Live at the Apollo (1963 album)


  • Vocals: James Brown
  • Guitar: Les Buie
  • Bass: Hubert Perry
  • Drums: Clayton Fillyau
  • Drums: Sam Latham
  • Organ / Backing Vocals: Bobby Byrd
  • Organ / MC: Lucas Fats Gonder
  • Trumpet: Louis Hamblin
  • Trumpet: Mack Johnson
  • Trumpet: Teddy Washington
  • Trombone: Dicky Wells
  • Tenor Saxophone / Baritone Saxophone: Al " Brisco " Clark
  • Tenor Saxophone: St. Clair Pinckney
  • Baritone Saxophone: Waldo Weathers
  • Backing Vocals: Bobby Bennett
  • Backing Vocals: Lloyd Stallworth

Live at the Apollo is a live album by American R & B singer James Brown. The album was recorded on October 24, 1962 at the Apollo Theater in Harlem, New York City, and appeared in the following year on the record label King Records.


James Brown had booked from the 19th of October in 1962 with his backing Famous Flames several appearances in the famous Theatre of Harlem. At the same time he was there for the first time can preserve its appearance in order to offer it as a live album can. Of his record boss Syd Nathan of King Records was not thrilled because he was not convinced that a live album would be to sell with already known songs. Nathan refused even to the financing of this production, so Brown production costs of U.S. $ 5,700 denied from its own funds. A-1 Sound was the only company that had portable recording technology and installed the sound system in the theater for the show on October 24, 1962. On the sixth day of performances, the show went perfectly, and the local producers were satisfied with the results. But not label owner Nathan, for its opinion, the album did not meet the standards that King Records had set for itself. In addition, Nathan did the profits exclusively with singles, but not with LPs, he let it be known Brown. The discussions, as well as the compilation of the bands, lasted until January 1963. However, Brown was finally able to label boss change his mind, by refusing for a time, to make recordings for King Records and instead published on Smash Records.

Publication and success

When Live at the Apollo ( K # 826 ), the album was finally released in January 1963. In particular, Syd Nathan was excited about the piece of music the radio stations would play from the album. As it turned out, was the first time an entire LP in the otherwise airplay singles- oriented, predominantly "black" radio stations. The album entered the Billboard 200, so the American album charts, where it reached its highest placing at number 2 on June 28, 1963. It remained for 66 weeks, more than a year in the charts and sold over a million copies, which could so far not achieve " black " music album. At the same time it was the first live album, which became the million seller.

Today ' Live' at the Apollo is one of the best live albums and is a generally accepted classics of popular music. So it reached at the 2003 published by the music magazine Rolling Stone list of the 500 best albums of all time ranked 25th and was the highest placed live album on Liste.Levy, Joe (ed.): Rolling Stone. The 500 Greatest Albums of All Time. (Original edition: Rolling Stone The 500 Greatest Albums of all Time Wenner Media 2005.. ). Translation: Karin Hofmann. Wiesbaden: White Star Publishers, 2011, p 45 < / ref >

' Live' at the Apollo was first published until July 10, 1990 by Polydor after extensive remastering technology on CD because the master tapes could not be found initially and were rediscovered only in 1989. On 23 March 2004 appeared on Polydor another version of the album with bonus tracks.

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CD version with bonus tracks