James Brown on the screen was something to see

July 27, 2014 4:35 AM

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Famously, James Brown took the stage to a litany of nicknames: the Godfather of Soul! Soul Brother Number One! The Hardest Working Man in Show Business! But the best one of all might have been the one you’ve heard the least: Butane James. Because James Brown lit it up, every time.

“Get on Up,” the James Brown biopic, opens Friday. As we prepare to watch the fine young actor Chadwick Boseman (he was Jackie Robinson last year in “42”) take on the daunting task of portraying one of the more inimitable human beings of the electronic age, here’s a playlist of some of the late soul...

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