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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The comps just keep on coming. James Brown's passing in 2006 has -- as it would for virtually any artist of stature, let alone legend, in popular music -- spawned what seems to be a greater number of compilations being issued and reissued than occurred during his long career. This one, for instance, released in June of 2007, seems to have been in the works before Brown's death, as proved by a line in Cliff White's booklet essay, ."..and still a part of Brown's stage show." Ultimately, it's the music that matters, and Universal has the lion's share of Brown's. Listeners have had a box set and numerous double-disc comps already, but this set seems to focus on the hits that ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
The comps just keep on coming. James Brown's passing in 2006 has -- as it would for virtually any artist of stature, let alone legend, in popular music -- spawned what seems to be a greater number of compilations being issued and reissued than occurred during his long career. This one, for instance, released in June of 2007, seems to have been in the works before Brown's death, as proved by a line in Cliff White's booklet essay, ."..and still a part of Brown's stage show." Ultimately, it's the music that matters, and Universal has the lion's share of Brown's. Listeners have had a box set and numerous double-disc comps already, but this set seems to focus on the hits that charted. There are 40 tracks covering the years 1958, when "Please, Please, Please" was originally issued, to 1979, when "It's Too Funky in Here" hit the number 14 spot in the Billboard R&B charts. In between, all of them are here. Name it. There's even the great "Doing It to Death, Pt. 1" better known as "Gonna Have a Funky Good Time" by Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s with Brown from 1973, which celebrated the return of Wesley and other bandmembers to Brown's group after leaving in 1970. This tune hit the number one spot on the R&B chart and stayed for a couple of weeks, and hit number 22 on the pop chart. Numerous two-part cuts have been issued in their entirety, such as "Cold Sweat," "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," "Say It Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud," "Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine," "Super Bad," and "The Payback." Others have their A-sides part ones included, such as "Licking Stick," "Mother Popcorn," "Ain't It Funky Now," "Get on the Good Foot," "Talking Loud and Saying Nothing," "Hot Pants," "Papa Don't Take No Mess," and "Bodyheat." In 24-bit remastered sound, this baby is worth snagging off the shelves unless you have these cuts twice or three times over elsewhere. But cuts like "King Heroin," "Funky President," "Out of Sight," and "I Got the Feelin'" are here as well. It's a nonstop head rush of Godfather soul and funk from top to bottom. If you've been waiting, this is the one to snag. If you're already invested, can you live without the remastered sound? That's the question Universal wants you to ask yourself and answer as a solid "no," so you'll plop down your cash just one more time.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/5/2007
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 602517330917
  • Catalog Number: 000891302
  • Sales rank: 632

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Primary Artist
Sammy Lowe Conductor
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer
Jimmy Forrest Composer
Barry De Vorzon Composer
Bobby Byrd Composer
Ralph Bass Producer
George Jenkins Composer
Nat Jones Composer
Ron Lenhoff Composer
Leo Robin Composer
Brad Shapiro Arranger, Composer, Producer
Lloyd Stallworth Composer
John Starks Composer
Fred Wesley Arranger, Composer
Hal Neely Producer
Lowman Pauling Composer
Johnny Terry Composer
Bodie Chandler Composer
Russ Columbo Composer
Jean-Pierre Leloir Cover Photo, Inlay Photography
Sammy Lowe Arranger
Bud Hobgood Composer
Gai Terrell Inlay Photography
Deanna Brown Composer
Alfred Ellis Composer
Clarence Gaskill Composer
Charles Bobbit Composer
Manny Rosen Composer
Albert Shubert Composer
Yamma Brown Composer
Oscar Washington Composer
Fred Wesely Composer
James Razor Brown Arranger, Producer
Betty Jean Newsome Composer
Ryan Null Photo Coordination
Cliff White Liner Notes
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