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Life on Planet Groove

Maceo Parker Audio CD
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While most sax players have followed in the footsteps of jazz legends like Charlie Parker and John Coltrane, Maceo Parker has consistently marched to a different tune. Since his earliest days, he has gravitated to the more rhythmic and soulful end of the spectrum, following figures like Louis Jordan, Ray Charles and James Brown – all of whom were innovators, each pushing their respective ... Read more in Amazon's Maceo Parker Store

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  • Audio CD (20 Oct 1992)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B0000046OI
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 30,292 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Shake Everything You've Got
2. Pass The Peas
3. I Got You (I Feel Good)
4. Got To Get U
5. Addictive Love
6. Children's World
7. Georgia On My Mind
8. Soul Power '92

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best funk album in the world.......ever? 9 May 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
If you've ever been looking for that funk album to play loud on a sunny day, this is the one.
Recorded from a European tour, this album contains classic grooves and outstanding musicianship - put simply, every track is a winner.
The opener, shake everything you've got, is a 14+ minute workout, and sets the tone for the rest of the album. Even the slower numbers continue to ooze pure funk.
Apart from the obvious appeal of Mr Parker & friends blowing, just listen to the drums - solid but imaginative all the way through.
A great discovery, now the only thing missing is a live performance.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If this don't rock your boat... 10 May 2008
Format:Audio CD
Can't argue with aforementioned reviews. Had chance to photograph the JB'S at a jazz club in Brentwood after they had spent day recording. Jazz soon broke into "Funky stuff", most of it on this cracking album. Buy, crank up, & shake your Bootie!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best funk jazz album you'll ever hear 7 Jan 2003
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This album is TOO GOOD to play every day. The first track "Shake everythin you got" is a tour de force - and basically reminds me of sex - good sex. The album is superb all the way through and it has converted countless friends hooked on trance or garage to get into something a little more jazzy - a little more meaningful. This is a live recording which really adds to the mood and atmosphere - brilliant. I have had the privilege of seeing Maceo play live - this is as close as it gets.
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5.0 out of 5 stars This is the funkiest (live) album ever recorded 23 April 2013
Format:Audio CD
This fantastic album not only captures the great live performances that Maceo has been giving for year and years and years , but it is an absolutely fantasticly produced despite being live and is soooo funky it's a little scary.

If you don't like some heavy / screaming sax, this might not be for you , but if you do and do not already own it all I can say is : get it.

I've been listening to it for 20 years, yet it still sounds fresh and gives me happy feelings all over.
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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  43 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who's runnin' the show? MACEO! 30 Jan 2001
By Mike Stone - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
"We like to play 2% jazz, 98% funky stuff," says Maceo Parker, while the band warms up the first song. I'd quibble with those numbers; there's considerably more jazz here than he is willing to admit, although the record is definitely dominated by "funky stuff". The great drawback of the album is that Parker and gang allows that 2% to dominate the slower songs in its middle, bringing the party to a halt.
When the party is cooking, however, you can smell the down home spices wafting from your stereo speakers. 'Shake Everything You've Got' is neither a suggestion nor a demand. It is a command, one that I defy anyone to disobey. The horns are tight, the bass moves beautifully, and Maceo is a king MC, working the crowd in a great example of call-and-response interplay. The song's most glorious section comes when Maceo asks the crowd to "give the drummer some (give it to the funky drummer)". One of the many references to Maceo's first funk godfather -- James Brown -- it sets drummer Kenwood Dennard on a ridiculous funky solo. Maceo and his sax eventually join in, and the results are transcendent. Listen to Maceo's horn rise in pitch and energy, whipping the audience into a frenzy until they can't stand it anymore. When the main groove bursts back in, the place erupts. A truly cathartic moment.
'Pass the Peas' takes 'Shake's momentum, and cranks it up a notch. A song of quicker tempo, it features the ultimate in energetic grooves. Here, Maceo pays homage to his other funk godfather, George Clinton. At one point, he quotes lyrics from half a dozen Parliament songs, most notably the famous refrain: "Make my funk the P-Funk/I want my funk uncut/Make my funk the P-Funk/I want to get funked up..."
Then comes a cover of Brown's "I Got You (I Feel Good)". Maceo played on the original version, and should have left it at that. Kym Mazelle, who does vocal duty, is way too over the top. She reminds me of a technically proficient Tina Turner, a singer whose voice I never liked. The next three songs are nondescript ballads. The band manages a noble effort on these, but it really derails the party. 'Georgia On My Mind' follows them, and is a stunning version of that Hoagy Carmichael classic. Maceo (at least I think it's him on this one) does a credible Ray Charles impression in his vocal, and later introduces the band (for I think the third time!) so each can take a manic, energetic solo; my favourite being Rodney Jones' busy, jangly, and jazzy guitar break.
The final song on the album, 'Soul Power '92', returns to the party form established by the first two songs. It's another up-tempo groover, featuring Maceo's simpatico call-and-response style with the audience, and some tight (or rather TIGHT!) horn playing. Should be noted that the horn section contains such notable James Brown alumnus as Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis and the great Fred Wesley on trombone. Wesley gets several solos here, each of full tone and funky rhythm.
Maceo is a great saxophonist. In fact, he's one of those players who's tone and style you recognize immediately. It's funky and huge. And on the party jams here, he leads his band through some serious pure and uncut funk. The recording is masterful, the band sounds great, and the audience seems willing to follow them wherever they go. I just wish he'd left the ballads in the dressing room. Otherwise, this would have been a perfect album.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ooooh, what's that you're doin'? Sure looks good to me! 6 April 2005
By Adam D. Lofstedt - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is the best live performance ever recorded, EVER. I'd give my right leg to have been there.

