James Brown's Funky People

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All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
The first in the wildly popular three-disc series, James Brown's Funky People is an outstandingly chunky collection that spotlights some of the many talented musicians associated with James Brown and his early- to mid-'70s People Records imprint. The material comprising this disc is split primarily between the J.B.'s, Fred Wesley both with and without the J.B.'s, and one of funk's original divas, Lyn Collins. "Gimme Some More," "Pass the Peas," "Givin' up Food for Funk Part 1," and "Hot Pants Road" are the J.B.'s' offerings, spectacular studio recordings that highlight some of the band's best material for the label -- material which at the time was often passed over in favor...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
The first in the wildly popular three-disc series, James Brown's Funky People is an outstandingly chunky collection that spotlights some of the many talented musicians associated with James Brown and his early- to mid-'70s People Records imprint. The material comprising this disc is split primarily between the J.B.'s, Fred Wesley both with and without the J.B.'s, and one of funk's original divas, Lyn Collins. "Gimme Some More," "Pass the Peas," "Givin' up Food for Funk Part 1," and "Hot Pants Road" are the J.B.'s' offerings, spectacular studio recordings that highlight some of the band's best material for the label -- material which at the time was often passed over in favor of their "proper" James Brown recordings. Fred Wesley, meanwhile, weighs in with the CD-only long version of "Damn Right, I Am Somebody Parts 1 & 2," before joining the J.B.'s on three more tracks, including the epic "It's Not the Express It's the J.B.'s Monaurail Part 1." This particular song, credited to Fred and the New J.B.'s, was recorded during one of the more traumatic times in the James Brown camp and, when compared to the other classics on this CD, doesn't have the same spark or fire. And if anyone questioned the odd spelling in the title, the band's request that if you don't know what a monorail is "check out Seattle" clears up any doubt. The Lyn Collins tracks feature a mono version of "Mama Feelgood" and the outstanding "Think About It," a song that would become an iconoclastic symbol of the funk era, heavily sampled by over 40 artists during the 1980s and 1990s. Included, too, is the bonus "Same Beat Part 1," recorded by Wesley and the J.B.'s on September 7, 1973, in New York.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 10/25/1990
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 042282941725
  • Catalog Number: 829417
  • Sales rank: 24,541

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Primary Artist
Lyn Collins Track Performer
The J.B.'s Track Performer, Track Performer
Fred Wesley Track Performer
Maceo & the Macks Track Performer
Technical Credits
Herb Powers Mastering
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