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Motherlode [Bonus Tracks]
     

Motherlode [Bonus Tracks]

by James Brown
 

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During the mid- and late '80s, after James Brown and Polydor parted ways, the label began to reissue his work, some of which had been out of print for close to a decade. Motherlode is one of the finest compilations. Coming a few years after In the Jungle Groove, a compilation effort that culled some of Brown's harder-edged 1969-1971 tracks, this covers

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During the mid- and late '80s, after James Brown and Polydor parted ways, the label began to reissue his work, some of which had been out of print for close to a decade. Motherlode is one of the finest compilations. Coming a few years after In the Jungle Groove, a compilation effort that culled some of Brown's harder-edged 1969-1971 tracks, this covers 1969-1973 and has the smoothness of a regular release effort. By this point, Motherlode producers Cliff White and Tim Rogers began to know more about Brown's "classic" work than he did, and could do compilations where the tracks were all potent. This set starts off with an explosive live take of "There It Is," recorded at the Apollo in 1972. "She's the One" from 1969, featuring his late-'60s orchestra, has great guitar work from both Jimmy "Chank" Nolan and Alphonso "Country" Kellum. Since most of the tracks here weren't hits, or weren't even previously released, they provided a fresh interpretation of Brown's production style and the skills of his players. "Untitled Instrumental" features Brown's rock and psychedelic-influenced unit, with included guitarist Phelps Collins and his brother, Bootsy Collins, with his singular bass skills. The heart of this CD, however, is "People Drive Your Funky Soul." Originally on Slaughter's Big Rip-Off in a too-brief version less than four minutes long, Motherlode brings the entire take to the public for the first time. The track, which manages to subtly cross reggae with bebop, again features Brown with his 1971-1975 band, and it exhibits their chemistry and the band's unbelievable versatility. Although Motherlode has been lost in the shuffle due to a plethora of other compilations, this is still illuminating and enjoyable. [In 2003 a remastered edition was released with two previously unreleased bonus tracks, 1969's "You've Changed" and a 1976 alternate mix of "Bodyheat" that clocks in at nearly 12 minutes.]

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Blender - Chairman Mao
Motherlode unearths a cache of alternate versions and unreleased gems... that provide a fascinating look into Brown's composing process.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/17/2003
Label:
Polydor / Umgd
UPC:
0044007621127
catalogNumber:
000047302
Rank:
15271

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist
St. Clair Pinckney   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Pee Wee Ellis   Organ,Alto Saxophone,Bandleader
Maceo Parker   Tenor Saxophone
Bobby Byrd   Organ,Vocals
Bootsy Collins   Bass
Phelps "Catfish" Collins   Guitar
Joseph Davis   Trumpet
Richard "Kush" Griffith   Trumpet
Johnny Griggs   Percussion,Conga
Benny Parks   Percussion
Waymon Reed   Trumpet
Charles Sweet Sherell   Bass
John Starks   Drums
Clyde Stubblefield   Drums
Fred Thomas   Bass
Fred Wesley   Trombone
John Russell Morgan   Drums
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison   Trumpet
Melvin Parker   Drums
Alphonso "Country" Kellum   Guitar
Jimmy Nolen   Guitar
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin   Guitar
Jimmy Parker   Alto Saxophone
Joe Dupars   Trumpet
Bernard Odum   Bass
Levi Rasbury   Trombone
Eldee Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Robert McCollough   Tenor Saxophone
Jerone "Jasaan Sanford" Melson   Trumpet
Isiah "Ike" Oakley   Trumpet
Louis Tilford   Baritone Saxophone
James Razor Brown   Organ,Vocals

Technical Credits

Harry Weinger   Producer
Danny Ray   Contributor
Carlton Smith   Memorabilia
Clifford White   Liner Notes
Chris Thompson   Illustrations
James Razor Brown   Producer,Introduction
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination

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