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5.0 out of 5 stars The best James Brown retrospectives yet, 13 Nov 2009
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Richard Farr (Kent, UK) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: The Singles Volume 5: 1967-1969 (Audio CD)
These compilations of James Brown singles offer a fascinating, 'step by step' insight into the development of the music of this icon of soul & funk. Save for James' 1960s/70s live appearances at the Apollo, his legend has probably never been bettered served.

Concentrating on the the 3 later volumes [1967-72 inclusive : where my personal interest largely lies], here lie chronologically presented singles with both parts [e.g. 'Say it loud - I'm black & I'm proud', 'Hot pants'], with different mixes [e.g. 'Licking stick'] & in alternate takes [e.g. 'I guess I'll have to cry, cry, cry'] together with rarely heard 'oddities' [e.g. the upbeat, yet poignant 'Santa Claus goes straight to the ghetto'].

With some artists, hearing 2 or more versions of the same tune follow each other can be held as a criticism, but the way the sequencing is set to a virtual segue here, they are heard as an almost seemless extension of the same track. Almost early versions of that 80s phenomenon - the 12 inch extended mix. Infact, so clever is this element of the discs that perhaps without realising it, 4 versions of 'Licking Stick' pass by on Disc 1 of the 1967-69 volume. Any listener not simultaneously studying the sleeve could be forgiven for assuming this to be a single early James Brown funk workout.

And with around 40 tracks per volume, the sets represent terrific value for money for fans looking for more than just another greatest hits. I agree with the comment made by the first reviewer regarding the strip placed at the top edge of the jewel case & the resultant 'stickiness' in that area. It is an irritation, although something that seems to frequent a number of American produced discs on import. No matter though, once you have 'battled' for a few moments with the packaging, the quality of the music & the informative sleevenotes render this neglible.

I leave this review on the 1967-69 set page in the hope that potential buyers feel they can progress to the 1969-70 & 1970-72 volumes safe in the knowledge they will not be disappointed.

Oh, & if 1973 - 76 ever appear, well we are in for treat.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic release, 6 Jan 2009
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This review is from: The Singles Volume 5: 1967-1969 (Audio CD)
I've bought all 5 volumes so far and they're all great. Really nicely presented with loads of information. A couple of minor criticisms though. The print in the booklet is really small so quite a challenge for an old codger like me. The second thing is more to do with the packaging. For some inexplicable reason Universal insist on sticking the Bar code and Title on a sticky label attached to the top of the CD case. Each one takes about 10 minutes to peel/scrape off and annoyingly leaves deposits of sticky glue on the case. Universal, please desist from this annoying practice! Having said that, these are minor gripes and Alan Leeds and Harry Weinger are to be congratulated for presenting James Brown's musical legacy with the care and attention it deserves.
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5.0 out of 5 stars da bomb to drop, 3 July 2009
This review is from: The Singles Volume 5: 1967-1969 (Audio CD)
just received vol 5 + 6 and by the time track 2 is on i've already blown my speakers!
funk of a mutha!
cold sweatin' these single bombs are limited plus excellent liner notes: "i ain't got nothin' royal but me - soul."... HAAAA!!
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