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James Brown

"Soul Brother Number One," "the Godfather of Soul," "the Hardest Working Man in Show Business," "Mr. Dynamite" -- those are mighty titles, but no one can question that James Brown earned them more than any other performer. Other singers were more popular, others were equally skilled, but few other African-American musicians were so influential over the course of popular music. And no other musician, pop or otherwise, put on a more exciting, exhilarating stage show: Brown's performances were marvels of athletic stamina and split-second timing.

Through the gospel-impassioned fury of his vocals and the complex polyrhythms of his beats, Brown was a crucial midwife in not just one, but two revolutions in black American music. He was one of the figures most responsible for turning R&B into soul and he was, most would agree, the figure most responsible for turning soul music into the funk of the late '60s and early '70s. After the mid-'70s, he did little more than tread water artistically; his financial and drug problems eventually got him a controversial prison sentence. Yet in a sense, his music is now more influential than ever, as his voice and rhythms have been sampled on innumerable hip-hop recordings, and critics have belatedly hailed his innovations as among the most important in all of rock or soul.

Brown's rags-to-riches-to-rags story has heroic and tragic dimensions of mythic resonance. Born into poverty in the South, he ran afoul of the law by the late '40s on an armed robbery conviction. With the help of singer Bobby Byrd's family, Brown gained parole and started a gospel group with Byrd, changing their focus to R&B as the rock revolution gained steam. The Flames, as the Georgian group was known in the mid-'50s, signed to Federal/King and had a huge R&B hit right off the bat with the wrenching, churchy ballad "Please, Please, Please." By that point, the Flames had become James Brown & the Famous Flames; the charisma, energy, and talent of Brown made him the natural star attraction.

All of Brown's singles over the next two years flopped, as he sought to establish his own style, recording material that was obviously derivative of heroes like Roy Brown, Hank Ballard, Little Richard, and Ray Charles. In retrospect, it can be seen that Brown was in the same position as dozens of other R&B one-shot: talented singers in need of better songs, or not fully on the road to a truly original sound. What made Brown succeed where hundreds of others failed was his superhuman determination, working the chitlin circuit to death, sharpening his band, and keeping an eye on new trends. He was on the verge of being dropped from King in late 1958 when his perseverance finally paid off, as "Try Me" became a number one R&B (and small pop) hit, and several follow-ups established him as a regular visitor to the R&B charts.

Brown's style of R&B got harder as the '60s began; he added more complex, Latin- and jazz-influenced rhythms on hits like "Good Good Lovin'," "I'll Go Crazy," "Think," and "Night Train," alternating these with torturous ballads that featured some of the most frayed screaming to be heard outside of the church. Black audiences already knew that Brown had the most exciting live act around, but he truly started to become a phenomenon with the release of Live at the Apollo in 1963. Capturing a James Brown concert in all its whirling-dervish energy and calculated spontaneity, the album reached number two on the album charts, an unprecedented feat for a hardcore R&B LP.

Live at the Apollo was recorded and released against the wishes of the King label. It was this kind of artistic standoff that led Brown to seek better opportunities elsewhere. In 1964, he ignored his King contract to record "Out of Sight" for Smash, igniting a lengthy legal battle that prevented him from issuing vocal recordings for about a year. When he finally resumed recording for King in 1965, he had a new contract that granted him far more artistic control over his releases.

Brown's new era had truly begun, however, with "Out of Sight," which topped the R&B charts and made the pop Top 40. For some time, Brown had been moving toward more elemental lyrics that threw in as many chants and screams as they did words, and more intricate beats and horn charts that took some of their cues from the ensemble work of jazz outfits. "Out of Sight" wasn't called funk when it came out, but it had most of the essential ingredients. These were amplified and perfected on 1965's "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag," a monster that finally broke Brown to the white audience, reaching the Top Ten. The even more adventurous follow-up, "I Got You (I Feel Good)," did even better, making number three.

These hits kicked off Brown's period of greatest commercial success and public visibility. From 1965 to the end of the decade, he was rarely off the R&B charts, often on the pop listings, and all over the concert circuit and national television, even meeting with Vice President Hubert Humphrey and other important politicians as a representative of the black community. His music became even bolder and funkier, as melody was dispensed with almost altogether in favor of chunky rhythms and magnetic interplay between his vocals, horns, drums, and scratching electric guitar (heard to best advantage on hits like "Cold Sweat," "I Got the Feelin'," and "There Was a Time"). The lyrics were not so much words as chanted, stream-of-consciousness slogans, often aligning themselves with black pride as well as good old-fashioned (or new-fashioned) sex. Much of the credit for the sound he devised belonged to (and has now been belatedly attributed to) his top-notch supporting musicians such as saxophonists Maceo Parker, St. Clair Pinckney, and Pee Wee Ellis; guitarist Jimmy Nolen; backup singer and longtime loyal associate Bobby Byrd; and drummer Clyde Stubblefield.

Brown was both a brilliant bandleader and a stern taskmaster, the latter leading his band to walk out on him in late 1969. Amazingly, he turned the crisis to his advantage by recruiting a young Cincinnati outfit called the Pacemakers featuring guitarist Catfish Collins and bassist Bootsy Collins. Although they only stayed with him for about a year, they were crucial to Brown's evolution into even harder funk, emphasizing the rhythm and the bottom even more. The Collins brothers, for their part, put their apprenticeship to good use, helping define '70s funk as members of the Parliament-Funkadelic axis.

