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Album Review

It's kind of a shame that the first compilation Universal/Polydor released in the wake of James Brown's Christmas 2006 death — not counting Hip-O Select's ongoing complete singles series, which was in the works prior to the Godfather of Soul's demise — is an entry in their shabbily assembled budget-line series Number 1's. Not that the music on the comp is bad — hardly. This is a very good roundup of 19 of the most familiar hits, almost all dating from 1965's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" on, with a heavy concentration on late-'60s and early-'70s funk, including Fred Wesley & the JB's "Doing It to Death." Some may complain that there aren't many of the early King singles here — only "Try Me" — no "Think," "I'll Go Crazy," "Night Train" or others, but for many casual fans, this is the JB they know best and it's an affordable way to get all the biggest songs in one place. The only drawback is the flimsy cardboard packaging. Sure, it may be 100-percent biodegradable, but it feels disposable — which is a bit bothersome in normal cases, but since this is the first James Brown disc after his death, it's hard not to wish that it felt a little bit more substantial.

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Question for iTunes Guys?

Sometimes i wonder where the money made from those situation (death of the singer) goes? What do you guys thinks? Eh Apple!!! I'm sure you give the money the family eh... LOL Excelent Album!!!


Born: May 03, 1933 in Barnwell, SC

Genre: R&B/Soul

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

"Soul Brother Number One," "the Godfather of Soul," "the Hardest Working Man in Show Business," "Mr. Dynamite" -- those are mighty titles, but no one can question that James Brown earned them more than any other performer. Other singers were more popular, others were equally skilled, but few other African-American musicians were so influential over the course of popular music. And no other musician, pop or otherwise, put on a more exciting, exhilarating stage show: Brown's performances were marvels...
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