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  • Vinyl (13 Aug. 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Universal
  • ASIN: B000OFP95M
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,747,434 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 35 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Aug. 2005
Format: Audio CD
If any of you folks out there either need , A: An introduction to the funky world of soul brother No1 or B: An addition to your J.B collection that contains his best (not done to death!)tracks, then look no further than In the jungle groove.
The godfather's career stretches so far back, and consists of so many high grade slabs of funk (more than 80 albums & 100's - if not 1000's of collaborations and associated projects) that it is easy to get lost when trying to root out the very best of his material.
Most folk (myself included) will have purchased one of his many compilations (released yearly) and will be more than familiar with his more well known hits (inc' Sex Machine, It's a man's,man's,man's world, papa's got a brand new bag etc)but these albums barely scratch the surface of this living legend's massive back catalogue of much better (if less well known) music.
I have 22 J.B albums in my collection and I.t.J.G ranks in the top 2 ("Everyone's doin' the hustle, and down on the double bump" just beats it - but that's another review!). It contains some his most memorable tracks, and I'd defy anyone not to (at least)nod their head and tap their feet to It's a new day, talkin'loud and sayin' nothin' and the legendary funky drummer.
Although this album is a compilation, it is one hell of a collection of song's and has been put together with great care by people who are clearly big fans themselves.
Incidentally, it should not need mentioning that pretty much every rap/hip hop group post Sugarhill gang have sampled to death much of J.B's back catalogue (inc' most of whats here), with funky drummer being "borrowed" from the most. I have lost count of the number of times I've heard THAT loop over the years.
Other great highlights on I.t.J.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By jol legend @netfactorbooks on 9 May 2007
Format: Audio CD
Don't expect any ballads, easy listening, or the hit singles, this double album length CD, recently reissued with a bonus track, collects together ten extended funk jams recorded between 1969 and 1971. With their raw energy and improvised feel, these vital studio recordings encapsulate not only the intensity of Brown's live performances, but also his volatile off stage existence during this period. Brown was a hard task master and in March 1969 his regular backing band walked out; luckily for musical history not before recording the famous Funky Drummer, with its infectious and oft sampled rhythm. The version here features alternate sax, guitar, drum, and stabbing organ solos by Brown himself, over a gorgeous groove that goes on forever (actually 9 minutes; indeed all the tracks on this album are so hypnotic and persistent, they each feel like twice their actual length).

Even more energetic is Give It Up or Turnit a Loose featuring a new band allegedly commissioned to perform a gig with two hours notice and no rehearsal. Unfamiliarity doesn't show as the song kicks off with a muted guitar riff before the funky drummer (Clyde Stubblefield remained from the original band) comes crashing in and the new "JBs" deliver a high octane slab of chunk funk with Brown extolling "Ain't it funky now!".

And it just keeps on coming - peaking with the stupendous, foot tapping, head nodding, body popping and simply exhausting Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothing where the band lock into another fast and furious, horn honking groove as tight as one of their leader's latter day waist bands.

A tremendously exciting record guaranteed to get your party cooking!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By P. Gates on 26 Aug. 2008
Format: Audio CD
A remarkable compilation from James Brown of unstoppable heavy funk classics and unreleased gems. Originally released in 1986 to capture the ears of the sampling generation, this compliation has now been nicely expanded making it even more essential than ever. Covering a period from late '69 to the early 70's, it is JB at the height of his considerable funk powers - suddenly the godfather grew from a diminutive 5'6" to seemingly become a kind of colossus funk godzilla, stamping his grooves over cities and leaving an indelible influence in his wake.

He was able to capitalise on the formation of a new band, the J.B.'s, consisting of both young and experienced musicians. For perhaps the first time in his career, JB took influence from the young members led by a 19 year old Bootsy Collins on bass and his brother, Phelps, on guitar. Their enthusiasm and excitement at having been picked to play in the band was clear and infectious. On the other side, the mature band members who had stuck with JB through thick and thin were now showing the benefit of experience - notably seasoned drummer Clyde Stubblefield who cut the Funky Drummer for JB in late '69, a track that is considered to be the most sampled piece of music in history. Indeed the mix of this old and new proved at times explosive as the re-edit of Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose proves with its break heavy interplay between Bootsy and Clyde - one of the best examples of funk out there. The re-edit simply takes out the crowd overdubs and tightens up the break, rather than mess with anything it shouldn't. Whilst Talkin Loud And Saying Nothing can be seen as a militant strike against Vietnam War era politicians, elsewhere the celebrations of I Got To Move, Hot Pants and Soul Power are enough to charge anyone's batteries.
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