100 Greatest Albums of All Time
From ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’ to ‘The Doors’ make it to the ROLLING STONE list
75. Star Time, James Brown, Polydor, 1991
So great is James Brown’s impact that even the four-CD Star Time isn’t quite comprehensive ”“ between 1956 and 1988, Brown placed an astounding 100 singles on the R&B Top 40 charts. But every phase of his career is well represented here: the pleading, straight-up soul of “Please, Please, Please”; his instantaneous reinvention of R&B with “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag,” where the rhythm takes over and melody is subsumed within the groove; his spokesmanship for the civil rights movement in “Say It Loud ”“ I’m Black and I’m Proud (Pt. 1)”; his founding document of Seventies funk, “Get Up (I Feel Like Sex Being a) Sex Machine”; and his blueprint for hip-hop in “Funky Drummer.” At 71 tracks, it never gets close to running out of soul power.