5.0 out of 5 stars MAKE IT FUNKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
OH MY GOD! OOOHHH MMMMMYYYYY GAAAAAWWWWWDDDD! This set is so hip it hurts. It puts the fun in funky. It does it to death, and if it don't make you move, you're dead. The selections are right on and far out, brother! The package and annotations are solid, Jackson! This is the best mix of old school funk I have ever heard. Word!
Published on Feb. 3 2004
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD, BUT NOT GREAT.
this is a very enjoyable set, but it only gets 3 stars. here's why: IN THE GREAT HISTORY OF FUNK, THERE ARE 2 CHIEF ARCHITECTS: JAMES BROWN & SLY STONE! this set has james, but no SLY. therefore, it is sorely incomplete and merits only a "good" rating. enjoy the music, but don't expect a TRUE history lesson in the funk!
Published on Feb. 28 2001 by thestoneflower
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5.0 out of 5 stars MAKE IT FUNKY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!,
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This review is from: The Funk Box (Audio CD)OH MY GOD! OOOHHH MMMMMYYYYY GAAAAAWWWWWDDDD! This set is so hip it hurts. It puts the fun in funky. It does it to death, and if it don't make you move, you're dead. The selections are right on and far out, brother! The package and annotations are solid, Jackson! This is the best mix of old school funk I have ever heard. Word!
5.0 out of 5 stars An outstanding history of funk music,
This review is from: The Funk Box (Audio CD)You guys I wonder why you didn't mention Cameo as a funk legend and one of funkiest song that ever made by themselves
Oh yeah here is an extended version of 'I just want to be' which was never released , I suppose, perhaps you can hear it on their 12'' collection. The latter sounds still amazing to me and I'd like to know how they made the unbelievable, thumping bass line which can make you deaf!and of course 'Shake Your Pants' and 'Rigor Mortis' also deserve a place on this great box set.
Moreover all the funk masters are here with us. From Rick James to Bros. Johnson this cd shows how to rock the house.
5.0 out of 5 stars They included Cymande - Showing some Knowledge,
This review is from: The Funk Box (Audio CD)They included the track ''The message'' which was a hit for Cymande in 1973. This is a great box set for the intermediate Funk lover. It offers some stuff that is unkwown to the non- DJ public. And one of these bands is CYMANDE. However the FUNKiest of their catalog are not included here. On a newly released album Cymande ''The Soul of Rasta'' all of their funk driven tracks are included.
3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD, BUT NOT GREAT.,
This review is from: The Funk Box (Audio CD)this is a very enjoyable set, but it only gets 3 stars. here's why: IN THE GREAT HISTORY OF FUNK, THERE ARE 2 CHIEF ARCHITECTS: JAMES BROWN & SLY STONE! this set has james, but no SLY. therefore, it is sorely incomplete and merits only a "good" rating. enjoy the music, but don't expect a TRUE history lesson in the funk!
4.0 out of 5 stars 4CDs, 15 Years "Bring In The Funk" On Hip-O Anthology,
This review is from: The Funk Box (Audio CD)Despite being incomplete even at 53 songs over 4CDs (each more than 75 minutes long), Hip-O Records' "The Funk Box" is a first-rate collection from one of music's most beloved, fertile eras. It celebrates exceptional bandleaders (James Brown, George Clinton), songwriter/poets (Gil Scott-Heron, Curtis Mayfield) and arranger/musicians (Hamilton Bohannon, Barry White, Roy Ayers). It's a musical thesaurus of rap, rock, and hip-hop samples used the last 20 years (the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Talking Heads used these recordings as textbooks). Mostly, it salutes some of the hardest-working, tightest, most organic self-contained bands one era enjoyed.
Wrapped in crushed maroon velvet, introduced by an informative Steven Ivory essay/personal recollection, "Funk Box" re-introduces a style minimalist and expansive, up-to-the-minute urban reporting next to supernatural cosmis debris. Depends which disc you play first: James Brown's musical family hits fast and hard on Discs One and Two with the JBs' "Pass The Peas," co-vocalist Bobby Byrd's explosive "I Know You Got Soul," Lyn Collins' Tammi Terrell-sounding "Think," (a hip-hop cornerstone quoted by everyone from Rob Base to John Mellencamp), and Brown himself on "Sex Machine," "Give It Up," and 1974's thrilling "Payback."
