He felt that a live album with no new songs would be a death sentence for the LP. After pressure from Brown, the album was released a full seven months after it was recorded. The album eventually went platinum, a first for Brown, but definitely not his last. For some reason, King Records was dead set on ruining Live at the Apollo. When they were finally strong-armed into putting out the record they decided to do it with canned audience applause.
Brown obviously knew that the crowd was such an important part of his sound, after all, he placed microphones above the audience to better capture their screams. Thankfully, the only version of the album that exists is the one with the sounds from the Apollo James Brown Live At The Apollo. In the booklet of the reissued Deluxe Edition of the album Harry Weinger explains how the lost masters of the album were found:. Toggle navigation. More from Groovy History.
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