meanwhile by Jodeci (track 6)
I’m Mad by EPMD (track 6)
Protection by Massive Attack (track 6)
live recording of:
It's Too Funky in Here (1979-12) (track 14)
partial recording of:
Public Enemy #1 (track 2)
recording of:
Bodyheat (track 13)
Doing It to Death (a.k.a. Gonna Have a Funky Good Time) (track 5)
The Payback (track 6)