Night Train (James Brown)

23 JANUARY 1966

This record had actually been something of a hit single back in 1962, but when James Brown released his ‘I Got You (I Feel Good)’ album in January 1966, he included ‘Night Train’ on the A side.

This song had been recorded by various other people since 1951, but Brown used it extensively on tour, changing the lyrics to a shouted list of the places on his tour itinerary.

The garish album cover features the real sentence 'I Got You (I Feel Good) sung by James Brown from his movie Ski Party'. Judging by this clip, there weren't too many soul brothers at that ski lodge.

Anyway, as the YouTube video title above suggests, this is a bit of a ‘soul mod dancer classic’!

B-side: 'Why Does Everything Happen to Me'
Recorded: 9 February 1961, King Studios, Cincinnati
Released: March 1962
Highest chart position: #35 (US, 1962)
Length: 3:35
Label: King 5614
Writer: Oscar Washington, Lewis P. Simpkins, Jimmy Forrest

Night Train (James Brown)