Album Feature: James Brown Live At The Apollo

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When we listen to music, most of the time we listen to studio recordings and compositions that have been studio recorded, engineered, mixed, and mastered. That recording process give songs and albums that extra polish, clarity, and preciseness that essentially makes music sound as good as possible.

However, I’ve recently learned that there is an exception to this, which I’m going to call The James Brown Exception. Some select artists sound amazing in recordings, but even more exceptional when they perform, and James Brown is at his best when he’s performing live in front of an audience. There’s a magic when he’s on stage that just can’t be recreated in a studio, and I discovered this while listening to his critically acclaimed album, “James Brown Live At The Apollo.”

The performance recording is raw and a bit rough around the edges, but when you listen, you can feel the energy in the room and you can feel his commanding energy. It’s simply magic. Don’t believe me? Take a listen for yourself and enjoy :)

CP Phan