JAMES BROWN Dead On The Heavy Funk 1975-83 (1998)

Dead On The Heavy Funk 1975-83 (1998)
Cherry Picking JB’s Lean Years

Covering a period when James Brown’s funk influence was waning in the face of machine-made disco, 1998’s Dead On The Heavy Funk provides a valuable service by cherry picking and organizing some of JB’s better late 70s/early 80s material. Sure, it’s not the legendary stuff from the 60s… or the essential funk from the early 70s, but it’s the best of an anemic and oft-ignored period and probably worth having. Especially since you don’t have many of JB’s individual albums from this era anyway. Mutha Nature, Hot, People… anyone? Grab this and you’ll likely make it through life without needing any of them (or a half dozen others). Only real issue? For a disco-era compilation, the title, Dead On The Heavy Funk, is more of a marketing moniker than an accurate description of what’s inside. Unusually expensive at Amazon, HERE.

Sex Machine Part I And Part II (11:59)
Hustle!!! (Dead On It) (5:03)
Your Love (4:10)
Hot (I Need To Be Loved, Loved, Loved, Loved) (5:59)
Woman (3:47)
Medley: Get Up Offa That Thing/Release The Pressure (9:17)
I Refuse To Lose (3:48)
Bodyheat (9:23)
Kiss In ’77 (Previously Unreleased Live Version) (8:39)
Give Me Some Skin (3:57)
Bessie (3:18)
If You Don’t Give A Doggone About It (6:28)
Jam 1980s (Live Version) (7:14)
The Spank (7:10)
Nature Part 1 (3:58)
Eyesight (5:31)
I Never, Never, Will Forget (Previously Unreleased Long Version) (6:33)
For Goodness Sakes, Look At Those Cakes (11:04)
A Man Understands (8:31)
It’s Too Funky In Here (12″ Version) (6:31)
Regrets (6:29)
Rapp Payback (Where Iz Moses?) (10:01)
Bring It On … Bring It On (4:05)


  • Willard
    January 28, 2010 - 16:32 | Permalink

    Search HERE

  • Anonymous
    January 29, 2010 - 19:57 | Permalink

    Thank you, thank you , Thank you.

  • ksn
    January 29, 2010 - 20:30 | Permalink

    agreed, those were some lean years. this looks interesting…and i'm dead borrowing that title for a mix of my own i'm screwing around with .

    cheers, have a killer weekend,

  • Miles
    January 30, 2010 - 00:54 | Permalink

    i was on the crew for a video documentary of j.b. performing at san quentin around the time of these recordings. it was a great show (as you might expect in a state peniteniary), but soured rapidly as we had to wait a small eternity for him to arrive post-concert for a sit-down interview. the delay? he was busy blowdrying his hair. i kid you not.

  • Anonymous
    January 30, 2010 - 13:40 | Permalink

    I never got much past The Payback. Got to give this a listen. Thanks, boboquisp

  • Anonymous
    January 30, 2010 - 20:50 | Permalink

    Just remember, it's James Brown, even when he's BAAAAAD, he's GOOOOOD

  • Bombshelter Slim
    January 30, 2010 - 23:19 | Permalink

    I'll never forget watching some music show on the tube, must've been 1980, when out came JB and band doing "Too Funky In Here". It reaffirmed my faith in the funk (which was sometimes hard to find in the disco era). Gimme some air, indeed!

  • Anonymous
    February 1, 2010 - 15:20 | Permalink

    yeah, well, some qualification, but even when he's bad he's good about fits it.. hard workin', definitely.. jx.

  • Capt. Willard
    February 1, 2010 - 18:55 | Permalink

    Yeah… a lot of qualification, really. But JB's still a minor miracle.

    Miles, that's a great story and, I'm sure, even a better memory. JB in San Quentin. Wow. Just to clarify, he was there performing… not staying for 6 to 8 months, right? :o)

    Thanks for all the comments.

  • Anonymous
    March 24, 2012 - 16:14 | Permalink

    Thanks Willard. JB on his worst day was……..better than a lot of other people!

  • long time reader, first time poster
    July 14, 2014 - 13:26 | Permalink

    thank you, Sir!

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