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All Music Guide - Steve Huey
When the four-disc Star Time box was released in 1991, James Brown's catalog sorely needed an overhaul; much of it was out of print, and what was available was hardly befitting of his magnitude. Star Time got everything right: it put Brown's hugely influential career into striking perspective, helping to complete his critical renaissance, and the richness of its music set a standard for box sets in general. It was no easy task to balance Brown's lengthy, multi-part funk workouts with the need to include all of his most significant tracks, and the compilers did an excellent job in deciding when and when not to truncate "Cold Sweat," for example, must be heard in its entirety....
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Huey
When the four-disc Star Time box was released in 1991, James Brown's catalog sorely needed an overhaul; much of it was out of print, and what was available was hardly befitting of his magnitude. Star Time got everything right: it put Brown's hugely influential career into striking perspective, helping to complete his critical renaissance, and the richness of its music set a standard for box sets in general. It was no easy task to balance Brown's lengthy, multi-part funk workouts with the need to include all of his most significant tracks, and the compilers did an excellent job in deciding when and when not to truncate "Cold Sweat," for example, must be heard in its entirety. There's nothing from Live at the Apollo which should be experienced start to finish, and his last hurrah on the pop charts, "Living in America," is missing, but these 71 tracks cover all the other high points, and make an eloquent case for Brown as the greatest R&B artist of all time. Disc One covers Brown's early R&B years, when his pleading intensity helped lay the groundwork for soul music. Disc Two, however, is where his genius truly crystallizes -- it basically chronicles the birth of funk, as Brown gradually discards song structure in favor of working hard grooves; it also offers a picture of Brown's emergence as a bandleader and spokesman for black pride. Disc Three features Brown's hardest funk, including his much-revered material with the Bootsy Collins band. Disc Four traces Brown's later creative decline, yet he duplicated his former glories often enough to make this disc a surprisingly solid listen; plus, his massive impact on hip-hop is underlined on the last track, the Afrika Bambaataa duet "Unity." Star Time paved the way for several other excellent compilations which highlighted different parts of Brown's vast legacy, but as the definitive retrospective of one of the most important musicians of the 20th century black or otherwise, it has yet to be equaled.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/7/1991
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • UPC: 042284910828
  • Catalog Number: 849108
  • Sales rank: 19,254

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Please, Please, Please (2:43)
  2. 2 Why Do You Do Me (2:59)
  3. 3 Try Me (2:30)
  4. 4 Tell Me What I Did Wrong (2:20)
  5. 5 Bewildered (2:21)
  6. 6 Good Good Lovin' (2:18)
  7. 7 I'll Go Crazy (2:05)
  8. 8 I Know It's True (2:40)
  9. 9 (Do the) Mashed Potatoes, Pt. 1 (1:39)
  10. 10 Think (2:46)
  11. 11 Baby, You're Right (2:58)
  12. 12 Lost Someone (3:28)
  13. 13 Night Train (3:38)
  14. 14 I've Got Money (2:29)
  15. 15 I Don't Mind (2:29)
  16. 16 Prisoner of Love (2:24)
  17. 17 Devil's Den (4:48)
