Various Artists

MVP Vintage Funk, Vol. 1

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What makes funk "vintage," as opposed to "classic"? In any case, this has a somewhat more interesting track selection than React's similar Classic Funk, Vol. 1, although the quality is no better or worse. Along with well-known hits by Charles Wright and Curtis Mayfield, you get tracks by James Brown ("Funky Drummer"), Edwin Starr ("Easin' In"), and Donny Hathaway ("The Ghetto") that don't show up on many anthologies. There are also early-to-mid-'70s cuts by more obscure names like Eddie Harris, and James Brown sidemen Bobby Byrd and Fred Wesley. The short running time (12 songs) and lack of documentation/depth means that this is more useful for the novice than the hardcore funk fan, but it's one of the better introductory samplers of the style.

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