In the Jungle Groove [Bonus Track]

In the Jungle Groove [Bonus Track]

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This reissue of In the Jungle Groove is a further obfuscation of the original masters, though a welcome one. The album is not so much an album but a 1986 collection of James Brown singles and apocrypha from recordings of the period 1969-1971; it sounds as defining and current today as it did when it was first issued on LP. While the tracksSee more details below

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This reissue of In the Jungle Groove is a further obfuscation of the original masters, though a welcome one. The album is not so much an album but a 1986 collection of James Brown singles and apocrypha from recordings of the period 1969-1971; it sounds as defining and current today as it did when it was first issued on LP. While the tracks here featured some new sidemen, a good portion of what's here is played by the original J.B.'s. For starters, there's "It's a New Day," a two-part single issued as King 45-6292 and then placed on the album It's a New Day -- So Let a Man Come In. Next is the classic "Funky Drummer," appearing on album for the first time although it was a Top 20 single in 1969. Also included here are remixed versions of tracks that appeared on the original In the Jungle Groove, such as "Give It Up or Turnit a Loose," and from the Sex Machine LP, as well as "Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothing." In addition, this expanded version contains mono mixes of "Get Up, Get into It and Get Involved" and "Soul Power," which was re-edited for inclusion here. In addition, the single "Hot Pants" is here and an extended reading of "Blind Man Can See It" is included as a bonus cut. While this funky, greasy mess is enough, there's also the inclusion of the previously unreleased "I Got to Move" and a ghost of bonus beats and added sounds. This does nothing but make something awesome truly stratospheric. Here the focus is on rhythm and hypnosis, that state where the hips and backbone move imperceptibly at first before coming out of their collective shell and making nasty on the dancefloor. At the height of the great hip-hop madness, 1986 was a perfect time to reintroduce these tracks from a decade and a half earlier, and now, with the unimaginative aspect of hip-hop controlling the charts, the reintroduction of real beat-conscious songcraft couldn't be more welcome.

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Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2003
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0044007617328
catalogNumber:
000047202
Rank:
21611

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist,Vocals
St. Clair Pinckney   Baritone Saxophone
Maceo Parker   Tenor Saxophone
David Matthews   Electric Piano
Bobby Byrd   Organ,Vocals
Bootsy Collins   Bass
Phelps "Catfish" Collins   Guitar
Johnny Griggs   Conga
Charles Sweet Sherell   Bass
John Starks   Drums
Clyde Stubblefield   Drums
Fred Thomas   Bass
Fred Wesley   Trombone
John Russell Morgan   Percussion
Clayton "Chicken" Gunnells   Trumpet
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison   Trumpet
Robert Coleman   Guitar
Russell Crimes   Trumpet
Melvin Parker   Drums
Alphonso "Country" Kellum   Guitar
Jimmy Nolen   Guitar
Bobby Roach   Guitar
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin   Guitar
Jimmy Parker   Alto Saxophone
Eldee Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Richard "Kush" Griffeth   Trumpet
Robert McCollough   Tenor Saxophone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley   Trumpet
Louis Tilford   Baritone Saxophone
Art Lopez   Conga
Jimmy Noeln   Guitar
Jerone "Jassan" Sanford   Trumpet

Technical Credits

James Brown   Producer
Ron Lenhoff   Engineer
Harry Weinger   Producer
Tim Rogers   Reissue Producer
Vartan   Art Direction
Bob Both   Engineer
Clifford White   Liner Notes,Reissue Producer
Alfred Ellis   Composer

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