Is there anything more American than funk? Or James Brown? Or Soul Train? Or how about James Brown on Soul Train? i’d say no. So check out this compilation of Soul Train appearances made by the godfather of soul throughout the 70s when Brown was probably at his most dynamic and commanding – my man has some moves, and it’s incredible. Despite the somewhat poor video quality, the audio quality is fantastic and it gives you a real sense of what it was like to catch the man at the height of his prowess. From what I can determine the video starts off in about 1971 goes in somewhat sequential order up until 1976, before ending in 1974 – as you can rightfully tell, Brown was on the show many times … 

Naturally, there are several personal highlights in this compilation including the pro-Black anthem, “Say It Loud (I’m Black and Proud)” and you can hear the audience chanting out the chorus along with Brown; one of my all time Brown tracks, “The Payback,” a song about revenge; side group Fred Wesley and the JB’s “Damn Right, I Am Somebody” with Brown as a guest vocalist; also check out “Make it Funky.” These performances are simply an incredible way to celebrate the Fourth. So happy birthday, America!