Rolling Stone - 5/13/99, p.52
Included in Rolling Stone's "Essential Recordings of the 90's."
Rolling Stone - 5/30/915 Stars
- Classic - "...a staggering collection....goes well beyond the usual hits 'n' rarities approach of boxed retrospectives to get at the essence of Brown's development from gospel-style shouter...to Soul Brother No. 1...and from God-father of Soul...to grandfather of rap..."
Rolling Stone - 4/18/91
"...The success of STAR TIME should pave the way for further examination of the James Brown catalog....the box is an ideal way to reintroduce Brown's massive body of work to a public more familiar with his legend than with the records themselves..."
Entertainment Weekly - 6/12
"...soul history as a headlong rush of killer hooks, brain-melting horn blasts, and a scream that fuses passion and violence in one initiable call of the wild..." - Rating: A
Q - 6/915 Stars
- Indespensable - "...Brown is one of the half- dozen most important, most influential individual oeuvres of the entire rock-and-roll era: the equal of Dylan, The Beatles and Motown....This isn't just the history of one artist; it is literally the history of the groove, the beat that can't be beat..."
Uncut - p.1195 stars out of 5
- "No home's complete without it."
Mojo (Publisher) - p.1155 stars out of 5
- "[T]he music is undimmed from blues, jazz and R&B to soul and funk."
STAR TIME includes a 64-page booklet with three essays - brief appreciations by writer Nelson George and Brown's longtime tour manager Alan Leeds and a longer history by 2 of the box's producers - a complete discography and an introduction penned by the Godfather of Soul himself.
Personnel includes: James Brown (vocals, piano, organ); Bobby Byrd (vocals. organ); Phelps "Catfish" Collins (guitar); Maceo Parker (tenor & baritone saxophones); St. Clair Pickney, Pee Wee Ellis, Clifford "Ace King" MacMillian (tenor saxophone); Al "Brisco" Clark (baritone saxophone); Lewis Hamlin (trumpet); William "Bootsy" Collins, Bernard Odum (bass); John "Jabo" Starks, Nat Kendrick (drums).
Producers include: Ralph Bass, Syd Nathan, James Brown, Hal Neely, Afrika Bambaataa.
Compilation producer: Harry Weinger.
Personnel: James Brown (vocals, rap vocals, piano, drums); Jimmy Parker (vocals, alto saxophone); Russell Crimes, Jerone "Jasaan Sanford" Melson (vocals, trumpet); Bobby Byrd (vocals, organ); Bill Hollings, Brandye, Martha Harvin, Carlton Coleman, Louis Madison , Sylvester Keels, Jeanette "Baby" Washington, Margie Clark, Maretha Stewart, Johnny Terry, Afrika Bambaataa, Lloyd Stallworth, Marva Whitney, The Jewels, Vicki Anderson, Willie Johnson, Bobby Bennett (vocals); Wallace Richardson, Alphonso "Country" Kellum, David Spinozza, Eddie Setser, Nafloyd Scott, Larry Byrum, Robert Coleman , Ron Laster, Bobby Roach, Sam T. Brown, Hearlon "Cheese" Martin, Les Buie, Jimmy Nolen, Joe Beck , Kenny Burrell, Kenny Poole, Skip McDonald, Billy Butler, Phelps "Catfish" Collins (guitar); Mac Cephas, Gene Clark (violin); Al Brown (viola); Kermit Moore (cello); Joe Farrell (flute, English horn, tenor saxophone); Joe Poff (flute, alto saxophone); Seldon Powell (flute, tenor saxophone); Nat Jones (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Michael Gipson (alto saxophone, trombone); Jimmy McGary, Al Corley, George Dorsey (alto saxophone); Maceo Parker, Pee Wee Ellis (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Muscle Shoals Horns (tenor saxophone, trumpet, trombone); Clifford Scott, Eldee Williams, Frank Vicari, Clifford MacMillan, Robert McCollough, Ray Felder, Wilbert Smith, J.C. Davis , Sam "The Man" Taylor , St. Clair Pinckney (tenor saxophone); Al "Brisco" Clark, Charles Carr, Haywood Henry (baritone saxophone); Levi Rasbury (trumpet, trombone); Joe Dupars, Robert Knight , Dud Bascomb, Johnny Grimes , Ernie Royal, Isiah "Ike" Oakley, Joseph Davis , Lewis Hamlin, Lammar Wright, Jr., Clayton "Chicken" Gunnells, Wayman Reid, Roscoe Patrick, Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison, Teddy Washington, Danny Stiles, Marvin Stamm, Richard "Kush" Griffith, Mack Johnson, Ron Tooley (trumpet); Dicky Wells, Wilmer Milton, Fred Wesley, Dicky Harris, Holly Ferris (trombone); Chops (horns); Lucas Fats Gonder (piano, organ); Ernie Hayes (piano, keyboards); Sonny Thompson (piano); Charles Sweet Sherell (Clavinet, drums); Timothy Hedding, Richard Tee (organ); Jerry Poindexter, Robin Halpin, Randy McCormick, Anthony Marinelli, Barry Beckett, Brian Banks (keyboards); Panama Francis (drums, timpani); James Madison , Clyde Stubblefield, Melvin Parker, Clayton Fillyau, Edison Gore, Arthur Dickson, John Starks, Keith LeBlanc, Nat Kendrick, Roger Hawkins, Beau Dollar Bowman, Bernard "Pretty" Purdie, Billy Cobham (drums); Johnny Griggs (congas, percussion); John Morgan , Ron Selico (percussion).
Liner Note Authors: Clifford White; Harry Weinger; James Brown; Alan Leeds; Nelson George.
Recording information: Arthur Smith Studios, Charlot; Bell Sound Studios; Beltone Studios, New York, NY; Dukoff Studios, Miami, FL; King Studios, Cincinnati, OH; The Apollo; United Studios, Hollywood, CA; Universal Studios, Chicago, IL.
Directors: David Matthews ; Lewis Hamlin.
Arrangers: David Matthews ; Fred Wesley; James Brown; Sam Lowe; Brad Shapiro.
There are few box sets that can match the greatness of James Brown's STARTIME. Backed by such brilliant musicians as Melvin and Maceo Parker, Bootsy Collins and Bobby Byrd, Brown created some of the most intense, soulful music ever recorded. Collecting seventy two tracks that let you hear why Brown is hailed as "the hardest working man in show business," STARTIME is packed with the best R&B and funk that money can buy.
From early-'60s R&B hits like "Please, Please, Please" and late-'60s funk essentials like "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" and "Sex Machine" to the massively influential '70s funk grooves "Funky Drummer" and "The Payback," STARTIME gives you all the James Brown basics. This set is a monument to the life and music of one of the most colorful and inspired performers in popular music. STARTIME also comes with a 64-page booklet that features rare and wonderful photos and essays by Nelson George and several other noted critics. Essential.