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James Brown's Original Funky Divas

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All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
Over the decades, James Brown collaborated with, and encouraged, some of funk's leading ladies. During the '60s and early '70s in particular, every Brown show featured a 15- or 20-minute break when he would leave the stage, turning it over to a young female singer who'd perform her own mini set -- an event that became a tradition and an important part of the revue. It is these women who are collected across this marvelous and historically potent two-disc set. The first disc 1960s kicks off with Bea Ford's "You've Got the Power." A duet with Brown, it's a sweetly charged ballad with a sleepy tempo, and marks the only song the duo ever recorded, although Ford would stay with ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Amy Hanson
Over the decades, James Brown collaborated with, and encouraged, some of funk's leading ladies. During the '60s and early '70s in particular, every Brown show featured a 15- or 20-minute break when he would leave the stage, turning it over to a young female singer who'd perform her own mini set -- an event that became a tradition and an important part of the revue. It is these women who are collected across this marvelous and historically potent two-disc set. The first disc 1960s kicks off with Bea Ford's "You've Got the Power." A duet with Brown, it's a sweetly charged ballad with a sleepy tempo, and marks the only song the duo ever recorded, although Ford would stay with Brown for nearly a year after. From January 1962, Yvonne Fair's "I Found You," meanwhile, would be reworked by Brown himself in 1965 as "I Got You I Feel Good." Other '60s highlights include the 1964 Anna King/Bobby Byrd duet "Baby Baby Baby" and Fair's impassioned, powerful tribute to strong women doing what they have to do, "You Can Make It if You Try." The 1970s disc features long "sets" from Brown's most successful protégés, Vicki Anderson who also makes an appearance on the '60s collection and Lyn Collins, together consuming 16 of the 19 tracks. Standouts from Anderson's portion are the supremely funky "The Message From the Soul Sisters, Pts. 1-2," which features both outstanding horn arrangements and some elastic bass from Bootsy Collins, and the always appreciated classic "I'm Too Tough for Mr. Big Stuff Hot Pants." The Collins tracks collect many of her chart hits, including "Think About It" and "Mama Feelgood," but the most interesting inclusion is the long "disco version" of the girl-powered "You Can't Love Me, If You Don't Respect Me" -- previously only available on a promo. Rounding up the 1970s tracks are the traditional gospel of "The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow, Pts. 1-2," beautifully wrought by Kay Robinson, and Martha High's duet with Brown, "Summertime." This is a crucial collection of the original women who rock -- the soul and funk divas who paved the way.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/21/1998
  • Label: Polygram Uk
  • UPC: 731453770928
  • Catalog Number: 537709
  • Sales rank: 66,055

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 You've Got the Power (2:42)
  2. 2 A Little Taste of Soul (2:17)
  3. 3 I Found You (2:26)
  4. 4 If I Knew (2:23)
  5. 5 You Can Make It If You Try (2:40)
  6. 6 Straighten Up (2:33)
  7. 7 Say Yeah Yeah (2:24)
  8. 8 I Cried - Thomasina Montgomery (2:44)
  9. 9 If You Don't Think - Thomasina Montgomery (1:52)
  10. 10 If Somebody Told You - Anna King (2:57)
  11. 11 Make up Your Mind - Anna King (2:43)
  12. 12 Baby Baby Baby - Anna King (2:34)
  13. 13 All of Me - Elsie Mae (3:13)
  14. 14 Whole Lot of Lovin' - Elsie Mae (2:17)
  15. 15 Do You Really Want to Rescue Me, Pt. 1 - Elsie Mae (2:33)
  16. 16 This Is My Story - The Jewels (2:27)
  17. 17 Wide Awake in a Dream (2:45)
  18. 18 Baby Don't You Know (3:00)
  19. 19 Unwind Yourself (2:35)
  20. 20 I'm Tired, I'm Tired, I'm Tired (Things Better Change Before It's ...) (2:25)
  21. 21 What Do I Have to Do to Prove My Love to You (2:26)
  22. 22 You Got to Have a Job (If You Don't Work - You Don't Eat) (4:11)
  23. 23 It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who to Sock It To), Pts. 1-2 (3:57)
  24. 24 I Made a Mistake Because It's Only You, Pts. 1-2 (4:49)
  25. 25 Things Got to Get Better (Get Together) (3:34)