  18. 18 Out of the Blue (2:15)
  19. 19 Out of Sight (2:19)
  20. 20 Grits (3:58)
  21. 21 Maybe the Last Time (3:02)
  22. 22 It's a Man's Man's Man's World (3:22)
  23. 23 I Got You (2:27)
  24. 24 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Pts. 1-3 (6:56)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Papa's Got a Brand New Bag, Pt. 1 (2:06)
  2. 2 I Got You (I Feel Good) (2:45)
  3. 3 Ain't That a Groove (3:31)
  4. 4 It's a Man's Man's Man's World (2:46)
  5. 5 Money Won't Change You (6:01)
  6. 6 Don't Be a Dropout (4:31)
  7. 7 Bring It up (Hipster's Avenue) (3:48)
  8. 8 Let Yourself Go (3:53)
  9. 9 Cold Sweat (7:30)
  10. 10 Get It Together (8:57)
  11. 11 I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me), Pt. 1 (3:29)
  12. 12 I Got the Feelin' (2:39)
  13. 13 Licking Stick-Licking Stick (4:52)
  14. 14 Say It Loud (I'm Black and I'm Proud) (2:59)
  15. 15 There Was a Time (4:59)
  16. 16 Give It up or Turnit a Loose (3:10)
  17. 17 I Don't Want Nobody to Give Me Nothing (Open Up the Door, I'll Get It M (5:59)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Mother Popcorn (6:18)
  2. 2 Funky Drummer (7:00)
  3. 3 Get up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (5:15)
  4. 4 Super Bad, Pts. 1-2 (4:26)
  5. 5 Talking Loud and Saying Nothing (8:59)
  6. 6 Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (7:09)
  7. 7 Soul Power, Pts. 1-2 (4:25)
  8. 8 Brother Rapp/Ain't It Funky Now (7:44)
  9. 9 Hot Pants, Pt. 1 (3:06)
  10. 10 I'm a Greedy Man, Pt. 1 (3:36)
  11. 11 Make It Funky, Pt. 1 (3:34)
  12. 12 It's a New Day (3:48)
  13. 13 I Got Ants in My Pants (And I Want to Dance), Pt. 1 (3:01)
  14. 14 King Heroin (3:57)
Disc 4
  1. 1 There It Is, Pt. 1 (3:20)
  2. 2 Public Enemy No. 1, Pt. 1 (5:09)
  3. 3 Get on the Good Foot (4:07)
  4. 4 I Got a Bag of My Own (3:44)
  5. 5 Doing It to Death (5:14)
  6. 6 The Payback (7:28)
  7. 7 Papa Don't Take No Mess, Pt.11 (4:22)
  8. 8 Stoned to the Bone, Pt. 1 (3:28)
  9. 9 My Thang (4:37)
  10. 10 Funky President (People It's Bad) (4:01)
  11. 11 Hot (I Need to Be Loved, Loved, Loved) (5:03)
  12. 12 Get up Offa That Thing (6:14)
  13. 13 Body Heat, Pt. 1 (4:29)
  14. 14 It's Too Funky in Here (5:39)
  15. 15 Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses?) (4:36)
  16. 16 Unity, Pt. 1: The Third Coming - Afrika Bambaataa (3:40)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
James Brown Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Drums, Vocals, Rap
Joe Beck Guitar
Jimmy McGary Alto Saxophone
St. Clair Pinckney Tenor Saxophone
Marvin Stamm Trumpet
Dud Bascomb Trumpet
Michael Moore Bass
Seldon Powell Flute, Tenor Saxophone
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Pee Wee Ellis Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Clifford Scott Tenor Saxophone
Keith LeBlanc Drums
Al Brown Viola
Maceo Parker Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Muscle Shoals Horns Trombone, Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Al Corley Alto Saxophone
Marva Whitney Vocals
Danny Stiles Trumpet
Sam "The Man" Taylor Tenor Saxophone
Sam Fan Thomas Bass
Sonny Thompson Piano
David Matthews Conductor
Bobby Byrd Organ, Vocals
Afrika Bambaataa Vocals, Track Performer
Brian Banks Keyboards
Barry Beckett Keyboards
Bootsy Collins Bass
Brandye Vocals
Sam T. Brown Guitar
Les Buie Guitar
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Chops Horn
Al "Brisco" Clark Baritone Saxophone
Margie Clark Vocals
Billy Cobham Drums
Phelps "Catfish" Collins Guitar
Joseph Davis Trumpet
Arthur Dickson Drums
George Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Tim Drummond Bass
Gordon Edwards Bass
Joe Farrell Flute, English Horn, Tenor Saxophone
Clayton Fillyau Drums
Panama Francis Drums, Timpani
Lucas Fats Gonder Organ, Piano
Richard "Kush" Griffith Trumpet
Johnny Griggs Percussion, Conga
Roger Hawkins Drums
Ernie Hayes Piano, Keyboards
Haywood Henry Baritone Saxophone
Timothy Hedding Organ
David Hood Bass
Nat Jones Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Sam Lowe Conductor
Skip McDonald Guitar
Clifford MacMillan Tenor Saxophone
Clarence Mack Bass
James Madison Drums
Anthony Marinelli Keyboards
Randy McCormick Keyboards
Kermit Moore Cello
John Morgan Percussion
Hubert Perry Bass
Carl Pruitt Bass
Bernard "Pretty" Purdie Drums
Wayman Reid Trumpet
Ron Selico Percussion
Eddie Setser Guitar
Charles Sweet Sherell Bass, Drums, Clavinet
David Spinozza Guitar
Lloyd Stallworth Vocals
John Starks Drums
Maretha Stewart Vocals
Clyde Stubblefield Drums
Richard Tee Organ
Fred Thomas Bass
Ron Tooley Trumpet
Lloyd Trotman Bass
James Tyrell Bass
Frank Vicari Tenor Saxophone
Teddy Washington Trumpet
Jeanette "Baby" Washington Vocals
Dicky Wells Trombone
Fred Wesley Trombone
David Weston Bass
Doug Wimbish Bass
Billy Butler Guitar
Carlton Coleman Vocals
Robin Halpin Keyboards
Mack Johnson Trumpet
Willie Johnson Vocals
Al Lucas Bass
Wilbert Smith Tenor Saxophone
Lewis Hamlin Trumpet
Roscoe Patrick Trumpet
Vicki Anderson Vocals
Ray Felder Tenor Saxophone
Edison Gore Drums
Johnny Terry Vocals
The Jewels Vocals
J.C. Davis Tenor Saxophone
Clayton "Chicken" Gunnells Trumpet
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison Trumpet
Wallace Richardson Guitar
Robert Coleman Guitar
Russell Crimes Trumpet, Vocals
Melvin Parker Drums
Alphonso "Country" Kellum Guitar
Jimmy Nolen Guitar
Bobby Roach Guitar
Bobby Bennett Vocals
Lammar Wright Jr. Trumpet
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin Guitar
Jimmy Parker Alto Saxophone, Vocals
Joe Dupars Trumpet
Bernard Odum Bass
Levi Rasbury Trombone, Trumpet
Eldee Williams Tenor Saxophone
Beau Dollar Bowman Drums
Larry Byrum Guitar
Holly Ferris Trombone
Michael Gipson Trombone, Alto Saxophone
Bill Hollings Vocals
Sylvester Keels Vocals
Robert McCollough Tenor Saxophone
Jerone "Jasaan Sanford" Melson Trumpet, Vocals
Wilmer Milton Trombone
Isiah "Ike" Oakley Trumpet
Jerry Poindexter Keyboards
Kenny Poole Guitar
Martha Harvin Vocals
Nafloyd Scott Guitar
Charles Carr Baritone Saxophone
Nat Kendrick Drums
Gene Clark Violin
Dicky Harris Trombone
Louis Madison Vocals
Ron Laster Guitar
Joe Poff Flute, Alto Saxophone
Johnny Grimes Trumpet
Robert Knight Trumpet
Mac Cephas Violin, Concert Master
Technical Credits
James Brown Arranger, Composer, Producer, Liner Notes
St. Clair Pinckney Composer
Andy Gibson Producer
Pee Wee Ellis Composer
Keith LeBlanc Composer
George Jackson Composer
David Matthews Arranger, Composer, Director
Bobby Byrd Composer
Afrika Bambaataa Composer, Producer
Ralph Bass Producer
Sam Lowe Arranger
R. Miller Composer
Brad Shapiro Arranger, Composer, Producer
Tom Silverman Producer
Harry Weinger Liner Notes
Fred Wesley Arranger, Composer
Doug Wimbish Composer
Nelson George Liner Notes
Robin Halpin Composer
Alan Leeds Liner Notes
Lewis Hamlin Director
Hal Neely Producer
Clifford White Liner Notes
Bernard Alexander Composer
Deanna Brown Composer
Nat Kendrick Composer
Charles Bobbit Composer
Manny Rosen Composer
Deidra Brown Composer
Yamma Brown Composer
Joe Mims Composer
Dessie Rozier Composer
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