Motherlode [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
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...
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All Music Guide - Jason Elias
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.]
Blender - Chairman Mao
Motherlode unearths a cache of alternate versions and unreleased gems... that provide a fascinating look into Brown's composing process.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/17/2003
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 044007621127
  • Catalog Number: 000047302
  • Sales rank: 24,321

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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