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!