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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on October 1, 1998
This album is a must-have if you know anything about go-go, and even if you don't. It's all good musically, with the possible exception of "Go-Go Drug Free," but even this track is made priceless by the participation of none other than Mayor Marion Barry. Lyric: "I'm Marion Barry, and here's my rap / Won't tolerate drugs in the nation's cap." Perfect! when you consider that some years later he was filmed smoking crack in a motel room.
Rap--and therefore almost all current musical genres--owe more to go-go than is usually recognized. Chuck Brown can be found in the "shout out" lists of many giants of rap and hip-hop. Get this album to see why.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 1999
What's up with reviewers from the UK and Japan? Maybe military? I was born & raised in the nation's capital, Washington, D.C. I saw Chuck for the first time when I was 16, far too young to be out so late, but DAMN, he was kicking with a smooth groove. To this day Chuck still grooves with a "smoothness" unmatched. When some of the other go-go bands attempt to mellow out and duplicate Chuck's work, it is just that, an attempt, and a usually a feeble one at that. Chuck Brown is unmistakenly the GODFATHER of GO-GO and "Any Other Way To Go" is CLASSIC Chuck Brown. If you even begin to claim to know about go-go you must first "memorize" (and I jest not) "memorize" the first 4 cuts of this marvelous CD. P.S. Don't you dare put it on scramble you'll just ruin the groove.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 3, 2000
This cd is the ultimate in GO-GO. It will bring any party to life. Chuck Brown is the King of GO-GO!!
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on October 18, 2013
One of my favorite Chuck Brown CDs. I can drive through any given neighborhood here in central PA cranking some go-go and people have no idea what or who it is but I always see someone start to get down with it if I am stopped long enough. I like how on this CD Run Joe ends at the beginning of Stormy Monday with Chuck jamming on that Gibson for a minute, it sounds like the blues with a funky ass go-go beat. There was also another version of Stormy Monday on one of his tapes from around 1986 or 87 that started with a nice long drum set and sound effects like a jet flying over your head with the crowd chanting "Wind Me Up, Chuck!", he ends that part with a shout out to someone from Norfolk State and then the guitar part starts. Can't find that anywhere!:( All of the other versions seem to have the jamming parts edited out for some reason.
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on September 7, 1998
Lock yourself in this CD and the sheer energy of the band will take you. The live feel of Go Go is evident as Chuck covers the classics listed in a very inventive way.
His broken glass vocals are essential and the crowd is good to go - safe
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on January 7, 2015
Brilliant Thanks
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