James Brown could almost fit into last week’s theme week… he’s a classic artist with who I am not familiar enough. However, I do know some of the bigger hits so I didn’t include him in that lineup.
I wish I was around when James Brown was in his prime. It doesn’t seem right that my earliest and most vivid memory of an R&B legend like him is from that scene in Rocky IV. (Apollo Creed should have known that Russian meant business!)
This song is a great showcase for his voice. And that intro, with the dramatic drums and frantic strings, is so unexpected and effective. All of the instrumentation is superb… listen to the piano and percussion that drives the whole thing almost subliminally.
Just listening to this for the third time in a row, I feel like I should go out and buy an early James Brown album to see what other treats are in store. That could wipe the whole Rocky IV thing out of my mind for good.