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Fred Wesley and The JBs Damn Right I Am Somebody

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Fred Wesley And The JBs Damn Right I Am Somebody on Limited Edition LP 

In 1974 one of James Brown's most important band-leaders and sidemen – trombonist Fred Wesley would release not one but two albums as a leader including the excellent Damn Right I Am Somebody. Starting with an evocative cover it was clear to fans that this album wasn't all about a party. Deep messages abound in the songs here, such as the nearly 10-minute workout "I'm Paying Taxes, But What Am I Buying."

Social messages aside, Fred and his assembled JBs were a party-moving funk machine at heart, as heard on "If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back Up And Try It Again Paarty" and the laid-back groove of "Same Beat" (with prototypical sampling of Jesse Jackson exhorting an audience to chant "I Am / Somebody"). Also nestled among these raise-your-fist classics is one of the most experimental funk cuts ever made: "Blow Your Head," known to relatively modern listeners as the backbone of Public Enemy's "Public Enemy #1" (from 1987).

"To me, happiness is Fred Wesley playing his horn." – James Brown

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1. Damn Right, I Am Somebody
2. Blow Your Head
3. I'm Payin' Taxes, What Am I Buyin'?
4. Same Beat (Pt. 1)
5. If You Don't Get It The First Time, Back Up & Try It Again, Parrty
6. Make Me What You Want Me To Be
7. Going To Get A Thrill
8. You Sure Love To Ball

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