Various Artists - James Brown's Funky People Pt. 2 - 2x LP Vinyl

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James Brown's Funky People Pt. 2
Various Artists
12" Vinyl


As music fans know, James Brown wasn't just the greatest funk and soul singer the world has ever seen – he was also a musical visionary and businessman, who surrounded himself with geniuses who made him better and pushed him further. From horn masters Maceo Parker and Pee Wee Ellis to vocalists Lyn Collins and Bobby Byrd, Brown was a musical A & R master, restless and always looking for the next big thing. Most times, that would manifest in the latest James Brown smash under his own name. But not always. His stable of talent was overflowing in the '60s and '70s, and, thankfully, the tape machine in his studio was always rolling.

Originally released in 1988, during the era of hip-hop's golden age of sampling, it's no surprise that just about every note heard in this incredible collection has been used on not one but multiple rap classics. Which, at the time, was proof of Brown's (and his crew's) staying power. But we're almost three decades beyond those days now, and it has lost none of its musical potency. Diving deeper into the vaults than the also-incredible Part 1 of the Funky People series, there is not a weak track in the bunch. Moving beyond well-known JBs cuts, things get interesting from the get-go with Bobby Byrd's monumental groover "I Know You Got Soul." Hank Ballard and Marva Whitney also enter the fray, leading the way to Myra Barnes' emotional and powerful "Message From The Soul Sisters (Parts 1 & 2)" and Lyn Collins' slow, smoldering cover of Isaac Hayes' "Do Your Thing,"

Politics even get the funky soul treatment, with Fred Wesley & The JBs' "You Can Have Watergate But Gimme Some Bucks And I'll Be Straight" and "I'm Paying Taxes, But What Am I Buying?" And it should not be overlooked that Maceo & The Macks' instrumental workout "Soul Power '74" even features a proto-sampling snippet from MLK's "I've Been To The Mountaintop" speech from 1968. This is another amazing collection of James Brown's funky friends, without one second of filler, brought to you as a glorious 2-LP gatefold by your friends at Get On Down.
A1–Bobby ByrdI Know You Got Soul
A2–Hank Ballard & The Midnight LoversFrom The Love Side
A3–Marva WhitneyWhat Do I Have To Do To Prove My Love To You
A4–Maceo & The MacksSoul Power '74
B1–Lyn CollinsPut It On The Line
B2–Fred Wesley & The JB'sYou Can Have Watergate But Give Me Some Bucks & I'll Be Straight (Parts 1 & 2)
B3–Maceo & The MacksCross The Track (We Better Go Back)
C1–Myra BarnesSuper Good
C2–Myra BarnesThe Message From The Soul Sisters (Parts 1 & 2)
C3–Bobby ByrdHot Pants - I'm Coming, Coming, I'm Coming
D1–Lyn CollinsDo Your Thing
D2–Fred Wesley & The JB'sI'm Paying Taxes, What Am I Buying
D3–Fred Wesley & The JB'sBlow Your Head

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