In the early '70s, many of the most important members of Brown's late-'60s band returned to the fold, to be billed as the J.B.'s (they also made records on their own). Brown continued to score heavily on the R&B charts throughout the first half of the '70s, the music becoming more and more elemental and beat-driven. At the same time, he was retreating from the white audience he had cultivated during the mid- to late '60s; records like "Make It Funky," "Hot Pants," "Get on the Good Foot," and "The Payback" were huge soul sellers, but only modest pop ones. Critics charged, with some justification, that the Godfather was starting to repeat and recycle himself too many times. It must be remembered, though, that these songs were made for the singles radio jukebox market and not meant to be played one after the other on CD compilations (as they are today).

By the mid-'70s, Brown was beginning to burn out artistically. He seemed shorn of new ideas, was being out-gunned on the charts by disco, and was running into problems with the IRS and his financial empire. There were sporadic hits, and he could always count on enthusiastic live audiences, but by the '80s, he didn't have a label. With the explosion of rap, however, which frequently sampled vintage J.B.'s records, Brown became hipper than ever. He collaborated with Afrika Bambaataa on the critical smash single "Unity" and reentered the Top Ten in 1986 with "Living in America." Rock critics, who had always ranked Brown considerably below Otis Redding and Aretha Franklin in the soul canon, began to reevaluate his output, particularly the material from his funk years, sometimes anointing him not just "Soul Brother Number One," but the most important black musician of the rock era.

In 1988, Brown's personal life came crashing down in a well-publicized incident in which he was accused by his wife of assault and battery. After a year skirting hazy legal and personal troubles, he led the police on an interstate car chase after allegedly threatening people with a handgun. The episode ended in a six-year prison sentence that many felt was excessive; he was paroled after serving two years.

Throughout the '90s Brown continued to perform and release new material like Love Over-Due (1991), Universal James (1992), and I'm Back (1998). While none of these recordings could be considered as important as his earlier work and did little to increase his popularity, his classic catalog became more popular in the American mainstream during this time than it had been since the '70s, and not just among young rappers and samplers. One of the main reasons for this was a proper presentation of his recorded legacy. For a long time, his cumbersome, byzantine discography was mostly out of print, with pieces available only on skimpy greatest-hits collections. A series of exceptionally well-packaged reissues on PolyGram changed that situation; the Star Time box set is the best overview, with other superb compilations devoted to specific phases of his lengthy career, from '50s R&B to '70s funk.

In 2004, Brown was diagnosed with prostate cancer but successfully fought the disease. By 2006, it was in remission and Brown, then 73, began a global tour dubbed the Seven Decades of Funk World Tour. Late in the year while at a routine dentist appointment, the singer was diagnosed with pneumonia. He was admitted to the hospital for treatment but died of heart failure a few days later, in the early morning hours of Christmas Day. A public viewing was held at Apollo Theater in Harlem, followed by a private ceremony in his hometown of Augusta, GA. ~ Richie Unterberger
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Selected Discography

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Track List: I'm Real (Expanded)

Disc 1

1. Tribute

2. I'm Real

3. Static (Pts. 1 & 2)

4. Time to Get Busy

5. You and Me

6. Interview

7. She Looks All Types A' Good

8. Keep Keepin'

9. Can't Git Enuf

10. It's Your Money$

11. Godfather Runnin' the Joint

Disc 2

1. Static (Single Version)

2. Static (Full Force Remix)

3. No Static (The 8 Minute Full Force Def Mix)

4. I'm Real (Single Version)

5. I'm Real (Special Version)

6. Real (Full Force Hyped-Up Mix)

7. Time to Get Busy (Single Version)

8. Time to Get Busy (Full Force Remix)

9. Busy J.B. (Time to Get Get Mix)

10. Tribute (Special Version)

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Track List: You've Got The Power

1. I Know It's True

2. I'll Go Crazy

3. Think

4. This Old Heart

5. Wonder When You're Coming Home

6. You've Got The Power

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Track List: The Singles, Vol. 11: 1979-1981

Disc 1

1. Star Generation

2. Women Are Something Else

3. The Original Disco Man (Short Version)

4. The Original Disco Man

5. Let The Boogie Do The Rest

6. Regrets

7. Stone Cold Drag

8. Let The Funk Flow

9. Sometimes That's All There Is

10. Get Up Offa That Thing (Live)

11. It's Too Funky In Here (Live)

12. Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses)

13. Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses) (Pt. II)

14. Stay With Me

15. Smokin' & Drinkin'

16. Give That Bass Player Some Part I

17. Give That Bass Player Some Part II

18. I Go Crazy

19. World Cycle Inc.

Disc 2

1. Get Up Offa That Thing/Release The Pressure (12-Inch Version)

2. If You Don't Give A Doggone About It (12-Inch Version)

3. Eyesight (12-Inch Version)

4. The Spank (12-Inch Version)

5. For Goodness Sakes, Look At Those Cakes (12-Inch Version)

6. It's Too Funky In Here (12-Inch Version)

7. Star Generation (12-Inch Version)

8. Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses) (12-Inch Version)

9. Give That Bass Player Some (12-Inch Version)

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Track List: The Singles, Vol. 10: 1975-1979

