The Godfather
 
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The Godfather

8 Jan 2007 | Format: MP3

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Product details

  • Original Release Date: 8 Jan 2007
  • Release Date: 8 Jan 2007
  • Label: UMC (Universal Music Catalogue)
  • Copyright: (C) 2002 Universal Music TV, a division of Universal Music Operations Ltd.
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  • Total Length: 1:18:48
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  • ASIN: B0042UXCIG
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 607 in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 in MP3 Albums)

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Andy Millward VINE VOICE on 18 May 2005
Format: Audio CD
James Brown is truly a legend in his own lifetime. His legend precedes him - Godfather of Soul, the man who invented funk, deeply flawed individual - all true in their way.
If you're coming to Brown for the first time there are two things you must do to see how the legend arose in the first place. One is to see Brown's concert footage, and you will realise that this man was the original showman, an entertainer who knows above all else how to work an audience and deliver a stunning performance. The second is to listen to his music, and you'll know that the legend and a long and varied career is based on a truly entralling heritage.
Brown demonstrates throughout this fine collection his superb timing, wonderful use of call-and-response, superb integration with his band and backing singers, and above all one of the greatest voices in the history of popular music. It's far more than a voice - it's an instrument in its own right, the most amazing ensemble of screams, whoops and hollas you've ever heard. Even right back to the beginning of his career, Brown took a very basic 50s pop ballad, Please Please Please, and turned it into a unique exhibition of his talents. But to demonstrate the power of that voice, turn to It's a Man's Man's Man's World, a song that makes the hairs on the back of my neck prickle and stand on end to this day.
This fine collection doesn't stick to chronological order, but it certainly shows you the highlights of an incredible musical opus, right up to Brown's special recording for the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It includes his best-known numbers (the ubiquitous I Feel Good, for example), plus examples of hard-core funk that launched a generation and Brown's flavour of social comment. It's a shame that Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud hasn't been included ("we'd rather die on our feet than keep living on our knees"), but there's still plenty to appreciate throughout this superb CD.
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63 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Gareth Hall on 2 Feb 2007
Format: Audio CD
It's not easy being a James Brown fan. Currently, many of his original studio albums are so rare on CD that they are almost impossible to find, and instead of making them widely available, record companies force fans to buy armfuls of compilations by including small helpings of rare material on each one. However, the glut of compilations on the market at least make it easy for new fans to make their first purchase, and despite the disorganised back catalogue, further purchases are essential. Why? Because James Brown is the most influential artist of the 20th century, BAR NONE. Here's a quick history lesson: He invented funk, which evolved into disco, hip-hop, modern R&B, techno, house, trance, and every other form of contemporary dance music. They all trace back to The Godfather. Without him, Prince and Michael Jackson would sound unrecognisable. Oh, and he is also the most sampled artist of all time, providing countless new artists with pop, hip-hop and R&B hits over the last 30 years.

So, you need a place to start. Of the many compilations on the market, this is one of the best. Most of the songs you would expect to be here are present, plus the 80's hits 'Living In America', 'I'm Real' and even the rare medley single 'The Payback Mix', all of which many other collections leave out. The funk gets the most attention (as it should), but you get a taste of his early soul material as well. There will always be great songs missing (like 'The Payback' or 'Try Me'), but there's no point dwelling on that. After this, the best place to go is the 4 CD box set 'Star Time', which takes you on a trip from 1956-1984. It skimps on the late 70's cuts, but the 2 CD set 'Dead On The Heavy Funk: 1975-1983' does a great job of filling in the gaps. Post-'84, 'Gravity' and 'I'm Real' are his two best albums.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Keyl on 16 Feb 2012
Format: Audio CD
This CD is one of the best compilation albums i have ever bought and that is a bold statement!

The tracks are fantastic and keep you on your feet. Even the songs i have not heard before are great.

Definately recommend this CD to anyone!!!

James Brown really is The God Father of Soul ooooowwwwww!!!!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By benilynn on 10 Aug 2010
Format: Audio CD
Superb compilation of James Brown classics.
This is by far the best mix of his music I've heard on one cd......been playing on a loop since it arrived!!
Perfect sound...fantastically funky...highly recommended.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 Jun 2002
Format: Audio CD
This album just makes you wanna sing along-after hearing most of his songs on adverts,film soundtracks,etc here there are all together.I turned it on & i just wanted to sing & dance.James Brown definately is the godfather of funk.
This album has all his greatest hits-"Papas Got a Brand New Bag" to "This Is a Man's World" , "Super Bad" to "Sex Machine".It also has the very enjoyable but lesser known "The Boss", which you may have heard on Lock,Stock&2 smoking barrels.
This album is must for any funk/soul/James Brown fan
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12 of 15 people found the following review helpful By djrevivalist on 1 Oct 2004
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From the begining to the end this album charts the rise of the genius that is James Brown. From Public enemy to the Stone Roses, anyone who tries to move the listener with pumping bass and wicked Beats owes a debt to James Brown. Brown stamps all o his music with his attitude and energy, his music burts with energy, but often carries a sleazy dirty edge that takes it above and beyond some of the other funk masters, great as they are, where as the Meters and George Clinton, have a happy up beat, a sense of fun about there music James Brown went for a harder sound, more intune with the blues greats before him than mAl green or Marvin Gaye.
Brown is often remember for his all action stage shows and the energy of his songs, but this album show cases his fantastic voice. Whats more Brown always surrounded himself with great musicans, Maceo Parker on Sax (of Cross the tracks fame featured on the brit film Snatch soundtrack), Bootsy Collins on base et al. My all time favourite Tune is the Boss, but less face it all these songs are great, check out the JB's his backing band and Bobby Byrd his side kick for similar music. The word Legend is to widely used but brown was in spades, long live the Soul Father.
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