BOBBY BYRD

Funk / RnB • United States
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As a long-running right-hand man, Bobby Byrd performed an invaluable function in the James Brown show, warming up the crowds as a solo singer, then retreating to the sidelines as a member of the Famous Flames, Brown's backup vocal group. Indeed, without Byrd, James Brown may have never made it out of Georgia: in the early '50s, Byrd and his family sponsored Brown's parole from prison, and Byrd gave Brown a spot in his vocal group, the Flames (which, of course, Brown eventually took over and relegated to the background). Like many of Brown's close associates and support musicians, Byrd got a chance to record his own work under Brown's direction, releasing numerous Brown-produced singles between the early '60s and early '70s. Some of these were even modest R&B hits -- "We're in Love" (1965) and "I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone)" (1970) were the biggest, making the read more...
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BOBBY BYRD On The Move (I Can't Get Enough) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
On The Move (I Can't Get Enough)
Funk 1993

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BOBBY BYRD I Need Help (Live On Stage) album cover 4.00 | 2 ratings
I Need Help (Live On Stage)
RnB 1970
BOBBY BYRD Bobby Byrd & The J.B.'s All Stars : Finally Getting Paid album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bobby Byrd & The J.B.'s All Stars : Finally Getting Paid
Funk 1988
BOBBY BYRD Live In The Stufenbau album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Live In The Stufenbau
Funk 2002

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BOBBY BYRD Bobby Byrd And Vicki Anderson ‎– Hot Pants : I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bobby Byrd And Vicki Anderson ‎– Hot Pants : I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming
Funk 1989
BOBBY BYRD Bobby Byrd Got Soul: The Best of Bob album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Bobby Byrd Got Soul: The Best of Bob
Funk 1995
BOBBY BYRD The Original Soulciety 7 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Original Soulciety 7" Sessions
Funk 2002
BOBBY BYRD Back From The Dead album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Back From The Dead
Funk 2005
BOBBY BYRD Help For My Brother (The Pre-Funk Singles 1963-68) album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Help For My Brother (The Pre-Funk Singles 1963-68)
RnB 2017

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BOBBY BYRD I Need Help (Live On Stage)

Live album · 1970 · RnB
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Bobby Byrd was James Brown’s long running second hand man who could lead the band with just as much soul power as brother James. Bobby was the original leader of the Famous Flames back in the 50s when he went out of his way to keep a young James out of prison, eventually making James the leader of his band. On “I Need Help”, Bobby takes center stage for a hard sweaty workout of early 70s funk, soul and RnB. By the time 1970 had rolled around James and his crew had just invented the new funk sound and their approach to these new rhythms was relentless. This was probably the most talented and downright hot and kinetic RnB band ever. Everything they played in this new funky style was like a controlled rhythm riot on the verge of an incendiary meltdown. Three cuts on here represent that new fierce sound; “I Need Help”, “You Got to Have a Job” and “Hangups”, with “I Need Help” rating high with some of the band’s best output.

The rest of this album is good too, but most of it is in an older RnB style. Many of these songs seem to channel the recently deceased Otis Redding, possibly trying to pick up some of his audience. Other influences include Wilson Pickett and James’ pre-funk RnB stylings. Bobby has a great voice and it’s a mystery as to why he was not a more popular singer. On a side note, some of the ballads on here feature a variety of orchestrations, the fuzzed out guitar playing classical melodies on “My Concerto” is a particular curiosity. This album is presented as a live set, but the canned applause sounds fake.

For fans of James’ and Bobby’s intense early 70s funk jams, you get three great cuts on here. For fans of Bobby’s classic soulful voice, you get a whole album of great ballads and classic RnB grooves.

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