Funky Stuff: The Best of Funk Essentials

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All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
For those looking to find a crash course in "the funk" -- a quick introduction to the fusion of R&B, soul, jazz, blues, good old rock & roll, and all-out outrageousness that creates the ultimate good groove -- you can't do much better than the Funk Essentials compilations. Funky Stuff: The Best of Funk Essentials is the perfect portrait. With its contents drawn from the single-band Funk Essentials compilation albums, this clean, clear set provides incredible diversity while keeping the vibe connected. In other words, Funky Stuff is not only an introduction to the heaviest of hitters, but also a nifty, smooth ride for the already initiated. Opening with of course! ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
For those looking to find a crash course in "the funk" -- a quick introduction to the fusion of R&B, soul, jazz, blues, good old rock & roll, and all-out outrageousness that creates the ultimate good groove -- you can't do much better than the Funk Essentials compilations. Funky Stuff: The Best of Funk Essentials is the perfect portrait. With its contents drawn from the single-band Funk Essentials compilation albums, this clean, clear set provides incredible diversity while keeping the vibe connected. In other words, Funky Stuff is not only an introduction to the heaviest of hitters, but also a nifty, smooth ride for the already initiated. Opening with of course! Parliament's seminal 1978 number one "Flashlight," included in its nearly 11-minute 12" extended version, it's just a short hop to the bright brass of Kool & the Gang's whistle-punctuated "Funky Stuff." Both bands are reprised a little later with "Tear the Roof off the Sucker Give up the Funk" and "Jungle Jazz," respectively. Rounding out the contemporary flow are Cameo's old-school homage and first charting single, "Rigor Mortis," and Con Funk Shun's brass- and bass-infused "Ffun." And, while these songs are familiar -- and perfect for a compilation -- Funky Stuff keeps the toes up with the inclusion of a couple of nice touches, including Hamilton Bohannon's "Let's Start the Dance" and the edgy guitar and vocal jam of Leon Haywood's 1975 hit "I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You." The latter is especially welcome, as it's such a classic old-style groove that's often overlooked on contemporary collections. So, be you funk master looking for a jam-packed delight or a new schooler exploring the history, Funky Stuff becomes a valuable asset.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/18/1993
  • Label: Umvd Special Markets
  • UPC: 731451482120
  • Catalog Number: 514821
  • Sales rank: 51,307

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Flash Light - Parliament (10:43)
  2. 2 Funky Stuff - Kool & the Gang (3:02)
  3. 3 Rigor Mortis - Cameo (6:15)
  4. 4 Too Hot to Stop - Bar-Kays (6:24)
  5. 5 Chase Me - Con Funk Shun (5:33)
  6. 6 Let's Start the Dance - Bohannon (5:53)
  7. 7 I Don't Believe You Want to Get up and Dance (Oops!) - The Gap Band (8:42)
  8. 8 Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker) - Parliament (5:45)
  9. 9 Jungle Jazz - Kool & the Gang (4:36)
  10. 10 Ffun - Con Funk Shun (4:08)
  11. 11 I Want'a Do Something Freaky to You - Leon Haywood (5:57)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Funky Stuff Primary Artist
Bohannon Track Performer
Cameo Vocals, Track Performer
The Gap Band Vocals, Track Performer
Kool & the Gang Vocals, Track Performer
Parliament Vocals, Track Performer
Con Funk Shun Vocals, Track Performer
Leon Haywood Vocals, Track Performer
Hamilton Bohannon Vocals
Bar-Kays Vocals, Track Performer
Technical Credits
Cameo Arranger
Kool & the Gang Arranger, Composer, Producer
Bernie Worrell Composer
Con Funk Shun Producer
Leon Haywood Arranger, Producer
Gene Page Arranger
Hamilton Bohannon Arranger, Producer
Larry Blackmon Producer
Bootsy Collins Composer
Jerome Brailey Composer
George Clinton Composer, Producer, Concept
Greg "Doc" Johnson Arranger
Bill Levenson Executive Producer
Skip Scarborough Producer
Lonnie Simmons Producer
Larry Blackman Producer
Steven Ivory Liner Notes
Dan Kincaid Mastering
Allen Jones Producer
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