Disc 1

1. Superbad, Superslick Part I

2. Superbad, Superslick Part II

3. Dooley's Junkyard Dogs

4. Dooley's Junkyard Dogs

5. Hot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved)

6. (I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons

7. Goodnight My Love

8. Everybody Wanna Get Funky One More Time

9. Everybody Wanna Get Funky One More Time

10. Get Up Offa That Thing

11. Release The Pressure

12. I Refuse To Lose

13. Home Again

14. Bodyheat (Part 1)

15. Bodyheat (Part 2)

16. Kiss In 77

17. Woman

Disc 2

1. Give Me Some Skin

2. People Wake Up And Live

3. Summertime (With Martha High)

4. Take Me Higher And Groove Me

5. If You Don't Give A Dogone About It

6. People Who Criticize

7. Love Me Tender

8. Have A Happy Day

9. Eyesight

10. I Never, Never, Never Will Forget

11. The Spank

12. Nature (Part I)

13. Nature (Part II)

14. For Goodness Sakes, Look At Those Cakes (Part 1)

15. For Goodness Sakes, Look At Those Cakes (Part 2)

16. Someone To Talk To (Part I)

17. Someone To Talk To (Part II)

18. It's Too Funky In Here

19. Are We Really Dancing

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Track List: Walking Alone

2. Youre Mine Youre Mine

3. I Feel That Old Feeling Coming On

5. No No No No

6. Chonnie On Chon

7. I Don’t Know

9. Lets Make It

10. I Walked Alone

11. Messing With The Blues

12. That’s When I Lost My Heart

13. Begging Begging

14. Gonna Try

15. Love Or A Game

16. That Dood It

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Track List: The Singles, Vol. 7: 1970-1972

Disc 1

1. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

2. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt. 1

3. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, Pt. 2

4. Super Bad, Pt. 1 & Pt. 2 (Promo Version)

5. Super Bad, Pt. 1 & Pt. 2

6. Super Bad, Pt. 3

7. Fight Against Drug Abuse / Public Service Announcement

8. Hey America (Vocal)

9. Hey America (Sing Along)

10. Santa Claus Is Defintely Here To Stay (Vocal)

11. Santa Claus Is Defintely Here To Stay (Sing Along)

12. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved Pt. 1

13. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved Pt. 2

14. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved Pt. 1 (Reverb Version)

15. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved Pt. 2 (Reverb Version)

16. I Cried

17. Soul Power Pt. 1 (Promo Version)

18. Soul Power Pt. 2 & Pt. 3 (Promo Version)

Disc 2

1. Soul Power, Pt. 1

2. Soul Power Pt. 2 & Pt. 3

3. Spinning Wheel Pt. 1

4. Spinning Wheel Pt. 2

5. Escape-Ism, Pt. 1

6. Escape-Ism, Pt. 2 & Pt. 3

7. Escape-Ism, Pt. 1 (Second Mix)

8. Escape-Ism, Pt. 2 & Pt. 3 (Second Mix)

9. Hot Pants Pt. 1 (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)

10. Hot Pants Pt. 2 & Pt. 3 (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)

11. My Brother Pt. 1

12. My Brother Pt. 2

13. Make It Funky, Pt. 1

14. Make It Funky, Pt. 2

15. My Part / Make It Funky, Pt. 3

16. My Part / Make It Funky, Pt. 4

17. I'm A Greedy Man, Pt. 1

18. I'm A Greedy Man, Pt. 2

19. Just Won't Do Right (1972)

20. Talking Loud And Saying Nothing, Pt. 1

21. Talking Loud And Saying Nothing, Pt. 2

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Track List: The Singles, Vol. 6: 1969-1970

Disc 1

1. You Got To Have A Mother For Me (Part 1)

2. The Little Groove Maker Me

3. You Got To Have A Mother For Me (Long Version)

4. I Don't Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself) (Part 1)

5. I Don't Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door, I'll Get It Myself) (Part 2)

6. I Love You

7. Maybe I'll Understand

8. Any Day Now

9. I'm Shook

10. The Popcorn

11. The Chicken

12. Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me) (Part 1)

13. Mother Popcorn (You Got To Have A Mother For Me) (Part 2)

14. Lowdown Popcorn

15. Top Of The Stack

16. World (Part 1)

17. World (Part 2)

18. Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn Part One

19. Sometime

20. I'm Not Demanding (Part 1)

Disc 2

1. It's Christmas Time (Part 1)

2. It's Christmas Time (Part 2)

3. Ain't It Funky Now (Part 1)

4. Ain't It Funky Now (Part 2)

5. Popcorn With A Feeling

6. Part Two (Let A Man Come In And Do The Popcorn)

7. Gittin' A Little Hipper (Part 2)

8. The Brother Got To Rap (Part 1)

9. The Brother Got To Rap (Part 2)

10. It's A New Day

11. Georgia On My Mind

12. Funky Drummer (Part 1)

13. Funky Drummer (Part 2)

14. Let It Be Me

15. Talkin' Loud And Saying Nothin'

16. Bewildered

17. Brother Rapp

18. A Man Has To Go Back To The Crossraods

19. The Drunk

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Track List: The Godfather's Smackdown

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Track List: The Singles, Vol. 5: 1967-1969

