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Thursday, Nov 03 2016 | 07:31
Image: 1606745 "Get On Down continues its very welcome obsession with James Brown’s
stable of late ’60s and early ‘70s talent – much of it culled from his People
Records label, including various backing bands – by bringing this firsttime-
ever-on-vinyl package to the world. The third volume in the groundbreaking
Funky People series, originally released on CD in 2000, is just as
incredible as the first two. And maybe even more fascinating to JB fans,
because of the less-heard discoveries lurking in these grooves.
With 12 tracks spanning 1967 to 1975, this is far from a “remainders”
collection. Each cut here packs an undeniable punch. Featuring James’
most talented side-people, including The JBs, Bobby Byrd, Marva Whitney,
Lyn Collins and Vicki Anderson, Volume 3 goes even deeper in the
cut than previous collections, with the white Ohio-based studio crew The
Dapps (featuring drummer / vocalist Beau Dollar), the Dee Felice Trio and
even a cheekily named side crew called the A.A.B.B. (Above Average Black
There are some impressive covers here, including the Dee Felice Trio’s
driving, jazzy version of James’ “There Was A Time” (known to the
hip-hop nation thanks to Chubb Rock’s “Treat ‘Em Right”), a live version
of Lyn Collins covering the Isley Brothers’ “It’s My Thing”, in addition to
her studio cover of James’ “Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose.” In retrospect it
even sounds like James covers himself on the raw and powerful “Original
Rock Version” of his 1972 hit “Talkin’ Loud And Saying Nothin’,” even
though the Rock version was recorded first, in 1970.
Marva Whitney’s “If You Don’t Give Me What I Want” is as powerful and
emotional as a soul ballad gets. The A.A.B.B.’s “Pick Up The Pieces One
By One” must have made the Average White Band want to hang up their
instruments. And one truly fascinating alternate take here is the
“Undubbed Version” of the JBs’ “Blow Your Head,” with the Moog work
and main Fred Wesley trombone solo removed. It lets the groove shimmer
in whole new light.
The more that newcomers and diehard fans alike dig into the James
Brown and People Records vaults, the more they realize that it’s a neverending
source of truly next-level funk and soul music. And you can be
sure this aural goodness will keep flowing to the public, thanks to the
exhaustive efforts of Get On Down."

A1. James Brown
Talkin’ Loud & Saying Nothin’
A2. Fred Wesley & The JBs
Blow Your Head
A3. The Believers
Mr. Hot Pants AKA Across The Track (Pts. 1 & 2)
B1. Beau Dollar
Who Knows
B2. Hank Ballard & The Dapps
How You Gonna Get Respect
(When You Haven’t Cut Your Process Yet)
B3. Bobby Byrd
Doin’ The Do
C1. A.A.B.B.
Pick Up The Pieces One By One
C2. Lyn Collins
Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose
C3. Sweet Charles
Hang Out & Hustle
D1. Dee Felice Trio
There Was A Time
D2. Vicki Anderson
If You Don’t Give Me What I Want
(I Gotta Get It Some Other Place)
D3. Marva Whitney
It’s My Thing (You Can’t Tell Me
Who To Sock It To) (Live) Available from 25.11.2016
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