Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Dead on the Heavy Funk
Genres: Pop, R&B
After disco broke, Brown's albums mostly ranged from inconsistent to awful, but this set distills his declining years into two totally solid discs. He struggles fascinatingly with new slang and the new rhythms people were ... more »
After disco broke, Brown's albums mostly ranged from inconsistent to awful, but this set distills his declining years into two totally solid discs. He struggles fascinatingly with new slang and the new rhythms people were dancing to, even while almost accidentally inventing some of his own; he cops a riff from Bowie's "Fame," remakes his old tunes, takes a few stabs at ultraslick disco, and finally throws his hands up and settles in for extended funk vamps, driven by playfulness rather than urgency (the 11-minute "For Goodness' Sakes, Look at Those Cakes" is about what you think it's about). Guitarist Jimmy Nolen is the secret force behind these small delights, underscoring everything with pungent, slightly atonal funk riffs. --Douglas Wolk
Best of the overlooked years.
(4 out of 5 stars)
"This stuff is for real fans, as it's a little spotty. A natural progression from the early seventies funk like Payback. Half of this collection is great, such as Bodyheat, Kiss in 77, Eyesight, and the overlooked Nature Part 1 (although they should have used the 10 min. lp version). The spoken intro to Spank is almost worth the price of the cd. The mastering could have been better on a few cuts, but overall a good collection if you like the early 70s stuff and want to take the next step."
Good Collection, Bizarre Selection
William Jones | Rockville, MD USA | 02/14/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"By including tunes like "Your Love" and "Hustle (Dead on It)" from the Everybody's Doing The Hustle and Dead on the Double Bump album, while leaving out the 1976 version of "Papa's Got a New Brand New Bag from the same album, this CD does not immediately gain a whole lot of credibility for intelligence in song selection. "Kansas City" from that same album is another great one that just shouldn't have been ignored.James Brown made great music in this period but he was extremely uneven. A collection like this is supposed to allow one to get the best of this period without having to pay $25.00 apiece for the original vinyl of the many, many albums he produced in this era. Though some of what is included in this collection is first rate, a lot is missing. This is inexcusable and amounts to a hostage like situation, as the record company once again forces us to wait for another repetitive re-issue just to get at 3 or 4 new songs that we haven't seen for twenty or thirty years.The swindle is complete, as I paid almost thirty dollars for this collection rather than take a risk and get yet another used record album with a scratch on the one tune I wanted to hear."
Aint gonna get no heavier
JB (firstname.lastname@example.org) | swanton, vermont | 02/23/1999
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I have been a JB fan for a little over two years. All my JB cd's were from 1970 and older. That was.....until i picked up this disk. I couldnt believe how funky it was. James brown is definatley the Minister of new new super heavy funk"