Disc 1

1. I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)

2. There Was A Time

3. The Soul Of J.B.

4. Funky Soul #1

5. You've Got To Change Your Mind

6. Bringing Up The Guitar

7. Gittin' A Little Hipper

8. I Got The Feelin'

9. If I Ruled The World

10. You've Got The Power (1968)

11. Shhhhhhhh (For A Little While)

12. Here I Go

13. America Is My Home Pt 1

14. America Is My Home Pt 2

15. Licking Stick Pt 1

16. Licking Stick Pt 2

17. Licking Stick Pt 1 Stereo

18. Licking Stick Pt 2 Stereo

19. There Was A Time

20. I Guess I'll Have To Cry, Cry, Cry

21. Just Plain Funk

22. I Guess I'll Have To Cry, Cry, Cry (Alternate Take)

Disc 2

1. Say It Loud / I'm Black And I'm Proud (Part 1)

2. Say It Loud / I'm Black And I'm Proud (Part 2)

3. Maybe Good, Maybe Bad (Part 1)

4. Maybe Good, Maybe Bad (Part 2)

5. Goodbye My Love

6. Shades Of Brown

7. Shades Of Brown (Pt. 2)

8. Santa Claus Goes Straight To The Ghetto

9. You Know It

10. Tit For Tat (Ain't No Taking Back)

11. Believers Shall Enjoy (Non Believers Shall Suffer)

12. Let's Unite The Whole World At Christmas

13. In The Middle (Part 1)

14. In The Middle (Part 2)

15. Little Green Apples

16. Come On In The House

17. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose

18. I'll Lose My Mind

19. Soul Pride (Part 1)

20. Soul Pride (Part 2)

21. You Got To Have A Job (If You Don't Work-You Can't Eat)

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Track List: The Singles, Vol. 4: 1966-1967

Disc 1

1. Ain't That A Groove (Part 1)

2. Ain't That A Groove (Part 2)

3. New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo) (Part 1)

4. New Breed (The Boo-Ga-Loo) (Part 2)

5. It's A Man's Man's Man's World

6. Is It Yes Or Is It No?

7. James Brown's Boo-Ga-Loo

8. Lost In A Mood Of Changes

9. Money Won't Change You, Part 1

10. Money Won't Change You, Part 2

11. This Old Heart

12. Don't Be A Dropout

13. Tell Me That You Love Me

14. Let's Go Get Stoned

15. Our Day Will Come

16. Christmas Song (Version 1)

17. Christmas Song (Version 2)

18. Sweet Little Baby Boy (Part 1)

19. Sweet Little Baby Boy (Part 2)

20. Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year (Part 1)

21. Let's Make Christmas Mean Something This Year (Part 1)

Disc 2

1. Bring It Up

2. Nobody Knows

3. Kansas City

4. Stone Fox (Instrumental Version)

5. It's A Gas (Part 1)

6. It's A Gas (Part 2)

7. Think

8. Let Yourself Go

9. Good Rocking Tonight

10. I Loves You Porgy

11. Yours And Mine

12. Jimmy Mack

13. What Do You Like

14. It Won't Be Me

15. Mona Lisa

16. Cold Sweat (Part 1)

17. Cold Sweat (Part 2)

18. Get It Together (Part 1)

19. Get It Together (Part 2)

20. Get It Together (Version 1) (Part 1)

21. Get It Together (Version 1) (Part 2)

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Track List: The Singles, Vol. 3: 1964-1965

Disc 1

1. Please, Please, Please

2. In The Wee Wee Hours (Of The Nite)

3. Again

4. How Long Darling

5. Caldonia

6. Evil

7. The Things That I Used To Do

8. Out Of The Blue

9. So Long

10. Dancin' Little Thing

11. Soul Food Pt 1

12. Soul Food Pt 2

13. Out Of Sight

14. Maybe The Last Time

15. Tell Me What You're Gonna Do

16. I Don't Care

17. Think

18. Try Me

Disc 2

1. Have Mercy Baby

2. Just Won't Do Right (I Stay In The Chapel Every Night)

3. Fine Old Foxy Self

4. Why Do You Do Me / I Want You So Bad

5. This Old Heart

6. It Was You

7. Devil's Hideaway

8. Who's Afraid Of Virginia Woolf

9. I Got You

10. Only You

11. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Part I

12. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag Part Ii

13. Try Me

14. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

15. I Got You (I Feel Good)

16. I Can't Help It (I Just Do-Do-Do)

17. Lost Someone

18. I'll Go Crazy

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Track List: Jazz

1. That's My Desire (Alternate Mix)

2. After You're Through (Extended Version)

3. Tengo Tango

4. Home At Last (Alternate Mix)

5. All About My Girl

6. There

7. All The Way (Feat. Dee Felice Trio)

8. Why (Am I Treated So Bad)

9. What Do You Like (Stereo Single Edit)

10. Cottage For Sale (Feat. New York Studio Orchestra & Members Of The Dapps) (Alternate Mix)

11. Go On Now (Alternate Mix)

12. For Once In My Life (Extended Version)

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Track List: Godfather Of Soul (Collectors Edition)

Disc 1

1. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

2. Cold Sweat

3. I Got You (I Feel Good)

4. Please, Please, Please

5. Prisoner Of Love

6. It's A Man's Man's Man's World

7. Try Me

9. I Got The Feeling

10. I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me)

Disc 2

2. Get On The Good Foot

3. Super Bad

4. Sex Machine

5. Hot Pants

6. Body Heat

7. Gonna Have A Funky Good Time

9. It's Too Funky In Here

10. Get Up Offa That Thang

Disc 3

1. I Got You (I Feel Good) (Digital Johnson Mix)

3. Get Up Offa That Thang (Splats & Star Mix)

4. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Feel It Mix)

