Thursday, January 31, 2013


So I'm checking in items at the library the other day and the Godfather of Soul stops by....
Well, actually I just looked down and noticed that I had in my hand an excellent compilation of songs by James Brown.  There are a slew of compilations of Brown's music, and a lot of them are pretty suspect.  However, In The Jungle Groove is one of the better collections out there, and we've got it on CD right here at the Pima County Library.  Read on for for more details!

Originally released in 1986 as a double LP, In The Jungle Groove is made up of songs from Brown's hard funk period in the late 1960s and early 1970s.  With the backing of the Collins brothers, "Catfish" on guitar and "Bootsy" on bass, Brown and the JBs created in this period some of the musical foundation for hip hop (more than a decade later once DJs got to sampling), producing songs which were much longer and rhythmically-focused than earlier R&B had offered. 

Better still, some of the tracks on this collection are carefully remixed and/or re-edited versions which tease out still deeper explorations of the funk.  Danny Krivit, one of the first big names in dance music engineering, provides a couple of his signature "edits by Mr. K.," transforming "Soul Power" into a workout of nearly 10 minutes in length.  Mr. K also gives us a "bonus beat" reprise of "Funky Drummer," one of the fundamental hip hop grooves, which brings the tune down to it's funky basics.

Follow this link to reserve In The Jungle Groove today on our website:

For more on Danny Krivit and other early DJs, follow this link to Last Night a DJ Saved My Life by Bill Brewster and Frank Boughton (also at the library):

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