Offered for sale is a still sealed stereo copy of the instrumental album Grits & Soul by James Brown, released in 1964.
James Brown had a lot of success at King Records in the 1950s and early 1960s, but he found working with King Records owner Sid Nathan to be difficult. He wanted to record for other companies that were less restrictive, but he had an exclusive contract with King Records.
Brown read his contract and discovered a loophole that would allow him to record for other labels provided that he did not sing. That led to a series of instrumental albums on the Smash label, including 1964’s Grits & Soul.
Readers at Allmusic.com gave Grits & Soul 4 stars:
Grits and Soul finds James Brown in serious Ray Charles mode, drawing inspiration from Charles’ big band and organ playing. The results are pure James Brown, of course; his personality has always been too strong to allow any one influence to achieve top billing. Like Brother Ray, the band is razor sharp, no doubt from the endless one-nighters, and the strong hand of their leader. The jazz backgrounds of most of the players are in evidence here, especially on their steady if unspectacular take of Lee Morgan’s “Sidewinder.” Where they really shine is on “Grits,” a slow, throbbing, burbling blues that continually threatens to boil over before simmering down. “Grits & Soul” was also a slick way for Brown to sidestep his contractual obligations with King Records, as there are no vocals on this release.
You can listen to the title track here:
About this copy: This copy of Grits & Soul is an original, still sealed stereo pressing from 1964. Stereo originals are much harder to find than their mono counterparts, as most copies sold when the record was new were in mono.
While the shrink wrap has been removed from the cover, the record is still sealed in the original polyethylene inner sleeve and is presumably new and unplayed.
The cover is VG++, with a bit of yellowing and some wear at the corners.
A nice copy of a terrific R&B instrumental album.