VA – The Funk Box (2000)

VA - The Funk Box (2000)
Artist: Various
Album: The Funk Box
Genre: Funk / Soul / R’n’B
Label: Hip-O Records
Released: 2000
Quality: mp3, 320 kbps
Tracklist:
CD 1:
James Brown – Get Up I Feel Like Being A Sex Machine (5:17)
Charles Wright & The Watts 103rd Street Rhythm Band – Express Yourself (3:53)
James Brown – Give It Up Or Turnit A Loose (6:23)
Aretha Franklin – Rock Steady (3:12)
War – Slippin’ Into Darkness (7:00)
Bobby Byrd – I Know You Got Soul (4:43)
The Chakachas – Jungle Fever (4:24)
The Jimmy Castor Bunch – It’s Just Begun (3:43)
Billy Preston – Outa-Space (4:10)
Lyn Collins (The Female Preacher) – Think (About It) (3:22)
Fatback Band – Goin’ To See My Baby (3:18)
The J.B.’s – Pass The Peas (3:29)
Marvin Gaye – ‘T’ Plays It Cool (4:28)
Cymande – The Message (4:17)
The New Birth – I Can Understand It (6:24)
Barry White – I’m Gonna Love You Just A Little More, Baby (7:10)

CD 2:
Curtis Mayfield – Future Shock (3:37)
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson – The Bottle (5:07)
Tower Of Power – What Is Hip (5:06)
James Brown – The Payback (7:40)
The O’Jays – For The Love Of Money (7:19)
Kool & The Gang – Hollywood Swinging (4:37)
Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – Tell Me Something Good (4:39)
The Blackbyrds – Do It, Fluid (5:27)
B.T. Express – Do It (Till Your Satisfied) (5:54)
The Meters – Just Kissed My Baby (4:42)
Ohio Players – Skin Tight (7:56)
George McCrae – I Get Lifted (2:48)
The Temptations – Shakey Ground (4:04)
The Average White Band – School Boy Crush (4:58)
Jermaine Jackson – Erucu (3:30)

CD 3:
The Isley Brothers – Fight The Power – Pts. 1 & 2 (5:21)
Graham Central Station – The Jam (3:38)
Parliament – Give Up The Funk (Tear The Roof Off The Sucker) (5:48)
Brothers Johnson – Get The Funk Out Ma Face (5:59)
Brass Construction – Changin’ (8:14)
Brick – Dazz (5:38)
Johnny Guitar Watson – Superman Lover (5:44)
Bootsy’s Rubber Band – The Pinocchio Theory (6:10)
Slave – Slide (6:50)
Patrice Rushen – The Hump (6:08)
Roy Ayers – Running Away (12 inch Mix) (6:55)
The Commodores – Brick House (12 inch Mix) (6:12)
Bar-Kays – Let’s Have Some Fun (6:02)

CD 4:
Rick James – You And I (8:07)
Fatback – I Like Girls (7:39)
Bohannon – Let’s Start The Dance (5:55)
Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove (7:29)
Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers – Bustin’ Loose (7:43)
Cameo – I Just Want To Be (12 inch Extended Mix) (6:23)
Pleasure – Glide (6:29)
Teena Marie – Behind The Groove (6:04)
Zapp – More Bounce To The Ounce (9:29)
Gap Band – Burn Rubber (Why You Wanna Hurt Me) (5:31)
George Clinton – Atomic Dog (4:45)

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At four discs and 55 tracks, Hip-O’s Funk Box seems to want to be the last word on funk, and while it’s a pretty good set, it ends up more representative than definitive of its chosen genre. Virtually all of funk’s most important artists are featured, but not always by their most significant singles — sometimes the collection gets it right, and sometimes it’s disappointing (leaving out Curtis Mayfield’s “Superfly,” the Average White Band’s “Pick Up the Pieces,” War’s “Low Rider” and “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” and the Ohio Players’ “Fire” and “Love Rollercoaster” in favor of alternate selections). Still, the Funk Box does have a generous helping of full-length funk classics, including several rare 12″ versions; moreover, it’s been digitally remastered, and it features a 48-page booklet. It’s just too bad the set doesn’t completely hit the mark.
Review by Steve Huey

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