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Pure Funk

Various Artists Audio CD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)

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listen  1. Brick HouseCommodores 3:27$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  2. Pick Up The PiecesAverage White Band 3:58$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  3. Shining StarEarth Wind & Fire 2:51$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  4. Jungle BoogieKool and The Gang 3:03$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  5. Lady Marmalade (Voulez-Vous Choucher Avec Moi)Patti LaBelle 3:18$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  6. Mr. Big StuffJean Knight 2:46$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  7. Kung Fu FightingCarl Douglas 3:13$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  8. Car WashRose Royce 3:16$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen  9. Tell Me Something GoodRufus 3:28$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen10. SuperflyCurtis Mayfield 3:52$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen11. Theme From ShaftIsaac Hayes 4:34$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen12. FireOhio Players 3:30$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen13. Flash LightParliament 4:29$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen14. Every Time I Turn Around (Back In Love Again)L.T.D. 4:38$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen15. Good TimesChic 3:42$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen16. Forget Me NotsPatrice Rushen 4:04$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen17. Word UpCameo 4:19$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen18. Early In The MorningThe Gap Band 3:57$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen19. Don't Stop The MusicYarbrough & Peoples 4:10$0.99  Buy MP3 
listen20. Super FreakRick James 3:23$0.99  Buy MP3 

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 5, 1998)
  • Original Release Date: May 5, 1998
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Utv Records
  • ASIN: B000006NX9
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #729 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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38 of 41 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Clams on the half-shell and roller-skates October 7, 2004
Format:Audio CD
I don't use phrases like "instant party" lightly but this disc was an immediate hit from the moment it arrived! With the exception of "Tell Me Something Good" all the songs are upbeat, get up and dance grooves. All are `radio edits,' aka the short version. Collectors looking for long-play versions and rare tracks would want to look elsewhere. I've owned other disco/funk compilation albums that are available on Amazon and this one got the best response at parties by far. It's also excellent to listen to when I find myself getting tired and need to energize. It's a compilation for all the reasons you want a good compilation album; you couldn't mix one better yourself!

With all the subtlety of "not!" these Funk classics taught us a new vocabulary for getting down and getting across our nasty intentions. "Brick House," "Super Freak," and "Shaft," were just a few of the many reasons why momma didn't want us listening to the funk. Plus, don't say "Voulez vous coucher avec moi ce soir" to someone who speaks French unless you really mean to deliver!

For those not of the `clams on the half-shell and roller-skate' generation, you'll discover the origin of many samples from your favorite songs (you mean they didn't write that rif themselves?!?!) plus you'll discover how Will Smith's "Men In Black" is an exact replica of Patrice Rushen`s "Forget Me Nots," number 16 on this disc.

Not everything is from the 70's however, most notably the above mentioned "Forget Me Nots," Cameo's "Word Up," and "Early In The Morning" by The Gap Bad --no relation to the mall store. "Don't Stop the Music" by Yarbrough & Peoples, and Rick James' anthem and Hammer pleaser "Super Freak" also come right in at the turn of the decade.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too cool for School! Mind blowing Funk! August 9, 2000
Format:Audio CD
In spite of disco (or maybe because of it), this sound of Funk has been alive for years and the best songs of the most winning era of funk (early '70s to about the mid '80s) are all making this CD come alive and wake you up. Ever kind of Funky R&B beat is on here.
From great bands like the Commodores and their admiration of the female body in "Brick House" to the cool street jazzy number from Average White Band in "Pick Up The Pieces". Groups in the Eighites relied more heavily on keyboards than bass and sax as seen in the cool dance track of "Word Up" by Cameo. R&B Royalty like Patti and Chaka shine on hits in their early bands Labelle and Rufus, repsectively. Also, a sister of Funk Jean Knight's biggest hit "Mr. Big Stuff" is a classic in any genre. Don't forget the delicious hot bass synthesizer blend on "Don't Stop The Music" (Many Thanks to Yarbrough and Peoples).
How about this for a one two punch? Two classic themes from some of two of the hottest movies of the seventies. It's "Shaft" vs. "Superfly" as seventies poets of the street, Isaac and Curtis, have two of their best known song go head to head. Truly inspiring. All that and eighties fun found in Patrice Rushsen's sweet "Forget Me Nots" and Rick James raunchy yet honest "Super Freak". Every song on here is essential funk and the groups and artist are all at their peak in performance. A fun piece that is bursting with some of the best music ever.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
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Ahoy hoy Ok, I am into Manson/Deicide stuff, but damn, this CD is GREAT! When I got this, I just wanted Brick House and Super Freak. I listened to it and the whole CD was great. Since then, I have gotten Commodores, Isaac Hayes, Average White Band... and these guys have a much more challenging style of drumming I can practice to! I Recommend to EVERYONE.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars If you don't like this, go check your pulse March 24, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
Absolutely anybody can get into this CD. I'm a techno fan myself, but it's near impossible to listen to this without getting into the groove. It's all great, but some of the highlights among highlights include tracks from Chic, Parliament, Labelle, Commodores, Kool & The Gang, Rick James, and the theme from "Shaft". Highly recommended if you have any sort of appreciation for this music at all.
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15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Most Popular CD at the Office Party. July 30, 2003
By RicR2
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
For a Christmas Office Party, I emailed my colleagues a list (Excel Spreadsheet) of song names (but not the name of the CD each song was from) from over 100 CDs. The CD with the most songs chosen was "Pure Funk."

1/4/06 Update: The age range was 30-something to the late 50s.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solid! January 10, 2004
Format:Audio CD
Pure Funk is the best compilation CD of funk I've seen. Although there are a couple of misses and boderline songs (Cameo, Yarbrough and Peoples), the disc holds up very well. It would be hard to include more funk hits into one disc, but a glaring missing-in-funk-tion is James Brown's "Get on Up" or "Hot Pants". The first four songs are worth the price of the album.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Yes! August 22, 1999
By A Customer
Format:Audio CD
This CD rocks the house. It's got all the classic funk songs, from Shaft to Superfly to Brickhouse and Car Wash. It is excellent. The tunes just keep bouncing around in my head. It's great dance music as well. This is a classic, buy it today.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure FUN! December 3, 2001
Format:Audio CD
This album is gauranteed to make you smile. I've worn out two CD's already and actually got a speeding ticket when I lost myself singing Lady Marmalade (the original, of course) on the freeway. Great for parties.
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