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Funk Classics: The 80's
     

Funk Classics: The 80's

 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/08/2003
Label:
Umvd Special Markets
UPC:
0731458567424
catalogNumber:
585674
Rank:
28948

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Kurtis Blow   Track Performer
Salt-N-Pepa   Track Performer
Brothers Johnson   Track Performer
Cameo   Track Performer
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   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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