James Brown – Funky Christmas (20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection)

Posted by on December 13, 2011 at 8:52 pm

For Kim. You’re my Christmas friend… In our excitement to discuss the previously unheard gems on The Complete James Brown Christmas, we neglected to talk about the pure perfection that is James Brown’s Funky Christmas. Turn it loose, ‘cus it’s a mother… Funky Christmas, later remastered and renamed as 20th Century Masters: The Christmas Collection, is […]

James Brown – The Complete James Brown Christmas

Posted by on December 1, 2011 at 10:00 am

“Let’s make this Christmas mean something this year!” Between 1966 and 1970, James Brown recorded three stellar Christmas albums. For years the only readily available versions of these albums were single compilations such as the original Funky Christmas and the remastered (and wonderful sounding) 20th Century Masters Christmas Collection edition of that same album (a […]

James Brown – Soul On Top

Posted by on November 30, 2010 at 10:00 am

Looking for another reason why James Brown was called the hardest working man in show business? Consider that in 1969 Brown was recording some of the greatest earth shattering funk to ever hit the streets, both then and now, and throw in the fact that he was still touring relentlessly. Add to that the fact […]

Grant Green – Alive!

Posted by on November 4, 2010 at 10:00 am

After taking somewhat of a hiatus in the late 60s, Grant Green re-emerged triumphant in a most funky manner. Suddenly his intricate jazz lines and easy going musicianship became hard driving, no apology funk that split most Grant Green fans right down the middle. While some may prefer his earlier classic jazz work and others […]

Parliament Funkadelic – The Mothership Connection Live 1976 DVD

Posted by on October 11, 2010 at 10:00 am

Wow. Before viewing this I had only a passing interest in the very particular funk of Parliament Funkadelic. Sure, I liked some “Flashlight” now and again, but never enough to prompt a proper purchase. When I saw there was video footage of a show from 1976 I was intrigued both from a historical standpoint and […]

Sly & The Family Stone – There’s A Riot Goin’ On

Posted by on August 16, 2010 at 10:00 am

Article first published as Music Review: Sly & The Family Stone – There’s A Riot Goin’ On on Blogcritics. Summer 2010 has proven to be quite a long, hot, and incredibly hazy experience. The days are long and the heat has been damn near unbearable. And yet, to get us through all that, we always […]

James Brown – Make it Funky: The Big Payback 1971 -1975 (Part 2)

Posted by on July 28, 2010 at 10:00 am

…and now Part 2 of the ever exciting thoughts and musings on James Brown – Make it Funky: The Big Payback 1971 -1975. Be sure to check out Part 1! Disc Two: 1. “The Payback” – This may just be the angriest JB vocals on record. His anger in being cheated, lied to, and stabbed […]

James Brown – Make it Funky: The Big Payback 1971 -1975 (Part 1)

Posted by on July 27, 2010 at 10:00 am

After the extremely raw and early funk of 1964 – 1969 and the insanely hard hitting funk of 1970, James Brown settled into a highly creative and fertile period of pure ’70’s style funk. Highlighted by heavy bass and drum tracks, regal horn lines, and distinctly seventies wah-wah guitar, JB crystalized his previous efforts into […]

James Brown – The Payback

Posted by on July 14, 2010 at 9:47 am

Every once in a while an album comes along that helps to define a certain genre. An album of such stunning beauty and perfection, that to not have it is a crime. In 1973 James Brown delivered that album to the funk world and generations beyond. It was time for Payback, and the revenge was […]