When first released in 1991, this historical box set basically wiped out any debate: James Brown was the most important musician of his generation. DJ Shadow once went so far to thank him for inventing modern music. But more than his influence, what really shines through here is his genius. This is most notable on disc 3, where he pushes wildly intricate rythms to places where no one had taken them before or since. The other three discs are similar shades of genius. Don't bother with a single disc collection, they don't do him justice, and whilst it does take the modern listener a few listens to wrap their head around his complexities, once you've cracked it you'll be a fan for life. £15 for 5 hours of the greatest music ever recorded? Are you going to find a better deal anywhere else?
This excellent 4 disc set does a great job of collecting all the best work of James Brown into one easy package.
A man always at the forefront of musical trends it charts his career from `50s R&B singer through soul and his development of the funk sound. Brown was a true original and a great innovator, as well as being a skilled performer who ran a very tight crew. The two aspects come together to provide track after track of superb soul/funk underpinned by Brown's self assured powerful vocals.
The set collects all the essential recordings, from the early big hits that made his name to the likes of funky drummer and Mother Popcorn with which he redefined black music. Being 4 discs it has space to include so much more material, which shows off the range of the man's talent, and give the listener the chance to hear some great music you would never hear on a 1 disc collection.
The 4 discs have been nicely mastered and have a decent clear sound. There are 4 CDs in normal size cd cases collected into a sturdy car outer about the size of 2 cd cases tall. It's a well put together and worthwhile set.
The greatest box set by the greatest, funkiest person who ever lived. Probably the greatest box set of all time, no, definitely the greatest. Each time you press play, you will not sit still & you will want to play it all. The best medication you can listen to because you will forget about your problems & smile & smuggly think, " I'm glad I got this! "
I claim no JB expertise,I saw this,and thought,good price,music to exercise by.It was that,and so much more.Get on up,get down,it's been a long time since I dug soul.Now I'm going to have to revisit my youth,and reacquaint myself with Otis,Stevie,Wilson,and all the others.
I chose a five star rating for this box-set for three reasons: Choice of tracks, sound quality and a well-presented and detailed booklet included with the set. There may have been one or two Brown selections which should have been here and aren't, but I can't think of any offhand; the set really does offer the best guide to Brown's career that you're likely to hear in just one package. Another major bonus is that many of the tracks are taken from the original, unedited studio tapes; so, in many cases, you'll hear the complete version of these recordings for the first time in all their soulful glory. Finally, the enclosed booklet includes an excellent summation of J.B.'s career, placing all those big hits in their proper context; plus, you get full session details for every track, including recording dates and the musicians involved. If you're looking for the most comprehensive career overview of 'Soul brother number one',look no further than the 'Star Time' box-set; it really is a fitting tribute to one of the most exciting and influential recording artists ever to grace a recording studio. This is a hit!
This package does full justice to James Brown's amazingly influential career. All the classics and more, painstakingly compiled by Cliff White. Other reviews have covered the 4 discs but it's also worth mentioning the detailed book which has a great selection of b/w photos plus reproduced posters and record sleeves. Aside from a full discography and session details of every song in the set, the essays from Nelson George and Alan Leeds provide cultural context and a music business perspective. Great value.
i'm not the biggest jb fan ,so after reading the reviews i took the plunge and bought this epic box set i knew a lot of the tracks and a lot i didn't which were a pleasent surprise how good they were ,i have to agree with the other reviewer's it is an essential purchase ,the title needs changed though to JAMES BROWN - LEGEND ,the only tracks you need .