Funk Box

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 See more details below


"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

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Editorial Reviews

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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Release Date:
Hip-O Records


Disc 1

  1. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine  - James Brown
  2. Express Yourself  -  Charles Wright & the Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band
  3. Give It up or Turnit a Loose  - James Brown
  4. Rock Steady  - Aretha Franklin
  5. Slippin' Into Darkness  -  War
  6. I Know You Got Soul  - Bobby Byrd
  7. Jungle Fever  -  Chakachas
  8. It's Just Begun  -  Jimmy Castor Bunch
  9. Outa-Space  - Billy Preston
  10. Think (About It)  - Female Preacher
  11. Goin' To See My Baby  -  Fatback Band
  12. Pass The Peas  -  Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s
  13. "T" Plays It Cool  - Marvin Gaye
  14. The Message  -  Cymande
  15. I Can Understand It  -  New Birth
  16. I'm Gonna Love You Just a Little More, Baby  - Barry White

Disc 2

  1. Future Shock  - Curtis Mayfield
  2. The Bottle  - Gil Scott-Heron
  3. What Is Hip?  -  Tower of Power
  4. The Payback  - James Brown
  5. For The Love Of Money  -  O'Jays
  6. Hollywood Swinging  -  Kool & the Gang
  7. Tell Me Something Good  -  Rufus
  8. Do It, Fluid  -  Blackbyrds
  9. Do It ('Til You're Satisfied)  -  B.T. Express
  10. Just Kissed My Baby  -  Meters
  11. Skin Tight  -  Ohio Players
  12. I Get Lifted  - George McCrae
  13. Shakey Ground
  14. School Boy Crush  -  Average White Band
  15. Erucu  - Jermaine Jackson

Disc 3

  1. Fight the Power, Pts. 1 & 2  -  Isley Brothers
  2. The Jam  -  Graham Central Station
  3. Give Up the Funk (Tear the Roof off the Sucker)  -  Parliament
  4. Get the Funk Out Ma Face  -  Brothers Johnson
  5. Changin'  -  Brass Construction
  6. Dazz  -  Brick
  7. Superman Lover  - Johnny "Guitar" Watson
  8. The Pinnochio Theory  -  Bootsy's Rubber Band
  9. Slide  -  Slave
  10. The Hump  - Patrick Rushen
  11. Running Away  - Roy Ayers
  12. Brick House  -  Commodores
  13. Let's Have Some Fun  -  Bar-Kays

Disc 4

  1. You And I  - Rick James
  2. I Like Girls  -  Fatback
  3. Let's Start The Dance  -  Bohannon
  4. One Nation Under A Groove  -  Funkadelic
  5. Bustin' Loose  -  Chuck Brown & the Soul Searchers
  6. I Just Want To Be  -  Cameo
  7. Glide  -  Pleasure
  8. Behind The Groove  - Teena Marie
  9. More Bounce To The Ounce  -  Zapp
  10. Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me)  -  Gap Band
  11. Atomic Dog  - George Clinton

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Average White Band   Track Performer
B.T. Express   Track Performer
Bohannon   Track Performer
Brass Construction   Track Performer
Brothers Johnson   Track Performer
Cameo   Track Performer
Cymande   Track Performer
Aretha Franklin   Track Performer
Funkadelic   Track Performer
Gap Band   Track Performer
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
Temptations   Track Performer
Zapp   Track Performer
Blackbyrds   Track Performer
Pleasure   Track Performer
Brian Jackson   Track Performer
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
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   Track Performer
Jimmy Castor Bunch   Track Performer

Technical Credits

James Brown   Arranger,Producer
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
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
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
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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