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Funk! Funk! Funk!,
This review is from: Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thang (Audio CD)
Soul Brotha #1, indeed! We know him as James Brown, and we love him as James Brown; the one who is credited as inventing funk as we know it. On this compilation, we are treated to the funkmeister, while he gels with his short-lived band called The JB's (featuring a young Bootsy Collins before he would join Parliament), who created some majorly super-bad (pun intended) funk during their short-lived period in 1970. The music on here will most definitely get you shaking; it'll make you want to dance, work up a sweat; anything which'll get you moving, and you won't wanna stop till you drop!
While the music alone is powerful enough, it's also moving to hear James talking about important societal issues: drugs, race, poverty, the need for harmony amongst all people & all races, and the need for people of society to come together to help make the world a better place. To hear these messages infused in his (already powerful and empowering) music is something truly moving. However, reality can sometimes be a devastating thing to accept, as evidenced on this disc: at the end of the disc, James is heard in a 1970 recording warning many of the dangers of drug abuse, and encouraging many to stay away from them. It's heartbreaking to hear this from him, only to find out that he himself would have his own battle with drug addiction in subsequent years. It's truly a tough pill to swallow in many ways.
From James' fiery, manic, impassioned vocal delivery, to Bootsy's propulsive basslines, to Bobby Byrd's commading supporting role as co-vocalist, and the rest of the band's performance, the music on here is an unrelenting assault on the soul: it's a funk-attack, guaranteed to get that old rump of yours shaking, followed by the rest of your body. If you can grab hold of this compilation, snatch it up, as if your life depended on it! It's truly worthwhile to have in your collection: funk addict, or not!