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

Published on December 13, 2011 By Music Mook

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

Published on December 1, 2011 By Music Mook

“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 […]

CTI Records – California Concert: Hollywood Palladium July 18, 1971

Published on April 9, 2011 By Music Mook

“And now straight ahead, good jazz…” It’s an all too rare experience when an album actually lives up to its expectations and then some. Fortunately, this is one of those albums. Recorded on July 18, 1971 at the Hollywood Palladium, California Concert captures a single night of smoking jazz played by a stunning collaboration of CTI […]

James Brown – Soul On Top

Published on November 30, 2010 By Music Mook

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!

Published on November 4, 2010 By Music Mook

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 […]

CTI Records – The Cool Revolution

Published on November 3, 2010 By Music Mook

It’s here and we couldn’t be more excited! We here at Music Mook Review couldn’t wait to finally get our hands on this set and now that we have it we couldn’t be happier! It has exceeded all our expectations and then some. Let’s take a look shall we? CTI Records: The Cool Revolution contains […]

Parliament Funkadelic – The Mothership Connection Live 1976 DVD

Published on October 11, 2010 By Music Mook

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 […]

Book Review – 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die by Tom Moon

Published on September 16, 2010 By Music Mook

I have to admit, I was a little apprehensive about writing a review of a book about reviews. But when a book is this darn entertaining I just have to share it with the rest of you! 1,000 Recordings To Hear Before You Die is an excellent book of, well, music reviews by critic, writer, […]

How To Ease In To Frank Zappa

Published on August 24, 2010 By Music Mook

Throughout my many years of listening to Frank Zappa I often get asked by newbies what I would recommend for them. Well, with near 90 official albums, and a HUGE cross section of genres and material to choose from, that question can get a bit difficult to answer. But don’t worry, I’m here to help. […]

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

Published on August 16, 2010 By Music Mook

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 […]