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James Brown made an astonishing 10 albums for Polydor from 1971 through 1975; the highlights appear here, along with some enticing alternate versions. His funk was getting increasingly harder and his worldview more sociopolitically minded. His smoldering sensuality is as undeniable as ever on tracks like the steamy “Hot Pants,” but from his slow-burning assault on the insidiousness of addiction on “King Heroin” to his slip-sliding State of the Union address “Funky President (People It’s Bad),” Brown had more on his mind than getting on the good foot.

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This is a great CD. I have James Brown's Box Set...and some of these tracks are on there. BUT, they are not the extended versions of these songs. My favorite is "Make It Funky". I had two 45s with all four versions. NOW, I have the CD.......BEAUTIFUL


i think this is much better than the 20 greatest hits, this has all the jams in here. And it has many song that are just amazing.So i give it 1 or because it is the greatest!!!

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Ha-aay! Good God! Uhh!! What we have here is JB at the height of his funk powers. This is some seriously badass stuff. They don't make it like this anymore. Check it out!


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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