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32 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the very best James Brown Albums, 16 Aug 2005
By A Customer
This review is from: In the Jungle Groove (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.G include Soul Power , Hot pants, and I got to move (a real gem).
In summary, a superb selection of the Godfather's most lethal funk monsters. If you have even the remotest interest in the funk and don't own this album (brothers and sisters) then you really need your funking head examined with a view to calling Doctor Brown for a full funktal lobotomy!
Amen
JonnyJay
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The most exciting music ever committed to record!, 9 May 2007
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This review is from: In the Jungle Groove (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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Papabear58, 27 Oct 2003
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Duncan McLeod (Bogota, Colombia) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: In the Jungle Groove (Audio CD)
An amazing funk workout including "the most sampled track of all time" The Funky Drummer. This really is the Godfather at his eclectic best. Buy it. Buy lots of James Brown. Go.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wicked, 11 Aug 2000
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Mr. A. Pomeroy (Wiltshire, England) - See all my reviews
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An absolutely essential record for anybody even remotely into dance or hip hop, this much-sampled disc was released in 1987, just in time for a generation to sample the breaks from 'Funky Drummer'. Although it isn't really a 'greatest hits' package, it's essential as a document of a man who elimited key changes and needless musical flourishes in favour of a pure groove.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars why why why?, 4 Jan 2009
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This review is from: In the Jungle Groove (Audio CD)
This is just as amazing as the other reviewers state but a word of warning to those of you replacing your original vinyl as I just have. Unlike the vinyl, this CD fades at the end of 'Funky Drummer' and you therefore lose about 10-15 seconds of funky drumming. I've no idea why (nor if the current vinyl issue mirrors the CD) but it does spoil it a bit
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather At His Best, 26 Aug 2008
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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. Add to this the previously unreleased and rhythmically stunning full version of Blind Man Can See It which leads me to wonder what else may be lying unreleased in the vaults. It is true that no one else had more releases than JB with a new single pretty much every week and an average of five or six album releases a year, some of the good stuff was going to get left behind.

These songs are an explosive and dynamic expression of the human condition in the inimitable style James Brown and only James Brown could have achieved. At times militant and revolutionary; whilst also celebratory, innovative and down right funky, funky, funky. This serves either as a fantastic introduction to James Brown or essential collection for any funk fan.

"Clap your hands and stomp your feet..."
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars 'Go turn it loose, 'cos it's a Mother!', 7 Mar 2007
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As the review below said, this is a collection of extended jams from James Brown and his backing band the JB's at the end of the sixties / start of the seventies. At a time when James was single handedly creating a new form of music - funk, this compilation finds the probably the tighest, funkiest band there has ever been at the very top of their game. JB himself is almost like another instrument, giving orders and guiding where the groove goes rather than doing any conventional singing.

Quite simply, this is one of the most important albums ever made. Without it Funk, Disco, Hip Hop & any other form of music that uses breaks & beats would be very different & may not even exist!

But enough of the history lesson, get this CD and marvel at the playing (so tight & so familiar from samples, it actually sounds like breakbeats), special mentions for Bootsy Collins & Clyde Stubblefield who combined to create the best rhythm section ever - fact!

Get on up, get into it & get involved as the great man with the bizzare hair said himself, R.I.P James Brown.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A funk bomb., 7 Nov 2003
This review is from: In the Jungle Groove (Audio CD)
Brilliant. Raw, stripped down soul at its best. If you can't feel this, you really haven't got any soul, as the man himself says.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars JB's new bad go through their funky paces, 3 Dec 2000
The old guard had been unceremoniously ejected, and the Collins brothers had chanced upon the motherlode! They were not found wanting; Phelps Collins' reiterpretation of the guitar line on 'Give It Up Or Turn It Loose' is amongst the most sinuously funky ever to appear on record. Bootsy's basslines were still playing a supportive role, and had not yet become as ostentatious and ego-driven as his later solo work. However, this is Clyde Stubblefield's show. When he comes back in after the accapella breakdown on 'Give It Up,' it's like being run over by a funky rhinocerous! Crisp and dead-on (but never heavy-handed), he IS the funkiest of JB's drummers!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you want to start somewhere with JB, start here., 4 Nov 2000
By A Customer
This is a classic LP. The pure adrenalin rush you feel when hearing the familiar bassline on 'Give it up or Turn it Loose' leading in to the super hard beats just lets you know that this man was born to funk. You have to own this.
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