James Brown – Mid-1973 Xmas Concert Poster / LA Sports Arena / with JBs, Maceo, Lyn Collins

A dramatic boxing-style concert poster for a Christmas show featuring The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, with Lyn Collins, The J.B.’s, and Maceo and the Macks at the Los Angeles Sports Arena.  Also advertised are ‘Cash Prizes!’ for a Dance Contest, Best Dancer and Best Dresser.

Brown was red hot at the time of this show, having released a string of classic singles including ‘Hot Pants,’ ‘Make it Funky,’ King Heroin’ and ‘Get on the Good Foot.’  The month of this show he released his 37th studio album, The Payback, which went to #1 on the Soul Albums chart and top 40 on the Pop Album charts. It was Brown’s only studio album to be certified gold. Wikipedia notes ‘The Payback is considered a high point in Brown’s recording career, and is now regarded by critics as a landmark funk album. Its revenge-themed title track, a #1 R&B hit, is one of his most famous songs and an especially prolific source of samples for record producers.

The numerous staple holes, staple tears, missing top left corner, and water staining are evidence this was pulled off a telephone pole.

While not in prime condition, this poster has everything you could hope for in a 70s James Brown poster.  We can find no other example of this poster online. Printed by San Diego Poster Print.  14″ x 22 1/2″


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