9. Hot Pants (Da' Funked Mix)

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Track List: The Singles, Vol. 2: 1960-1963

Disc 1

1. The Bells (Single Version)

2. And I Do Just What I Want

3. Hold It (Instrumental)

4. The Scratch (Instrumental)

5. Bewildered (1960 Version)

6. If You Want Me

7. Suds (Single Version)

8. Sticky (Instrumental)

9. I Don't Mind (Single Version)

10. Love Don't Love Nobody

11. Cross Firing

12. Night Flying

13. Baby You're Right (Single Version)

14. I'll Never Never Let You Go (Single Version)

15. I Love You Yes I Do

16. Just You And Me Darling

17. Lost Someone (1961 Single Version)

18. Night Train (Single Version)

19. Why Does Everything Happen To Me

20. Bewildered (Demo Version)

Disc 2

1. Shout And Shimmy

2. Come Over Here

3. Mashed Potatoes U.S.A.

4. You Don't Have To Go

5. (Can You) Feel It, Pt. 1

6. (Can You) Feel It, Pt. 2

7. Three Hearts In A Tangle

8. I've Got Money (Single Version)

9. Like A Baby

10. Every Beat Of My Heart (Single Version)

11. Prisoner Of Love

12. Choo-Choo (Locomotion)

13. These Foolish Things (Single - Mono Version)

14. (Can You) Feel It, Pt. 1 (1963 Edit)

15. Devil's Den, Pt. 1

16. Devil's Den, Pt. 2

17. Signed, Sealed And Delivered

18. Waiting In Vain

19. Oh Baby Don't You Weep, Pt. 1

20. Oh Baby Don't You Weep, Pt. 2

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Track List: The Very Best Of James Brown

1. I Got You (I Feel Good) (Live)

3. Prisoner Of Love (Live)

4. Super Bad (Live)

5. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag - Live

6. Get On The Good Foot - Live

8. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Live)

9. Sex Machine (Live)

10. It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World (Live)

12. I Got The Feelin' (Live)

13. Cold Sweat (Live)

14. Try Me (Live)

15. Body Heat (Live)

16. Get Up Offa That Thing - Live

18. Jam - Live

19. I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) - Live

20. Please, Please, Please - Live

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Track List: I Got The Feelin' (Live)

1. Try Me (Live)

2. Super Bad (Live)

3. Please, Please, Please (Live)

4. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Live)

6. Cold Sweat (Live)

7. Jam (Live)

8. It's Too Funky In Here (Live)

9. I Got The Feelin' (Live)

10. I Got You (I Feel Good) (Live)

11. I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) (Live)

12. Hot Pants (Live)

13. Give It Up Or Turn It Loose (Live)

14. Get Up Offa That Thing (Live)

15. Georgia On My Mind (Live)

16. Get On The Good Foot (Live)

17. Doing It To Death (Live)

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Track List: Live Dynamite CD1

1. Gonna Have A Funky Good Time (Doing It To Death) (Live)

2. Get Up Offa That Thing (Live)

3. Body Heat (Live)

4. Sex Machine (Live)

5. Try Me (Live)

6. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Live)

10. It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World (Live)

11. Please, Please, Please (Live)

12. Jam (Live)

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Track List: Best Of James Brown Live

1. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose

2. Get Up Offa That Thang

3. Georgia On My Mind

4. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

5. I Got You (I Feel Good)

6. Sex Machine

7. Hot Pants

8. Please, Please, Please

9. Body Heat

10. Prisoner Of Love

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Track List: Live At Montreux 1981

1. Payback (Live)

2. It's Too Funky In Here (Live)

3. Try Me (Live)

4. Get On The Good Foot (Live)

5. It's A Man's Man's Man's World (Live)

6. I Got The Feelin' (Live)

7. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Live)

8. I Got You (I Feel Good) (Live)

9. Please, Please, Please (Live)

10. Sex Machine (Live)

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Track List: Sex Machine Today

1. Sex Machine (Part 1 And 2)

2. I Got You (I Feel Good)

3. Problems

4. Dead On It

5. Get Up Off Of Me

6. Deep In It (Unedited Album Version)

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Track List: Platinum & Gold Collection

3. Static (Pts. 1 & 2)

4. Living in America

5. How Do You Stop

6. Can't Git Enuf

7. Return To Me

8. I'm Real

9. Gravity

11. (So Tired Of Standing Still We Got) Move On

12. She Looks All Types A' Good

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Track List: Live - Try Me

Disc 1

2. It's Too Funky In Here (Live)

3. Gonna Have A Funky Good Time (Live)

4. Try Me (Live)

5. Get On The Good Foot (Live)

6. Prisoner Of Love (Live)

7. Get Up Offa That Thing (Live)

8. Georgia On My Mind (Live)

9. I Got The Feeling (Live)

10. It's A Man's World (Live)

Disc 2

1. Super Bad (Live)

2. Cold Sweat (Live)

3. I Can't Stand Myself (Live)

4. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Live)

5. I Got You (I Feel Good) (Live)

6. Sex Machine (Live)

7. Hot Pants (Live)

8. Please, Please, Please (Live)

9. Jam (1980) (Live)

10. Body Heat (Live)

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Track List: Greatest Breakbeats

