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James Brown's Funky People (Part 3) Original recording remastered

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12 classic funk tracks and rarities, many from James Brown's original People label! Includes Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothin' James Brown (original rock version); Blow Your Head Fred Wesley & the J.B.'s (unreleased undubbed version); Doin' the Do Bobby Byrd featuring the J.B.'s (unreleased); Give It Up or Turn It A Loose Lyn Collins, plus many sought-after single-only releases!
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  • Audio CD (June 13, 2000)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor
  • ASIN: B00004TQX7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #138,063 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By funkyarchivist on September 10, 2004
Format: Audio CD
You will love this CD if you love James Brown, the JBs, Maceo, Bobby Byrd, Hank Ballard or any of the incredible musicians in their orbit during their late 1960s-early '70s heyday.

Bottom line: It fills in gaps left in previous comps. It includes some rare historic moments. A few of the most notable:

It starts with an oddly slowed, "rock" original version of "Talkin' Loud and Sayin' Nothin'" that evokes the stoned, slovenly funk crawl later adopted by Sly Stone in his "Riot" era. It's not especially good, but it's an intriguing opener to this lovably obscure odd-lot compilation.

Hank Ballard telling fellow Blacks that they won't get any respect if they don't get rid of their "processed," or straightened (usually with lye) hairstyle, a remnant from the just-past "Negro" days. Hank says he used to wear a process but now has chosen, as a political statement, to wear a "natural" Afro, one more suitable for a beautiful Black brother or sister. (In a delicious touch of irony, backing vocals for this black empowerment anthem are provided by The Dapps, the lone all-white group signed to James Brown Productions.)

Then you have Brother Bobby Byrd "Doin' The Do," a long jam that is essentially a predecessor (recorded at the Olympia Theatre in Paris!) of the JB's mesmerizing and legendary 16-minute "Escape-ism"/"Make It Funky" jam on the ridiculously essential 1971 Apollo live disc, A Revolution Of The Mind. "Catfish" Collins, brother of Bootsy, works overtime on the funky guitar.

You also have a pissed-off JB, feeling robbed by a few Average White Band songs, trying to outdo The Man at his own game once again.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By David W. Coleman on July 28, 2000
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This is the third volume of cuts under the "Funky People" moniker, and, as you might expect, it is not as strong a collection as the first two. Those first two sets concentrated on James' People and Brownstone labels. This new issue explores some rare material from the King days, as well as a cut from the Identify imprint. Among the highlights here is "Doin' The Do." On it, Bobby Byrd sounds more confident than usual, and he is backed by the original JB's (Bootsy and Co.) in what was their final recording with James. It's a long, funky workout, and the JB's are just so aggressive and innovative. You wonder what would have happened if James had recorded songs like "Hot Pants" and "Make It Funky" with this group. You may not believe this, but on "How You Gonna Get Respect," Hank Ballard does a pretty mean impersonation of JB. I hadn't heard this one since it was out back in '68. It hit #15 on the soul chart. Lyn Collins gets right to the point with her version of "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose." After giving this a listen, you're sure to have no doubts about why they nicknamed her, "The Female Preacher." The live version of Marva Whitney's "It's My Thing" is included here, but I'd just as soon have had the original version, thank you. A special treat is "Mr. Hot Pants," a smouldering funk-me-up that was written, arranged, and produced by Dave Matthews, who usually handled James' ballad material (like "King Heroin"). But the REAL story of this disc is the so-called "underground rock" version of "Talkin' Loud And Saying Nothin'"!Read more ›
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Doyle Davis on July 23, 2000
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The funky gems on this third volume of the long-dormant series are the stuff of Funk Legend. DJs know all about the Above Average Black Band and Beau Dollar, but even some of the most hooked-up JBs fanatics haven't been aware of these tracks, most of which were single-only releases back in the day. Where the first 2 Funky People compilations concentrated primarily on hits and prime album tracks from the JBs, Bobby Byrd, Lyn Collins, Marva Whitney, Vicki Anderson, et al., this new volume features RARITIES and previously unreleased bombs. In fact, 2 of the tracks included here - Hank Ballard's "How You Gonna Get Respect" and Lyn Collins' throbbing version of "Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose" - were recently included on a couple of deep funk compilations out of England (check out releases on the Harmless and Strut labels for deeper explorations into breakbeat-oriented funk). Every cut here is superb and the "rock" version of "Talkin' Loud..." MUST be heard to be believed! Hopefully, this release will inspire further volumes. There are still a number of obscure tracks awaiting proper reissue (some of which are on hard-to-find, expensive Japanese imports and bootlegs) and if the unreleased tracks here are any indication, further excavation of the vaults should prove fruitful. One quibble: while the "undubbed" version of "Blow Your Head" is stanky enough to warrant inclusion, the synth-fueled album version is an obvious omission and the better track.Read more ›
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