20 All-Time Greatest Hits!
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20 All-Time Greatest Hits!

January 18, 2011

  Song Title Artist
I Got You (I Feel Good) James Brown
Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine (Parts 1 & 2) James Brown
I Got The Feelin' James Brown
Mother Popcorn (Single Version) James Brown
Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose James Brown
Make It Funky (Part 1) James Brown
Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Part 1) James Brown
Think James Brown
It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World James Brown
Try Me James Brown
Night Train (Single Version) James Brown
Cold Sweat James Brown
Get On The Good Foot, Pt. 1 James Brown
Papa Don't Take No Mess (Part 1) James Brown
The Payback James Brown
Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud (Pt. 1) James Brown
Super Bad (Parts 1 & 2) The J.B.'s
Hot Pants Pt. 1 (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants) The J.B.'s
Get Up Offa That Thing James Brown
Please, Please, Please James Brown

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  • Label: Polydor
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  • Total Length: 1:10:12
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  • ASIN: B004HZI78Q
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (133 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,379 Paid in MP3 Albums (See Top 100 Paid in MP3 Albums)

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68 of 69 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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45 of 47 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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10 of 10 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 dollars...so 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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4.0 out of 5 stars Very Good Album
It's James Brown. Who wouldn't want to listen! It's a good album. I listened to it many times. Very good.
Published 9 days ago by Niaja Skinner
5.0 out of 5 stars Take it to the Bridge
This represents a era when you could understand
what was being said! The Music comes from a by gone day!
It was a HIT! Read more
Published 1 month ago by Robert N. Guthrie
4.0 out of 5 stars James Brown 20 All-Time Greatest Hits!
It's James Brown, it should not need any more explanation than that. Now, so many years later James means so much more to me!
Published 1 month ago by Samuel Quiles
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Digging on James Brown
I realized I had a gap in my CD collection -- no James Brown. So I bought this CD and I am so glad I did. All the hits, including many recorded live. It's a keeper.
Published 2 months ago by Linda T.
5.0 out of 5 stars James Brown
I love James Brown. They broke the mold when they made him. His music will totally make you dance your butt off.
Published 2 months ago by David Van Bogart
5.0 out of 5 stars Up Tight!
Up Tight and quite all right. Another good buy!
Had the songs I remembered, and they sounded just as good to me.
Published 2 months ago by J. A. JUDD
4.0 out of 5 stars They was for a friend
I got it for a friend, and he has not said anything bad about so i guess they are fine.
Published 3 months ago by Brenda Keener
5.0 out of 5 stars Just amazing!
James Brown was a tough cookie to work with but his musical expertise was unmatched! His music is genius
and will capture part of your soul on each song and move you to get... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol Smith
4.0 out of 5 stars Makes you Move!
This CD has all of the classic James Brown hits that make you want to get up and dance. However, this is not the best option when you're driving, but you will tap your feet to the... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Renay Prince
5.0 out of 5 stars James Brown music at awesome price! I really enjoy listening to this...
Excellent price for such an awesome album! I really was surprised to find some many excellent hits on one album!
Published 4 months ago by Virgilio M. Alomar
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