James Brown – Live at the Apollo 1960s mono King LP


An early 1960s mono copy of Live at the Apollo by James Brown.

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Offered for sale is an early 1960s mono pressing of the classic live album Live at the Apollo by James Brown.

In 1962, James Brown reportedly recorded Live at the Apollo by financing it himself after King Records owner Syd Nathan told him he didn’t think a live album would sell.

The result was an album that not only reached #2 on the American album charts, but a record that is generally regarded as one of the best live albums ever recorded.

Allmusic.com gave Live at the Apollo a rare 5 star review:

An astonishing record of James and the Flames tearing the roof off the sucker at the mecca of R&B theatres, New York’s Apollo. When King Records owner Syd Nathan refused to fund the recording, thinking it commercial folly, Brown single-mindedly proceeded anyway, paying for it out of his own pocket. He had been out on the road night after night for a while, and he knew that the magic that was part and parcel of a James Brown show was something no record had ever caught.

About this copy: This copy of Live at the Apollo is an early 1960s mono pressing.  It’s a transitional copy; the cover is the first pressing cover (it says “Star of Stars” on the marquee; the later covers had “Voted No. 1 R&B Star of 1962” instead.

The label is the second mono label, however, with a crown above the word “King” on the label.

Cover is VG++ and very close to M-, with faint wear on the cover.

Disc is VG++, with no marks aside from a few scuffs from the paper inner sleeve.

A terrific mono copy of an R&B monster and an album everyone should own.

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: King
Catalog Number:
Year of Release: 1963
Format: Mono
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Additional information

Weight 24 oz
Dimensions 15 × 13 × 1 in