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4.0 out of 5 stars good stuff, but could be better, January 2, 2007
This review is from: What It Is! Funky Soul And Rare Grooves (1967-1977) (Audio CD)
So, I was pretty excited about this box set, but I must admit, I'm a little disappointed, mainly with some horrible edits. I guess you run this risk with most box sets, but some of the edits just broke my heart. The worst of them all was the chop job they did with Curtis' "Don't Worry...". I don't really consider this song a "rare groove," considering it's the lead song on his greatest hits cd, which is very easy to find. The edit of Eddie Hazel's "California Dreamin'" was pretty bad too; "Games, Dames and Guitar Thangs" has been rereleased, pick it up. Please. Also, "Funky Nassau, pt. 2"? Why? It's not even 2 minutes long, and pales in comparison to Part 1. Not a good representation of Beginning of the End's work.

All right, enough of my griping. I just love long, drawn-out jams, and absolutely loathe edits. But this box set does have some really awesome stuff going for it. Faze-O's "Riding High" is superb, as is "Stepping Stones" by Johnny Harris. "Cosmic Sea" by the Mystic Moods is really great too. I'll admit that I've never heard of 90% of this stuff, and most of it is reall good. I just have to skip over those edits...

But in my own opinion, if you want more bang for your buck, go with the Superfly Soul series. You can get all 3 2-cd sets for less than you'll pay for this 4-cd set, and I think the music choice is superior. And they actually have some rare, unedited Curtis, like "Billy Jack" and "Big Mac."
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Initial post: Aug 25, 2010 8:41:03 AM PDT
Eric Benson says:
Just want to say that these "edits" are the way these were actually released on 45's back in the day. They had to be in the three minute range to be radio-friendly. Look at all the James Brown hits that have "Part 1" in the name! You'll have to dig deeper than this collection to find the unedited studio tracks for these songs.

I agree about the Curtis Mayfield tracks. Great tunes but not rare!
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