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Thursday, November 18, 2010

100 Records That Shook The World, # 56

Cold Sweat

James Brown

"Cold Sweat" is a watershed event in the evolution of funk music. Written by Brown and his bandleader Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, with some subliminal inspiration coming from Miles Davis' "So What", and recorded in one 7-minute take with no overdubs, this was the first song in which Brown calls for a drum solo ('give the drummer some') which began the tradition of putting rhythmic breaks in dance tunes that continues to this day. It was released in July of 1967 edited into two parts, one on the 'A' side and the other on the flip. The entire 7-minute track can be found on the LP of the same name (pictured above). Enjoy.

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