Soul on Top is an album by James Brown. 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 standardsshow 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".

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 newliner notes by jazz critic Will Friedwald.

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No. Title Writer(s) Length
1. "That's My Desire"   Helmy Kressa, Carroll Loveday 4:10
2. "Your Cheatin' Heart"   Hank Williams 2:59
3. "What Kind of Fool Am I?"   Leslie BricusseAnthony Newley 3:06
4. "It's a Man's, Man's, Man's World(Unedited Version) James Brown, Betty Jean Newsome 6:40
5. "The Man in the Glass"   Bud Hobgood 5:56
6. "It's Magic"   Sammy CahnJule Styne 3:14
7. "September Song(Unedited Version) Maxwell AndersonKurt Weill 5:02
8. "For Once in My Life(Unedited Version) Ron Miller, Orlando Murden 4:43
9. "Every Day I Have the Blues(Unedited Version) Memphis Slim 4:28
10. "I Need Your Key (To Turn Me On)"   Louie Bellson 3:46
11. "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"   Brown 4:41
12. "There Was a Time(2004 reissue only) Brown, Hobgood 3:04


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