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Motherlode [Extra tracks, Original recording remastered]

James BrownAudio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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Song TitleArtist Time Price
listen  1. There It Is (Live)The J.B.'s 3:06$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  2. She's The One (Album Version)James Brown 2:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Since You Been Gone (Album Version)James Brown 5:33$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Untitled Instrumental (Album Version)James Brown 3:22$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Say It Loud (Say It Live) (1969/Live At Bell Auditorium)James Brown 4:52$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Can I Get Some Help (Album Version)James Brown 8:54$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  7. You Got To Have A Mother For Me (Album Version)James Brown 5:16$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Funk Bomb (Instrumental)The James Brown Orchestra 4:13$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Baby Here I Come (Album Version)James Brown 4:27$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen10. People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul (Remix)The J.B.'s 9:04$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen11. I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Want To Dance) (Remix)James Brown 7:25$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen12. You've Changed (Album Version)James Brown 3:19$1.29  Buy MP3 
listen13. Body Heat (Alternate Mix)James Brown11:53$1.29  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 17, 2003)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Extra tracks, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Polydor / Umgd
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • ASIN: B00009EJC7
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,212 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Editorial Reviews

This sought after gem has been out of print since the nineties! Can I Get Some Help is finally renewed to its original 9:00 length versus the measly 4:56 edited version, a 12-minute version of Bodyheat , and a 1969 You've Changed have been added as bonus tracks all previously unreleased! 13 tracks total!

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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The True Source of All Funk to Come July 16, 2003
Format:Audio CD
James Brown's most groundbreaking period, 1968-72 or so, has always been a little under-appreciated and the world is still learning how important his work at that time truly was. Of course, during these years James was almost single-handedly inventing funk, with some of the most relentless and tightest bands the world has ever seen. Even the unreleased outtakes were still extremely influential to large chunks of the music world. This is a remastered reissue of a compilation that was put together in 1988, which in turn collected outtakes from the funk years. Here we can see the building blocks of all funk to come, as later musicians built entire empires on the ideas that James starts here.
For JB collectors one of the most interesting cuts here is "Since You've Been Gone," a strong duet with mainman MC Bobby Bird, featuring almost the same riff and rhythm as "Give It Up or Turn It a Loose." Sax god Maceo Parker goes nuts on the lost instrumental jam "Funk Bomb," while "You Got to Have a Mother For Me" is an enlightening ancestor of the famous "Mother Popcorn." Two later tracks show clearly how JB kept in tune with the revolution that he started. "People Get Up and Drive Your Funky Soul" (1973) features R&B/soul-inflected grooves that anticipate the entire Parliament-Funkadelic delivery that they perfected a few years later; while the twelve-minute monster "Bodyheat" (1976) is a big syncopated chicken-scratch groove of the type practiced by Ohio Players and their ilk. This is a fascinating collection both for JB collectors and lovers of the super heavy funk.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars RARE JB !!! May 8, 2006
Format:Audio CD
At the time this CD originally came out, most of JBs classic funk albums were long out of print, and it was impossible to forsee that they'd ever see the light of day again... Fortunately, Polydor hadn't totally forgotten the funk side of JB... THE FUNKY PEOPLE anthology was out (the tapes were always on my walkman) followed by IN THE JUNGLE GROOVE... fortunately, JUNGLE GROOVE along with MOTHERLODE were and are among the funkiest JB collections ever released and I'll explain why... In his bio, JB complained that he was frequently upset because the labels were always watering his stuff down. LISTEN to JB's albums, and you'd have to ask: WHERE??? But listen to JUNGLE GROOVE and MOTHERLODE and you'll see how much badder JB could actually get. (It seems also that the label weren't as vigilant with his PEOPLE label releases, so they tended to be harder edged than his own releases as well... even though you can tell that they could just the same have been released under his name!)

Truth is, JB throughout the 70s especially was famous for some pretty ambitious (sometimes double LP) releases but between the hard funk tracks, he did have some corny tracks too... (Like his heart rendering version of WHEN THE SAINTS GO MARCHING ON on HELL... what the ??? and how about his SALSA version of PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ?) This album though not only cuts past the schmaltz, but goes right to the source... the VAULTS in search of the funkiest of JB... and it definitely succeeds ! Not only that, the tracks were purported approved by JB himself as well ! ! !

