James Brown

Hooked on Brown [Volcano]

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Based on the same structural idea as the wildly popular HOOKED ON CLASSICS series, this three-part medley strings together the Godfather of Soul's greatest hits over sample-based embellishments and a steady, insistent beat. Fans of the original Brown recordings may not be too happy to hear Soul Brother #1 singing over synth-laden accompaniments, Vegas-style arrangements, and these slice-and-dice treatment of some of the greatest soul, funk, and R&B songs of all time.

Almost every hit is accounted for, however--"I Got You (I Feel Good)," "Cold Sweat," "Hot Pants," "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag," "Please, Please, Please," and even "Living In America." While HOOKED ON BROWN is probably not for hard-line fans, its foot-tapping overview of the soul legend's oeuvre might serve as a suitable introduction to the uninitiated.

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