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20 All Time Greatest Hits!

James BrownAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (October 22, 1991)
  • Original Release Date: October 22, 1991
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000001DUP
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (162 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #190 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. I Got You (I Feel Good)
2. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt.1
3. I Got The Feelin'
4. Mother Popcorn, Pt.1
5. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
6. Make It Funky, Pt.1
7. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, Pt.1
8. Think
9. It's A Man's Man's Man's World
10. Try Me
11. Night Train
12. Cold Sweat, Pt.1
13. Get On The Good Foot
14. Papa Don't Take No Mess, Pt.1
15. The Payback
16. Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud), Pt.1
17. Super Bad, Pts.1&2
18. Hot Pants, Pt.1
19. Get Up Offa That Thing
20. Please, Please, Please

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A towering figure in postwar American music, for over 40 years James Brown has written, produced, and performed some of the most compelling R&B ever recorded. 20 All Time Greatest Hits! distills Startime!, itself a four-CD set that barely scratched the surface of Brown's prodigious output. As such, this collection concentrates on Brown's best-known records: "I Feel Good," "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," and "Cold Sweat." The propulsive one- or two-chord vamps with Brown's hoarse, declamatory vocals laid the groundwork for modern funk. It's a perfect starter set for anyone unfamiliar with Brown's work. But be warned--Brown is addictive. Like peanuts and potato chips, it's impossible to stop with just one. Buy this and don't be surprised if one day you find yourself scouring used record bins for a rare copy of Grits and Cornbread. --Steven Mirkin

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71 of 72 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Listening for All Human Lifeforms ! ! ! January 22, 2001
Format:Audio CD
Unless you happen to have every single tune on this album because you have a monster record collection, there is no excuse in the world not to own this CD. James Brown is a towering figure in modern American music - - period. He IS to American music even now what Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington were to American music then. Though the "Godfather of Soul" and creator of funk, even if you're not a self proclaimed hard core funkateer or soul addict such as myself, it would be impossible to say that you know anything about American popular music, even rock music, until you've studied Brown, and this is a great place to start.
I like this album in particular because it offers a great yet economical window on his career, from his earliest hit "Please Please Please" until his peak in the '70s... and doesn't waste time getting to the point. - - And it offers a great glimpse into the evolution of his music from R & B to soul to funk. Strangely enough though, even if you go back 40 years, you could still throw on virtually any track on this album and people would get up and dance.
My advice would be, after getting this album, if you find yourself digging a certain era or vibe, check out some of the other great compilations to help you dig deeper. Also... If you like the '60s stuff, Live At The Apollo might be a pick you'll dig. If you dig the '70s stuff, check out The J.B.s Funky Good Time Anthology (or Greatest Hits Album).
And for a deeper study in Brown check out his Biography !
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential Soul and Funk August 1, 2000
Format:Audio CD
This album is a great collection of all of James Brown's absolute mega-hits. Of course he has written so many great songs that this is simply a skimming of the absolute best songs. I had no real James Brown albums before I bought this one, but I had heard enough of his stuff to know I wanted at least one CD and this is it, this is the best CD there is with respect to his work, and may well be one of the best Soul CDs of all time.
I love it because the songs just want to make you jump out of your seat and start boogieing. It really makes you want to dance. It also has very emotional songs that are filled with energy.
There are of course the songs everyone has heard from "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" which is an absolute great song that makes my foot tap involuntarily every time it comes on, to "Get Up" which has that weird over the top sexual innuendo that James Brown is so good at, to "Super Bad" which might very well be the best song on here, "I Got You (I Feel Good)" which might be the most well known song. But there are also a lot of songs that are awesome and not heard nearly as much like "Get On The Good Foot" with those sexual plays again, "It's A Man's Man's Man's World" which at times seems almost to be ironic, and "Think" which is an emotional appeal.
I highly recommend this CD to everyone! This is the one James Brown CD you have to own. And if you really like this though they have a lot more funk going on I recommend Parliament's "Best of Parliament" as well for some more of this funk-soul sound.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable singer, entertainer; he will be missed :-( December 25, 2006
Format:Audio CD
Isn't it funny how singers become even more popular once they've died. James Brown was already a legend in life and he's as much of a legend in death. I've always loved his music and he set a presidence for acts to follow all the way down the track.

I really love this cd, because it truly has some of his best best work. I especially love Make It Funky Pt 1, Try Me and my all time favourite Get Up Offa That Thing. This is a cd that you can really enjoy because the music is contagious and you can't help dancing.

What an amazing talent James was and I'm sure he'll be missed by all his fans. If you aren't a fan already, take a listen to the long list of hits on this cd and you might become a fan yourself. I love this.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Single Disc Collection, But You Can Do Better January 23, 2005
Format:Audio CD
As far as single CD collections of James Brown, this 1991 Polydor release "20 All-Time Greatest Hits", song per song, is as good as any American release. This collection retails at Amazon for club members at under 10 dollars, which will appeal to bargain hunters.

Far superior to "20 All-Time Greatest Hits" is the "50th Anniversary Collection" released by Polydor in 2003. "50th Anniversary" is a double CD that collects a windfall of 50 songs (count em!) and retails to Amazon club members at just over 15 for a mere five bucks you get 30 extra songs and a fairly comprehensive collection of the Godfather of Soul. You can do math and decide which collection is the best buy for you.

I like this collection because it includes a representative sample of each edition of the JBs, Brown's muscular back-up band. Earlier James Brown collections have short-changed the star studded, early Seventies formation of the JBs, a group of gritty funk pioneers who went on to form the spine of both George Clinton's ground breaking Funkadelic and P-Funk units.

I tend to judge smaller collections like "20 Greatest Hits" not on which songs are included, but which songs are left out. Among the missing in action on this collection are earlier chestnuts like: "Out of Sight","Lickin'Stick", "I Can't Stand Myself", and "I Got the Feeling". As a matter of personal taste, "20 Greatest Hits" loses a lot of points because it doesn't include "There Was Time". ("There Was A Time" the mid-tempo song with the eternal groove that contained my all-time favorite surreal R&B lyric of "we all get together, any kind of weather, and do the camel walk.").
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