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Masterpiece Jazzie B Box set

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  • Audio CD (8 Sept. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Format: Box set
  • Label: MOS
  • ASIN: B001BNF8JS
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 127,044 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. Archie Bell & The Drells - Strategy
  2. Melba Moore - You Stepped Into My Life
  3. Esther Williams - I'll Be Your Pleasure
  4. Mystic Merlin - Mr. Magician
  5. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Bad Luck
  6. El Coco - Let's Get Together
  7. Lillo Thomas - I Love It
  8. Dayton - Eyes On You
  9. One Way - I Didn't Mean To Break Your Heart
  10. Creative Source - Good Loving Is Good Living
  11. El Coco - Cocomotion
  12. Serious Intention - You Don't Know

Disc: 2

  1. James Brown - I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself)
  2. Fred Wesley & The J.B.'s - Blow Your Head
  3. Pleasure - Glide
  4. B.T. Express - Do You Like It
  5. Kool & The Gang - Hollywood Swinging
  6. Cameo - Rigor Mortis
  7. Commodores - Brick House
  8. Sweet Charles - Soul Man
  9. Eric B. & Rakim - I Know You Got Soul
  10. Tommy Stewart - Bump & Hustle Music
  11. Johnny Hammond Smith - Tell Me What To Do
  12. The Windy City Orchestra - Windy City (Theme)
  13. Nolen & Crossley - Salsa Boogie

Disc: 3

  1. Nitro Deluxe - The Brutal House
  2. Mr Fingers - Can you Feel It
  3. Adonis - No Way Back
  4. Frankie Knuckles Feat. Jamie Principle - Baby Wants To Ride
  5. 2 In A Room - Do What You Want
  6. Raze - Jack The Groove
  7. Raze - Break 4 Love
  8. Slick Rick - Children's Story
  9. Cypress Hill - How I Could Just Kill A Man
  10. Soul II Soul - Fairplay
  11. Wookie Feat. Lain - Battle
  12. Wookie Feat. Lain - After All
  13. Soul II Soul - I Care
  14. Copyright Feat. Jazzie B - Roots

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BBC Review

If this doesn't get soul musos salivating, nothing will. Soul II Soul's legendary Jazzie B may come across arrogant by labelling his latest mixed compilation 'Masterpiece', but after just one spin you can't really argue. Three discs take the listener on a journey through the life, vibes and times of a true British music stalwart.

On disc one, Jazzie reaches out to his early inspiration: timeless, old skool soul- the music that kick-started the Soul II Soul party soundsystem, years before Back To Life and Keep On Moving were released. Among twelve unpretentious, feel-good soul tracks, you'll find classics like Creative Source's Good Loving Is Good Living, Harold Mervin & The Blue Notes' Bad Luck and Mystic Merlin's Mr Magician. And, yes, the latter is as gorgeously cheesy as you imagine; disco shoes, the whole shebang.

Kicking off with James Brown, disc two glides through funk and rare groove (Cameo, Kool & The Gang, The Commodores) as Jazzie evokes the hazy days of London's Africa Centre. This Covent Garden venue was where Soul II Soul ruled roost in the late eighties with their eclectic, diehard, Benetton-esque fans.

Last but by no means least, disc three completes the trilogy with an uplifting electronic versus hip hop trip. Nitro Deluxe opens with 1986 club classic, The Brutal House and Jazzie B himself ends with 2008's tribal-influenced escapade alongside the infamous Copywrite crew, Roots. In between you'll find gems like Raze's Break 4 Love, Slick Rick's Children's Story and Cypress Hill's How I Could Just Kill A Man.

An absolute must-have for any discerning soulful music lover. --Elle J Small

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Jazzie B has been a part of the black music scene in the United Kingdom (UK) for very many years, and is respected for playing his part in promulgating the experiences of the Jamaican sound system to a far wider audience - something which he refers to in the notes accompanying this release as having been a conscious decision to be 'inclusive' and not 'exclusive'. He is also widely recognised as being the figurative head of 'Soul II Soul', over seeing the transition from a DJ based sound system to recording artist to (however briefly) the encapsulation of a black musical experience of which the mainstream had been largely unaware.

This story has been visited previously in other musical collections which are still available, but this release offers itself as THE history lesson of how Soul II Soul moved from the "community centres of North London...to some of the most pretigious and influential clubs in the world", and does so with an apparent awareness that such narratives can be rewritten or reframed, often by those not originally involved in the making of the story. To help with this framing the collection is divided in to three parts - 'Pre Africa Centre', 'Africa Centre/Rare Groove' and finally 'Africa Centre/ The Fridge' - each drawing upon the experiences of the 'places and spaces' of seminal importance to the soundsystem collective.

But what about the music? For a collection to present (however imperfectly) nearly thirty years of music linked to Soul II Soul is quite an undertaking, but this collection does generally manage to present a coherent overview of what you might have heard being played during this period, including some records now considered to be 'classics' of their genre.
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This review probably falls in between the other 2 reviews. Back in the 80s, I was a big fan of the rare groove/hip hop/house scene, which predated the 1988 Summer of Love, when of course, everything changed! Over the years, I've been picking up as many of the tracks I missed from around that time and of course Soul II Soul were massive on that scene then. The Africa Centre CD covers a big chunk and this CD fills in a lot of gaps. Every era covered on the 3 CDs is spot on, with good track selection and I've managed to get hold of 3-4 tracks I've been missing for over 20 years! Jazzie's show on Fridays on BBC London is a fantastic catch as well, bringing back memories of London pirate shows from many moons ago! Overall, for the price and the quality of songs included, I surmise that this CD is fantastic value!
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Really like this mix has a huge variety of music mixing hip hop with dance and funk. Plenty to choose from and works well. Not the best produced album or mixing by Jazzie B but he's not really a DJ more an artist, but still worth the purchase and will get lots of plays. Nice to have in your collection - really rate this series - Nice Work Mr B.
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I have enjoyed immensely the CD. I am a big fan of Jazzie B, since the days of Soul II Soul, when I was a student in the UK. However this is a difficult album for people under 30..The music is different, there are lyrics... (yes songs used to have lyrics) and there is a distinct absence of heavy bass sound.. One can easily understand even Philadelfia sound effects, which is a totally different technique.. But as I said, for my age group and hearings I consider it a brilliant album..
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Brilliant mix of music, this feels like the soundtrack of my youth . . . . great to hear 'brick house' and 'Glide' in the same place. With crisp tracks like Tell me what to do it's impossible to not crank up the volume. Even rediscovering 'you don't know' and 'Brutal House' left a big grin on my face. very hard to beat with a little slice of Slick Rick and Wookie for good measure.
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