  26. 26 Answer to Mother Popcorn (I Got a Mother for You) (3:10)
  27. 27 I Want to Be in the Land of Milk and Honey (2:54)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The Message From the Soul Sisters, Pts. 1-2 (5:19)
  2. 2 Super Good (Answer to Super Bad), Pts. 1-2 (5:31)
  3. 3 I'm Too Tough for Mr. Big Stuff (Hot Pants) (3:22)
  4. 4 Don't Throw Your Love in the Garbage Can (2:42)
  5. 5 You're Welcome, Stop on By - Vicki Anderson (3:42)
  6. 6 The Lord Will Make a Way Somehow, Pts. 1-2 - Kay Robinson (5:10)
  7. 7 People Make the World a Better Place - Shirley Jean & The Relations (2:48)
  8. 8 Wheel of Life (3:03)
  9. 9 Think (About It) (3:18)
  10. 10 Me and My Baby Got a Good Thing Going (3:15)
  11. 11 Mama Feelgood (4:21)
  12. 12 Take Me, Just as I Am (5:34)
  13. 13 Don't Make Me Over (3:47)
  14. 14 What My Baby Needs Now Is a Little More Lovin' (2:52)
  15. 15 We Want to Parrty, Parrty, Parrty, Pts. 1-2 (4:22)
  16. 16 Rock Me Again & Again & Again & Again & Again & Again (6 Times) (3:23)
  17. 17 You Can't Love Me, If You Don't Respect Me (5:30)
  18. 18 Put It on the Line (3:32)
  19. 19 Summertime (5:25)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Organ, Piano, Vocals, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Sugar Pie DeSanto Vocals, Track Performer
Joe Beck Guitar
Jon Faddis Trumpet
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Lew Soloff Trumpet
Michael Moore Bass
Pee Wee Ellis Alto Saxophone
Maceo Parker Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Marva Whitney Vocals, Track Performer
Troy Seals Guitar
Yvonne Fair Vocals, Track Performer
Tasha Thomas Background Vocals
David Matthews Conductor, Tambourine
Bobby Byrd Organ, Background Vocals, Track Performer
Benny Aronov Synthesizer
Les Asch Tenor Saxophone
Bootsy Collins Bass
Sam T. Brown Acoustic Guitar
Les Buie Guitar
Al "Brisco" Clark Tenor Saxophone
Burt Collins Trumpet
Lyn Collins Vocals, Hand Clapping, Track Performer
Phelps "Catfish" Collins Guitar
Tony Cook Drums
Joseph Davis Trumpet
Cornell Dupree Guitar
Tim Drummond Bass
Gordon Edwards Bass
Joe Farrell Tenor Saxophone
Clayton Fillyau Drums
Panama Francis Drums
Richard "Kush" Griffith Trumpet
Johnny Griggs Percussion, Conga, Tambourine
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Ernie Hayes Organ
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Timothy Hedding Organ
Sam Hurt Trombone
Nat Jones Alto Saxophone
Clifford MacMillan Tenor Saxophone
Hugh McCracken Guitar
Deborah McDuffie Background Vocals
John Morgan Drums
Leon Pendarvis Clavinet
Gene Redd Conductor
Waymon Reed Trumpet
Eddie Setser Guitar
David Spinozza Guitar
John Starks Drums
Maretha Stewart Background Vocals
Clyde Stubblefield Drums
Fred Thomas Bass
Ron Tooley Trumpet
John Turk Trumpet
Frankie "Kash" Waddy Drums
Teddy Washington Trumpet
Fred Wesley Trombone
David Weston Bass
Lewis Hamlin Trombone, Trumpet
McKinley Johnson Trumpet
Roscoe Patrick Trumpet
Bea Ford Track Performer
Vicki Anderson Bass, Vocals, Track Performer
Jimmie Robinson Drums
Johnny Terry Background Vocals
Martha High Track Performer
Clarence Reid Electric Piano
Jimmy Madison Drums
Clayton "Chicken" Gunnells Trumpet
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison Trumpet
Wallace Richardson Guitar
Robert Coleman Guitar
Russell Crimes Trumpet
Melvin Parker Drums
Alphonso "Country" Kellum Bass, Guitar
Jimmy Nolen Guitar
Bobby Roach Guitar
Bobby Bennett Background Vocals
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin Guitar
Jimmy Parker Alto Saxophone
Joe Dupars Trumpet
Bernard Odum Bass
Sweet Charles Sherrell Bass, Piano
Eldee Williams Tenor Saxophone
Beau Dollar Bowman Drums
Alvin "Fats" Gonder Organ, Piano
Bill Hollings Background Vocals
Jerone "Jasaan Sanford" Melson Trumpet
Wilmer Milton Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley Trumpet
Eugene Stallworth Background Vocals
Martha Harvin Background Vocals
Charles Carr Baritone Saxophone
Anna King Vocals
Thomasina Montgomery Vocals
Kay Robinson Piano, Vocals
Sam Thomas Bass
Joe Poff Alto Saxophone
Robert Knight Trumpet
Technical Credits
James Brown Arranger, Producer
Aretha Franklin Composer
David Matthews Arranger
The Famous Flames Contributor
Nat Jones Arranger
Bill Levenson Executive Producer
Gene Redd String Arrangements
Fred Wesley Arranger
The Jewels Contributor
Clarence Reid Arranger, Producer
Sammy Lowe Arranger
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