The slamming bass beats, scatting horns and deep Southern soul vocals cover the gamut lyrically, admonishing ("What Is Hip," "For The Love Of Money"), sexually teasing (lone entries from White and Rufus, Chakachas' forthright "Jungle Fever"), lamenting ("Slipping Into Darkness," "The Bottle," "Future Shock," with Curtis Mayfield's line, "The price of the meat/worth more than the dope on the street...") , or inspiring ("Express Yourself," Cymande's "The Message"). You also get intriguing funk instrumentals from unlikely sources: "Outa-Space" originally a Billy Preston B-side, Marvin Gaye and Jermaine Jackson's tracks originally from films, the satin-smooth mid-70s Temptations erupting with "Shaky Ground."
Discs three and four would see the funk torch pass from Brown to George Clinton's Parliament-Funkadelic mothership. This may stem from inability to license Clinton's early-70s Westbound Records LPs like "Maggot Brain" and "America Eats Its Young." (or for that matter, early Ohio Players hits like "Funky Worm.") Discs Three and Four suffer lyrically (Fatback's "I Like Girls" is plain sloppy and annoying) but remain astounding musically: R&B #1s from Parliament, Funkadelic, and Bootsy's Rubber Band, Brick's "Dazz," (with first-rate sax and flute solos), Walter Orange's witty, funky vocals on "Brick House," Steve Arrington's Hendrix-ish guitar soloing on "Slide," Rick James' staking his own claim to funk dominance with "You And I" and protoge' Teena Marie's "Behind The Groove."
You still want more. The paucity of Brown and P-Funk tracks here are understandable given that both artists' catalogues are still in print. But a "Funk Box 2" could include more Ohio Players, Isley Brothers, Kool & The Gang (represented here by one track each), plus less remembered artists like Dyke & The Blazers, Mandrill, King Floyd, Jean Knight and Betty Wright (whose "Clean Up Woman" featured one of the funkiest rhythm guitar leads ever waxed). Even Stevie Wonder could contribute the influential "Higher Ground." Those can wait for the sequel. For now, "Funk Box" guides, glides and slides you through the 70s earthier, more influential dance music which had neither disco's tragic romance nor rock's industrial strength, but better playing, singing and, at best, vision than either. Essential for the 70s party, but also check out K-Tel Records' occassionally available "Super Bad" and "Super Bad Is Back" compilations from the era.
5.0 out of 5 stars Not enough stars,
This review is from: The Funk Box (Audio CD)From 1976 to 1985, as a freelance party DJ in Hawaii and then New York, I slipped cued and cross faded, reading grooves and label orientations like tea leaves. In this compilation, I found the shining stars, the diamonds, in my collection of vinyl. These are the selections that I would play up front, sending the message to all my partygoer's from the get-go: "we're playing PURE FUNK here. This is what you are going to hear until the sun comes up; if you can't get it on, take your dead ass home. Let the party begin". The party situation was blatantly exclusionary. Serious dancers with moves, sufficient stamina and prerequisite ability to recognize downbeat amidst complicated syncopation only need apply. To all of you SERIOUS floor dancers, who feel incredible sorrow for those who can't seem to find the downbeat, who are usually the first on the floor (alone if need be; after all, a thumb slapping bass is a terrible thing to waste) and the last to leave, who watched with dismay as disco and couples dancing came around, who appreciate the power of P- funk combined with G- forces that whipped you around on eight wheels, who are rejoicing at the return of the second and fourth beat definitive bass hit/ tss-tss hi- hat/ chika- chika guitar and return of < 116 BPM's ..... this compilation of PURE FUNK represents all that we hold dear, the reason why some people value the bass above the midrange. In this complication you will recognize the rhythmic elements which catalyze the irreversible conversion of the listener from inert bystander to kinetic headbobber/ popper/ breaker. You will once again hear instrumental syncopation impossible by present technological means, due to their spontaneity and musical appropriateness to fleeting riffs and even single notes. Also, these brothers and sisters possessed extraordinary vocal abilities rarely heard nowadays (when a person who can't actually sing is still given precious airtime), in concentrated numbers to which we have become unaccustomed. This is what dance music sounded like before we got lazy, before we started looping rhythms, letting the machines do the work for us. These are the unadulterated best beats that form the staple for our current sampling core, They created the subconscious standard against which all current "dance funk/ hip-hop/R & B" is compared: it represents the BLACK MUSIC/ NOT BLACK MUSIC line in the sand that was drawn long ago, which some have tried to blur, move, or redefine on their own terms. Fat chance, now with this compilation on the loose. The question is not whether this compilation is exceptional, but whether you have sufficient credentials to own it. Two particular icons, a clenched fist and an AFRO PICK (!!!!) of the cover of the sets says it all.
