Top 100 Album Review: #79 – Star Time, James Brown (1991)

Some Things Should Never Have Happened.

This 4-CD box set is one of them. 


Rolling Stone’s Ranking: #79/100
My Rating: cropped-smooth-star-e1545862962550cropped-smooth-star-e1545862962550

Driving from Florida to North Carolina, I monotonously did small left or right corrections on the wheel as I headed in a straight line up I-95.  This FOUR HOUR AND FIFTY THREE MINUTE album of emphatic yelps, inaudible words, and repeated four measure horn-lines was emblematic of my drive: hundreds of miles of barren land with the occasional peak of a landmark.

James Brown has enough amazing material to make a regular greatest hits album. He does not have enough material to match the run length of Gone with the Wind and then some. The ratio of good:bad is around 1:8 making it a tough listen for the massive amount of dead weight.

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