WHile digging around in my favorite GoodWill store a while back, I found a stack of 78's. Usually these are only good for Frisbees, but on the bottom of the stack I found the 78 of "Please, Please, Please" James Brown's first. I had read a story about this record somewhere, when the head of King records heard the demo of PPP, , he wouldn't release it because he thought that it was just completely nutso, nobody could stand to hear it. Eventually, he was persuaded to release as a B side. The A and B sides of this record sound as if they are done by different people, in a different studio, with different musicians, but A is a forgettable soul ballad that James Brown can't bring to life no matter how much CPR he gives it. "Please, Please, Please" through the scratches and dust of this old record snaps and sizzles like a downed power cable. James Brown inventing James Brown.