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  • Release Date

    1984

  • Length

    11 tracks

George & James is an album by The Residents, released in 1984. It was subtitled American Composer Series - Volume 1. The American Composer Series was originally supposed to be an ongoing project lasting from 1984 until 2000 that profiled a number of different artists. The idea was to "make music about music." Ultimately only two full albums surfaced (Stars and Hank Forever is the other one), although a few tracks from the planned album profiling Sun Ra and Ray Charles have surfaced.

This particular offer includes a side of reworked George Gershwin songs, while side two has the same songs in the same order as side one of James Brown's classic Live at the Apollo.

Unenthusiastic reviews, the transition from vinyl to CD (meaning that the concept of a split album would be spoiled) and re-negotiation of the songwriting fees (making the project financially impossible) scuppered the series.

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