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Make It Funky - The Big Payback: 1971-1975

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James Brown 7/23/1996

Review

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. ~ Richie Unterberger
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 Escape-Ism, Pt. 2 James Brown 4:2
  3. 2 Hot Pants, Pt. 1 & 2 James Brown 6:54
  4. 3 I'm a Greedy Man James Brown 7:7
  5. 4 Make It Funky, Pt. 1-4 James Brown 12:46
  6. 5 King Heroin James Brown 3:55
  7. 6 I Got Ants In My Pants (and I Want To Dance) James Brown 7:25
  8. 7 There It is James Brown 5:46
  9. 8 Get On the Good Foot James Brown 5:44
  10. 9 Don't Tell It [Complete Version] James Brown 8:25
  11. 10 I Got a Bag of My Own James Brown 3:45
  12. 11 Down and Out In New York [1972 Recording With Intro Version] James Brown 5:19
  13. 12 Think James Brown 3:10
  14. 13 Make It Good To Yourself [Interlude Version] James Brown 2:18
  15. 1 The Payback James Brown 7:37
  16. 2 Stone To the Bone James Brown 4:3
  17. 3 Mind Power James Brown 4:3
  18. 4 World of Soul James Brown 5:43
  19. 5 Papa Don't Take No Mess James Brown 13:49
  20. 6 Coldblooded James Brown 5:2
  21. 7 I Can't Stand It "76" James Brown 8:11
  22. 8 My Thang James Brown 4:14
  23. 9 Funky President (People It's Bad) James Brown 4:7
  24. 10 I Got You (I Feel Good) [Extended Version] James Brown 3:2
  25. 11 Problems James Brown 2:50
  26. 12 Turn On the Heat and Build Some Fire James Brown 6:6
  27. 13 Hot Pants Finale James Brown 7:19

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