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The 50th anniversary of James Brown’s 1st October, 1969 homecoming concert in Augusta, Georgia, is celebrated with the first-ever release of the complete show, newly mixed and including seven never-before-issued performances.
Now, finally, as James Brown intended: the full Augusta homecoming show with his celebrated 1960s band. Live at Home with His Bad Self is newly mixed from the original analog multi-tracks by Peter A. Barker, whose credits include mixes of live recordings by Jeff Beck, Bonnie Raitt, Babyface, and more. The album’s seven previously unreleased performances include two instrumentals, Lowdown Popcorn and Spinning Wheel, which were re-cut with canned applause for the Sex Machine release. Also included is Brown’s then-current hit, World, performed at the concert with a live vocal over a tape of the studio recording’s instrumental arrangement, an unusual move which Brown explains to the audience, while There Was A Time and Mother Popcorn, originally heavily edited on Sex Machine, are doubled in length. Other highlights include an actual live rendition of Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose, Brown’s influential hit from 1968, a title fans will note appears on the Sex Machine album, but may not be aware that version is a studio re-record.