Any drummers here? There's enough tight licks to send you to the woodshed to practice for a decade. Almost every backbeat sends chills down my spine.

This album is truly a testament to instrumental musicians. Everybody plays their part, nobody steps on anyone else, each musician inspires the others to play their best, and the result is a sublime collective whole. Machines will never groove as hard humans, and this album is proof.

I'm on my third copy in over a decade, the CDs just can't seem to hold up to the amount of times I play them.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Feel the groove 31 Jan 2000
By "john276626" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you like funk and you don't own this CD, stop reading my review and ORDER THE CD...then come back and read the rest of course...this is one of the most groove-heavy and funky CD's I've ever heard...just in the first track alone when Maceo goes at it with Kenwood Dennard (drums) and they solo together it is so funky. if you can't feel the groove this disc will help you find your way to the groove...this is what you need...anyone who likes funk should get this CD by ALL and ANY means possible!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 2% Jazz, 98% Funky Stuff. 7 Oct 2003
By Joel - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is too much funk in this small disc. "Shake Everything You've Got" starts out the live album properly, 16 minutes of pure funk you won't ever want to end. Sadly it does end, but luckily when it does you hear "Pass the Peas." These two songs alone are well worth the price of the whole disc. Next is I got You (I feel Good). The priceless James Bown classic is alive with Kim Mazelle on vocals. Mazelle sticks around for Got to Get U, a Maceo classic originally released on "All the King's Men." Then, the disc slows down a bit but still stays funky. Another James Brown classis, "Soul Power" finishes off the album. The JB horns are so tight on this album it is almost disgusting. If you enjoy yourself a good funk every once in a while, you should probably pick up this disc. If you enjoy yourself a good funk a lot, you probably have this. If you don't, click "Buy Now" Immediately.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maceo needs a crown - he'e the king. 5 Oct 2004
By S. Morris - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Maceo Parker was always James Brown's right-hand man, and for good reason. He is one smokin' sax player. But he's more than that. He's one of very few icons in the world of funk. Ask anyone. It just doesn't get as good as Maceo. He's raw, powerful and sooooo soulful. Like some of the other reviewers, I've had the good fortune of seeing him live a few times, and he never disappoints. Most people his age are kicking back in their Lazy-Boys and collecting their retirement checks. Maceo is out there blowin' his horn so hard the roof could fly off the building. And like few live albums out there, this album is actually able to capture a lot of that vibe. Played through some good speakers, "Life On Planet Groove" is liable to get the dead up and dancing.
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