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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage James.....
This is a fantastic album of James Brown tunes. Full of funky tunes, that never quite made it to the greatest hits CDs but are head and shoulders above some of the 'classics'. To my ears 'People Get & Drive' is one of the best funk tunes ever, and it's worth buying it if only for the full 9 min version of it on here, when compared to the orginal 3 and a bit min...
Published on 5 May 2011 by Dangerscouse

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2.0 out of 5 stars Motherlode? I beg to differ
Within the context of James Brown CD releases this is nowhere near being a motherlode (the definition of "motherlode" being "The main vein of ore in a region").

For comparison one need only look as far as In The Jungle Groove, a James Brown compilation originally released just two years prior to this. Motherlode has maybe three tracks of "Jungle Groove"...
Published on 4 Sep 2011 by XBBX


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5.0 out of 5 stars Vintage James....., 5 May 2011
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This is a fantastic album of James Brown tunes. Full of funky tunes, that never quite made it to the greatest hits CDs but are head and shoulders above some of the 'classics'. To my ears 'People Get & Drive' is one of the best funk tunes ever, and it's worth buying it if only for the full 9 min version of it on here, when compared to the orginal 3 and a bit min version.

If you're a James Brown fan, this is a must, if you're a funk fan, this is a must, if you're wondering what all the James Brown fuss is about, then this is a great place to start.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a serious james brown album, 4 July 2011
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forget the 100s of compilations and perhaps even the albums too because every track on this album is upbeat and funked up! there are no slow tracks and no filler, this is probably the perfect cd to start a james brown collection.

might even be the only jb cd you ever need to buy if you just want the faster stuff.
absolutely essential music!
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2.0 out of 5 stars Motherlode? I beg to differ, 4 Sep 2011
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Within the context of James Brown CD releases this is nowhere near being a motherlode (the definition of "motherlode" being "The main vein of ore in a region").

For comparison one need only look as far as In The Jungle Groove, a James Brown compilation originally released just two years prior to this. Motherlode has maybe three tracks of "Jungle Groove" quality. Remove those tracks and you're left wth nothing particularly mindblowing in a James Brown sense; a couple of live tracks, a couple of remixes and a couple of fairly perfunctory instrumentals. On the whole Motherlode lacks the consistantly inherent funkyness and focused drive of In The Jungle Groove.

Bearing in mind it was released just 24 months after In The Jungle Groove, one could be forgiven for contemplating the possibilty of Motherlode being something of a scraping up of the rejects from that far superior project.

In more recent times Motherlode has also been bettered by compilations such as Foundations of Funk, Make It Funky and Funk Power. I would suggest a casual listener who wishes to explore James Brown's funk in greater depth heads for any of those titles before touching this.

That said, Motherlode is a nice little extra if you already have the previously mentioned titles - but, as you've probably already guessed - it's certainly not one I'd consider anywhere near as essential as any of them.

I'll give it a 2 out of 5 for the less-than-handful of high quality funk tracks. The rest, the bulk of the collection, is really not worthy of "motherlode" status.
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