James Brown

In the Jungle Groove - 1986

It's no surprise that the Godfather's late 60s/early 70s grooves were mined to form the backbeat of seemingly every hip-hop record of the 80s. And while he may have been heaped with mountains of long-overdue respect, JB wound up with the short end of the stick when it came to royalties. Thankfully, Polydor aimed to change this in 1986 with the release of In the Jungle Groove, a jaw-dropping collection of unreleased funk workouts and alternate mixes featuring some of his most famous drum breaks and samples in their original context. Featuring the first ever album-release of the sampled to death "Funky Drummer", the LP also included "It's a New Day", a snippet of unreleased title cut appended to the beginning of "I Got to Move" and the Bootsy Collins jam "Hot Pants (She Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants)". A well sequenced compilation that stands tall alongside any of the Godfather's studio or live LPs. The version here is the 2003 remaster, featuring much improved sound, a little extra chatter preceding some tracks and a bonus cut. Get into it!


DOUG said...

You have the most kick ass posts. Keep up the good fight!!! This James Brown Album is one of his best!

Anonymous said...

I meet him once at the Country Club at Reseda, California. Not only was he warm and friendly, he shook my hand with a firm grip as if I was his good friend. This was in 1982, two years before his comeback hit "Living in America" I think. In his later years he seemed to change somewhat but I will always remember that time fondly.


JR HeatWarp said...

Too cool, JV! Thanks for sharing! That's a hand I would've loved to shake.