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Motherlode

JAMES BROWN

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During the mid- and late '80s, after Brown and Polydor parted ways, the label began to reissue his work, some of which had been out of print for close to a decade. Motherlode is one of the finest compilations. Coming a few years after In the Jungle Groove, a compilation effort that culled some of Brown's harder-edged 1969-1971 tracks, this covers 1969-1973 and has the smoothness of a regular release effort. By this point, Motherlode producers Cliff White and Tim Rogers began to know more about Brown's "classic" work than he did and could do compilations where the tracks were all potent. This set starts off with an explosive live take of "There It Is" recorded at the Apollo in 1972. 1969's "She's the One" with his late-'60s orchestra has great guitar work from both Jimmy "Chank" Nolan and Alphonso "Country" Kellum. Since most of the tracks here weren't hits, or were even released, it provides a fresh interpretation of Brown's production style and the skills of his players. "Untitled Instrumental" features Brown's rock and psychedelic-influenced unit, with included guitarist Phelps Collins and his brother, Bootsy Collins, and his singular bass skills. The heart of this CD, however, is "People Drive Your Funky Soul." Originally on Slaughter's Big Rip Off in a too brief 3:50 version, Motherlode brings the entire take to the public for the first time. The track, which manages to subtly cross reggae with bebop, again features Brown with his 1971-1975 band and it exhibits their chemistry and the band's unbelievable versatility. Although Motherlode has been lost in the shuffle due to a plethora of other compilations, this is still illuminating and enjoyable.
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1
There It Is (Live At Apollo Theater, New York, 1972)
James Brown
00:03:05

JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - The J.B.'s, MainArtist - Darryl Jamison, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Griggs, Conga, AssociatedPerformer - St. Clair Pinckney, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Morgan, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nolen, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Parker, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jerone "Jasaan" Sanford, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Hearlon "Cheese" Martin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Jabo" Starks, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Ike Oakley, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
She's The One
James Brown
00:02:52

JOSEPH DAVIS, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Sherrell, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES BROWN, Producer, Organ, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Wesley, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - MACEO PARKER, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Hank Ballard, ComposerLyricist - Richard 'Kush' Griffith, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nolen, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Parker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - L.D. 'Eldee' Williams, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alphonso 'Country' Kellum, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Tilford, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Since You Been Gone
James Brown
00:05:32

William Earl Collins, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Ronald Lenhoff, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bobby Byrd, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Phelps "Catfish" Collins, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Johnny Griggs, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Clyde Stubblefield, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Untitled Instrumental
James Brown
00:03:22

JAMES BROWN, Producer, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
Say It Loud (Say It Live) (Live At The Bell Auditorium, Georgia, 1969)
James Brown
00:04:51

JOSEPH DAVIS, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Sherrell, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Wesley, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - MACEO PARKER, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alfred Ellis, ComposerLyricist - Richard 'Kush' Griffith, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nolen, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Parker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - L.D. 'Eldee' Williams, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alphonso 'Country' Kellum, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Tilford, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Can I Get Some Help
James Brown
00:08:54

JOSEPH DAVIS, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Sherrell, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Wesley, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - MACEO PARKER, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Richard 'Kush' Griffith, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Organ, AssociatedPerformer - St. Clair Pinckney, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nolen, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Parker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alphonso 'Country' Kellum, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
You Got To Have A Mother For Me
James Brown
00:05:16

Charles Sherrell, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Wesley, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - MACEO PARKER, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Richard 'Kush' Griffith, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alfred James Ellis, ComposerLyricist - St. Clair Pinckney, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nolen, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Parker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Alphonso 'Country' Kellum, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Waymond Reed, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
Funk Bomb (Instrumental)
Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis
00:04:12

JAMES BROWN, Producer, ComposerLyricist - MACEO PARKER, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Alto Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The James Brown Orchestra, MainArtist - Clyde Stubblefield, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - St. Clair Pinckney, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nolen, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bernard Odum, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alphonso 'Country' Kellum, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Waymond Reed, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Dupars, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Levi Rasbury, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Baby Here I Come
James Brown
00:04:27

JOSEPH DAVIS, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Sherrell, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Wesley, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - MACEO PARKER, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Richard 'Kush' Griffith, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - St. Clair Pinckney, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nolen, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Parker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - L.D. 'Eldee' Williams, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alphonso 'Country' Kellum, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Tilford, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
People Get Up And Drive Your Funky Soul (Remix)
James Brown
00:09:04

JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Wesley, Trombone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - The J.B.'s, MainArtist

℗ 1988 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
I Got Ants In My Pants (And I Want To Dance) (Remix)
James Brown
00:07:25

JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Wesley, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Byrd, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - St. Clair Pinckney, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Thomas, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Parker, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Robert Coleman, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jerone "Jasaan" Sanford, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Crimes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Hearlon "Cheese" Martin, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - John "Jabo" Starks, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1988 Universal Records, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
You've Changed
James Brown
00:03:18

JOSEPH DAVIS, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Sherrell, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Fred Wesley, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - MACEO PARKER, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Richard 'Kush' Griffith, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis , Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Clyde Stubblefield, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - St. Clair Pinckney, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nolen, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alphonso 'Country' Kellum, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Bodyheat (Alternate Mix)
James Brown
00:11:52

Mike Lawler, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Charles Sherrell, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - JAMES BROWN, Producer, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Deidra Brown, ComposerLyricist - Yamma Brown, ComposerLyricist - Deanna Brown, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Griggs, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Hollie Farris, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Nolen, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Melvin Parker, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Russell Crimes, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Poff, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Peyton Johnson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Martha Harvin, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2003 Universal Motown Records, a division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

During the mid- and late '80s, after Brown and Polydor parted ways, the label began to reissue his work, some of which had been out of print for close to a decade. Motherlode is one of the finest compilations. Coming a few years after In the Jungle Groove, a compilation effort that culled some of Brown's harder-edged 1969-1971 tracks, this covers 1969-1973 and has the smoothness of a regular release effort. By this point, Motherlode producers Cliff White and Tim Rogers began to know more about Brown's "classic" work than he did and could do compilations where the tracks were all potent. This set starts off with an explosive live take of "There It Is" recorded at the Apollo in 1972. 1969's "She's the One" with his late-'60s orchestra has great guitar work from both Jimmy "Chank" Nolan and Alphonso "Country" Kellum. Since most of the tracks here weren't hits, or were even released, it provides a fresh interpretation of Brown's production style and the skills of his players. "Untitled Instrumental" features Brown's rock and psychedelic-influenced unit, with included guitarist Phelps Collins and his brother, Bootsy Collins, and his singular bass skills. The heart of this CD, however, is "People Drive Your Funky Soul." Originally on Slaughter's Big Rip Off in a too brief 3:50 version, Motherlode brings the entire take to the public for the first time. The track, which manages to subtly cross reggae with bebop, again features Brown with his 1971-1975 band and it exhibits their chemistry and the band's unbelievable versatility. Although Motherlode has been lost in the shuffle due to a plethora of other compilations, this is still illuminating and enjoyable.
© Jason Elias /TiVo

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