Make It Funky - The Big Payback: 1971-1975

Make It Funky - The Big Payback: 1971-1975

by James BrownJames Brown




While the first half of the 1970s saw James Brown's sales and art start to slowly decline, at their best he and the J.B.'s remained capable of generating a lot of heat. Record-wise it was a very erratic period, especially on his albums, which makes this two-and-a-half-hour double-disc compilation of his best material from the era especially welcome. Besides his biggest hits from the time ("Make It Funky," "Get on the Good Foot," "The Payback," "Funky President"), it has a number of high-charting R&B 45s that didn't make it onto the Star Time box. Familiar hits are sometimes presented in their full unedited mega-versions (12 minutes of "Make It Funky," 14 of "Papa Don't Take No Mess"), and there are also a few previously unreleased outtakes and alternate versions. It's only a disappointment relative to the towering accomplishments of his 1960s and early-'70s classics. On its own terms, it's excellent funk, if rather homogenous taken all at once, with occasional departures from the formula, like "Down and Out in New York City," with its poppy woodwinds.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/23/1996
Label: Polydor / Umgd
UPC: 0731453305229
catalogNumber: 533052

Album Credits

Performance Credits

James Brown   Primary Artist,Organ,Vocals,Rap
Joe Beck   Guitar
Michael Brecker   Tenor Saxophone
Jon Faddis   Trumpet
David Sanborn   Alto Saxophone
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet
Michael Moore   Bass
Seldon Powell   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Pee Wee Ellis   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Maceo Parker   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Danny Stiles   Trumpet
Charlie Brown   Guitar
Tasha Thomas   Background Vocals
Bobby Byrd   Organ,Vocals
Randy Brecker   Trumpet
Sam T. Brown   Acoustic Guitar
James Buffington   French Horn
Billy Cobham   Drums
Gordon Edwards   Bass
Joe Farrell   Flute,Horn,Tenor Saxophone
Steve Gadd   Drums
Johnny Griggs   Conga,Tambourine
Hilda Harris   Background Vocals
Hugh McCracken   Electric Guitar
John Morgan   Drums,Stick,Tambourine
Allan Schwartzberg   Drums
David Spinozza   Guitar,Bass Guitar
John Starks   Drums
Maretha Stewart   Background Vocals
Richard Tee   Organ
Fred Thomas   Bass
Jeanette "Baby" Washington   Background Vocals
Fred Wesley   Trombone
Buster Williams   Bass
Danny Ray   Vocals,Master of Ceremonies
Vicki Anderson   Vocals
Jimmy Madison   Drums
Darryl "Hasaan" Jamison   Trumpet
Robert Coleman   Guitar
Russell Crimes   Trumpet
Jimmy Nolen   Guitar
Bobby Roach   Background Vocals
Hearlon "Cheese" Martin   Guitar
Jimmy Parker   Alto Saxophone
Sweet Charles Sherrell   Bass
Eldee Williams   Tenor Saxophone
Jerone "Jasaan Sanford" Melson   Trumpet
Isiah "Ike" Oakley   Trumpet
Johnny Scotton   Background Vocals
Martha Harvin   Vocals
Wilbur Bascomb   Bass

Technical Credits

James Brown   Composer,Producer
Pee Wee Ellis   Composer
Barry De Vorzon   Composer
David Matthews   Arranger,Composer
Ron Lenhoff   Engineer
Bill Levenson   Executive Producer
Harry Weinger   Liner Notes
Fred Wesley   Arranger,Composer
Alan Leeds   Liner Notes
Bodie Chandler   Composer
Bob Both   Engineer
Steven Fallone   Engineer
Charles Bobbit   Composer
Manny Rosen   Composer
Joe Mims   Composer

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