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4.0 out of 5 stars The Old School comeback of the year
This is James Brown's best cd since Lover Over Due nearly 10 years ago. Both are triumphant for the same reason, namely to illuminate the first rate contemporary music the Godfather is capable of. The greatness of the album comes in creating relevant new music rather than trying to recreate the sound of the JB's in, say 1971. James Brown's classic funk of the late...
Published on January 1, 1999

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3.0 out of 5 stars Get ALL his classic records before buying this
The 3 stars is a gift. I saw JB in concert just last night (10/30/99) and if only he could capture on disc the unstoppable energy of his current live show in the studio...I guess that's what "Live at the Apollo '95" was for. On this most recent album, its really not bad at all when its an honest-to-God BAND playing the music. But much of the album is made...
Published on November 1, 1999 by TheBandit


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3.0 out of 5 stars Get ALL his classic records before buying this, November 1, 1999
This review is from: I'm Back (Audio CD)
The 3 stars is a gift. I saw JB in concert just last night (10/30/99) and if only he could capture on disc the unstoppable energy of his current live show in the studio...I guess that's what "Live at the Apollo '95" was for. On this most recent album, its really not bad at all when its an honest-to-God BAND playing the music. But much of the album is made up of the same sort of "modern"-sounding tracks that filled the junky '92 release "Universal James".
It's good to know the man's still making new music as he approaches 70, but there's nothing particularly interesting here.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The J.B.Formula, March 1, 2000
This review is from: I'm Back (Audio CD)
while it's cool to hear James back and what not.nothing here really stands out.he can still groove and what have you but it's pretty much The JB Formula at work.He is still to Important of an Artist to be Ignored.alot of folks Owe Him Big Time.Just Like they owe Little Richard.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Old School comeback of the year, January 1, 1999
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This review is from: I'm Back (Audio CD)
This is James Brown's best cd since Lover Over Due nearly 10 years ago. Both are triumphant for the same reason, namely to illuminate the first rate contemporary music the Godfather is capable of. The greatness of the album comes in creating relevant new music rather than trying to recreate the sound of the JB's in, say 1971. James Brown's classic funk of the late 1960's and early 1970's is as timeless as any music ever to come out of America. But it is only a part of his stylistic range. Those who appreciate his live shows know this well, with the drama and rhythm of a show rising and falling through ballads, soul, and gospel call and response. This cd captures the same feeling, and stands as a fitting testament to what a James Brown show of the 1990's sounds like. His voice may be a little more ragged, but his showmanship, phrasing and feeling remain the standard by which all others should be judged. This is not just old school revival, but triuphant return to form. Add "Funk on a Roll" and "Kare" to the cannon, and welcome back the Godfather of Soul. And those of you who love the classic funk should check out this contemporary sound of James Brown. This is the best of both worlds, terrific as a James Brown album, and has a rare example of 90's R&B that has real soul. Forty years after the release of his first album, "Please, Please, Please," James Brown is ready to bring us movin and groovin into the next decade as only Mr Dynamite himself can.
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4.0 out of 5 stars JAMES BROWN SAMPLES HIMSELF (?), July 30, 2000
This review is from: I'm Back (Audio CD)
Since James Brown has basically never stopped touring since 1956, the CD title probably refers to the five year interval from his last studio album, UNIVERSAL JAMES (Scotti Brothers). That notable '93 effort, like its immediate predecessor LOVE OVER-DUE, should have hit the LP Charts hard and provoked a fast follow-up. Let's presume that radio station programmers did not take the challenge en masse. Anyway, this album, despite a good number of hitworthy numbers like "Break Away" and "Funk On Ah Roll (Original J.B. Mix)", is less "contemporary" than the aforementioned. "What It Takes" [aka "You've Got What It Takes"] and "Lucky Old Sun" [aka "That Lucky Old Sun"] are impressive takes of familiar R & B/pop; "Every Beat Of My Heart" is a free-flowing organ instrumental version of the '52 landmark. Ofcourse, there are the expected recuts, the best being "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" with a bright new St. Clair Pinkney solo. A compelling mix of the old and the new is "Peace In The World", presumeably riding a previously used rhythm ["Papa Don't Take No Mess"?] and causing JB fans to shake their heads one more time and say, Why don't I hear this on the radio?
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5.0 out of 5 stars James sounds pretty good..., February 17, 2013
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OK... maybe he didn't hit the Billboard charts during his last years, but he still has the stuff... a good mix of old-school funk and new-school hip-hop... give it a try...
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3.0 out of 5 stars It's Good to see he's back, January 24, 1999
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This review is from: I'm Back (Audio CD)
I was suprised to see James Brown released another album. What I heard sounded pretty good. He should try to get signed to a major hip hop label and just update a little bit. He is the foremost musical genius of the century, and it's great that he's back, but bad he's not getting his deserved attention.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Still on "the one", January 20, 1999
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This review is from: I'm Back (Audio CD)
Its funky,but no new ground broken here.James Brown did "the one" to perfection years ago.You will be better off investing in one of the boxed sets that chronicle his sound as he was developing it.Still,I've got this one pumping in my fleetwood right now.
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