At the time this CD originally came out, most of JBs classic funk albums were long out of print, and it was impossible to forsee that they'd ever see the light of day again... Fortunately, Polydor hadn't totally forgotten the funk side of JB... THE FUNKY PEOPLE anthology was out (the tapes were always on my walkman) followed by IN THE JUNGLE GROOVE... fortunately, JUNGLE GROOVE along with MOTHERLODE were and are among the funkiest JB collections ever released and I'll explain why... In his bio, JB complained that he was frequently upset because the labels were always watering his stuff down. LISTEN to JB's albums, and you'd have to ask: WHERE??? But listen to JUNGLE GROOVE and MOTHERLODE and you'll see how much badder JB could actually get. (It seems also that the label weren't as vigilant with his PEOPLE label releases, so they tended to be harder edged than his own releases as well... even though you can tell that they could just the same have been released under his name!)
Truth is, JB throughout the 70s especially was famous for some pretty ambitious (sometimes double LP) releases but between the hard funk tracks, he did have some corny tracks too... (Like his heart rendering version of WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING ON on HELL... what the ??? and how about his SALSA version of PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ?) This album though not only cuts past the schmaltz, but goes right to the source... the VAULTS in search of the funkiest of JB... and it definitely succeeds ! Not only that, the tracks were purported approved by JB himself as well ! ! !
*P.S. If you like this one, be sure to get the two SOUNDTRACKS that JB did in the 70s... BLACK CEASAR and SLAUGHER'S BIG RIP OFF - - some of his best work of that era. Also... let us not forget the last of his CLASSIC FUNK ERA recordings SOUL SYNDROME ! ! !
Now what I'm hoping and praying for is that one day his instrumental albums (featuring him on the Hammond Organ) from the SMASH label find themselves back in issue... now THAT would be a dream !