James Brown turned 70 this year, and while most great-grandparents are settling down on their lake house patio, or complaining James Brown turned 70 this year, and while most great-grandparents are settling down on their lake house patio, or complaining about the nursing home food, last I heard, James was busy scaring the shit out of solicitors at his South Carolina home. With that in mind, it's good to know his legacy and legend are in safe keeping via his music, and the myriad compilations detailing the facets of his genius. In the Jungle Groove was originally issued in , just as interest in Brown's backbeats reawakened via the power of sampling in hip-hop, and cut for cut, it's in the highest category of Brown compilations, standing tall alongside any of his greatest hits sets and even the Star Time box. It's not that it necessarily covers a lot of ground, or even gives a good overall view of Brown's career-- because it really only spans a short period from late until mid , with a bonus track from added for this reissue-- but those years were particularly fertile, and this set nails them. The early 70s is generally viewed as Brown's last really great period, but it's not without problems. For starters, his band underwent two complete overhauls: after working with the same basic core since about with minor fluctuations as during Maceo and Melvin Parker's military stints , mutiny reared its ugly head in the spring of With trombonist Fred Wesley checking out to L.
Originally issued to capitalize on the popularity of Brown's music in hip hop circles at the time, it includes the first album release of the much- sampled single " Funky Drummer " , along with a selection of previously unreleased tracks, alternate takes, and remixes. The original recordings were produced by Brown, while the reissue was produced by Cliff White and Tim Rogers. The album's title is taken from a song Brown recorded in the studio in August The full recording of the song "In the Jungle Groove" remains unissued; however, on the album its introduction is appended to the beginning of "I Got to Move", another previously unreleased song recorded at the same session. In a contemporary review, Richard Hallman of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution recommended the album to "connoisseurs and collectors", and said that it "should be considered for purchase only by those who take their Godfather very seriously. In a retrospective article for Rolling Stone , Christgau said that, because most of the "renowned" album is available on Star Time , In the Jungle Groove is "for serious students only", even though "Brown is the rare artist who improves with length. Credits for In the Jungle Groove adapted from liner notes. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. James Brown. Billboard :