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Make It Funky the Big Payback [CASSETTE]

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  • Audio Cassette (23 July 1996)
  • Label: Uni/a&M
  • ASIN: B000002G9A
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
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As the '70s arrived James Brown was undergoing something of a personnel crisis. His original backing band had walked out on him in early 1970 and the replacements,who became the original JB's and who included Bootsie Collins and his brother Phelps, would only last until March 1971. It was in that year, however, that James Brown recorded some of his most memorable material, including "Sex Machine" and estalblished Funk as a musical genre.

As the "Bootsie" period wound down, Brown had brought back into the fold Fred Wesley, which must rank as one o his better decisions because with Wesley he was able to sustain the quality of his output and enjoy success until the mid '70's. and this set neatly covers that period. And what music they created together as Wesley's musical arrangements were allied to Brown's "on the hoof" changes over the groove laid down by Wesley on trombone, St Clair Pinckney on sax and Jabo Starks on drums.

This isn't necsesarily the best of that period but it's close. Brown's danceable output dominates side one, and really if you can sit still while listening to this, then there's no hope for you!! Social commentary, which featured large in Brown's output in this period, is represented by King Heroin, which also shows he could slow it down to good effect, and some more straight soul in Down and Out in New York City. The latter is the only song here from the Black Ceasar sooundtrack, with an intro that wasn't on the album, but featured on the single mix.

By side two, we are on to 3 tracks from the giant "Payback" album, only one of which, the title track, features in full. That's a shame because the full 12 minute version of "Stone to the Bone" is superb.
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If you like your James Brown to be funky rather than soulful, this is for you. With the band in full flow this is the real deal. Get this and the JB's Funky Good Time Vol I and II and you won't regret it. If you like these check out the James Brown's Funky People series which was my introduction to this great music.
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Mr Brown at his funkiest best. Certain to get your toes tappin' and put you in an upbeat mood. Definitely one of the top 5 modern musically geniuses. No wonder he is probably the most sampled artist of all times. AWESOME CD.
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This fantastic collection,in one set takes me back to the days and nights of the greatest 5 years in popular music(Soul,Funk,Blues,Jazz,Philly) when music was meaningful.James was a hero among heroes. Long Live James Brown
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James Brown got me into funk in the first place. After years spent looking out and listening to lots of other stuff in the genre, some pretty rare and obscure...I can honestly say NO-ONE does it better than the man himself. With his backing band the JB's behind him he made some of his best music in the late 60's to the mid 70's, with some of the best tunes in this compilation. Seriously addictive head nodding and feet tapping stuff, catchy is an understatement. Everyone knows his big hits but this is where his real groove lay. Do your feet a favour and give your ears a funk injection and get this. If this is up your street, the JB's anthology 'Funky Good Time' should be next'
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One of my alltime favorite artists. Probably one of the most sampled performers and truthfully the king of his genre
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