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James Brown in Bologna, 1971

James Brown and band
James Brown, with Bootsy Collins at left.
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For your weekend viewing pleasure: 56 minutes of the funkiest soul ever dished up, courtesy of James Brown (1933-2006), in Bologna for Italian television in 1971. This is the entire broadcast, including a long-ish intro and several subsequent short interruptions by the show's host, mostly voice-overs. (They happen at 1:35-4:00; 5:10-5:35; 15:50-16:10; 27:32-29:00; and 37:00-37:15. Skip ahead to the 5-and-a-half minute mark to miss most of them).



That's a young (~20 year-old) Bootsy Collins on bass. The video's YouTube page contains rest of the line up. Here's a set list:

  • Soul Power
  • Brother Rapp
  • Aint It Funky Now?
  • Sunny
  • Bobby Byrd - I Need Help (I can't Do It Alone)
  • There Was A Time
  • Sex Machine
  • Papa's Got A Brand New Bag
  • I Got The Feeling
  • Give It Up Or Turn It Loose
  • It's A Man's Man's World
  • Please Please Please
  • Super Bad
  • Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved
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