The Funk Box

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"Funk," as George Clinton so deftly put it, "is its own reward." Extending that logic, the four-disc, 55-song The Funk Box is truly an embarrassment of riches. Packed with many of the deepest, funkiest grooves of the music's golden years -- 1970 until 1983 -- the collection gets down and dirty with well-known hits such as James Brown's sweaty masterpiece "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine," The Commodores' dance fave "Brick House," and the thump-and-grind of "Tell Me Something Good" by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. Determined to show that funk is a many-flavored feast -- one that moves from stripped-down syncopations to elaborate percussion jams to rock-inspired excursions -- this box digs up a variety of lesser...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
"Funk," as George Clinton so deftly put it, "is its own reward." Extending that logic, the four-disc, 55-song The Funk Box is truly an embarrassment of riches. Packed with many of the deepest, funkiest grooves of the music's golden years -- 1970 until 1983 -- the collection gets down and dirty with well-known hits such as James Brown's sweaty masterpiece "Get Up I Feel Like Being a Sex Machine," The Commodores' dance fave "Brick House," and the thump-and-grind of "Tell Me Something Good" by Rufus featuring Chaka Khan. Determined to show that funk is a many-flavored feast -- one that moves from stripped-down syncopations to elaborate percussion jams to rock-inspired excursions -- this box digs up a variety of lesser known but equally groovin' jams, including Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers go-go classic "Bustin' Loose," the bluesy "Do It, Fluid" by jazz trumpeter Donald Byrd's Blackbyrds, and the Chakachas' steamy "Jungle Fever." While funk fanatics may wonder why the Ohio Players are represented here by "Skin Tight" instead of their steamy "Fire," the soul patrol behind this affair still scores high marks on song selection and style. Even the box itself is decked out in velvet. Add a 47-page booklet filled with photos and song annotations to the mix, and The Funk Box is the ultimate introductory guide to this deeper, more danceable shade of soul. Eric Lowenhar
All Music Guide - Steve Huey
At four discs and 55 tracks, Hip-O's Funk Box seems to want to be the last word on funk, and while it's a pretty good set, it ends up more representative than definitive of its chosen genre. Virtually all of funk's most important artists are featured, but not always by their most significant singles -- sometimes the collection gets it right, and sometimes it's disappointing leaving out Curtis Mayfield's "Superfly," the Average White Band's "Pick Up the Pieces," War's "Low Rider" and "Why Can't We Be Friends," and the Ohio Players' "Fire" and "Love Rollercoaster" in favor of alternate selections. Still, the Funk Box does have a generous helping of full-length funk classics, including several rare 12" versions; moreover, it's been digitally remastered, and it features a 48-page booklet. It's just too bad the set doesn't completely hit the mark.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/21/2000
  • Label: Hip-O Records
  • UPC: 731454178921
  • Catalog Number: 541789

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine - James Brown (5:17)
  2. 2 Express Yourself - Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Ban (3:53)
  3. 3 Give It up or Turnit a Loose - James Brown (6:23)
  4. 4 Rock Steady - Aretha Franklin (3:12)
  5. 5 Slippin' Into Darkness - War (7:00)
  6. 6 I Know You Got Soul - Bobby Byrd (4:43)
  7. 7 Jungle Fever - Chakachas (4:24)
  8. 8 It's Just Begun - The Jimmy Castor Bunch (3:43)
  9. 9 Outa-Space - Billy Preston (4:10)
