James Brown

The Legends Collection: The James Brown Collection

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Few artists of modern pop music have had as many 'hits' compilations assembled over the years as James Brown, and the sets just keep on coming, such as the 2001 release, Legends Collection: The James Brown Collection. While glancing at the track listing and the title (as well as another description on the cover, "Two CD's from the Godfather of Soul"), you might think that this is a pretty thorough overview, but it's a bit misleading. The first disc is comprised of obscure studio tracks, while the second disc is a live set, which focuses on Brown's latter day, Vegas-y sound/approach, and although it contains some worthwhile performances, it pales in comparison to such classic Brown live sets as 1992's Love Power Peace (taped back in '71). Featured are such all time funk/soul classics as "Get on the Good Foot," "Sex Machine," "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," "It's a Man's Man's Man's World," and "Cold Sweat," but these are far from the definitive versions (as Brown's vocals are oft-times accompanied by a female backup singer). There are far better James Brown collections on the market, whether you're looking for a straight greatest-hits set, a more extensive anthology, a box set, or live performances.

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