Out NOW: the lost James Brown/Bootsy Collins album “These Are The J.B.’s”

Now-Again | Nov. 28, 2014 | News | ,

Previously unreleased and unheard 1970 album by James Brown’s backing band the JB’s, led by Bootsy Collins. Out NOW. 
First edition limited to 3000 pieces – vinyl only.

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In 1970 James Brown perfectly captured a definitive moment in modern music when he called Bootsy Collins into the studio to record the tracks that would be These Are The J.B.’s, a title given to a King Records test-press LP that was never released, and only rumored to exist.

This album is the epitome of funk music, Brown’s innovation that influenced everything that came after it, from Afro-beat to disco to hip-hop. And if there is any funk ensemble as influential as Brown’s in the post-“Cold Sweat” musical landscape, it’s the Bootsy Collins/Parliament/Funkadelic contingent. Those two streams, as Grammy-winning James Brown historian Alan Leeds details in this album’s liner notes, converged for the first time here, making this a Rosetta Stone of funk’s dominant idioms.

This link between Brown’s funk and all that followed features Bootsy and his young band running through twelve-minute instrumental take of Marva Whitney’s “It’s My Thing,” replete with blues chord changes, alongside interpretations of the Meters, Kool and the Gang and none other than Jimi Hendrix. This is a young band’s James Brown-turned-on-his-head style of funk that they nail in a one-minute vamp – available to hear now on our Soundcloud – that embodies the essence of the psychedelic-flavored music that would propel them into the orbit of George Clinton’s mothership.

This is the first commercial issue of this album, overseen by Now-Again’s Eothen “Egon” Alapatt alongside Leeds and Universal Music Group’s James Brown expert Harry Weinger. It was mastered specifically for vinyl by Elysian Master’s Dave Cooley, from the original two-track stereo master that James Brown and his engineer Ron Lenhoff delivered to production forty-four years ago. It’s packaged in a thick, “tip-on” Stoughton jacket, with a booklet with liner notes by Leeds and Alapatt and unpublished photographs.

38 Responses to “Out NOW: the lost James Brown/Bootsy Collins album “These Are The J.B.’s””

  1. milliondollars says:

    this is so sick! can’t wait…

  2. ForestR says:

    FUNK Yeah!

  3. Nich says:

    Eothen, you were holding out man! But we forgive.

  4. J says:

    hyperlink to pre-order is dead :-(

  5. James says:

    I don’t own a turntable anymore so without a cd, you’ve lost a listener. Although, Harry Weinger and Dave Cooley= overcompression and loudness. Judging by the clip, things haven’t changed.

  6. ad says:

    pre-order link doesn’t work (in England)

  7. DJ M says:

    What’s up w/ rappcats.com? I would love to give you some money but the pre-order link does not work and the whole website seems down. Bummer!

  8. DJ M says:

    Link has been fixed. Pre-order has been placed. Black Friday cannot come soon enough. I’m so stoked for this release!

  9. Jon says:

    I keep getting the following error when I click the preorder link:

    “Error establishing a database connection”


  10. Now-Again says:

    Jon, should be fixed now. Sorry about that!

  11. Brad says:

    I know it’s a vinyl only commercial release. Is there any chance a digital download comes with vinyl purchase? My turntable doesn’t go with me everywhere.

  12. Martin says:

    Any chance more copies will be released? Just finding this now and is definitely a must have!!

  13. Bart says:

    I’d like to know if there’s any chance to pre-order a copy of this. I know it’s sold-out for pre-order, but I’d really like to have it, so what can I do to secure a copy?
    Bart Bosman

  14. […] Pre-orders are available from Now-Again with a street date set for November 28th. Grab a copy from Now-Again Records here. […]

  15. […] it’s very surprising. Surprising on many levels! Now-Again Records has struck gold by unearthing These are the J.B.’s, the predecessor to the J.B.’s first album, Food for Thought (People Records, PE 5601, 1972). […]

  16. […]  JB’s – These are the JB’s Previously unreleased 1970 album by James Brown’s backing band the JB’s, led by Bootsy Collins. […]

  17. […] What I’m listening to: Half Japanese, Volume 2: 1987-1989 (Music to Strip by, Charmed Life, The Band That Would Be King); Natalie Prass, Natalie Prass; The JB’s, We are the J.B.’s. […]

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