Give It Up or Turnit a Loose

Give It Up or Turnit a Loose” is a funksong recorded by James Brown. Released as a single in 1969, the song was a #1 R&B hit and also made the top 20 pop singles chart.[1][2] “Give It Up or Turnit a Loose” appeared as an instrumental on the Ain’t It Funky (1970) album, removing Brown’s vocals and adding guitar overdubs, while the vocal version was released on It’s a New Day – Let a Man Come In (1970).

This article is about the song by James Brown. For the song by En Vogue, see Give It Up, Turn It Loose.
1969 single by James Brown
“Give It Up or Turnit a Loose”
Single by James Brown
from the album Ain’t It Funky
B-side “I’ll Lose My Mind”
Released January 1969 (1969-01)
Recorded October 29, 1968, Criteria Studios, Miami, FL
Genre Funk
Length 2:45
Label King
Songwriter(s) Charles Bobbit
Producer(s) James Brown
James Brown charting singles chronology
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The original “Give It Up or Turnit a Loose” appeared as a single in early ’69, arranged by the ’60’s bandleader “Pee Wee” Ellis. A year later, reinvigorated by his new band, Mr. Brown would readdress “Give It Up”. Where the original version percolated with jazzy overtones, this revisit was kinetic, raw, uncut. This monster funk bomb exploded in the underground in ’73, when a young Bronx DJ named Kool DJ Herc would load on the turntables two copies of the Sex Machine album and between them he would run an extended cut ‘n’ mix of the percussion breakdown. Hip-hop was born. The shockwaves have been felt ever since

—Stephen Ivory[3]

Brown recorded “Give It Up or Turnit a Loose” again with The J.B.’s for his 1970 live double albumSex Machine. Over five minutes long, this later recording used a substantially different instrumental arrangement, with an added organriff and a florid bassline, as well as different lyrics. This version features Clyde Stubblefield on drum kit performing in tandem with congas.[4] A remix of this recording by Tim Rogers appears on the 1986 compilation albumIn the Jungle Groove. The remixed version has been extensively sampled. A genuine live version of the song appears on the album Live at Chastain Park (rec. 1985, rel. 1988).

In 1974 Lyn Collins recorded the song, with Brown producing.

Dick Hyman recorded a synthesizer version of “Give It Up or Turnit a Loose” on his 1969 album The Age of Electronicus.

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