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Though he’s revered as a musical legend in his native Washington D.C., most listeners are familiar with Chuck Brown only through his massive 1982 smash “Bustin’ Loose” which, with its staccato, timbale-laced rhythms and relentless chants established the template of the D.C. style known as Go-Go. Chuck Brown and his Soul Searchers began their love affair with heavy funk and intricate syncopation in the early ‘70s, crafting underground funk classics like “Blow Your Whistle” and “Funk to the Folks.” On Bustin’ Loose Chuck Brown has whipped his Soul Searchers into finely tuned funk perfection. The colossal title track borrows a healthy dollop of James Brown’s inimitable funk and sweetens the pot with swathes of flailing percussion, frantic breakdowns and an infamously funky bridge. For the most part the rest of Bustin’ Loose replicates this unbeatable formula. Though a few somnolent ballads interrupt the flow of the album, Bustin’ Loose remains a cornerstone of the Go-Go genre, and is one of the finest funk albums of the early ‘80s.

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Go-go starts to swing here

"Bustin' Loose" the song is the first go-go song, and thus brought to the world that wonderful polyrhythmic call-and-response funk that still makes all of D.C. get up and dance. In the non-electronic world, the album would be worth buying for the title song alone. In the electronic world, if you do buy the album you also get some irresistible straight-up jams ("If It Ain't Funky" and "Game Seven") and Chuck doing his loverman R&B thing on "Never Gonna Give You Up" and "Could It Be Love," all backed by a fervent, occasionally fearsome percussion section and the tighest horns you could ever want to hear. Plus you get a dollar off. So I would recommend paying the whole $5.99 and experiencing not only the birth of go-go but also some high-quality examples of what came before in the career of the man who would one day be named, by acclamation, the Godfather of Go-Go. It don't mean a thing if it ain't got that go-go swing, y'all!

The most exciting R&B music ever recorded

Solid gold – this is simply the best R&B/Soul album I every heard. Every track oozes power and exciting syncopation. Twenty-five years ago a friend lent me this very album - I was gutted when he asked for it back. It had gone out of print even back then, I’ve been looking for this album ever since, but it had disappeared from existence it seems. From time to time I’ve been checking iTunes to see if it had appeared. Finally iTunes has saved me from funk oblivion. Like an apparition, the album cover appeared in my search results and was downloading to my disk drive the next second. Hearing it now, all these years later is amazing because it hasn’t lost any of the magic I remembered. Thank you iTunes; and thank you Chuck Brown.

Bustin loose

We got to give it up to Chuck Brown the ORIGINATOR of our Go-Go music.


Genre: R&B/Soul

Godfather of go-go Chuck Brown started out as a soul man, playing guitar with famed Chicago R&B crooner Jerry Butler in the 1960s. In the '70s, he began developing the primal, minimalist funk style that came to be known as go-go, which became the most celebrated export of the Baltimore/Washington area in the...
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