103. James Brown – “Star Time Disk Three”

Sorry for silence – I was interstate for work (and with James Brown for company).

By CD number three, JB has got almost too funky for his own good.

james-brown-startime-box-set-album-cover2This album is a fiesta of multi-movement pieces. Five out of the 14 tracks clock in at over 5 mins, 4 at over 7 mins. The man has moved beyond normal pop song constraints into a world of musical mastery. This is the foundations on which the lunacy and other worldness of Parliament and Funkadelic (I guess that’s the Bootsy Collins connection).

His band is just outstanding, responding to his commands, understanding his various grunts and signals, and laying down grooves that rise and full and bubble along in such a timeless fashion. The horns are sharp, fast and sexy. Again, this is rich pickings for samplers wanting an infectious hook.

Sorry Andy, I do think Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine is Brown’s true masterpiece, and it sits perfectly here between Funky Drummer and Super Bad (Parts 1 & 2). But let’s have some dialogue here. Which do you all prefer?

Cold Sweat

Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

In a race I would back Disc 2 as slightly more diverse than this volume, but you won’t find too much to complain about here.

File under: Jump back and kiss yourself

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