He couldn't have known it at the time, but James Brown's debut recording and first chart hit—made in 1956 with the Famous Flames—is a question that contains its own answer. The lyrics to "Please, Please, Please" speak, pretty obviously, of sexual desire. But Brown's voice is so hungry that a hundred compliant girls could never satisfy him. It's spectacular, raw and regal, a kind of human sacrifice in vocal form. The song's ambition goes beyond that of just getting the girl—that's the easy part, especially if you can sing... More >>>