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Make It Funky: Big Payback 1971-1975

James BrownAudio CD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Escape-Ism (Part 2) 4:02$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Hot Pants, Parts 1 & 2 6:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. I'm A Greedy Man 7:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Make It Funky, Parts 1, 2, 3 & 412:45$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. King Heroin 3:55$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Want To Dance) 7:26$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. There It Is 5:47$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Get On The Good Foot (Album Version (Parts 1 & 2)) 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Don't Tell It (Complete Version) 8:25$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. I Got A Bag Of My Own 3:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Down And Out In New York (1972 Recording With Intro Version) 5:21$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Think 3:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Make It Good To Yourself (Interlude Version) 2:19$0.99  Buy MP3 

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listen  2. Stone To The Bone 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Mind Power 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. World Of Soul 5:44$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Papa Don't Take No Mess13:50$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Coldblooded 5:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. I Can't Stand It "76" 8:12$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. My Thang 4:15$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Funky President (People It's Bad) 4:08$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. I Got You (I Feel Good) (Extended Version) 3:02$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. Problems 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. Turn On The Heat And Build Some Fire 6:07$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Hot Pants Finale 7:20$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (July 23, 1996)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • ASIN: B000002G99
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,947 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

Polygram tells the JB story better than anyone yet with their series of two-CD James Brown reissues, which began with Soul Pride: The Instrumentals (1960-69), continued into the mid-1960s and onward with Foundations of Funk and this set, and then ventured into the 1980s with Dead On: The Heavy Funk. This triumphant, perfectly programmed two-disc package dredges 26 neglected gems and beloved jewels from the prolific predisco years, a time when Brown's powers were in sharp form. Waist-deep in fat freaky funk, pugilistic horn arrangements, looping modal grooves, and tuff blaxploitational kitsch--primo monster funk from the source. Fans of Parliament's nonstop party jam absolutely need this to know from whence their hardcore jollies came. --John Corbett

