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Get On Down’s Record Store Day releases for this upcoming “Black Friday” include:
VARIOUS JAMES BROWN’S FUNKY PEOPLE (PART 3) [2-LP black vinyl]
First time ever on vinyl. An even deeper dive into the James Brown Productions / People Records vaults, with incredible tracks by James Brown, The J.B.s, Lyn Collins, Marva Whitney, Bobby Byrd and more.
Following up their popular James Brown Live at the Apollo Vol. IV album from this past April’s Record Store Day, Get On Down continues to help remind the world about all facets of the Godfather of Soul’s legacy as a musician and producer, with this lesser-known but still hugely important compilation, which first came out on CD in 2000.
As with Parts 1 & 2 in the series, this compilation features James Brown’s stable of late ’60s and early ‘70s talent – much of it culled from his People Records label, including various backing bands. The third volume in the groundbreaking Funky People series 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 Band).
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 Nothing,” 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.
U.G.K. FEATURING OUTKAST “INT’L PLAYERS ANTHEM (I CHOOSE YOU)” [TEXAS-SHAPED PICTURE DISC]
2007 Southern Rap anthem presented for the first time ever as a picture disc, in the shape of Texas
This smash remains one of the most recognizable hip-hop songs of the 2000s thus far. It’s the kind of record that you can expect to hear just about anywhere, from a car show in Cali to a basement party in Brooklyn. The song was, in fact, so good that at the 2007 BET Hip-Hop Awards, Kanye West famously gave his “Video Of The Year” award for “Stronger” to U.G.K. The song also earned U.G.K. and their guests OutKast a Grammy nomination that year.
The Houston group’s celebratory anthem features the always on-point OutKast, and all four MCs combine as one over a hypnotic beat, produced by Three 6 Mafia’s DJ Paul and Juicy J. Sampling Willie Hutch’s “I Choose You” from the classic Blaxploitation film “The Mack,” the music is the perfect backdrop for Andre 3000, Bun B, Big Boi and – the tragically and very sadly departed – Pimp C to spit tales of women, money and marriage.
With beat change-ups at each verse to match each MC’s personality and tone, the song was destined to be a classic, as unique as it is infectious. It remains a “hands in the air” dancefloor filler to this day.
JUNGLE BROTHERS DONE BY THE FORCES OF NATURE [2-LP black vinyl with picture sleeve]
First time officially on 2-LP, with reproduction of original liner notes / lyrics insert
The Jungle Brothers’ 1988 debut, Straight Out The Jungle, was important for many reasons. It was sloppy and goofy but had moments of real focus and social consciousness. It was a true “kitchen sink” record, that caught a rap fanbase enraptured by Eric B. & Rakim, Public Enemy and Boogie Down Productions a bit off-guard. Also of note, beyond the excellence of the album itself, the Jungle Brothers were the fulcrum for what would become the Native Tongues movement – they came first, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest followed, under their guidance.
By 1989, the group had even more confidence, plus a Warner Bros. contract and advance in their back pocket. They used it to great advantage on the self-produced and criminally underrated Done By The Forces of Nature, expanding their sonic palette and continuing their Afrocentric approach to music and life. Singles like “What ‘U’ Waitin’ 4” and “Doin’ Our Own Dang” (with De La and Q-Tip, alongside Monie Love) showed the group’s fun side, which has also led the way in the “hip-house” movement.
But things weren’t all fun and games, as deeper, more pensive album tracks like “Black Woman,” “Beeds On A String,” and “Acknowledge Your Own History” show. It was another accomplished mix of fun, frolic and knowledge-of-self, proving that you could be serious in the rap game but still let off steam and fill the dancefloor.
Done By The Forces of Nature stands as one of the most cherished hip-hop documents of the late ‘80s amongst true-school heads, and this edition is the perfect way to revisit this classic thinking-man’s (and woman’s) rap platter. Issued for the first time ever as an official 2-LP release with the original picture sleeve artwork, it also comes with a reproduction of the original insert, with credits and lyrics.