Official releases for Record Store Day, April 13, 2019:
Now-Again Records is presenting the first official reissue of two titles from the James Brown catalog, each lacquered directly from the original master tapes at Capitol Studios. Each release is single 145-gram LP, with an extensive booklet with full annotation, liner notes by Brown historian Alan Leeds and never-before-published photos.
The Grodeck Whipperjenny (1970) is a psychedelic classic created by James Brown’s bandleader David Matthews, the first album issued on Brown’s famed People imprint. One of the deepest albums in the Brown catalog, its story is finally told in the liner notes of this release.
Sho is Funky Down Here is James Brown’s 1971 fuzzy, psychedelic-funk album, created Matthews. Sho is Funky is the genesis of Brown’s “Talking Loud And Saying Nothing,” later to become a hip-hop sample staple informing A Tribe Called Quest, Large Professor, Brand Nubian and others.