Disc 1

1. I Got Ants In My Pants (Pt. 1)

2. It's A Man's, Man's, Man's World

3. Stone To The Bone

4. It's A New Day (Pt. 1 & 2)

5. Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants) (Feat. The J.B.'s)

6. There It Is (Pt. 1)

7. Make It Funky (Pt. 1)

8. Get Up Offa That Thing / Release The Pressure

9. My Thang

10. Papa Don't Take No Mess (Pt. 1)

11. Cold Sweat

12. Blind Man Can See It (Feat. The J.B.'s)

13. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (Pt. 1 & 2)

Disc 2

1. Blues & Pants

2. Soul Power (Pt. 1)

3. Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud (Pt. 1 & 2)

4. Mind Power

5. Get On The Good Foot (Pt. 1 & 2)

6. Escape-Ism (Pt. 1 & 2)

7. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose

8. Get Up, Get Into It, Get Involved (Feat. The Original J.B.S)

9. The Payback

10. Funky President (People It's Bad)

11. Funky Drummer (Pt. 1 & 2 / Edit)

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Track List: 20th Century Masters: The Millennium Collection: Best Of James Brown

1. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (Pt. 1 & 2)

2. Super Bad (Pt. 1 & 2)

3. Talking Loud And Saying Nothing (Part 1 & 2)

4. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (Feat. The Original J.B.S)

5. Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants) (Pt. 1)

6. Make It Funky (Pt. 1)

7. Down And Out In New York City (Feat. The J.B.'s)

8. The Payback

9. Papa Don't Take No Mess (Pt. 1)

10. Get Up Offa That Thing

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Track List: Ballads

1. Prisoner Of Love

2. These Foolish Things

3. Lost Someone

4. So Long

5. Bewildered

6. I Don't Mind

7. Try Me

8. I Wanna Be Around

9. I Loves You Porgy

10. Cottage For Sale

11. That's My Desire

12. I Guess I'll Have To Cry, Cry, Cry

13. It's A Man's Man's Man's World

14. Georgia On My Mind

15. If I Ruled The World (With Strings)

16. I Cried

17. Sometime

18. A Man Has To Go Back To The Crossroads

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Track List: The Best Of James Brown - 20th Century Masters - The Millennium Collection

1. I Got You (I Feel Good)

2. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

3. Soul Power

4. Night Train

5. It's A Man's Man's Man's World

8. Prisoner Of Love

9. Ain't That A Groove

10. Try Me

11. Get On The Good Foot

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Track List: Say It Live And Loud: Live In Dallas 08.26.68

1. Show Introduction (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

2. If I Ruled The World (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

3. James Brown Thanks (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

4. Introduction To Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

5. Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

6. I Guess I'll Have To Cry, Cry, Cry (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

7. Kansas City (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

8. Suds ((Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

9. Soul Pride(Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

10. Tighten Up ((Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

11. Introduction To Star Time!(Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

12. Licking Stick - Licking Stick (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

13. Cold Sweat (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

14. There Was A Time (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

15. Medley: Try Me/ Lost Someone/ Bewildered (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

16. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

17. I Got The Feelin' (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

18. Maybe The Last Time (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

19. I Got You (I Feel Good) (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

20. Please, Please, Please (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

21. I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) ((Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

22. Cold Sweat (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

23. I Got The Feelin' (Reprise) (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

24. Say It Loud - I'm Black And I'm Proud (Reprise) (Live, Dallas Memorial Auditorium, 1968)

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Track List: Make It Funky/The Big Payback: 1971-1975

Disc 1

1. Escape-Ism (Pt. 2)

2. Hot Pants, Parts 1 & 2

3. I'm A Greedy Man

4. Make It Funky, Parts 1, 2, 3 & 4

5. King Heroin

6. I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Want To Dance)

7. There It Is

8. Get On The Good Foot (Pt. 1 & 2)

9. Don't Tell It

10. I Got A Bag Of My Own

11. Down And Out In New York (1972 Recording With Intro Version)

12. Think

13. Make It Good To Yourself (Interlude Version)

Disc 2

1. The Payback

2. Stone To The Bone

3. Mind Power

4. World Of Soul

5. Papa Don't Take No Mess

6. Coldblooded

7. I Can't Stand It "76"

8. My Thang

9. Funky President (People It's Bad)

10. I Got You (I Feel Good) (Extended Version)

11. Problems

12. Turn On The Heat And Build Some Fire

13. Hot Pants Finale

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Track List: Funk Power 1970: A Brand New Thang

1. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

2. Super Bad (Mono)

3. Since You Been Gone (Feat. Bobby Byrd) (Mono)

4. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (Remix)

5. There Was A Time ( I Got To Move) (1996 Funk Power Version)

6. Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothing (1970)

7. Get Up, Get Into It And Get Involved

8. Soul Power (1970)

9. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine (Undubbed Mix)

10. Fight Against Drug Abuse (Public Service Announcement)

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Track List: Living In America

1. Living In America

2. Can't Get Any Harder

3. Just Do It

4. Show Me

5. How Do You Stop

6. I'm Real

8. (So Tired Of Standing Still We Got To) Move On

9. Georgia-Lina

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Track List: Soul Pride: The Instrumentals 1960-1969

