James Brown – Showtime 1964 U.S. stereo LP


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Offered for sale is a original U.S. stereo pressing of Showtime by James Brown.

About this copy: This copy of Showtime is 1964 U.S. stereo pressing on the Smash label.

The cover is VG+ with slight edge and corner wear.

The disc is VG+ with a couple of moderate sleeve scuffs and a few spindle marks on the labels, but no significant marks.  It’s a fairly clean LP that plays well.

Background: James Brown was not only a good entertainer, but he was a smart businessman, too.  Due to a loophole in his contract with King Records, Brown found a way to record simultaneously for Smash Records, though his titles for Smash didn’t generate the hits that his King LPs did.

Showtime, released in 1964, presents itself as a live album, though the cover never claims that it’s a live album.  It’s not; it’s a “fake” live album consisting of new studio recordings with an overdubbed audience.

AllMusic.com gave Showtime this review:

A transition album. James Brown’s contract with King Records had a few more legs, and the Godfather of Soul was handicapped in what he could wax for Smash Records, his new label. Hence, an album of remakes enhanced — or marred — by overdubbed applause. Some apparently don’t have a problem with overdubbed applause, judging from the lofty prices record collectors ask and get for a copy. Brown does his best retooling on Louis Jordan’s “Caledonia,” “Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens,” and “Somebody Changed the Lock on My Door.”

Country of origin: U.S.
Size: 12″
Record Label: Smash
Catalog Number:
SRS 67054
Year of Release: 1964
Format: Stereo
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Weight 10 oz
Dimensions 12.4 × 12.4 × 0.2 in