Like with many soul & funk artists the best work of James Brown originates from the early 70’s. This double album, Hell, was released in 1974, one year after his milestone album and great commercial success Payback. The title is a little bit confusing, and the album does not contain that many classing JB songs (though My Thang is on it). Still I consider it one of his strongest albums.
The title `Hell’ points to the harsh conditions many Afro-American people were living in those days. Hell can be considered a socially engaged album. And you can easily buy the whole album, if it only was for the closing track `Papa don’t make no mess’, a more than 13 minutes long and slow jazz-funk track that’s simply gorgeous.
The artwork of this album (by Joe Belt) is the best you can get with a JB album.