The J.B.’s second album proper, Doing It To Death finds the band following their 1972 debut with another set of future funk classics. This time, despite the band being essentially an instrumental outfit, their bandleader James Brown is present and correct on most of the tracks. He leads the charge on the swing of the ten-minute title track, and on the album’s repetitive glimpses of the political You Can Have Watergate Just Gimme Some Bucks And I’ll Be Straight.
At the top of More Peas, James asks the rest of the band ‘Can we do it again?’ in a call and response chant, evoking the opening of the previous album’s Pass The Peas. It’s an odd move to suddenly join his backing band on their ‘instrumental’ side-project, given that the reason for the spin-off band in the first place was a loophole around his record company not allowing his vocal on too many records each year.
Hidden Gem: More Peas