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Album Review

Just about every single artist in the Universal-distributed 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection series is given one brief volume (containing an average of about 40 minutes of career highlights), but James Brown has been given four. The first volume traipses through the '50s, '60s, and '70s; the second volume concentrates on the '70s; the third volume (though not billed as such) is all Christmas. And now this one, billed as the third volume, is credited to James Brown & Friends, even though half of the selections are credited strictly to James Brown ("My Thang," "There It Is," "Funky Drummer"). A few of Brown's best spinoffs and associations — Lyn Collins' "Think," Bobby Byrd's "I Know You Got Soul," Marva Whitney's "What Do I Have to Do to Prove My Love to You" — form the core of the disc. There's no denying the greatness of the music here, but it has been compiled in a number of preferable configurations.

Customer Reviews

This is the real deal!!

This collection is the essence of funk. Straight and plain, James Brown, Maceo Parker, Fred Wesley et al remain the tightest group of musicians ever to grace the stage and studio. I'm sitting at my desk in Nigeria....but I'm about to get up and dance.


Born: May 3, 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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