Final Brown recordings in legal dispute


The legal feud over the estate of James Brown is stalling the release of the soul legend's final recordings, his longtime adviser said.

Brown cut an album in Los Angeles the summer before he died in December 2006, but the songs are not being released because of courtroom disputes about who should benefit from his legacy and music royalties, attorney Buddy Dallas said.

There are also 50-60 other previously recorded songs in vaults, Dallas said. Brown's fourth son, Daryl, is one of five heirs trying to have their father's will voided because they say his former advisers -- including Dallas -- used undue influence to get the singer to create charitable trusts from which the advisers would profit.

Dallas quit as an estate trustee in November but now is trying to retract his resignation.

Daryl Brown, who is lead guitarist for his father's backing band, the Soul Generals, said he is not aware of any recordings done in California in 2006. Brown and the Soul Generals were working on an album at a studio in Georgia, but they finished only two songs before the singer died, his son said.

But he said there are dozens of unreleased songs stored in vaults and on master tapes at Brown's Beech Island, S.C., estate.