The JB's Bring the Funk on Down
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- by James Brown ~ Motherlode [Bonus Tracks] ~ $9.72
- Released: February 12, 2002
- Label: Instinct Records
- 1.Do the Doo
- 2.On the Spot
- 3.Up on 45 (Part 1)
- 4.Carry On
- 5.Bring the Funk on Down
- 7.Why Did You Have to Go?
- 8.What About the Music
- 9.There's a Price to Pay to Live in Paradise
- 10.Tag Alone
- 11.Born to Groove
- 12.Who Do You Think You're Fooling?
- 13.Soul Men
- 14.Mistakes and All - (bonus track)
The JB's include: Richard "Kush" Griffiths (vocals, trumpet); Bobby Byrd (vocals, Hammond B-3 organ); Fred Thomas (vocals, bass); William "Bootsy" Collins, Ronald Laster, Wilbert Longmire, Bruno Speight, Reginald Ward (guitar); St. Claire Pinckney (flute, tenor saxophone); Maceo Parker (alto saxophone); Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, Chris Cuzme (tenor saxophone); Freddie Hendrix, Russell Crimes, Joe Collier (trumpet); Fred Wesley (trombone); Johnny Davis (electric piano); Lester Jordan (keyboards); Donald Seger,
Edred Mitchell (bass); John "Jabo" Starks, Clyde Stubblefield (drums).
Additional personnel includes: Ed Alstrom, Joe Davis, Mike Johnson (background vocals).
Producers: Fred Wesley, William "Bootsy" Collins, Bob Booth.
Engineers: Bob Booth, William "Bootsy" Collins.
Recorded at Audioarts, Atlanta, Georgia; Bootzilla Studios, Cincinnati, Ohio.
Personnel: Richard "Kush" Griffith (vocals, trumpet); Clyde Stubblefield (vocals, drums); Fred Thomas , Bobby Byrd (vocals); Ed Alstrom, Joseph Davis , Jerry Poindexter (chant, background vocals); Fred Ward, Wilbert Longmire, Bruno Speight, Bootsy Collins (guitar); St. Clair Pinckney (flute, tenor saxophone); Maceo Parker (alto saxophone); Pee Wee Ellis (tenor saxophone); Russell Crimes, Joe Collier, Freddie Hendrix (trumpet); Fred Wesley (trombone); Johnny Davis (electric piano); Lester Jordan (keyboards); John Starks (drums); Johnny Griggs (percussion).
Audio Mixers: Bob Both; Bootsy Collins.
Recording information: Audioarts Recording Studio, Atlanta, GA; Bootzilla "Rehab" Recording Studio, Cincinnati, OH.
Unknown Contributor Role: Fred Wesley.
No fan of classic funk (or of the "rare groove" school of dance music) will be able to look at this album without starting to drool -- the period-piece cover art; the Jimmy Walker hats and bell-bottoms; and the presence of such magic names as Fred Wesley, Pee Wee Ellis, Bobby Byrd, and Clyde Stubblefield (not to mention the insanely funky bassist Bootsie Collins, who is better known as a charter member of Parliament/Funkadelic but is also a J.B.'s alumnus) -- all of it will lead the perceptive groovehound to anticipate an hour or so of irresistibly booty-shaking funk. And that's exactly what you get: no frills, no synthesizers, basically no acknowledgement of change in the pop music world. From the greasy "Do the Doo" to the CD bonus track, "Mistakes and All," which ends the program, Bring the Funk on Down delivers almost nothing but hardcore, horn-heavy old-school funk (with a couple of brief and uninspiring excursions into ballad territory, another James Brown tradition). Highlights include the slowly simmering title track and the archetypal "Born to Groove," but the album is really pretty consistent. The only downside is the absence of Maceo Parker, who plays only on the final track. Highly recommended. ~ Rick Anderson
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