Funk Classics: The 80's

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
By the early '80s, R&B acts had to embrace more polished productions and synth-based grooves or face extinction. Without looking too hard for rare gems, Funk Classics: The 80's offers 12 of the better-known tracks from 1980-1988. What's here is really no big surprise: Rick James' "Super Freak," George Clinton's "Atomic Dog," and the Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb" all make an appearance. Their strength as a good flow makes up for their ubiquitous presence on sets of this nature. The Bar-Kays' "Freakshow on the Dancefloor," Skyy's "Call Me," and the always-fun "So Fine" from Howard Johnson work even better due to their lower profile. As the '80s were not a monolithic ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Elias
By the early '80s, R&B acts had to embrace more polished productions and synth-based grooves or face extinction. Without looking too hard for rare gems, Funk Classics: The 80's offers 12 of the better-known tracks from 1980-1988. What's here is really no big surprise: Rick James' "Super Freak," George Clinton's "Atomic Dog," and the Gap Band's "You Dropped a Bomb" all make an appearance. Their strength as a good flow makes up for their ubiquitous presence on sets of this nature. The Bar-Kays' "Freakshow on the Dancefloor," Skyy's "Call Me," and the always-fun "So Fine" from Howard Johnson work even better due to their lower profile. As the '80s were not a monolithic decade for R&B style-wise, neither is this set. The graceful post-disco of the Brothers Johnson's "Stomp!" just doesn't mesh with late-'80s tracks like E.U.'s "Da Butt" and Salt-n-Pepa's "Push It"; it doesn't really have to. Funk Classics: The 80's isn't meant to be an essential or comprehensive CD. This set does indeed deliver the hits, but there are not enough of them and the sequencing diminishes what little is here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/8/2003
  • Label: Umvd Special Markets
  • UPC: 731458567424
  • Catalog Number: 585674
  • Sales rank: 34,926

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Super Freak - Rick James (3:26)
  2. 2 Atomic Dog - George Clinton (4:44)
  3. 3 You Dropped a Bomb on Me - The Gap Band (5:15)
  4. 4 Freakshow on the Dance Floor - The Bar-Kays (4:44)
  5. 5 Stomp! - The Brothers Johnson (4:08)
  6. 6 Call Me - Skyy (4:09)
  7. 7 The Breaks - Kurtis Blow (4:07)
  8. 8 So Fine - Howard Johnson (4:18)
  9. 9 She's a Bad Mama Jama (3:58)
  10. 10 Push It - Salt-N-Pepa (4:31)
  11. 11 Get Down on It - Kool & the Gang (4:56)
  12. 12 Da' Butt - E.U. (3:53)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Kurtis Blow Track Performer
Salt-N-Pepa Track Performer
The Brothers Johnson Track Performer
Cameo Track Performer
The Gap Band Track Performer
Rick James Track Performer
Kool & the Gang Track Performer
E.U. Track Performer
Carl Carlton Track Performer
Skyy Track Performer
Bar-Kays Track Performer
George Clinton Track Performer
Howard Johnson Track Performer
Technical Credits
Kurtis Blow Composer
James "J.T." Taylor Composer
Robert "Kool" Bell Composer
George "Funky" Brown Composer
Robert Ford Jr. Composer
Russell Simmons Composer
Charles Smith Composer
Dennis "D.T." Thomas Composer
Curtis "Fitz" Williams Composer
J.B. Moore Composer
Larry Smith Composer
Mitchell Kanner Art Direction
Howard Smiley Concept
Dontay Prezentz Da Ded Beatz Illustrations, Illustration Concept
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