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THE KINGS OF FUNK

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  • Audio CD (7 Mar. 2005)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Republic of Music
  • ASIN: B0006M4SPA
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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Track Listings

Disc: 1

  1. From The Love Side - Hank Ballard
  2. Is It Because I'm Black - Ken Boothe
  3. Small Talk - Sly & The Family Stone
  4. Jasper Country Man - Bobbi Humphrey
  5. Ain't No Sunshine - Harlem Underground Band
  6. Melting Pot - Booker T. and the M.G.'s
  7. Do Your Thing - Lyn Collins
  8. If I Can't Fly - Honey Cone
  9. Climax - The Ohio Players
  10. You've Got The Papers (I've Got The Man) - Ann Peebles

Disc: 2

  1. Genuine - Sharon Jones
  2. Don't Joke With A Hungry Man - Quantic
  3. Family Affair - MFSB
  4. Party Time - Brand New
  5. The MG Beat - Mighty Generation
  6. Simple Song - Zebra
  7. You Can Make The Change - madcliff
  8. Getting Off On Your Loving - Skying High
  9. Will You Love My Child - Anna Raye
  10. (I Can) Deal With That - Dee Edwards

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this is a compilation that is definitely worth getting if you are heavily in to funk. there are some brilliant, brilliant songs on here, and many that you would probably never here unless you were a dedicated collector. for instance, skying high's 'getting off on your loving' is a song that in my opinion can match much of the best of parliaments output and i have never, ever heard of them. there are a few weak songs though and its kind of a disjointed listen. rza's selection is probably the strongest of the two, but keb darge has got the real gems. if your looking for an introduction to funk, then your probably better off going for some james brown or sly and the family stone compilation. or mothership connection by parliament.
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There seems to be a basic rule with these things: the bigger the name of the compiler, the less interesting the selection. If this was just the RZA disc, it would would be a 2 star job, with no real surprises and a couple of standout tracks (Hank Ballard, Harlem Underground Band) that have already had enough exposure on other compilations. Keb Darge though is way too much of a music snob to put his name to the mediocre or obvious, and here he serves up an unexpected, excellent selection of contemporary funk, 70s funk-tinged soul and post-Parliament bass-heavy dancefloor funk that's just great from start to finish. Dancefloor standouts would be the Mighty Generation and Skying High - both very obscure records you will probably never see in their original form. At least not without a big sign on them saying £500. Worth it then for disc 2 alone - and as an added bonus you get a hefty dose of the Keb's patented chip-on-each-shoulder sleeve notes.
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RZA's selection is weak: there is no point of compiling average tracks that everybody knows. It shows a lack of effort in digging and lack of knowledge in what "funk" is. His selection gives the impression he chose b-side tracks of famous album from famous artists who were used to play gentle funk. The aim of this compilation was to put RZA's name on it so that BBE (the label) and Darge would be known a little bit more.
Darge's selection is great in every point: underground devastating old stuff, killer modern artists, good taste guarantee.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Too much funk !!! 24 Aug. 2013
By Martyn Downie - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Too much funk for one cd....RZA'S side is fire..He should get a Grammy... I

recommend this to anyone who likes FUNK. I've played it everyday since I got it!

Every time I play it... I discover another song I like better than before. Check out Carla Thomas (live)
5.0 out of 5 stars Dig It 13 Mar. 2011
By T.Roy - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Dig this album. You get your money's worth and it's awesome to finally listen to some of RZA and Keb's hand picks. The only tune on this I don't like is track 2 on the first disc with the crying baby sounds in the background, ruins the whole song. Other than that, buy this cd if you like the Wu, hip hop, funk or GOOD MUSIC!
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars 4 Nov. 2014
By Roberto Jiménez Bozada - Published on Amazon.com
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ALL PERFECT
21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Kings of Funk Reign Supreme 20 April 2005
By Scott D. Gribble - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
The second installment of BBE's "Kings Of..." series is a fine piece of work. It compares in a lot of ways to Keb Darge's "Funk Spectrum Series". Similarly the album's tracks are split up between Darge and a legendary guest. The songs are always hard to find obscurities that never really got much play when they were released. He's a certified perfectionist when it comes to digging up "lost" tracks - just check his track record on Amazon.

In the past Darge has teamed up with renowned crate-diggers/producers DJ Shadow and Pete Rock. For "Kings Of Funk" Darge shares the spotlight with the RZA, who is known for his use of uncommon samples from both music and films in his Hip-Hop productions. While the average music fan might not associate RZA for his crate digging abilities and more so for his involvement in the Wu-Tang Clan, any true head has known he's got a phenomenal ear for music. His sampling skills involve tracks so rare and implicit that they become almost unrecognizable amidst the full production.

All right, enough about their credentials... without a doubt this is an excellent collection of tracks, mostly thanks to the RZA's selections. RZA's disc (the first one) might be the best out of any in the "Funk Spectrum" series or for that matter any funk/soul compilations in the BEE catalogue. Of his 40 mins of funk, 95% is outstanding. Hank Ballard's "From the Love Side" gets the album off to a funky James Brown esq. kick-start. RZA's disc contains four incredible instrumentals: "Jasper Country Men", "Ain't No Sunshine", "Climax", and the 8 min epic "Melting Pot". The latter two are definitely the best, just straight up funky jam sessions. Ken Boothe shows some reggae/funk that Bob Marely would be proud of on "Because I'm Black". A live version of Lyn Collins' "Do Your Thing" is simply powerful (blowing the more familiar Isaac Hayes version out of the water!). Ann Peebles brings it all to a tremendous close on a track that's just laced with famous hip-hop samples (I recognize the guitar part in particular, but I'm still trying to figure out from where, I'll put it up soon).
Really the only fault is Sly & The Family Stone's "Small Talk", mostly because it suffers from a loud crying baby throughout its entirety. But, that small misstep aside, the RZA's disc is a perfect collection of rare funk tracks.
(Note: The track listing above is incorrect. Neither Jimmy Ponder's "While My Guitar" & the Ohio Players "Singing In The Morning" appear on either disc.)

Keb Darge's disc is pretty good. Most of the tracks on this disc fall in the middle of the road - laid back and chill. There aren't as many simply stunning stand out tracks like RZA's disc, but it serves its purpose quite nicely and is easily enjoyable. A few do make you stop and listen up. Sharon Jones's swagger hits the funky groove of "Genuine" to perfection. Zebra's "Simple Song" and MFSB's menacing "Family Affair" are two excellent instrumentals (excluding four lines in the former). The album also ends on two superb soulful jams "Will You Love My Child" and the memorable lyrics of Dee Edwards on "(I Can) Deal With That". The rest of the second disc is by no means weak, but to Keb's credit, he's been putting together collections for a number of years and has probably used his best offerings long ago. The remaining four, satisfy but aren't unforgettable.

BEE went the extra step and did a tremendous job with packaging "Kings of Funk". It has excellent liner notes, with full descriptions of the tracks as well as Keb's personal opinions on each. The two disc package costs as if it was only one. Both hip-hop sample heads and funk/soul fans will love this collection. So, you're probably running out of reasons not to get this album. Don't resist too much, cause it's one of the best collections of rare funk/soul tracks out there.

The RZA's Disc: (9.5/10)
Keb Darge's Disc: (8/10)
Overall Package: (9/10)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars this got that stank 11 Mar. 2013
By MAXIMILLIAN MUHAMMAD - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
i was bumping this recently because i dig me some serious crate digging and this is truly nice. its the kinds of jams you would call unsung even by some known household acts like the Ohio players.. this the kind of album that you grill and chill to and not miss a step. this is some serious digging out. real nice!!
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