Make It Funky - The Big Payback: 1971-1975

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All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While the first half of the 1970s saw James Brown's sales and art start to slowly decline, at their best he and the J.B.'s remained capable of generating a lot of heat. Record-wise it was a very erratic period, especially on his albums, which makes this two-and-a-half-hour double-disc compilation of his best material from the era especially welcome. Besides his biggest hits from the time "Make It Funky," "Get on the Good Foot," "The Payback," "Funky President", it has a number of high-charting R&B 45s that didn't make it onto the Star Time box. Familiar hits are sometimes presented in their full unedited mega-versions 12 minutes of "Make It Funky," 14 of "Papa ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Richie Unterberger
While the first half of the 1970s saw James Brown's sales and art start to slowly decline, at their best he and the J.B.'s remained capable of generating a lot of heat. Record-wise it was a very erratic period, especially on his albums, which makes this two-and-a-half-hour double-disc compilation of his best material from the era especially welcome. Besides his biggest hits from the time "Make It Funky," "Get on the Good Foot," "The Payback," "Funky President", it has a number of high-charting R&B 45s that didn't make it onto the Star Time box. Familiar hits are sometimes presented in their full unedited mega-versions 12 minutes of "Make It Funky," 14 of "Papa Don't Take No Mess", and there are also a few previously unreleased outtakes and alternate versions. It's only a disappointment relative to the towering accomplishments of his 1960s and early-'70s classics. On its own terms, it's excellent funk, if rather homogenous taken all at once, with occasional departures from the formula, like "Down and Out in New York City," with its poppy woodwinds.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/1996
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 731453305229
  • Catalog Number: 533052
  • Sales rank: 39,571

Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Organ, Vocals, Rap
Joe Beck Guitar
Michael Brecker Tenor Saxophone
Jon Faddis Trumpet
David Sanborn Alto Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Michael Moore Bass
Seldon Powell Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Pee Wee Ellis Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Maceo Parker Flute, Alto Saxophone
Danny Stiles Trumpet
Charlie Brown Guitar
Tasha Thomas Background Vocals
Bobby Byrd Organ, Vocals
Randy Brecker Trumpet
Sam T. Brown Acoustic Guitar, Guitar
James Buffington French Horn
Billy Cobham Drums
Gordon Edwards Bass
Joe Farrell Flute, Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Steve Gadd Drums
Johnny Griggs Conga, Tambourine
Hilda Harris Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken Electric Guitar
John Morgan Drums, Stick, Tambourine
Allan Schwartzberg Drums
David Spinozza Guitar, Bass Guitar
John Starks Drums
Maretha Stewart Background Vocals
Richard Tee Organ
Fred Thomas Bass
Jeanette "Baby" Washington Background Vocals
Fred Wesley Trombone
Buster Williams Bass
Danny Ray Vocals, Master of Ceremonies
Vicki Anderson Vocals
Jimmy Madison Drums
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison Trumpet
Robert Coleman Guitar
Russell Crimes Trumpet
Jimmy Nolen Guitar
Bobby Roach Background Vocals
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin Guitar
Jimmy Parker Alto Saxophone
Sweet Charles Sherrell Bass
Eldee Williams Tenor Saxophone
Jerone "Jasaan Sanford" Melson Trumpet
Isiah "Ike" Oakley Trumpet
Johnny Scotton Background Vocals
Martha Harvin Vocals
Wilbur Bascomb Jr. Bass
Technical Credits
James Brown Composer, Producer
Pee Wee Ellis Composer
Barry De Vorzon Composer
Dave Matthews Composer
David Matthews Arranger, Composer
Ron Lenhoff Engineer
Bill Levenson Executive Producer
Harry Weinger Liner Notes
Fred Wesley Arranger, Composer
Alan Leeds Liner Notes
Bodie Chandler Composer
Bob Both Engineer
Steven Fallone Engineer
Charles Bobbit Composer
Manny Rosen Composer
Joe Mims Composer
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