*P.S. If you like this one, be sure to get the two SOUNDTRACKS that JB did in the 70s... BLACK CEASAR and SLAUGHER'S BIG RIP OFF - - some of his best work of that era. Also...
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Now you're talkin'.... June 30, 2003
Format:Audio CD
It appears that this great collection has never been reissued until today! Totally unique in the JB record catalogue, let's assume something was lacking in radio station or record company promotion support. Originally, the vinyl and cassette issue contained all unknown songs or unknown versions of songs and the CD added a remix or two of familiar tracks. "Motherlode" was surely the right title for the collector and serious fan; for the new fans inspired by three or four golden oldies on radio it was a solid conversation piece.
Naturally, today we look for extended versions and previously unreleased Bonus tracks on reissues. We get that here in a few places: "You Got To Have A Mother For Me" (the forerunner- variant of "Mother Popcorn" has the JB countdown); "Can I Get Some Help" is much longer and unedited; and the one I was waiting for - "You've Changed", a bluesy funk based somewhat on an excellent earlier Marva Whitney tune. This is prime James Brown from a very creative period.
We ride sky high with that Track Twelve only to descend gently to earth for a supposed more "commercial" entry: the easy to find "Bodyheat". Although the mix brings out the voices and horns from the backyard to the front porch and it runs to 11:53 (the longest pressing out there to my knowledge) one can only dream of still unthawed chunks of "Soul Power", "Get Involved", "Hot Pants", etc., etc. live from the Apollo which could have ensured a true CD-bin perennial.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Long before James Brown was dismissed by many as a bad joke, these rare tracks demonstrated just how good the Godfather was at getting on the good foot! These are mostly unreleased tracks from the peak of his career (1968-1973). The live version of "There It Is" is spectacular even without the visuals of JB doing his thing. The section where JB himself jams on the organ is worth the price of admission alone. The Untitled Instrumental became the basis for the late 1980s all-star rap Anti-violence tune "We're All In the Same Gang." One can only wonder why a great tune like "Can I Get Some Help" was not released at the time. But the real MOTHER LODE here is the 9 minute version of "People Get Up and Drive your Funky Soul" (the chorus is where the title of this review comes from). This is a TOUR DE FORCE of funk and not a minute is wasted. Fred Westly (according to his bio) doesn't think much of his work with JB, but this song is the trombonist's masterpiece in my opinion. Either way, your JB collection is not complete without this and I would strongly recommend it for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Motherlode Of Funk!
A Motherlode of Funk is what this is, Like it's Sister Compilation In The Jungle Groove this is James Brown Unreleased, Remixed, Alternate takes of songs that Sat in the Vault for... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Roger Rabbit
5.0 out of 5 stars James Being James
Even if you are a James Brown collector as I am, this cd is definitely unlike and of the others. Buy it, play it, dance to it, but overall ENJOY IT!
Published 8 months ago by RickToye
5.0 out of 5 stars It's James Brown
His albums don't really need a review. This is like a convergence of James Brown, the J.B.'s and Maceo and the Macks all rolled into one. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Timothy J Scott
5.0 out of 5 stars The Perfect Mix of JB and His Band
This is a great assortment of tunes, many of which were very rare at the time. For those of us that really appreciate the great James Brown Band, it's a MUST ! Read more
Published 11 months ago by Martin Brynildsen
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid from start to finish and a great kid's song thrown in too
Who knew that James Brown made a kid's song? I didn't, but "Ants in my pants and I need to dance" is a huge hit with my 3 year old. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Al
4.0 out of 5 stars Great to follow "In the Jungle Groove" with
Not quite as classic as ITJG but a must have nonetheless. Has some excellent live versions as well as some hard to find tracks. It's hard to go wrong with JB.
Published 18 months ago by Tim Rupert
5.0 out of 5 stars Fond memories
I really enjoyed this CD. Playing it brought back fond memories of a childhood full of James Brown's music. Read more
Published on August 12, 2012 by H. Shaw
As always, James is as funky as ever....mixed with some live and with some studio funk. James always comes through! Great!
Published on July 4, 2012 by grooove
5.0 out of 5 stars motherlode by james brown is simply put... a mother....the track...
motherlode, james brown... what a great album... the song 'since you been gone' is worth the price alone... one of the funkiest tracks ever cut... ever.
Published on May 5, 2012 by D. L. Coulter
5.0 out of 5 stars Unreal funk drumming...
Clyde Stubblefield's drumming on "Since You Been Gone" is to me just mind boggling. I think it is the real stripped down sound without the horns that allows the bass and drums to... Read more
Published on December 29, 2011 by Earl Nash
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