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I first saw James Brown in 1962 at an outdoor theatre in San Diego and it was indescribable... it was like putting a finger in a light socket. He did the whole thing with the cape. He did "Please Please Please". It was such a spectacle. It had all the pageantry of the Catholic Church. It was really like seeing mass at St. Patrick's Cathedral on Christmas and you couldn't ignore the impact of it in your life. You'd been changed, your life is changed now. And everybody wanted to step down, step forward, take communion, take sacrament, they wanted to get close to the stage and be anointed with his sweat, his cold sweat.

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Tom Waits, explaining his choice for James Brown's "Star Time" as his 11th favorite album of all time in his personal Top 20, "The Guardian", March 20, 2005.

Star Time is a 1991 compilation by James Brown. Combining a Boxed Set with a Greatest Hits Album, the compilation consists of four CDs spanning most of his career, from his first hit record "Please Please Please" (1956) until "Unity" (1984). Upon its release the compilation received overwhelmingly positive reviews. The informative liner notes by Cliff White, Harry Weinger, Nelson George, Alan Leeds and James Brown himself were praised for their care and knowledge and won a Grammy Award in 1991 for "Best Album Notes". Apart from that it offers an excellent overview of the scope and power of Brown's talent and is the most comprehensive collection of his recordings. Therefore it is often, together with Live at the Apollo (1962), seen as the quintessential James Brown and one of the best compilation albums and box sets of all time. It was listed at #75 in Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Albums Of All Time. Time listed it among their 2006 list of 100 timeless and essential albums.

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The set is divided in four parts, one per disc: "Mr. Dynamite" (1956-1965), "The Hardest Workin' Man In Show Business" (1965-1969), "Soul Brother No.1" (1969-1972), and "The Godfather of Soul" (1972-1984).

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  • Alliterative Title: "Please Please Please", "Devil's Den, "Don't Be A Dropout", "There Was A Time", "Doing It To Death"
  • Badass Boast: "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself)"
  • Careful with That Axe: During "Super Bad" Brown lets out an extremely high pitched scream.
  • Cover Version: "Bewildered", "(Do The) Mashed Potatoes", "Think", "Night Train", "Grits", "Maybe The Last Time" and "Prisoner Of Love".
  • Dancing Is Serious Business: Seeing the sheer amount of tracks that reference it, it certainly was to The Godfather Of Soul himself: "There Was A Time", "Ain't That A Groove", "Cold Sweat", "Give It Up Or Turn It Loose", "Make It Funky", "I Got Ants In My Pants", "Get On The Good Foot", "Get Up Offa That Thing", "It's Too Funky In Here".
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  • Distinct Double Album: It consists of four CD's.
  • Does This Remind You of Anything?: Many tracks have a lot of sexual innuendo, like "Lickin' Stick, Lickin' Stick".
  • Drugs Are Bad: "King Heroin", an anti-heroin song.
  • Epic Rocking: The 6:56 "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag", the 6:01 "Money Won't Change You", the 8:57 "Get It Together", the "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself)", the 6:18 "Mother Popcorn", the 7:00 "Funky Drummer", the 5:15 "Sex Machine", the 8:59 "Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothing", the 7:03 "Get Up, Get Into It and Get Involved", the 7:44 "Brother Rapp/Ain't It Funky Now", the 7:28 "The Payback" and the 6:14 "Get Up Offa That Thing (Release the Pressure)".
  • Face on the Cover: James Brown is featured on the cover.
  • Funk: From the second disc on most tracks are pure funk. Tracks that explicitly mention it are: "Brother Rapp/Ain't It Funky Now?", "Funky Drummer", "Make It Funky", "Funky President" and "It's Too Funky In Here".
  • Greatest Hits Album: The best James Brown compilation album available.
  • Hiphop: "Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses)" and "Unity", with Afrika Bambaataa.
  • Intercourse with You: "Sex Machine", "Doing It To Death", "Lickin' Stick, Lickin' Stick" (actually about a stick to give someone a lickin', but the innuendo was intentional), "Hot Pants",...
  • John Barleycorn and Friends: "King Heroin", an anti heroin song sang from the viewpoint of heroin itself.
  • List Song: "Night Train", a list of all kinds of train destinations.
  • Live Album: "There Was A Time" was a single edited from a 1967 live performance.
  • Long Title: "I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It Myself)", "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's, Man's World", "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose", "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag", "Say It Loud - I'm Black and I'm Proud", "Mother Popcorn (You Got to Have a Mother for Me)" and "Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine"
  • Lyrical Tic: "Hunh!", "Heh!", "Hey!", "Whoa!", "Ooh", "EEE-AAW", "Uh!"
  • No Woman's Land: "It's A Man's Man's Man's Man's World" acknowledges it's a man's world, but at the same time it also emphasizes "it would be nothing without a woman or a girl".
  • One-Word Title: "Please Please Please", "Bewildered", "Think", "Grits" and "Unity".
  • Pep-Talk Song: A lot of songs are in this vein. "I Got You (I Feel Good)" is an ode to happiness. "Say It Loud I'm Black And I'm Proud" promotes black pride. "I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself)" and "Get Up, Get Into It And Get Involved" are call for action.
  • Pure Energy: If this album doesn't have you jumping about in your seat or at least tapping along with your feet, then you ain't got rhythm, bro'!
  • Questioning Title?: "Ain't It Funky Now?", "Ain't That A Groove?"
  • Revenge: "The Payback".
    Get ready that's a fact, Get ready you Mother for the big payback (the big payback!)
  • Singer Name Drop: "There Was A Time"
    There was a time, sometime I danced, look here
    Sometimes I danced, sometimes I clown
    But you can bet you haven't seen nothing yet
    Until you've seen me do the James Brown, ow!
  • Skipping School: Subverted by "Don't Be A Dropout", a song Brown recorded to promote children and teenagers to stay in school.
  • Soul: The first disc is mostly soul.
  • Train Song: "Night Train", where Brown lists all the destinations the night train rides to.

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