  10. 10 Think (About It) - Lyn Collins (3:22)
  11. 11 Goin' To See My Baby - The Fatback Band (3:18)
  12. 12 Pass The Peas - The J.B.'s (3:29)
  13. 13 "T" Plays It Cool - Marvin Gaye (4:28)
  14. 14 The Message - Cymande (4:17)
  15. 15 I Can Understand It - New Birth (6:24)
  16. 16 I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More, Baby - Barry White (7:10)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Future Shock - Curtis Mayfield (3:37)
  2. 2 The Bottle - Gil Scott-Heron (5:07)
  3. 3 What Is Hip? - Tower of Power (5:06)
  4. 4 The Payback - James Brown (7:40)
  5. 5 For The Love Of Money - The O'Jays (7:19)
  6. 6 Hollywood Swinging - Kool & the Gang (4:37)
  7. 7 Tell Me Something Good - Rufus & Chaka Khan (4:39)
  8. 8 Do It, Fluid - The Blackbyrds (5:27)
  9. 9 Do It ('Til You're Satisfied) - B.T. Express (5:54)
  10. 10 Just Kissed My Baby - The Meters (4:42)
  11. 11 Skin Tight - Ohio Players (7:56)
  12. 12 I Get Lifted - George McCrae (2:48)
  13. 13 Shakey Ground - The Temptations (4:04)
  14. 14 School Boy Crush - The Average White Band (4:58)
  15. 15 Erucu - Jermaine Jackson (3:30)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Fight the Power, Pts. 1 & 2 - The Isley Brothers (5:21)
  2. 2 The Jam - Graham Central Station (3:38)
  3. 3 Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker) - Parliament (5:48)
  4. 4 Get the Funk Out Ma Face - The Brothers Johnson (5:59)
  5. 5 Changin' - Brass Construction (8:14)
  6. 6 Dazz - Brick (5:38)
  7. 7 Superman Lover - Johnny "Guitar" Watson (5:44)
  8. 8 The Pinnochio Theory - Bootsy's Rubber Band (6:10)
  9. 9 Slide - Slave (6:50)
  10. 10 The Hump - Patrick Rushen (6:08)
  11. 11 Running Away - Roy Ayers (6:55)
  12. 12 Brick House - The Commodores (6:12)
  13. 13 Let's Have Some Fun - Bar-Kays (6:02)
Disc 4
  1. 1 You And I - Rick James (8:07)
  2. 2 I Like Girls - Fatback (7:39)
  3. 3 Let's Start The Dance - Bohannon (5:55)
  4. 4 One Nation Under A Groove - Funkadelic (7:29)
  5. 5 Bustin' Loose - Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers (7:43)
  6. 6 I Just Want To Be - Cameo (6:23)
  7. 7 Glide - Pleasure (6:29)
  8. 8 Behind The Groove - Teena Marie (6:04)
  9. 9 More Bounce To The Ounce - Zapp (9:29)
  10. 10 Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) - The Gap Band (5:31)
  11. 11 Atomic Dog - George Clinton (4:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Average White Band Track Performer
B.T. Express Track Performer
Bohannon Track Performer
Brass Construction Track Performer
The Brothers Johnson Track Performer
Cameo Track Performer
Cymande Track Performer
Aretha Franklin Track Performer
Funkadelic Track Performer
The Gap Band Track Performer
The Isley Brothers Track Performer
Ernie Isley Conductor
Kool & the Gang Track Performer
Teena Marie Track Performer
George McCrae Track Performer
New Birth Conductor, Track Performer
Parliament Track Performer
Slave Track Performer
The Temptations Track Performer
Zapp Track Performer
The Blackbyrds Track Performer
Pleasure Track Performer
Brian Jackson Track Performer
The O'Jays Track Performer
Chakachas Track Performer
Graham Central Station Track Performer
MFSB Rhythm
Chris Jasper Conductor
Bobby Byrd Track Performer
Bar-Kays Track Performer
Lyn Collins Track Performer
Bill Curtis Vocals
Marvin Isley Conductor
O'Kelly Isley Conductor
Ronald Isley Conductor
Rudolph Isley Conductor
The J.B.'s Rhythm, Track Performer
Patrick Rushen Track Performer
Gil Scott-Heron Track Performer
Fatback Track Performer
Bootsy's Rubber Band Track Performer
Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band Track Performer
Rufus & Chaka Khan Track Performer
The Jimmy Castor Bunch Track Performer
Technical Credits
James Brown Arranger, Producer
The Commodores Arranger, Producer
Marvin Gaye Producer
