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Make It Funky the Big Payback [CASSETTE]

James Brown Audio Cassette
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  • Audio Cassette (23 July 1996)
  • Label: Uni/a&M
  • ASIN: B000002G9A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

Disc: 1
1. Escape-ism
2. Hot Pants, Pts. 1 & 2
3. I'm a Greedy Man
4. Make It Funky, Pts. 1-4
5. King Heroin
6. I Got Ants in My Pants (And I Want to Dance)
7. There It Is
8. Get on the Good Foot
9. Don't Tell It [Complete Version][#]
10. I Got a Bag of My Own
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Disc: 2
1. Payback
2. Stoned to the Bone
3. Mind Power [Alternate Version][#]
4. World of Soul [#]
5. Papa Don't Take No Mess
6. Coldblooded [Undubbed Version][#]
7. I Can't Stand It "76"
8. My Thang
9. Funky President (People It's Bad) [Original Speed Master][#]
10. I Got You (I Feel Good)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
If you like your James Brown to be funky rather than soulful, this is for you. With the band in full flow this is the real deal. Get this and the JB's Funky Good Time Vol I and II and you won't regret it. If you like these check out the James Brown's Funky People series which was my introduction to this great music.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of Funk 12 April 2011
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James Brown got me into funk in the first place. After years spent looking out and listening to lots of other stuff in the genre, some pretty rare and obscure...I can honestly say NO-ONE does it better than the man himself. With his backing band the JB's behind him he made some of his best music in the late 60's to the mid 70's, with some of the best tunes in this compilation. Seriously addictive head nodding and feet tapping stuff, catchy is an understatement. Everyone knows his big hits but this is where his real groove lay. Do your feet a favour and give your ears a funk injection and get this. If this is up your street, the JB's anthology 'Funky Good Time' should be next'
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5.0 out of 5 stars It's James so it's good 8 Sep 2013
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As the '70s arrived James Brown was undergoing something of a personnel crisis. His original backing band had walked out on him in early 1970 and the replacements,who became the original JB's and who included Bootsie Collins and his brother Phelps, would only last until March 1971. It was in that year, however, that James Brown recorded some of his most memorable material, including "Sex Machine" and estalblished Funk as a musical genre.

As the "Bootsie" period wound down, Brown had brought back into the fold Fred Wesley, which must rank as one o his better decisions because with Wesley he was able to sustain the quality of his output and enjoy success until the mid '70's. and this set neatly covers that period. And what music they created together as Wesley's musical arrangements were allied to Brown's "on the hoof" changes over the groove laid down by Wesley on trombone, St Clair Pinckney on sax and Jabo Starks on drums.

This isn't necsesarily the best of that period but it's close. Brown's danceable output dominates side one, and really if you can sit still while listening to this, then there's no hope for you!! Social commentary, which featured large in Brown's output in this period, is represented by King Heroin, which also shows he could slow it down to good effect, and some more straight soul in Down and Out in New York City. The latter is the only song here from the Black Ceasar sooundtrack, with an intro that wasn't on the album, but featured on the single mix.

By side two, we are on to 3 tracks from the giant "Payback" album, only one of which, the title track, features in full. That's a shame because the full 12 minute version of "Stone to the Bone" is superb.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could give this CD 6 stars... 5 April 2005
By J. Auth - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
James Brown sounds so good on this album that when I hear his name, I don't immediately think of "I Feel Good" or "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"...instead, I think of this CD. It's quite simply the purest, coolest, relentlessly funky music I've ever heard. Even the long songs like "Make It Funky" (12:45) and "Papa Don't Take No Mess"(13:50) never get old. The rhythms and hooks or every track are hypnotising and uplifting at the same time. It doens't get any better than this. No James Brown fan, new or old, should be without it!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Doctor of Funk Prescribes this Double CD set to cure you 10 Oct 2000
By Larry M. Wright - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
For those who likes James, but does not want to invest heavily to purchase the dozens and dozens of JB albums, this is the one for you. On disc 1, you have all four parts of "Make It Funky", "Get on the Good Foot", "There It Is" and possibly the greatest JB groove ever "Hot Pants, Parts 1 & 2". And if the first disc wasn't funky enough for you, you have "My Thang", "The Payback", "Coldblooded", and "Papa Don't Take No Mess" and a live hot version of "Hot Pants". I could try to take you through groove by groove, but we only have 1000 words for the review. A general overview is still the great "Star Time" CD, but for an extensive funky portion of his career, you can not go wrong with this one.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIT ME! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! 28 Oct 2003
By theskeptic - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
If you just associate the name "James Brown" with the popular single "I Feel Good", then you've got to listen to this CD to save your soul. It will open your mind! James Brown is amazing... essence of funk... unbelievable groove. If you love a mean groove, love rhythm, there's just nothing else like this.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As brief as I can be with this... 28 Aug 2004
By Tezuker - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
If you are going to buy one James Brown CD then this dual CD "Make it funky, the big payback" has to be it. This is JB at his finest, accompanied by a first class line up. Every track swings, as the godfather of soul cooks the funk in true James Brown style. CD 1, it's all good baby. "Hot pants" has a positively infectious groove from the onset driven by Robert Coleman's slick guitar riff and John Starks struttin' drums. The Bridge section of "Make it funky" shows how good bass can be, sure, Fred Thomas's riff is simple, but when it sounds so good why change it. Track 5, "King Heroin" is JB's stand against drugs in the form of a beautiful poetic, spoken word piece. Track 8, "get on the good foot" Gives Fred Thomas the freedom on the bass he deserves, and the track benefits from this greatly. By now if your not shaking your booty, or something, you must be dead! It's funk liberation, and were only 8 tracks in. Steve Gadd (drums) joins in the fun at track 11 and 12, both tracks are sweet gems to help finish off CD 1. After quickly inserting CD 2, you are rewarded with "The Payback" track 1, this funk is straight outa '74 and its still as fresh as a daisy. In "Stoned to the Bone" we hear the legend, Maceo Parker on Sax for the first time in the comp. It's worth the wait, and he contributes along side the usual suspects for most of this CD. James Brown is busting with energy throughout the entire set. He deserves every accolade he gets and this album demonstrates why in every word, yelp, and affirmation in all 26 tracks. The godfather turned on the funk in '71 and it still flows are pure today as it did then. Classic!
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minister of New New Super Heavy Funk 9 Jan 2001
By "katja_r" - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I enjoy the music on this CD immensely. Mr. James Brown (b1928) is the most charted artist alive, with a total of 98 Top 40 hits on the R&B charts. This collection demonstrates how the "Hardest Working Man in Showbiz" refused to rest on his laurels, but instead created and nurtured a brand new style, namely Funk. The notes provide the events during the period of 1971-75. Mr Alan Leeds, a long-time associate of Mr Brown, writes, "But for the veteran fan professing to appreciate the entire career, nothing is more eye-opening than the generation which defines Brown by seventies hits like 'The Payback' and 'Funky President'. The seventies - from hippies to psychedelia to disco - kept James Brown on his toes." These Super Heavy Funk rhythms certainly do that for me. The songs follow the format of a solid groove with Mr Brown rapping. It sounds easy, but no one else has been able to match it for excitement. All of the songs get me moving. "I'm a Greedy Man" is a bit faster than the rest, and "Make it Funky, Part 4" shows Mr Brown having fun with his musicians. He also has a serious side in an anti-drug song "King Heroin" and "Down and Out in New York City". Among those influenced by Mr Brown are Mrrs George Clinton (Parliment), Bootsy Collins, and Prince. If you are interested in Block Rockin' Super Heavy Funk, this CD will be interesting to you.
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