JAMES BROWN: The Godfather of Soul: screamer, dancer, innovator, martinet and felon, but the man had depth that few were privileged to witness. Writer Kay Cordtz paints a portrait with colors from his very close friend Mr. Dallas, and Mr. Brown himself
BEYOND THE SONGS: Generation-bridging standards don’t come out of nowhere. Four fabulous songs by four renowned writers, and the history behind each. WHPC-FM radio personality Michael Anthony brings the stories to Elmore
Kickin’ in Your Stall: Carl Gustafson remembers when all the girls thought he was hot. Well—on good days he remembers; on bad days he can’t find his car keys
On The Record: Neil Sedaka, Neil Young, Jimmy Thackery, Jimmy Buffett, Jimmy Hall, enough Jimmies for a supersize cone, plus Bright Eyes and Koko Taylor
Collecting: Ten Years After—now forty years after—and as listenable as ever. Lead guitarist Alvin Lee never played their biggest hit, “I’d Love to Change the World,” in concert, but it’s on collectable albums
Also Appearing: Onstage and personal: Carlos Santana with Buddy Guy, “Gate” and Bobby Parker; the highs and lows of Low on tour; And Yes? Yes!
Re.Issues: The great bassman Jaco Pastorius died 20 years ago, but his brief and brilliant career is getting a second wind, thanks to a new compilation. Blues Queen Ruth Brown and Soul Queen Carla Thomas reissue soul collections; Ray Price and Moby Grape get revisited, to our delight