The Payback (studio album) by James Brown

The Payback by James Brown
Year: 1973
Overall rank: 3,035th   Overall chart historyOverall chart history
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In the Jungle Groove The Payback James Brown LOT Sale (2) CD FL
Condition: Very Good
Time left: 1h 9m 19s
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Condition: Brand New
Time left: 1h 30m 46s
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JAMES BROWN - The Payback Mix Part 1 - Scarce 1986 deleted UK 2-track 7" Vintl
Condition: Used
Time left: 1h 34m 43s
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The Payback is ranked 3rd best out of 79 albums by James Brown on

The best album by James Brown is Live At The Apollo which is ranked number 644 in the list of all-time albums with a total rank score of 2,937.

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From 08/09/2019 19:38

Sadly how this genre is "hated" by most of the BEA community
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From 06/15/2019 22:40
How this got rejected as a soundtrack for not being funky enough is beyond me
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From 10/18/2014 12:29
Funky as hell...I challenge anyone not to fucking like this
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