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21 Essential Funk and Soul Classics (2007)

James Brown , James Brown  |  G |  DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: James Brown
  • Directors: James Brown
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: G (General Audience)
  • Studio: Cleopatra
  • DVD Release Date: April 24, 2007
  • Run Time: 60 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NDEX52
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #374,523 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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A truly funky, soulful DVD compilation of live performances from the masters of R&B music!

Features incredible concert footage of James Brown, Chic, The Pointer Sisters, Dionne Warwick, The Brothers Johnson, The Stylistics and more!

Includes the hit singles I Got You (I Feel Good), Le Freak, Strawberry Letter 23, Jump (For My Love), You Make Me Feel Brand New, Have You Seen Her? and more! --Cleopatra Records

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1. James Brown - I Got You (I Feel Good)
2. Chic - Le Freak
3. The Brothers Johnson - Strawberry Letter 23
4. Percy Sledge - When A Man Loves A Woman
5. The Stylistics - You Are Everything
6. James Brown - Cold Sweat
7. The Pointer Sisters - Jump (For My Love)
8. The Chi-Lites - Have You Seen Her?
9. Dazz Band - Let It Whip
10. James Brown - Papa s Got A Brand New Bag
11. Dionne Warwick - Walk On By
12. The Spinners - I ll Be Around
13. The Brothers Johnson - Stomp!
14. Chic - Dance, Dance, Dance
15. The Pointer Sisters - Slow Hand
16. The Spinners - The Rubberband Man
17. Dionne Warwick - I Say A Little Prayer
18. The Stylistics - You Make Me Feel Brand New
19. The Chi-Lites - Oh Girl
20. The Stylistics - Betcha By Golly, Wow
21. The Four Tops - I Can t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch)

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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Track List! March 18, 2008
1. James Brown - "I Got You (I Feel Good)"
2. Chic - "Le Freak"
3. The Brothers Johnson - "Strawberry Letter 23"
4. Percy Sledge - "When a Man Loves a Woman"
5. The Stylistics - "You Are Everything"
6. James Brown - "Cold Sweat"
7. The Pointer Sisters - "Jump (For My Love)"
8. The Chi-Lites - "Have You Seen Her?"
9. The Dazz Band - "Let It Whip"
10. James Brown - "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"
11. Dionne Warwick - "Walk On By"
12. The Spinners - "I'll Be Around"
13. The Brothers Johnson - "Stomp!"
14. Chic - "Dance, Dance, Dance"
15. The Pointer Sisters - "Slow Hand"
16. The Spinners - "The Rubberband Man"
17. Dionne Warwick - "I Say a Little Prayer"
18. The Stylistics - "You Make Me Feel Brand New"
19. The Chi-Lites - "Oh Girl"
20. The Stylistics - "Betcha By Golly, Wow"
21. James Brown - "It's a Man's Man's Man's World"
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great artists, mediocre disc September 17, 2010
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No one can deny the impact of these singers and groups from the 1970s: James Brown, The Brothers Johnson, The Stylistics, The Pointer Sisters, The Spinners, Dionne Warwick, The Chi-Lites, Percy Sledge, and others. This collection, however, presents them in a variety of large concert settings 20 or 30 years past their prime, when age and gravity had taken their toll. Their voices were still strong and their backing competent, so there's pleasure to be taken, but too often it feels like pledge night on PBS.

While the 21 songs on this disc are without exception big hits, most of them are performed in finales or medleys, so they're filled with introductions, singalongs, thank yous, curtain calls, and endless shots of the audience, all of which detract from the music. Also distracting is the mediocre camerawork, the inconsistent audio mix, and especially the editing, which chops medleys into short snippets that begin and end abruptly and are jumbled together in random order.

I love 70s soul music, but this DVD could have been much better recorded and assembled, so three stars is the highest rating I can give it. It includes a bonus video, a 15-minute European-made overview of James Brown's life and work.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars NICE January 31, 2008
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A nice little collection of videos from stars of the 70's and 80's. If you're just starting a collection or if you just want to add a little something on the cheap, you'll find this one worth it.
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