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I have read a number of the essays and tributes to James Brown. My favorite is at Funky16Corners, which includes a couple of MP3 links for you to listen. There is a lot packed into this short essay, here is a brief sample:

James Brown and the Famous Flames came on like scientists in the lab; refining, synthesizing, breaking down, in search of the root and then building back up again until they found the groove they were looking for. It was evolution, and revolution. If ‘Out Of Sight’ was the first shot at Lexington and Concord, ‘Cold Sweat’ was the Declaration of Independence.
It was in ‘Cold Sweat’ that James Brown, after three years of work, decided to ‘give the drummer some’, and things were never the same.