Brown recorded it in May Brown's lyrics describe how his woman's affections make him "break out in a cold sweat. According to Brown, "it was a slow, bluesy tune then. It was good that way, but I was really getting into my funk bag now, and it became an almost completely different tune, except for the lyrics. The next day we pulled up in front of King Records studio, got off the bus, got in the studio, set up, and I went over the rhythm with the band.
By the time we got the groove going, James showed up, added a few touches—changed the guitar part, which made it real funky—had the drummer do something different.
He was a genius at it. Between the two of us, The Entertainer - Jeff Steinberg* - Classic Riverboat Songs put it together one afternoon. He put the lyrics on it. The band set up in a semicircle in the studio with one microphone. It was recorded live in the studio.
One take. It was like a performance. We didn't do overdubbing. While those songs were both based on a conventional twelve bar blues chord progression"Cold Sweat" has only one definite chord change, a move to the subtonic at the bridge. This snare pattern contributed greatly to the funky feel of the arrangement. It was copied, often with embellishments, in later James Brown songs and numerous songs by other musical artists.
It also features a saxophone solo by Maceo Parker. Sometimes cited as the first true funk song  "Cold Sweat" was recognized as a radical departure from pop music conventions at the time of its release.
Producer Jerry Wexler recalled that "[it] deeply affected the musicians I knew. It just freaked them out. No one could get a handle on what to do next.
Fred Wesley recalled that before he joined Brown's band he "was very unimpressed with ['Cold Sweat']. It only had one change, the words made no sense at all, and the bridge was musically incorrect. Like many of Brown's funk hits, "Cold Sweat" has been extensively sampled by hip hop DJs and producers.
Brown re-recorded the song in a jazz -inflected version with the Dee Felice Trio for his album Gettin' Down to Itand again with his band for the album Get on the Good Foot. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses, see Cold Cold Sweat - James Brown - Sex Machine: The Very Best Of James Brown disambiguation.
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