James Brown hated losing control. So when dissension in his band’s ranks threatened his then never-ending tour, he recalled a group of kids who’d worked sessions he’d produced for members of the revue. Called into service within hours, the new, stripped-down outfit Brown dubbed the J.B.’s — among them brothers Bootsy (bass) and Catfish (guitar) Collins and saxophonist Robert McCulloch — was soon putting its own mark on the funk. Their first shot, “Get Up (I Feel Like Being a) Sex Machine,” ended up as one of Brown’s signature pieces, heard in two distinct versions on Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thing, a chronicle of one key year in his history. Brown exhorts a squalling McCulloch to “Blow me some Trane, brother!” on the massive statement of ego and soul that is “Super Bad” (heard here in its full-force nine-minute take), while other glowing proofs of the man’s theories (the remake of “Give It Up or Turnit a Loose,” “Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved” and the previously unreleased “I Got to Move,” a twist on “There Was a Time”) further nail down this group’s reputation.
Soul (4 stars)
If you can listen to this without moving you are dead. Seriously. This is James at his funkalicious best. Buy this, play it loud, and dance your tail off in your living room.
jesus! (5 stars)
this is possibly the funkiest thing i have ever heard and ever will hear! james brown is the cosmic ruler of the universe!
Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thang (5 stars)
The Collins Brothers and Crew Re-Engergized, Revolutionized, and Re-Invented the James Brown Sound
the New Millenium…..ask the remaining members of the band. Look at Work with their later bands. Wow!
Born: May 03, 1933 in Barnwell, SC
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…
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