5.0 out of 5 stars Pure 100% Funk !,
This review is from: The Funk Box (Audio CD)This box set will have you movin' in no time ! From classiscs by James Brown to Aretha there are some great funky tunes on here. Don't get caught up in the "it's all 70's craze" or "Disco" (death before disco) there are some great songs on here. The quality is excellent and the artwork on the box is very well done. I would love to see an all instrumental funk box next !
5.0 out of 5 stars FUNK IS ITS OWN REWARD. THIS BOX PLAYS IT COOL!,
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This review is from: The Funk Box (Audio CD)This is the DEFINITIVE set of Funk! All full-length and 12" mixes (if there were any). It's all here, from James Brown to Marvin Gaye and George Clinton (P-Funk) to Graham Central Station. From what I've heard the only reason Sly & The Family Stone is not on the set is due to a long-lasting legal suit that has Sony barred from licensing any Sly tracks. You know he'd have kicked off the set otherwise. That said, this is a one stop party joint. This set is heavy on the funk in every way including the velvet exterior, animal prints and tons of energetic photos.
5.0 out of 5 stars Can't get enough....,
This review is from: The Funk Box (Audio CD)Get to the point, this box-set could've been tragically redundant, but the songs are so well chosen that it is a MUST HAVE. Really. Roy Ayers, Slave, The Jimmy Castor Bunch; where else can you find these funky ones, period? And yes, the set does inclde a lot of the funk cliches that are played out to death (think Atomic Dog, More Bounce to the Ounce, The Payback, etc.) but to have a box-set with the word "funk" in it almost legally HAS to have these songs. Others, sure, even the casual funk-fan will already own (One Nation Under A Groove, Hollywood Swingin') but they are perhaps the best representations of their respective artist's sound.
Imaginative, incredible, in my CD players.
Only thing is: Sly and the Family Stone? Anyone? Anyone?
5.0 out of 5 stars I GOT LIFTED FROM THE FUNK BOX! GET THE FUNK BOX!,
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This review is from: The Funk Box (Audio CD)FUNKY. PHUNKY. THE BEST BOXED SET I'VE EVER OWNED. GIVE ME SOME MO' FUNK. OVER 50 CLASSIC TRACKS (AND SOME I DIDN'T KNOW) FROM DEEP IN THE FUNKLOSET. THIS IS THE ULTIMATE PARTY STARTER...THE ORIGINATOR...ONE NATION UNDER A GROOVE. EXTENDED AND FULL VERSIONS OF EVERY TRACK. THIS BOX AIN'T MESSIN' AROUND SO CATCH IT WHILE YOU CAN. THAT UNRELEASED VERSION OF JAMES BROWN'S "GIVE IT UP" IS AMAZING. THIS IS SO GREAT. AND THE VELVET BOX AND AFRO PICK LOGO IS SOOOOO COOL. BIG UPS ON THAT! YOU HAVE A WHOLE 50-SOME PAGE BOOK IN THERE TOO AND THE COOL THING IS: THERE ARE 2 PAGES OF OTHER FUNK TITLES AVAILABLE ON THE MARKET. SO I'D SUGGEST YOU RUN OUT (OR GET IT HERE LIKE I DID) AND GIT THIS SUCKA B4 CHRISTMAS. EVERYONE IS GONNA WANT THIS.
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