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This is probably the most in demand, heavily sampled and bootleged funk album of all time. Originally Produced by James Brown and released in August 1969, this album has been heavily in demand since the mid 80s. It is issued here along with 4 tracks which were only issued on 7"singles and are also highly sought after in their own right., plus a duet with James Brown 'Sunny' which appeared in the sleeve notes of the original album but was not included in it. The album was actually a collection of 10 singles recorded over a period of 20 months in different studios across the USA. The tracks feature the famous James Brown band, Probably the tightest band of all time including Maceo Parker, Alfred 'Pee Wee'Ellis and St Clair Pinckney (Saxes), Fred Wesley (Trombone), Richard 'Kush' Griffith (Trumpet), Jimmy Nolen (guitar), (Sweet) Charles Sherrell (Bass), Clyde Stubblefield (Drums) amongst others. Marva Whitney was the leading Female singer in the James Brown Revue for 3 years from 1967 to 1969 and toured the USA, Africa and Vietnam (during the War).

1. It's My Thing (Part 1)
2. It's My Thing (Part 2)
3. Things Got To Get Better (Get Together)
4. What Kind Of Man
5. If You Love Me
6. In The Middle (Instrumental)
7. Unwind Yourself
8. You Got To Have A Job (If You Don't Work, You Can't Eat)
9. I'll Work It Out
10. Get Out Of My Life
11. I'm Tired I'm Tired I'm Tired (Things Better Change Before)
12. Shades Of Brown (Instrumental)
13. I Made A Mistake Because It's Only You (Part 1)
14. I Made A Mistake Because It's Only You (Part 2)
15. What Do I Have To Do To Prove My Love To You
16. He's The One
17. This Girl's In Love With You
18. Sunny (Duet With James Brown)

Product Details

  • Audio CD (November 27, 2000)
  • Original Release Date: 2000
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Soulbrother
  • ASIN: B00004YTZH
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #58,036 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By TheBandit VINE VOICE on August 19, 2003
Format: Audio CD
FUNKY. INTENSE. SEARING. You want me to go on? I can. This album contains nary a weak track, and we are lucky it's available on CD.
Marva Whitney was one of the greatest vocalists Mr. James Brown worked with. Her voice is a force of nature; raw, gutsy, passionate. Mr. Brown wrote or co-wrote most of this album, in addition to producing and arranging it. He's also evident throughout on backing vocals and organ. If you love James Brown and you don't know about this, it's time to order it. In fact, if you love the music of James Brown it is literally impossible to not love this. Guaranteed.
The band works these grooves like a well-oiled machine; every instrument has a distinct purpose, nothing is out of place. It's almost supernatural how funky this music is. Even the slower tunes are funky. Leave it to James Brown to take a classic song like the Isley Brothers "It's Your Thing", re-write it, and basically obliterate it. Don't get me wrong, "It's Your Thing" is a great track, but when you hear Marva Whitney declare "It's MY Thing" you will believe her!
Two of the tracks are intrumentals, and they kick. "Shades Of Brown", in particular, is a stanky slab of nastiness.
One of my favorite moments on the whole record: In "If you Don't Work, You can't Eat", when James Brown instructs Ms. Whitney to call for Maceo to blow a solo. She calls for him, but even after Maceo is into his solo, James can't stop screaming out "Call him!!!!" It's just one of the many mindblowingly funky moments that defines this album.
There's a bunch of Bonus Tracks at the end of the album tracks. In all but one case, they equal the quality of the previous material. That one track that doesn't quite cut it (second to last track) is a Burt Bacharach tune.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By rollo on April 2, 2004
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Marva Whitney recorded some of the funkiest and soulful tracks ever recorded by the James Brown machine. It is too bad that Polygram has made them unavailable on CD.
Soul Brothers Records of England put this record out. While I commend them for their effort to make this music available, the remastering job reveals the use of phonograph records. They got careless in the process leaving some tracks with noisy phonograph clicks and pops.(an audiophiles nightmare) The selection of tracks is excellent and some tracks such as "It's My Thing" and "I Made A Mistake" are remastered very well where rare recordings like the duet "Sunny" are scratchy and unnerving.
If You are a Marva Whitney Fan like me, you will probably buy this record. Audiophiles, Stay clear of this record.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 24, 2000
Format: Audio CD
This is really very good. I mean that with a pained funky look on my face that says so much more than words ever could. There is more on here than on any compilation of breaks, beats, or whatever. Get this.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 100 REVIEWER on August 11, 2007
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Marva Whitney, born May 1, 1944 in Kansas City, Kansas, began her career at the tender age of three while performing with members of her family under the billing The Manning Gospel Singers. After studying voice and composition at the University of Missouri in Kansas, she landed a job singing lead with Tommy Gadson & the Derbys, whose main claim to fame was being the opening act for the likes of The Drifters, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Rufus Thomas, Ike & Tina Turner, and even Little Richard and Etta James among others.

In 1967 she embarked upon a solo career when signed by James Brown Productions and King Records, traveling far and wide with The James Brown Revue, including one memorable visit to U.S. troops in Vietnam where, according to Brown, "she dodged just as many bullets as I did" - an act of heroism that earned her recognition by the U.S. Defense Department and the U.S. Ninth Infantry Division's brass.

In June 1969 she scored her first hit single for King when the answer song to The Isley Brothers' It's Your Thing, called It's My Thing (You Can't Tell Me Who To Sock It To), reached # 19 R&B and # 82 Billboard Pop Hot 100. Here they give you Parts 1 and 2 of the song, although the original King single had Ball Of Fire on the flipside, and that's not included here. In September, Things Got To Get Better (Get Together) made it to # 22 R&B and # 110 on the Hot 100 "bubble under" charts b/w Get Out Of My Life, and in November came her third (and last) hit single, I Made A Mistake Because It's Only You Pt. 1, which topped out at # 32 R&B b/w Part 2. All were produced by James Brown and all are in this collection.
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