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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I could give this CD 6 stars... April 4, 2005
By J. Auth
Format:Audio CD
James Brown sounds so good on this album that when I hear his name, I don't immediately think of "I Feel Good" or "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag"...instead, I think of this CD. It's quite simply the purest, coolest, relentlessly funky music I've ever heard. Even the long songs like "Make It Funky" (12:45) and "Papa Don't Take No Mess"(13:50) never get old. The rhythms and hooks or every track are hypnotising and uplifting at the same time. It doens't get any better than this. No James Brown fan, new or old, should be without it!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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For those who likes James, but does not want to invest heavily to purchase the dozens and dozens of JB albums, this is the one for you. On disc 1, you have all four parts of "Make It Funky", "Get on the Good Foot", "There It Is" and possibly the greatest JB groove ever "Hot Pants, Parts 1 & 2". And if the first disc wasn't funky enough for you, you have "My Thang", "The Payback", "Coldblooded", and "Papa Don't Take No Mess" and a live hot version of "Hot Pants". I could try to take you through groove by groove, but we only have 1000 words for the review. A general overview is still the great "Star Time" CD, but for an extensive funky portion of his career, you can not go wrong with this one.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HIT ME! AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! October 28, 2003
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If you just associate the name "James Brown" with the popular single "I Feel Good", then you've got to listen to this CD to save your soul. It will open your mind! James Brown is amazing... essence of funk... unbelievable groove. If you love a mean groove, love rhythm, there's just nothing else like this.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As brief as I can be with this... August 28, 2004
By Tezuker
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If you are going to buy one James Brown CD then this dual CD "Make it funky, the big payback" has to be it. This is JB at his finest, accompanied by a first class line up. Every track swings, as the godfather of soul cooks the funk in true James Brown style. CD 1, it's all good baby. "Hot pants" has a positively infectious groove from the onset driven by Robert Coleman's slick guitar riff and John Starks struttin' drums. The Bridge section of "Make it funky" shows how good bass can be, sure, Fred Thomas's riff is simple, but when it sounds so good why change it. Track 5, "King Heroin" is JB's stand against drugs in the form of a beautiful poetic, spoken word piece. Track 8, "get on the good foot" Gives Fred Thomas the freedom on the bass he deserves, and the track benefits from this greatly. By now if your not shaking your booty, or something, you must be dead! It's funk liberation, and were only 8 tracks in. Steve Gadd (drums) joins in the fun at track 11 and 12, both tracks are sweet gems to help finish off CD 1. After quickly inserting CD 2, you are rewarded with "The Payback" track 1, this funk is straight outa '74 and its still as fresh as a daisy. In "Stoned to the Bone" we hear the legend, Maceo Parker on Sax for the first time in the comp. It's worth the wait, and he contributes along side the usual suspects for most of this CD. James Brown is busting with energy throughout the entire set. He deserves every accolade he gets and this album demonstrates why in every word, yelp, and affirmation in all 26 tracks. The godfather turned on the funk in '71 and it still flows are pure today as it did then. Classic!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Minister of New New Super Heavy Funk January 9, 2001
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I enjoy the music on this CD immensely. Mr. James Brown (b1928) is the most charted artist alive, with a total of 98 Top 40 hits on the R&B charts. This collection demonstrates how the "Hardest Working Man in Showbiz" refused to rest on his laurels, but instead created and nurtured a brand new style, namely Funk. The notes provide the events during the period of 1971-75. Mr Alan Leeds, a long-time associate of Mr Brown, writes, "But for the veteran fan professing to appreciate the entire career, nothing is more eye-opening than the generation which defines Brown by seventies hits like 'The Payback' and 'Funky President'. The seventies - from hippies to psychedelia to disco - kept James Brown on his toes." These Super Heavy Funk rhythms certainly do that for me. The songs follow the format of a solid groove with Mr Brown rapping. It sounds easy, but no one else has been able to match it for excitement. All of the songs get me moving. "I'm a Greedy Man" is a bit faster than the rest, and "Make it Funky, Part 4" shows Mr Brown having fun with his musicians. He also has a serious side in an anti-drug song "King Heroin" and "Down and Out in New York City". Among those influenced by Mr Brown are Mrrs George Clinton (Parliment), Bootsy Collins, and Prince. If you are interested in Block Rockin' Super Heavy Funk, this CD will be interesting to you.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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This two disc set is truly unbelievable. If you want the best of Brown in the '70s on one album, look no further.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A MUST HAVE! March 15, 2006
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If anyone was making this music today it would be as fresh and hip as it was in the day. Timeless, classic, funk. There are single cuts on this collection worth the price of the cd. I own tons of James Brown, but did not have this until recently. If you appreciate some of the best music ever made on this planet then you must buy this cd!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Soul Brother #1 in effect
Great production and arrangements from the Godfather of Soul. Classic tracks that keep you moving anytime and anyplace. Incredibly soulful.
Published 3 months ago by lamont hogan
5.0 out of 5 stars James brown fan.
I enjoy his stuff for years and he made great music and this is for any fan of his .
Published 5 months ago by Kurt Mstoecklhuber
5.0 out of 5 stars The Godfather of soul
I grew up on his music and my children did too my husband love james brown one of the tightest entertainer ever lived.
Published 7 months ago by sexxyladic
5.0 out of 5 stars James Brown Fan
Brought back memories when I was a teenager. I can hear alot of his influence in today's music. Love that the music are in full length versions .
Published 7 months ago by Sheila Gary
5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy!!!
This collection has some songs that I had never heard,songs combined that had been dissected,and extended versions of favorite tunes.This is a great companion to Star Time.
Published 8 months ago by M. J. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Funk Supreme!
Well, this one is truly a no-brainer: a must-have in the collection for any fan who enjoys funky soul music. Sweat and passion, shouting and thumping; it's all here. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Donald E. Gilliland
5.0 out of 5 stars Funk Refined
James Brown's Make it Funky collection is most definitely the funkiest 20 something dollars I've ever spent. Read more
Published on January 24, 2012 by Funkalicious
5.0 out of 5 stars He sure made it Funky !
There's not much to say about the godfather.............this is mindblowing! and the great difference between this cd and all the others is that here they didn't have to cut the... Read more
Published on June 18, 2010 by Lorenzoz77
Everything that could be said about this oustanding collection has been elequently stated by the previous reviewers. Read more
Published on June 7, 2010 by T. V. Champion
5.0 out of 5 stars Quite simply, this is as funky as it gets.
I picked this album up as part of my studies into American music. I had played guitar for many years, and I kept reading about how deep these people got into the groove. Read more
Published on June 27, 2008 by T. Mendenhall
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