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The Godfather
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Media: Audio CD
ISBN/ASIN : B000066699
Manufacturer : Umtv
Release data : 29 April, 2002

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    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    A legend lives: a superb introduction to James Brown

    James Brown is truly a legend in his own lifetime. His legend precedes him - Godfather of Soul, the man who invented funk, deeply flawed individual - all true in their way.

    If you're coming to Brown for the first time there are two things you must do to see how the legend arose in the first place. One is to see Brown's concert footage, and you will realise that this man was the original showman, an entertainer who knows above all else how to work an audience and deliver a stunning performance. The second is to listen to his music, and you'll know that the legend and a long and varied career is based on a truly entralling heritage.

    Brown demonstrates throughout this fine collection his superb timing, wonderful use of call-and-response, superb integration with his band and backing singers, and above all one of the greatest voices in the history of popular music. It's far more than a voice - it's an instrument in its own right, the most amazing ensemble of screams, whoops and hollas you've ever heard. Even right back to the beginning of his career, Brown took a very basic 50s pop ballad, Please Please Please, and turned it into a unique exhibition of his talents. But to demonstrate the power of that voice, turn to It's a Man's Man's Man's World, a song that makes the hairs on the back of my neck prickle and stand on end to this day.

    This fine collection doesn't stick to chronological order, but it certainly shows you the highlights of an incredible musical opus, right up to Brown's special recording for the film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels. It includes his best-known numbers (the ubiquitous I Feel Good, for example), plus examples of hard-core funk that launched a generation and Brown's flavour of social comment. It's a shame that Say it Loud, I'm Black and I'm Proud hasn't been included ("we'd rather die on our feet than keep living on our knees"), but there's still plenty to appreciate throughout this superb CD.

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    Not soul, but Funk

    From the begining to the end this album charts the rise of the genius that is James Brown. From Public enemy to the Stone Roses, anyone who tries to move the listener with pumping bass and wicked Beats owes a debt to James Brown. Brown stamps all o his music with his attitude and energy, his music burts with energy, but often carries a sleazy dirty edge that takes it above and beyond some of the other funk masters, great as they are, where as the Meters and George Clinton, have a happy up beat, a sense of fun about there music James Brown went for a harder sound, more intune with the blues greats before him than mAl green or Marvin Gaye.

    Brown is often remember for his all action stage shows and the energy of his songs, but this album show cases his fantastic voice. Whats more Brown always surrounded himself with great musicans, Maceo Parker on Sax (of Cross the tracks fame featured on the brit film Snatch soundtrack), Bootsy Collins on base et al. My all time favourite Tune is the Boss, but less face it all these songs are great, check out the JB's his backing band and Bobby Byrd his side kick for similar music. The word Legend is to widely used but brown was in spades, long live the Soul Father.

    1 star1 star1 star1 star1 star    james brown at his best-the funkiest album yet

    This album just makes you wanna sing along-after hearing most of his songs on adverts,film soundtracks,etc here there are all together.I turned it on & i just wanted to sing & dance.James Brown definately is the godfather of funk.
    This album has all his greatest hits-"Papas Got a Brand New Bag" to "This Is a Man's World" , "Super Bad" to "Sex Machine".It also has the very enjoyable but lesser known "The Boss", which you may have heard on Lock,Stock&2 smoking barrels.
    This album is must for any funk/soul/James Brown fan

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