Ernie Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Jermaine Jackson Producer
Rick James Arranger, Producer
Kool & the Gang Arranger, Composer, Producer
Curtis Mayfield Producer
The Meters Producer
New Birth Arranger
Ohio Players Producer
Billy Preston Producer
Tower of Power Producer
War Producer
Barry White Arranger, Producer
Roy Ayers Arranger, Producer
Quincy Jones Arranger, Producer
Lee Oskar Composer
James Williams Composer
Brick Producer
The Fatback Band Producer
Larry Graham Producer
Eddie Hazel Composer
Lonnie Jordan Composer
Gene Page Arranger
Walter "Junie" Morrison Composer
Chris Jasper Arranger, Composer, Producer
Charles Wright Producer
Reynaldo Rey Composer
Papa Dee Allen Composer
Gil Askey Arranger
Robert "Kool" Bell Composer
Bootsy Collins Composer, Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements
Jeffrey Bowen Composer, Producer
Jerome Brailey Composer
Harold Brown Composer
James Anthony Carmichael Arranger, Producer, Horn Arrangements
George Clinton Composer, Producer, Concept
Bill Curtis Arranger, Producer
B.B. Dickerson Composer
Jeff Dixon Producer
Tom Dowd Producer
Richard Finch Producer
Kenny Gamble Composer, Producer
Jerry Goldstein Producer
Leon Huff Composer, Producer
Chris Huston Producer
Marvin Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
O'Kelly Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Ronald Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Rudolph Isley Arranger, Composer, Producer
Anthony Jackson Composer
Arif Mardin Producer
Bob Monaco Producer
Frank J. Myers Composer
Richard Rudolph Composer, Producer
John Schroeder Producer
Howard Scott Composer
Garry Shider Composer
Lonnie Simmons Composer, Producer
Art Stewart Producer
Rudy Taylor Composer
Gerry Thomas Producer
Allen Toussaint Producer
Roger Producer
Johnny "Guitar" Watson Composer, Producer
Harry Weinger Producer, Annotation
Fred Wesley Horn Arrangements
Jerry Wexler Producer
Charlie Wilson Composer
Eric "Vietnam" Sadler Composer
Jeff Lane Producer
Charles Miller Composer
Larry Blackman Producer
Steven Ivory Liner Notes
Vartan Art Direction
Dana Smart Producer
Mathieu Bitton Art Direction, Illustrations
Al Boyd Composer
Alphonso Boyd Composer
Jim Healy Producer
Pat Lawrence Executive Producer
Jimmy Pankow Composer
Roland Kruger Producer
Bruce Smith Composer
William Beck Composer
Hamilton Frederick Bohannon Composer
Ralph Middlebrooks Composer
Allen Jones Producer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    They included Cymande showing some knowledge.

    They included the track ''The message'' which was a slight hit for Cymande in 1973. However the FUNKiest of their catalog are not included here. On a newly released album Cymande ''The Soul of Rasta'' all of their funk driven tracks are included. Featuring ''Brother's on the Slide'', ''Bra'', ''FUG'', ''Genevieve'' and the mesmorizing ''DOVE'' which flows over 10 minutes. This is an essential CD for any fan of Funk and soul. These original funky rastafarian brothers all hailing from the West Indies created the most amazing and invigorating fusion of funk and african reggae ever heard. Most famously sampled by the Fugees, De La Soul ,EPMD and many others. Cymande is one of the most sampled bands in Hip Hop ever. However, no longer is this band hip hop's little secret. This album allows new listeners to hear the great original tracks in a re mastered format. Featuring ''Brother's on the Slide'' and ''Listen''. This is an anthology of their most memorable material from the original 3 LPs recorded the between 1972-1974 in London, UK. Its unfortunate that their amazing musicianship was too unique for the period. Yet today people are rediscovering and grooving to these hidden jewels. Dive in and feel the Funk!

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