Disc 1

1. Hold It

2. The Scratch

3. Suds

4. Cross Firing

5. Limbo Jimbo

6. Joggin' Along

7. Doin' The Limbo

8. Choo-Choo (Locomotion)

9. (Can You) Feel It, Pt. 1

10. Soul Food, Pts. 1 & 2

11. Evil

12. Infatuation

13. Headache

14. Every Beat Of My Heart

15. Try Me (Instrumental)

16. New Breed

17. Jabo

18. Fat Bag

19. Sumpin' Else

20. Devil's Den (Live)

Disc 2

1. The King

2. Mashed Potatoes '66

3. Gittin' A Little Hipper

4. Go On Now

5. In The Middle, Pt. 1

6. Tighten Up (Live)

7. The Popcorn

8. Soul Pride, Pts. 1 & 2

9. Sudsy

10. The Chicken

11. The Chase

12. Come On In The House

13. Lowdown Popcorn (Buttered Version)

14. Top Of The Stack

15. Ain't It Funky Now, Pts. 1 & 2 (Pt. 1 & 2)

16. Funky Drummer (The Original Tambourine Mix)

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Track List: Greatest Hits Fourth Decade

1. Living In America

2. Gravity

3. Static (Pts. 1 & 2)

4. How Do You Stop

5. Gimme Your Love (Feat. Aretha Franklin)

6. I'm Real

7. Get Up Offa That Thing

8. Repeat The Beat (Faith)

9. King Of Soul

10. Cold Sweat (Feat. Wilson PIckett)

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Track List: 20 All Time Greatest Hits!

1. I Got You (I Feel Good)

2. Sex Machine

3. I Got The Feelin

4. Mother Popcorn, Pt.1

5. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose

6. Make It Funky, Pt.1

7. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

8. Think

9. It's A Man's Man's Man's World

10. Try Me

11. Night Train

12. Cold Sweat, Pt.1

13. Get On The Good Foot

14. Papa Don't Take No Mess, Pt.1

15. The Payback

16. Say It Loud (I'm Black And I'm Proud, Pt.1)

17. Super Bad, Pts.1&2

18. Hot Pants, Pt.1

19. Get Up Offa That Thing

20. Please, Please, Please

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Track List: Star Time

Disc 1

1. Please, Please, Please

2. Why Do You Do Me

3. Try Me

4. Tell Me What I Did Wrong

5. Bewildered

6. Good Good Lovin'

7. I'll Go Crazy

8. I Know It's True

9. (Do The) Mashed Potatoes, Pt. 1

10. Think

11. Baby, You're Right

12. Lost Someone

13. Night Train

14. I've Got Money

15. I Don't Mind (Live)

16. Prisoner Of Love

17. Devil's Den

18. Out Of The Blue

19. Out Of Sight

20. Grits

21. Maybe The Last Time

22. It's A Man's World

23. I Got You

24. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, Pts. 1, 2 & 3

Disc 2

1. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

2. I Got You (I Feel Good)

3. Ain't That A Groove

4. It's A Man's Man's Man's World

5. Money Won't Change You

6. Don't Be A Dropout

7. Bring It Up (Hipster's Avenue)

8. Let Yourself Go

9. Cold Sweat

10. Get It Together

11. I Can't Stand Myself (When You Touch Me) Part 1

12. I Got The Feelin'

13. Licking Stick - Licking Stick

14. Say It Loud I'm Black And I'm Proud Part 1

15. There Was A Time (Live)

16. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose

17. I Don't Want Nobody To Give Me Nothing (Open Up The Door I'll Get It Myself)

Disc 3

1. Mother Popcorn

2. Funky Drummer

3. Get Up (I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine

4. Super Bad, Pts. 1 & 2

5. Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothing

6. Get Up, Get Into It And Get Involved

7. Soul Power, Pts. 1 & 2

8. Brother Rapp/Ain't It Funky Now (Live)

9. Hot Pants, Pt. 1

10. I'm A Greedy Man, Pt. 1

11. Make It Funky, Pt. 1

12. It's A New Day (Live)

13. I Got Ants In My Pants, Pt. 1

14. King Heroin

Disc 4

1. There It Is, Pt. 1

2. Public Enemy #1, Pt. 1

3. Get On The Good Foot

4. I Got A Bag Of My Own

5. Doing It To Death

6. The Payback

7. Papa Don't Take No Mess, Pt. 1

8. Stoned To The Bone, Pt. 1

9. My Thang

10. Funky President (People It's Bad)

11. Hot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved)

12. Get Up Offa That Thing (Release The Pressure)

13. Body Heat, Pt. 1

14. It's Too Funky In Here

15. Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses), Pt. 1

16. Unity, Pt. 1

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Track List: Soul Jubilee

2. It's Too Funky In Here

3. Doing It To Death

4. Try Me

6. Prisoner Of Love

7. Get Up Offa That Thing

8. Georgia On My Mind

9. Hot Pants

10. I Got The Feelin'

11. It's A Man's World

12. Super Bad

13. Cold Sweat

15. Papa's Got A Brand New Bag

16. I Got You

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Track List: Messing With The Blues

Disc 1

1. Like It Is, Like It Was (The Blues)

2. Don't Cry Baby

3. Caldonia

4. Somebody Done Changed The Lock On My Door

5. Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens

6. Good Rockin Tonight

7. I Love You Yes I Do

8. Messing With The Blues

9. Waiting In Vain

10. For You My Love

11. Blues For My Baby

12. Everyday I Have The Blues

13. Love Don't Love Nobody

14. Love Don't Love Nobody

15. Goin Home

16. Have Mercy Baby

17. Kansas City (1967 Alternate Version)

18. The Bells

Disc 2

1. Don't Deceive Me (Please Don't Go)

2. The Things That I Used To Do

3. Need Your Love So Bad

4. Like A Baby

5. Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2)

