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Foundations of Funk - A Brand New Bag: 1964-1969 [Box set]

James Brown Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (9 July 1998)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: Import Music Services
  • ASIN: B000002G77
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,936 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Disc 1:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Out Of Sight (Single Version) 2:220.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Parts 1 & 2) (Single Version) 4:170.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. I Got You (I Feel Good) 2:460.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. Money Won't Change You (Single Version (Parts 1&2)) 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. Medley: Introduction/Out Of Sight/Bring It Up (Live (Latin Casino Nightclub)) 5:540.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Let Yourself Go (1991 Star Time Version) 3:580.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. There Was A Time (Live At The Apollo/1967) [feat. The James Brown Band] 4:260.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Cold Sweat (1967 Album Version) 7:240.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Get It Together (Parts 1 & 2) 8:570.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Goodbye My Love 5:360.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) (Part 1 & 2) 7:190.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. I Got The Feelin' (Extended Version) 3:050.99  Buy MP3 
Listen13. The Popcorn (Live (Dallas Memorial Auditorium)) 4:310.99  Buy MP3 
Listen14. Cold Sweat (False Start & Studio Dialogue)0:230.99  Buy MP3 
Listen15. Cold Sweat (Alternate Take) 6:500.99  Buy MP3 

Disc 2:

Song Title Time Price
Listen  1. Licking Stick - Licking Stick 4:150.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  2. Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud 4:500.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  3. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose 4:300.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  4. You Got To Have A Mother For Me 5:400.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  5. I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door I'll Get It Myself) 9:420.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  6. Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn 7:470.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  7. It's A New Day 6:250.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  8. Ain't It Funky Now 9:290.99  Buy MP3 
Listen  9. Brother Rapp 7:000.99  Buy MP3 
Listen10. Funky Drummer 5:340.99  Buy MP3 
Listen11. She's The One 2:590.99  Buy MP3 
Listen12. Mother Popcorn 9:020.99  Buy MP3 

Product Description

Funk 101, for sure. We may never totally understand how James Brown took his music from the earlier styles of R&B he assimilated to the feverish development of the harder, more modern sound of records ranging from "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" to "Say It Loud-I'm Black and I'm Proud", but here's another chance for us to listen in awe. In addition to long versions of the period's cornerstones, Foundations of Funk offers an alternate take of "Cold Sweat" and live versions of "Licking Stick-Licking Stick" and "Mother Popcorn"--the latter achieving a meltdown that puts the Brown band on the same side of the street as Funhouse-era Stooges. Hah! --Rickey Wright

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars How James got the Funk 9 Oct 2006
Format:Audio CD
Simply put, this is the musical journey James Brown took as he developed Funk as a genre. Yes, others were working in the same direction, and they all have a place, but listen here and you will see the Foundations of Funk - the title is, in this case, exactly what you get.

From the early instrumental workouts, it is possible to see how JB arrived at "Cold Sweat", with its "on the one" opening. In all it's 7+ minute glory, you also get to hear the way a track developed under JBs direction - "give the drummer some" for example, and this track is not unique in that.

This set takes you up to the point where the original band members were replaced, by, among others, Bootsie Collins and his brother, so there is no "Sex Machine", for example. You do get "Say It Loud.." as well as "Funk Drummer", the track that has been sampled on innumerable Rap and Hip Hop tracks.

For the more casual listener there are a huge variety of compilations which will probably fit the bill better(try "In The Jungle Groove" for example), but this is recommended for completists and enthusiasts, who will also love the detail brought out of the archives by the CD booklet - you get to see who played what on every track !!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stunning intro to James Brown 22 Mar 2013
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This two disc set of superbly remastered top draw JB is as good an introduction to the great man as most people will ever need.From the bluesy testifying of 'Goodbye My Love', to the explosive workouts that are 'Cold Sweat' and 'Funky Drummer' to the grinding 'Ain't It Funky Now',there is so much to enjoy here and at a such a reasonable price, that the whole thing is nothing short of outstanding value both in terms of music and value for money.

This set is a funk masterclass.The rhythms never let up and Brown is always there taking the music to the heights where only he can take it- sweating, declaring and pushing his band to deliver,he becomes one with the music and the moment.The beauty of these tracks of course is that all this passion and spontaneity are caught so dramatically and true to life with a stripped down production job that allows for no studio trickery, only deeply felt performance.One of my favourite tracks has to be the irrepressible 'I Can't Stand Myself(When You Touch Me).Performed with such brio by James and his superb band, this tune feels as it was composed and recorded on the spot.

Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's a mother alright... 18 July 2010
By Tyrone
Format:Audio CD
40's artists like Louis Jordan invented R&B, but hearing the best of James in the late 60's reminds you who reinvented it & how untouchable he still is. Just listen to a nuclear-powered, heaven-sent 10-minute track like Get it Together with its inimitable, super-swinging funk arrangement & that unique vocal tornado chatting, groaning, screaming & singing forever. This music is unrepeatable.
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By freewheeling frankie TOP 500 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
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There are untold hordes of James Brown compilations available, many worth avoiding. This is not only one of the very best, but also demonstrates how JB developed the funk from soul with a killer groove (Out Of Sight) to full-blown funk (Cold Sweat) and what he did with it once he'd invented it (most of this compilation).

It features various line-ups of his great 60s band (NOT The JB's, who replaced this lot when most of them mutinied in early 1970) and in most cases contains the longest available version of each song - some not otherwise available - in order to fully experience the power of the groove; there isn't a song on here which outlives its welcome by being 6 or 7 minutes long instead of the 3 minute edit.

The songs are arranged in chronological order, there are a few previously unissued live tracks, the odd obscurity and a couple of early takes of Cold Sweat, but basically it's a stellar collection of JB's early funk classics from Out Of Sight and Papa's Got A Brand New Bag through to Ain't It Funky Now and Funky Drummer.

The grooves contained within these 2 CDs are some of the greatest, most important and just deliriously enjoyable music of the 20th century and they still sound as powerful as they did 40 years ago, helped by the excellent mastering.

If you want a James Brown record that concentrates on the funk, there isn't a better place to start than here, though there's plenty more worth investigating as well.
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