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Soul on Top is the 28th studio album by American musician James Brown. The album was released in April 1970, by King. Brown and saxophonist Maceo Parker worked with arranger/conductor Oliver Nelson to record a big band, funk and jazz vocal album. It was recorded with Louie Bellson and his 18-piece jazz orchestra at United Western Recorders in Hollywood, California in November 1969, and features jazz standards, show tunes, and middle of the road hits, as well as a new arrangement of Brown's funk hit "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag".

Soul on Top
Studio album by
ReleasedApril 1970
RecordedNovember 10–11, 1969
GenreSoul, jazz
Length51:57 (2004 reissue)
ProducerJames Brown
James Brown chronology
Ain't It Funky
Soul on Top
It's a New Day – Let a Man Come In

The album was reissued in 2004 with one previously unreleased bonus track, a big band version of Brown's 1967 hit "There Was a Time", and new liner notes by jazz critic Will Friedwald.

Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars [1]


Track listingEdit

1."That's My Desire"Helmy Kressa, Carroll Loveday4:10
2."Your Cheatin' Heart"Hank Williams2:59
3."What Kind of Fool Am I?"Leslie Bricusse, Anthony Newley3:06
4."It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World" (Unedited Version)James Brown, Betty Jean Newsome6:40
5."The Man in the Glass"Bud Hobgood5:56
6."It's Magic"Sammy Cahn, Jule Styne3:14
7."September Song" (Unedited Version)Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill5:02
8."For Once in My Life" (Unedited Version)Ron Miller, Orlando Murden4:43
9."Every Day I Have the Blues" (Unedited Version)Memphis Slim4:28
10."I Need Your Key (To Turn Me On)"Louie Bellson3:46
11."Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"Brown4:41
12."There Was a Time" (2004 reissue only)Brown, Bud Hobgood3:04




  1. ^ Henderson, Alex. "James Brown: Soul on Top > Review" at AllMusic. Retrieved September 21, 2011.