Friday, August 06, 2010


Phelps "Catfish" Collins, older brother of William "Bootsy" Collins, has died of cancer at age 66. I don't know what I can write that won't be better expressed by this clip, which is a different version of one I've posted before. This was the best band James Brown ever had; the Collins brothers' unbelievable rhythms combined funk with the raw energy of punk before punk, and Robert "Chopper" McCullough's damn-close-to-free-jazz saxophone solos put the whole thing over the top. Check it:

The CD version of the above show, Love Power Peace: Live At The Olympia, Paris, 1971, is one of those life-changing albums. You really should own it. I have a question, though: The YouTube footage above shows a Bootsy Collins bass solo, and a James Brown organ solo, that are not present on the Love Power Peace CD. So clearly the CD was edited down somewhat (it's only about 65 minutes long). I want that extra music. If anybody knows of the existence of a bootleg of the complete Olympia show, with all the solos and any other songs that may be shortened on, or totally excised from, the CD, please, please, please (sorry) let me know.

1 comment:

Alex said...

James Brown isn't much of an organ player ...

Sad to hear about Catfish, too.