6. Suffering With The Blues

7. Further On Up The Road

8. Radio Spot For Thinking About Little Willie John LP (1968)

9. Talk To Me, Talk To Me

10. Kansas City

11. Wonder When You're Coming Home

12. Like It Is, Like It Was (The Blues, Continued...)

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Track List: Motherlode

1. There It Is (Live)

2. She's The One

3. Since You Been Gone (feat. Bobby Byrd)

4. Untitled Instrumental

5. Say It Loud (Say It Live)

6. Can I Get Some Help

7. You Got To Have A Mother For Me

8. Funk Bomb (Instrumental)

9. Baby Here I Come

10. People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul (Remix)

11. I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Want To Dance) (Remix)

12. You've Changed

13. Bodyheat (Alternate Mix)

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Track List: I'm Real

1. Tribute

2. I'm Real

3. Static

4. Time To Get Busy

5. You And Me

6. Interview

7. She Looks All Types A Good

8. Keep keepin'

10. It's Your Money

11. Godfather Runnin' The Joint

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Track List: In The Jungle Groove

1. It's a New Day

2. Funky Drummer

3. Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (Remix)

4. I Got To Move (Previously Unreleased)

5. Funky Drummer (Bonus Beat Reprise)

6. Talkin' Loud & Sayin' Nothing (Remix)

7. Get Up, Get Into It And Get Involved (mono)

8. Soul Power( Re-Edit) (mono)

9. Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)

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Track List: In The Jungle Groove (2003 Edition)

1. It's A New Day

2. Funky Drummer

5. Funky Drummer (Bonus Beat Reprise)

6. Talkin' Loud And Sayin' Nothing (Remix)

7. Get Up, Get Into It and Get Involved

9. Hot Pants

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Track List: People

1. Regrets

2. Don't Stop The Funk

3. That's Sweet Music

4. Let The Funk Flow

5. Stone Cold Drag

6. Are We Really Dancing

7. Sometimes That's All There Is

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Track List: Soul Syndrome

1. Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses?)

2. Mashed Potatoes

3. Funky Men

4. Smokin' & Drinkin'

5. Stay With Me

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Track List: Take A Look At Those Cakes

1. For Goodness Sakes, Look At Those Cakes

2. A Man Understands

3. Someone To Talk To

4. Spring

5. As Long As I Love You

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Track List: Jam 1980's

1. Jam

2. The Spank

3. Nature

4. Eyesight

5. I Never, Never, Never Will Forget

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Track List: Bodyheat

1. Bodyheat

2. Woman

3. Kiss In 77

4. I'm Satisfied

5. What The World Needs Now Is Love

6. Wake Up And Give Yourself A Chance To Live

7. Don't Tell It

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Track List: Get Up Offa That Thing

1. Get Up Offa That Thing (Release The Pressure)

2. You Took My Heart

3. I Refuse To Lose

4. Can't Take It With You

5. Home Again

6. This Feeling

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Track List: Reality

1. Reality

2. Funky President (People It's Bad)

3. Further On Up The Road

4. Check Your Body

5. Don't Fence Me In

6. All For One

7. I'm Broken Hearted

8. The Twist

9. Who Can I Turn To (When Nobody Needs Me)

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Track List: Hell

1. Coldblooded

2. Hell

3. My Thang

4. Sayin And Doin' It

5. Please, Please, Please (1974)

6. When The Saints Go Marching In

7. These Foolish Things Remind Me Of You

8. Stormy Monday

9. A Man Has To Go Back To The Crossroads Before He Finds Himself

10. Sometime

11. I Can't Stand It

12. Lost Someone

13. Don't Tell A Lie About Me And I Won't Tell The Truth About You

14. Papa Don't Take No Mess

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Track List: The Payback

1. The Payback

2. Doing The Best I Can

3. Take Some... Leave Some

4. Shoot You Shot

5. Forever Suffering

6. Time Is Running Out Fast

7. Stone To The Bone

8. Mind Power

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Track List: Get On The Good Foot

1. Get On The Good Foot (Pt. 1 & 2)

2. The Whole World Needs Liberation

3. Your Love Was Good For Me

4. Cold Sweat

5. Recitation By Hank Ballard

6. I Got A Bag Of My Own

7. Nothing Beats A Try But A Fail

8. Lost Someone

9. Funky Side Of Town

10. Please, Please

11. Ain't It A Groove

12. My Part / Make It Funky

13. Dirty Harri

14. I Know It's True

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Track List: There It Is

2. King Heroin

4. Who Am I (Feat. Vicki Anderson)

5. Talkin' Loud And Saying Nothin'

8. I Need Help (I Can't Do It Alone)

9. Never Can Say Goodbye

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Track List: Sho Is Funky Down Here

1. Sho Is Funky Down Here

2. Don’t Mind

3. Bob Scoward

4. Just Enough Room For Storage

5. You Mother You

6. Can Mind

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Track List: Super Bad

1. Super Bad (Part 1, 2 And 3) (Live)

2. Let It Be Me (Live)

3. Sometime (Live)

4. A Man Has To Go Back To The Crossroads (Live)

5. Giving Out Of Juice (Live)

6. By The Time I Get To Phoenix (Live)

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Track List: Soul On Top