James Brown is most often described as the “Godfather of Soul.” That’s a grand nickname, but it’s merited: over his five-decade-long career, Brown transmuted gospel music into modern, secular sounds that still retained the heart of a soul singer.

Powerful and full of pure funk, he was one of the first ten inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and a vital influence for many later music genres. But Brown wasn’t just a singer. He was a virtuosic performer, coining his very own on-stage shuffle, swinging his mic stand up and down and regularly dropping into splits. His fashion sense was just as iconoclastic.

Collected, a new vinyl compilation of Brown’s greatest hits, deep cuts and rare early works dropping October 30th, pays homage to the musician’s expansive catalog. We’re taking it as an occasion to examine his singular personal style. Saint Laurent Now Offers a $44,000 Marble Turntable Designed by a French Music Master
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