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Previously Unheard Album from James Brown’s Band Being Released

An unheard album from funk legends The J.B.’s is being released for the first time ever.

It’s rare that something like this is dug up from the archives. In 1970, James Brown switched his backing bands after a pay dispute. He called in a new bunch of players, led by bassist legendary P-Funk Bootsy Colling, and they hit the studio. The tracks they recorded made up the album ‘These Are The J.B.’s’, but the record was never released as anything more than a King Records LP test-press.

But the rumours were true, and the album did exist. Now, over 40 years since it was recorded, Eothen ‘Egon’ Alapatt’s Now-Again Records and Universal Music Group are giving the album its first commercial release. Re-mastered for vinyl from the original two-track stereo master, the release will be limited to 3000 12″ copies (no digital).

The new edition will include liner notes from Alapatt and Grammy winning James Brown historian Alan Leeds, as well as a series of unpublished photographs.


‘These Are The J.B.’S’ is released on the 28th November. You can listen to audio previews and pre-order your copy via Rappcats.